Springtime in 2010 was supposed to be an exciting time for Philadelphia movie goers. It was supposed to mark the next edition of the Philadelphia CineFest, presented by the Philadelphia Cinema Alliance. But unfortunately the organization dropped some bad news in January.
January 26, 2010
For Immediate Release
Philadelphia. The Philadelphia Cinema Alliance (PCA), the nonprofit presenting organization for Philadelphia CineFest, QFest and various film events presented throughout the year, announced today the cancellation of the 2010 edition of Philadelphia CineFest, originally scheduled for April 8-19.
PCA will instead concentrate on its other film activities as well as working on bringing back the festival in the spring of 2011.
“Reduced or eliminated state and city subsidies as well as cutbacks by foundations and corporate sponsors made the fiscal planning of the event too daunting. Despite the popular and critical success of last year’s spring festival, film festivals require funding beyond the box office. When we realized that corporate and government sponsorship funds were going to be significantly less than in previous years, we had no other option but to cancel this year and begin working on raising money for a spring film festival in 2011” said Development Director Thom Cardwell.
Ray Murray, Artistic Director of the Philadelphia Film Festival and CineFest for the past nine years and the GLBT festival for the past 16 years, said: “As difficult as it is to be forced to cancel a spring festival this year in this city, we know in our hearts it is the right decision despite our history of having successfully produced film festivals in Philadelphia since 1995.”
“We look forward to expanding our festival in 2011 and attracting many thousands more to add to the 65,000 ticket holders who have participated in our 2009 festival. As the original organization responsible for bringing the beauty and depth of film to the masses in Philadelphia, we are confident in our ability to produce a movie festival in 2011 that honors this tradition,” he said.
Murray continued: “Since our organization took over the management and programming of the festival from International House in 2001, we have expanded its community outreach and have seen great increases in attendance. Our structure – that of several festivals within a festivalâ€“was an instant popular success with Philadelphians and it received positive national press from The Wall Street Journal to indieWIRE.com and Moviemaker Magazine.”
PCA will continue to present its monthly French film series next month, La Cinematheque, (launched in September, 2009), at the Prince Music Theater; produce the Philadelphia QFest (July 8-19, 2010); and re-launch Hollywood industry sneak preview screenings in April.
But fortunately good news reared it’s head as another organization stepped up to announce a three day preview of their huge Film Festival which is set for the fall. The last time the Philadelphia Film Society unveiled their Philadelphia Film Festival, it was a HUGE event that saw the premieres of movies like Law Abiding Citizen and Precious. So while no films have been unveiled presently, it should be set to be a big 3 days of cinema.
The Philadelphia Film Society Announces the Presentation of the
Philadelphia Film Festival Spring Preview, Presented by Pennsylvania Hospital:
3-Day Free Preview Event Will Take Place April 9 â€“ April 11 at the Prince Music Theater
The Philadelphia Film Society is proud to announce that it will produce the Philadelphia Film Festival Spring Preview, Presented by Pennsylvania Hospital, a three-day film event scheduled to take place on Friday, April 9th, Saturday, April 10th and Sunday, April 11th exclusively at the Prince Music Theater. This event will feature three to four films per day, with complementary tickets to all films for Film Society Members and the general public.
The Philadelphia Film Festival Spring Preview, Presented by Pennsylvania Hospital will feature domestic and international films from both new filmmakers and renowned artists, curated by Philadelphia Film Festival staff. All tickets to the event will be complementary and made available to both Film Society Members as well as to the general public, however Film Society Members will have advance reservation and priority access to tickets. Likewise, premiere Film Society members will receive guaranteed access to all screenings and priority access to the theater.
The full list and schedule of films will be announced in March, with tickets available for Philadelphia Film Society members in late March and for the general public at the beginning of April. Tickets may be claimed through the Film Society website, filmadelphia.org or over the phone by calling 215-253-3599. Tickets will also be available starting 1 hour prior to each screening through a rush line at the Prince Music Theater.
Along with the Philadelphia Film Festival Spring Preview event in April, the Philadelphia Film Society will present the 19th annual Philadelphia Film Festival from October 14 – October 24, 2010. The 19th Philadelphia Film Festival will utilize various venues across Philadelphia, including the Ritz Five and Prince Music Theatre, and will include multiple events, receptions, industry panels and seminars throughout the duration of the festival. Submissions for the 19th Philadelphia Film Festival are now open through Without A Box, and we welcome any filmmaker who previously submitted to the Philadelphia CineFest to submit to the Philadelphia Film Festival for no fee.