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:

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.

JFilm Festival

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

The Pittsburgh Japanese Film Festival (April) is a two-week celebration of the unique and exciting films coming out of Japan. Hosted at Row House Cinema, the festival features everything from the contemplative and methodical Tokyo Story to the bombastic rollercoaster ride One Cut of the Dead.

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.

Three Rivers Film Festival

The oldest and largest film festival in the region, the Three Rivers Film Festival (November) will showcase a curated slate of 25–30 independent feature films in a variety of genres, including dramas, comedies, and documentaries. In addition to film screenings, there are Q&As with cast and crew, receptions, and other fun.

Pittsburgh Shorts

Pittsburgh Shorts (November) presents the best contemporary short films from around the world, highlighting films that promote innovative visual storytelling and cultural tolerance, as well as those with a local connection. The fun and engaging films include many that go on to be Oscar® nominees and winners. Pittsburgh Shorts also hosts a short script competition in partnership with Carnegie Screenwriters

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 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 Film Organizations

The Pittsburgh region has always been at the center of the film industry. On June 19, 1905, some 450 people attend the opening day of the world's first nickelodeon, located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and developed by the showman Harry Davis. The storefront theater boasted 96 seats and charged each patron five cents. In addition, many modern film production studios have their roots in Pittsburgh, including Warner Brothers and MGM. The modern horror film “Night of the Living Dead” was created and filmed in Pittsburgh, and dozens of famous actors, directors, and film professionals are from the region.

Pittsburgh Film Office

The Pittsburgh Film Office (PFO) 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 assisted in bringing more than 200 feature films and television productions to southwestern Pennsylvania: creating thousands of jobs and countless business opportunities with film industry projects and generating nearly $2 billion in economic impact to our region.

Some of the most notable productions filmed in the Pittsburgh region include: The Silence of the Lambs, The Deer Hunter, The Dark Knight Rises, Jack Reacher, Fences, The Fault in Our Stars, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Flashdance, Wonder Boys, Mindhunter, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, The Next Three Days, Love and Other Drugs, Unstoppable, and Out of the Furnace. View an extensive list of films shot in the Pittsburgh region.

Film Pittsburgh

Film Pittsburgh presents independent films from around the world, deepening audiences’ understanding of various cultures, expanding acceptance and recognizing our common humanity. Film Pittsburgh presents four film festivals: Three Rivers Film Festival, JFilm, ReelAbilities Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh Shorts, and Teen Screen, a free education program for middle and high school students.

Steeltown Entertainment

Steeltown Entertainment 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.

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