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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

Mark your calendars for THIS month's April Speakeasy -- April 9th, 7pm at ĽEtage ** (pay what you can - $5.00 donation suggested) ** The film lineup will be: Yellow, Blue: Paul Hinson Dans Le Parc: Katherine Meduski, James Pepe Cherry Christmas - Julie Stackhouse Sending - Emily Bennett Bleeding Hearts - Wedge Wegman Feel free to spread the word for this event through our Facebook Event link: Looking forward to seeing you Wednesday!!
"Big Joy” screening International House 3701 Chestnut Street Saturday, April 5th at 7PM Big Joy, the award-winning documentary homage to the late San Francisco poet and filmmaker James Broughton, will be screened at International House, 3701 Chestnut Street on Saturday evening, April 5, at 7:00. Filmmaker Stephen Silha will be on hand to introduce “Big Joy” and answer questions. For trailer see James Broughton is an important figure in American and particularly West Coast poetry from the late 40s until his death in 1999. A highly original poet who, in addition, produced a substantial body of experimental film, his work is characterized by its combination of profound and powerful insight with ecstatic feeling. For more information contact
Korean Film Series at Philadelphia Museum of Art Wednesdays in April at 6pm, $8 ($5 museum members/Free for students with valid ID). The film series features a mix of contemporary Korean films, documentaries, and classics and showcases traditional and modern Korean culture with themes explored in the museum's Treasures from Korea exhibition.
In case you missed the Philadelphia Premiere at the Kimmel Center, here's your opportunity to see Digital Dharma, for FREE! Saturday, March 29th at 4:15 PM Level 3 of the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown 1201 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19107 Amid political turmoil, pacifist E. Gene Smith triggers an international movement to save Tibetan history. Q&A in-person with Director, Dafna Yachin following the screening. For more information visit
Navigating SAG-AFTRA Contracts Monday March 24th, 2014 7pm-9pm International House, 2nd Floor South America Room 3701 Chestnut Street Workshop to be Led by: Philadelphia SAG-AFTRA Executive Director Stephen Leshinski and New York SAG-AFTRA Theatrical Contracts Manager Leif Larson To RSVP, visit

Spring Garden Pictures is proud to announce the Philadelphia premiere of Watermelon Magic at the Franklin Institute on Saturday April 12, 2014.

Here's what's on tap for this family-friendly and fun-filled day!

10am - 12noon Cast & Crew - Screening and Celebration
Cast and crew of the film will finally be able to see this film in glorious 3D at the Franklin Theater!
Please look for an Evite and respond ASAP.
Admittance to this portion of the event is private, and requires that cast and crew confirm attendance.
If you do not want to respond by Evite, please email and specify how many adults/children will attend.

12noon - 2pm Public Event - Watermelon Magic and Greener Partners
All friends, family, donors and supporters are invited to join us to celebrate Watermelon Magic at the Franklin Institute.
On the front steps of the Franklin, our wonderful friends at Greener Partners will be running activities with their awesome, hands-on, mobile FARM EXPLORER™ that lets youth and families dig-in and connect with food from seed to plate.

No reservations required - this is a public and free event.
2pm - 5pm Public screenings of Watermelon Magic 3D are at 2:30, 3:15, and 4pm.
Screenings of Watermelon Magic 3D are in the Franklin Theater located on first floor of the Franklin Institute.

Reelblack Presents: Philly Shorts (A short film event at I-House) Tuesday, April 15, 2014. From 7p-10p Reelblack Presents Philly Shorts (2012-2014/122min/ Various Directors) Short films are a great way to experiment, explore ideas or break new artists. Reelblack shines the spotlight on some of Philadelphia’s brightest talent with a night of short films. New work from a dozen directors will be showcased followed by a special post-film Q&A with the filmmakers. Below features the films and filmmakers. Feel free to "Share" the Facebook Event link:
Join us for our March Cinema Speakeasy, 3/12 at L'Etage (6th & Bainbridge Streets). Feel free to invite fellow filmmakers, friends AND family. Here's the lineup: Misguided Intentions by Sean McKnight Give Me A Sign, by Greg Koorhan Hospice short, by Vic Compher Dual of the Fates, by Phil Carroll Solaristics, by Peter Rose We look forward to seeing you there! Please share the Facebook event link!
Due to weather, tonight's Navigating SAG-AFTRA contracts workshop has been POSTPONED!! Another workshop has already been scheduled for March 24th @ Philly International House. PLEASE RSVP!!!
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