News & Announcements

Come join us for our last Cinema Speakeasy of 2014, featuring work by our 2014 Finishing Fund grant recipients! Wednesday, December 10, 7:00, L'Etage at 6th and Bainbridge. The line-up is:

Can't Stop the Water, by Rebecca Ferris;

Bumming Cigarettes, by Tiona McClodden;

Mirror to the Soul (trailer), by David Block; and

After the Sound: PJ's Story, by Jon Olshefski.

Happy Holidays from everyone at PIFVA!

Amid more than one hundred feature length and short films from twenty eight different countries showcased at the 23rd annual Philadelphia Film Festival (PFF), noted director Dave Jannetta’s Love and Terror on the Howling Plains of Nowhere will be screened on three separate occasions during the eleven day affair which runs from October 16th- October 26rd and is presented by the Philadelphia Film Society (PFS). With finishing funds made possible by PIFVA, Jannetta’s submission marks his second as auteur and his first as documentary maker. The film tracks the story of Dr. Steven Haataja, a brilliant but mysterious mathematician. When our scholar vanishes without a trace, an obsessive search is spearheaded by cynical author, Po Ballantine whose writings serves as the impetus for the film. Dubbed “Twin Peakesque” (a nod to the iconic ABC serial launched in 1990) the piece makes for a disturbingly far cry from “Rachel and Diana”, which Jannetta directed in 2011.
Our October Cinema Speakeasy will be held Wednesday, October 8th at L'Etage (6th and Bainbridge Streets) at 7pm. This month our theme is Horror, since Halloween is in October! We’ll have an awesome lineup. Please help us to spread the word with our FB Event link. Looking forward to seeing you there!
Hope you can come out and join us for our next Cinema Speakeasy, Wednesday, August 13, 2014, 7 p.m. at L'Etage, 6th and Bainbridge Streets. We will be presenting the following films: The Exotic Misadventures of Beatrix (Chris Potako) Apartment Story (Matt Spade) Rehabilitation (Jeannie Sconzo) How I Won the War (Phillip Carrol) Clutter (Norm Macera) Invite friends and family:
David Block, Horses Don’t Judge; Phil Carroll, The Road to Jericho; Davd Diperstein, Will to Live; Adam Evans, Pine Tree; Jacob Feiring, Samantha’s Amazing Acro-Cats; Rebecca Ferris, Can’t Stop the Water; Dom Hilton, Dizzy Fingers; Michael Johnston, A Man Full of Trouble; Tiona McClodden, Bumming Cigarettes; Jon Olshefski, After the Sound: PJ’s Story; David Romberg, Man of the Monkey; Israel Vasquez, Return to Yirol; Dan Zubrzycki and Isaac Ruth, A Matter of Propriety ......Stay tuned for information about screenings of these award-winning films!
PIFVA is proud to co-host a happy hour with Philly Film & Video Industry Network. When: Tuesday, July 22nd from 5 to 8p. Where: Ladder 15, 1528 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA 19102 Please RSVP & share amongst your friends and colleagues. Looking forward to meeting you next week!
Unfortunately, we will need to reschedule this month's Speakeasy, which was scheduled for tonight, Wednesday, July 9th. We will keep you posted on the make up date we plan for later this month! Thanks for your support! -- PIFVA
Join us on Wednesday, May 14, at 7:00 p.m. at L'Etage, 6th and Bainbridge. Our line-up of wonderful shorts: Cherry Christmas from Julie Stackhouse 3 Poisons from Matthew Finnegan Sending from Emily Bennet Bleeding Hearts from Wedge Wegman Dans Le Parc from Katherine Meduski, James Pepe ....AND MORE! Feel free to invite friends, filmmakers as well as other film enthusiasts via our Facebook Event link: Looking forward to seeing you Wednesday!
It's time once again (and now that spring is FINALLY here!) for PIFVA's annual member meeting and Potluck, on Saturday, May 17, from 1:00-5:00 p.m. at Park Towne Place Community Room, 2200 Ben Franklin Parkway. Bring a dish, a friend, an idea or anything else you'd like to share! Please feel free to RSVP and invite others to our Annual Potluck here on Facebook: We look forward to seeing you then!
PIFVA's Finishing Fund Program provides post-production funding grants, up to $1,500.00 per project. YOU MUST BE A PIFVA MEMBER TO APPLY! (If you are not a member, click "Join" to become one!). APPLY HERE 

The panel awards projects they consider to have artistic merit, appropriately high production values, a realistic budget, an effective distribution plan, and is finished or will be finished within fifteen months of the grant application deadline. The deadline for submissions is April 15, 2014 at midnight. Please note our new address: 2200 Ben Franklin Parkway, S-305, Philadelphia, PA 19130. Any questions, contact Jackie Borock, Executive Director, at

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