Philadelphia Film & Animation Festival
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Each year we find a hotel near the screening venue to give a discount to our festival attendees. Check back closer to our next event for more information!
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No. That's not how festivals work. We highly suggest signing up for our mailing list so you stay on top of submission deadlines. In order to keep the festival fair & ethical, PFAF has strict submission practices: Project Twenty1 opens its call for entries every spring. Then a panel of over 30 unbiased members of the community spend countless hours ranking the submissions and make Official Selections. Based on the current year's selections, the screeners then take films submitted into our Film Library from previous years into consideration. Official Selections are announced. Then our staff curate the films and animations into strong screening showcases - like a good mix tape. We then create the festival schedule, programs, and online ticketing system before announcing screening times. This whole process takes approximately six months. We run the festival this way to ensure that there are checks and balances and that the festival is fair. We take the selection process very seriously and asking for favors only serves to make you look unprofessional. If you are seeking a guaranteed screening:
- We've created the 21-Day Filmmaking Competition as a fantastic way to be a part of this Festival. 21-Day Films compete in their own categories, and there are lots of them!
- Shorts & Shots is also a quick & easy way for anyone to have their work screened in front of a group of people. Please help us continue those events by making a donation.
- If you would like to sponsor a Shorts & Shots or other screening in order to help our community and promote your business or film, contact us at projecttwenty1 (at) gmail.com to become an Official Sponsor.
- If you're an independent and want to sponsor an entire screening, our Board of Directors can take that into consideration, but we need about six months notice and you will not be in competition. Our awards remain prestigious because they are not for sale.
Seriously, no. See the above.
The next festival is tentatively scheduled for Spring 2018. Stay tuned for more updates.
Educators/Workshop Instructors: Thank you for your consideration - we're delighted to have new instructors on board that appreciate our mission. We schedule educational workshops for our festival about six months in advance, and will note the dates on our site as an event draws closer. Our audience is filled with aspiring creatives that are seeking to turn their dreams into careers. For consideration, please submit a short proposal (just a paragraph or two explaining your lesson plan) that caters to this audience. Please include your first and last name, phone number, and any resume/qualifications to projecttwenty1 (at) gmail.com. Our instructors are reviewed and selected by a panel comprised of our Advisory Board and Board of Directors - it usually takes 4-6 weeks to hear back. Product Demos/Sponsored Workshops Project Twenty1 can host product demonstrations and sponsored workshops, but please note, due to the nature of these partnerships, we cannot promote your product for free/for in-kind trade. Please contact projecttwenty1 (at) gmail.com with your workshop/demo concept and contact information, and we will gladly work within your budget to promote your products or services.
21-Day Competition films completed slightly after the deadline are not in competition (except for Audience & Marketing Awards, and EPIC, which is a community award). From time to time, we will have special engagements/showcases of work previously screened at our festival, work/educational programs from our judges, founders & interns. These screenings are also programmed months in advance as a "thank you" to the people that help make this festival happen, but are NOT in competition.
We are still capacity-building for the next festival. Stay tuned.
PFAF is VERY competitive and our selections are made by an independent panel of over 30 screeners. Please do NOT become a Member/donor/volunteer/intern or offer to buy us donuts, flowers, and puppies if you think it's going to help your chances of competing in PFAF.
As with nearly any festival, we do not offer submission fees (or waivers) for PFAF. The cost of submission fees goes towards the cost of processing submissions to determine eligibility. If you feel this is unfair, research the fees festivals pay to get a listing & process films through outside portals (it will make your jaws drop). And that's only one small portion of what it takes to process films! Want to find out more? Watch our podcasts on YouTube. Every film (including yours) has been viewed by at least 3-5 people and often up to 12. Don't believe us? Our screeners' notes are available (though always kept anonymous) on your film if you want to see them. Almost nobody ever asks, but we feel more is often learned through failure than success, and a great way to make it in the industry is to become good at "taking the notes."
A single ticket will get you into a single screening out of the 15 screenings happening at the festival (10 screenings of PFAF-submitted films, 5 screenings of 21-Day Filmmaking Competition films). Each screening has individual tickets available. A single ticket to any given screening is $10. Tickets are not available for workshops (you must have an All-Access Pass). An All-Access pass gets you into EVERY screening, and also grants exclusive access to our industry workshops, and priority access to the Opening and Closing Night parties and Red Carpet Award Ceremony. This means passholders (and Project Twenty1 members) will be seated prior to non-passholders for these otherwise free events, and if the theater is booked, it is first-come, first-serve afterwards.
Contact us at projecttwenty1 (at) gmail.com and tell us exactly what you need. We’ll make it happen!
Unfortunately, no. As a humble not-for-profit, we take a financial hit on our end every time we comp a ticket or pass (though we’d love to!). Every filmmaker screening at the festival receives 2 free All-Access passes to be distributed however they wish. Any more than that, and our theater would be at capacity before we even sold any tickets, and currently, ticket sales only cover 7% of the cost of running our programming.
The Awards Ceremony is the culmination of our festival, where we announce the nominees and winners of PFAF. There is a red carpet just outside the theater, and it’s awesome. Media, Passholders and Premium Members have priority seating for the Awards Ceremony, followed by Standard Members. After that, it’s free and open to the public on a first-come, first-serve basis. We were at capacity in 2010, and expect we might just sell out this year. As for attire, we like making this a huge media event. So help us class it up and be a little dressy (because are Red Carpet pictures actually cool if you’re only wearing jeans and a t-shirt?)! We at Project Twenty1 tend to wear suits and dresses and the like. Still, it’s entirely up to you. As long as you aren’t breaking any nudity laws, you won’t get kicked out.
Unfortunately, no. As a humble not-for-profit, we take a financial hit on our end every time we comp a ticket or pass, and we are not yet large enough to be able to comp hotel rooms or airfare.
Workshops do not have individual tickets. To attend any or all of our workshops, you must have an All-Access Pass Workshops are included exclusively with the All-Access pass. As with conventions, workshop tickets are not available a-la-carte. But try the All-Access Pass! We bet you’ll find other things you like about our festival and our community.
You may purchase tickets online in store here once tickets become available.