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Film Festivals

​Pittsburgh's rich film history has resulted in an abundance of international, independent and family film festivals within the city each year.

Plan your visit around one of these Annual Film Festivals:


Silk Screen Asian American Film Festival

Founded in 2006, Silk Screen showcases contemporary Asian and Asian-American films. This multi-day Festival celebrates the vast diversity of the Asian creative spirit, and features Asian music concerts and discussion sessions with prominent filmmakers and actors. Happens in September.

Pittsburgh International Lesbian + Gay Film Festival

A celebration of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered writers, directors, actors and their work. Each year in October hundreds of movie-goers are treated to ten days of high quality entertainment, including feature films, shorts, and videos from the hottest national and international LGBT filmmakers of our time.

Three Rivers Film Festival

One of the most eagerly awaited annual events in Pittsburgh, this exciting 2-week long celebration features over 40 films-films made in Pittsburgh, documentaries, independent American cinema, shorts, restored classics with live music, and cutting-edge international films. The Three Rivers Film Festival, happening each November, remains the oldest and largest annual film festival in the Pittsburgh area.

JFilm Festival

Now in its 25th year, the annual JFilm Festival (April) presents international Jewish-themed films that deepen audiences' understanding of the stories, history, and common experiences that connect us all. The eleven-day festival is complemented by visiting filmmakers, guest speakers and collaborative events with other local organizations. JFilm is a program of Film Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh Japanese Film Festival

Entering into its third year, the Pittsburgh Japanese Film Festival (Spring 2018) hosted by Row House Cinema showcases a collection of the best films of Japanese cinema. This year’s extended two week festival will not only feature highlights of Japanese cinema, but will also include presentations and events relating to other elements of Japanese culture.

Reelabilities

The ReelAbilities Film Festival (September) presents award winning films that promote awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and artistic expressions of individuals with disabilities. Through impactful films and engaging programs, this festival brings together the community to explore and celebrate the diversity of our shared human experience. ReelAbilities is a program of Film Pittsburgh, presented in partnership with the FISA Foundation.

Pittsburgh Shorts

Pittsburgh Shorts (October) features the best contemporary short films from around the globe, with an emphasis on films that promote the intersections of art, tech, cultural tolerance and diversity. Based in Pittsburgh's Downtown Cultural District, this annual festival celebrates independent cinema and introduces filmmakers from around the world to our city. Pittsburgh Shorts is a program of Film Pittsburgh, presented in partnership with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

Pittsburgh is also host to such festivals as the Banff Mountain Film FestivalCMU International Film Festival in the spring, as well as the Pittsburgh Independent Film Festival in the summer.

Pittsburgh’s Cat Film and Cultural Festival

Row House Cinema is hosting Pittsburgh's first week-long Cat Film and Cultural Festival (November). The festival’s focal point will be an original video "Pittsburgh's Pretty Kitties" compiled exclusively from videos submitted by local cat owners, comprised of Pittsburgh’s funniest and cutest cat videos for festival goers to enjoy! The rest of the week features an eclectic yet adorable lineup: Key & Peele comedy “Keanu,” charming documentary “Kedi,” and the animated Parisian caper “A Cat in Paris.”

Pittsburgh Film Organizations

Pittsburgh's film industry dates back to 1914 and boasts the world's first movie theater. Pittsburgh has been the location for more than 120 motion pictures and television productions since 1990 and currently is home to the largest sound stage outside Los Angeles and New York.

Because of Pittsburgh's rich film history, many independent and international film festivals take place in the region annually.

Take the new Official Pittsburgh Film Office Movie Location Tour, "Lights, Camera, Pittsburgh!" offered by Pittsburgh Transportation Group. Learn why Pittsburgh is called "Hollywood of the East" in a guided 3-hour tour! Check out "reel" locations from more than 30 movies and TV shows filmed in Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh Film Office

The Pittsburgh Film Office was founded in 1990 to promote the greater southwestern Pennsylvania region as a great location for movie, television and commercial productions. Since its inception, the PFO has brought more than 120 motion pictures and television productions to southwestern Pennsylvania to generate millions of dollars in economic impact to the region. Some of the more notable movies and TV shows filmed in Pittsburgh include: Silence of the Lambs, Flash Dance, Inspector Gadget, Wonder Boys, The Mothman Prophecies, The West Wing, The Guardian, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, Smart People, The Next Three DaysLove and Other DrugsUnstoppableAbduction, The Dark Knight RisesJack ReacherOut of the FurnaceGrudge Match and The Fault in Our Stars. View an extensive list of films shot in Pittsburgh over the last four decades.

Pittsburgh Filmmakers

Pittsburgh Filmmakers is one of the largest and oldest independent media arts centers in the country. Founded in 1971 to provide media-making tools to artists, Pittsburgh Filmmakers serves everyone from emerging to established artists to nonprofit organizations and students. Their Three Rivers Film Festival is the region's largest annual film event. Filmmakers offers a curriculum of courses in film, video and photography to university and independent students in the Pittsburgh region.

Pittsburgh Filmmakers owns and operates three theaters in Pittsburgh. All theaters exhibit a wide variety of first-run foreign and independent American films as well as classics and documentaries.

Harris Theater
809 Liberty Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
412.682.4111

Located in the Downtown Pittsburgh Cultural District, the Harris Theater was the first theater in Pittsburgh to commercially show "art movies" The theater seats 200, and is open to the public 7 days a week.

Regent Square Theater
1035 South Braddock Ave.
Edgewood, PA 15218
412.682.4111

The Regent Square Theater seats 300 and was purchased by Pittsburgh Filmmakers in 1998. It is one of the few large, single-screen theaters remaining in the county, and screens movies 7 days a week. In addition to the selection of eclectic American and foreign independent film, the Regent Square Theater also hosts a Sunday-night series of classic films.

Melwood Screening Room
477 Melwood Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
412.681.5449

This modern venue was built in 1995 as part of extensive renovations that converted an urban warehouse into attractive headquarters for Filmmakers' administrative offices, its classrooms and art galleries. Free parking is available in the evening at an outdoor lot directly across the street, or on the street. It seats 130.

Steeltown Entertainment Project

Steeltown began with the simple belief that Pittsburgh has the potential to have a thriving entertainment industry, which could also be one of the region's major economic engines. This belief was shared by leaders of educational, cultural and artistic organizations in Pittsburgh as well as former Pittsburgh natives working in film and television.