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31st annual Philadelphia Film Festival

The 31st Philadelphia Film Festival will feature many guest appearances listed below. There will be Two World Premieres, Two North American Premieres, Five United States Premieres, Four East Coast Premieres.

The Philadelphia Film Society is proud to announce the 31st Philadelphia Film Festival, taking place from Wednesday, October 19 – Sunday, October 30, 2022, will feature the World, North American, United States, and East Coast Premieres of many highly anticipated titles.

Festival attendees can expect multiple special guest appearances by filmmakers at screenings. From the Centerpiece selections, the festival will welcome RIAN JOHNSON, Director of GLASS ONION: A KNIVES OUT MYSTERY, and CHINONYE CHUKWU, Director of TILL, both of who will participate in moderated Q&A sessions after their film’s screenings. From the Filmadelphia category, NICK NOLTE will appear with Writer/Director BRANDON ERIC KAMIN on behalf of their new film RITTENHOUSE SQUARE.

Among other international titles, REBEL and PAMFIR will have their United States Premieres after having their World Premieres at the Cannes Film Festival. FOREVER YOUNG and A E I O U – A QUICK ALPHABET OF LOVE will have their North American Premieres at the Festival after premiering at Cannes Film Festival and Berlin International Film Festival, respectively. In the Filmadelphia Category, NOT FOR NOTHING and RITTENHOUSE SQUARE (2022) will have their World Premieres at the Festival.

The full Festival schedule and digital Festival Program Guide are available now on

Listed below are titles with confirmed filmmaker appearances, as well as titles with World, North American, United States, or East Coast Premieres.

31st Philadelphia Film Festival Premieres & Special Guest Appearances


  • ○  Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, Director Rian Johnson. 2022, USA. (Director Rian Johnson Special Appearance on Oct. 21st)
  • ○  Till, Director Chinonye Chukwu. 2022, USA. (Director Chinonye Chukwu Special Appearance on Oct. 20th)

Special Events

○ An Evening with Dream Video Division (Appearance by members of DVD for a screening of some of their latest hilarious and visually stunning film remixes.)

Masters of Cinema – The latest films by a new generation of acclaimed auteurs and established directors who continue to reshape the cinematic landscape.

A Compassionate Spy, Director Steve James. 2022, USA. (Producer Dave Lindorff Special Appearance on Oct. 25th)

Spotlights – This year’s highly anticipated titles featuring some of the biggest names in front of and behind the camera.

Causeway, Director Lila Neugebauer. 2022, USA. (Director Lila Neugebauer Special Appearance on Oct. 27th)

World View – Works that demonstrate the diversity and vitality of contemporary international cinema from some of the globe’s most exciting filmmakers.

  • ○  A E I O U – A Quick Alphabet of Love , Director Nicolette Krebitz. 2022, Germany, France. (North America Premiere)
  • ○  Before I Change My Mind, Director Trevor Anderson. 2022, Canada. (Writer/Director Trevor Anderson Special Appearance on Oct. 21st and Oct. 22nd)
  • ○  Pamfir, Director Dmytro Sukholytkyy-Sobchuk. 2022, Ukraine, France, Poland, Germany, Chile. (US Premiere)
  • ○  Subtraction, Director Mani Haghighi. 2022, Iran, France. (US Premiere)
  • ○  Viking, Director Stéphane Lafleur. 2022, Canada. (US Premiere)
  • ○  Xalé, Director Moussa Sene Absa. 2022, Senegal, Ivory Coast. (East Coast


Non/Fiction – Compelling and provocative, these contemporary docs encourage viewers to see the world through a different lens.

  • ○  Chop & Steele, Director Ben Steinbauer, Director Berndt Mader. 2022, USA. (Producer and Director of Photography Priest Fontaine Batten Special Appearance

on Oct. 24th)

  • ○  The Picture Taker, Director Phil Bertelsen. 2022, USA. (Director Phil Bartelsen and

Producer Lise Yasui Special Appearance on Oct. 27th and Oct. 28th)

  • ○  Nothing Lasts Forever, Director Jason Kohn. 2022, USA. (Director Jason Kohn and

Producer Amanda Branson Gill Special Appearance on Oct. 22nd)

After Hours – Bringing together the odd, eerie, thrilling, and downright weird, this is the home of cult classics in the making.

  • ○  Christmas Bloody Christmas, Director Joe Begos. 2022, USA. (Writer/Director/Producer Joe Begos Special Appearance on Oct. 20th)
  • ○  Kids vs. Aliens, Director Jason Eisener. 2022, USA. (Writer/Director Jason Eisener and Star Calem MacDonald Special Appearance on Oct. 22nd)
  • ○  Mister Organ, Director David Farrier. 2022, New Zealand. (Director David Farrrier Special Appearance on Oct. 24th and Oct. 25th)

Filmadelphia – Showcasing the most dynamic and talented voices from the Greater Philadelphia area.

A Woman on the Outside, Director Lisa Riordan Seville, Director Zara Katz. 2022, USA. (Director/Producer Lisa Riordan Seville, Director/Producer Zara Katz, Writer/Producer Kara C. Jones, Impact Producer Amira Smith and Subject of the film Kristal Bush Special Appearance on Oct. 22nd)

Gradually, Then Suddenly: The Bankruptcy of Detroit, Director Sam Katz, Director James McGovern. 2022, USA. (Director Sam Katz Special Appearance on Oct. 25th)
Land of Gold
, Director Nardeep Khurmi. 2022, USA. (Writer/Director/Star Nardeep Khurmi Special Appearance on Oct. 29th and Oct. 30th)
Not for Nothing
, Director Tim Dowlin, Director Frank Tartaglia. 2022, USA. (World Premiere) (Director Frank Tartaglia and Director Tom Dowlin Special Appearance on Oct. 22nd and Oct. 29th)
Rittenhouse Square
, Director Brandon Eric Kamin. 2022, USA. (World Premiere)

(Writer/Director Brandon Eric Kamin and Star Nick Nolte Special Appearance on Oct. 23rd)
Your Friend, Memphis
, Director David P. Zucker. 2022, USA, Italy. (Director David Zucker Special Appearance on Oct. 30th and Producer Ben Edelman Special Appearance on Oct. 21st)

Made in USA – Lo-fi gems and new indie classics that offer a fresh perspective on today’s America.

Blood Relatives, Director Noah Segan. 2022, USA. (East Coast Premiere) (Writer/Director/Star Noah Segan Special Appearance on Oct. 22nd and Oct. 23rd)

Next Exit, Director Mali Elfman. 2022, USA. (Writer/Director Mali Elfman Special Appearance on Oct. 21st and Oct. 22nd)

Cinema de France – Sharing a language with some of cinema’s most revered classics and legendary auteurs, these new films have that certain je ne sais quoi.

  • ○  Forever Young, Director Valeria Bruni Tedeschi. 2022, France. (North America Premiere)
  • ○  The Night of the 12th, Director Dominik Moll. 2022, France, Belgium. (East Coast Premiere)

Green Screen – From animal welfare to the effects of climate change, these thought-provoking films address urgent environmental issues.

How to Blow Up a Pipeline, Director Daniel Goldhaber. 2022, USA. (Star and Co-Writer Ariela Barer and Editor Daniel Garber Special Appearance on Oct. 20th)

The Smell of Money, Director Shawn Bannon. 2022, USA. (Director Shawn Bannon Special Appearance on Oct. 23rd and Oct. 24th)

Sight & Soundtrack – Featuring rockumentaries, musician biopics, and films centered on the unifying power of music.

Rebel, Director Adil El Arbi, Director Bilall Fallah. 2022, Belgium, Luxembourg, France. (US Premiere)

State of the Union – Stories of some of the most significant figures and events in American politics and diplomacy, which continue to shape the future of the nation’s democracy.

  • ○  Boycott , Director Julia Bacha. 2021, USA. (Just Vision Films Communications Associate Jen Marlowe Special Appearance on Oct. 30th)
  • ○  The Exiles, Director Ben Klein, Director Violet Columbus. 2022, USA, Taiwan, France, China. (Co-Director Ben Klein and Co-Director Violet Columbus Special Appearance on Oct. 25th and Oct. 26th)
  • ○  The Grab, Director Gabriela Cowperthwaite. 2022, USA. (Subject of the film Nathan Halverson Special Appearance on Oct. 22nd)
  • ○  Loudmouth, Director Josh Alexander. 2022, USA. (Director Josh Alexander Special Appearance on Oct. 29th)
  • ○  Shouting Down Midnight, Director Gretchen Stoeltje. 2022, USA. (East Coast Premiere)

Short Films

  • ○  Deerwoods Deathtrap, Director James P. Gannon. (Director James Gannon Special Appearance on Oct. 21st and Oct. 30th)
  • ○  I (heart) Jack LaLanne: A Cartoon Memoir, Director LeAnn Erickson. (Director LeAnn Erickson Special Appearance on Oct. 21st and Oct. 30th)
  • ○  Memnon, Director Cameron Clay. (Director Cameron Clay Special Appearance on Oct. 21st and Oct. 30th)
  • ○  She Got Balls!, Director Cheryl Hess. (Director Cheryl Hess Special Appearance on

Oct. 21st and Oct. 30th)
The Stand, Director Andrew Bilindabagabo. (Director Andrew Bilindabagabo Special

Appearance on Oct. 21st and Oct. 30th and Producer Carley Bilindabagabo Special Appearance on Oct. 30th)

Screenings for the 31st Philadelphia Film Festival will take place at the below venues:

  • ●  Philadelphia Film Center (1412 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102)
  • ●  PFS Bourse Theater (400 Ranstead Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106)
  • ●  PFS East (125 S 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106 – Formerly Ritz East)

Tickets are on-sale now for Philadelphia Film Society members and the general public. Tickets may be purchased through the Festival website,, in-person at the Box Offices at the Philadelphia Film Center and PFS Bourse Theater, or over the phone at 215-422-4588.


Philadelphia Film Society (PFS) creates opportunities for diverse communities to experience film through initiatives that inspire, educate, challenge, and entertain. A nonprofit organization that is the region’s foremost resource for film presentation and education, PFS is committed to presenting film as a powerful medium for artistic expression, a transformative force, and a catalyst for strengthening community. As the producer of the Philadelphia Film Festival and creative force behind the Philadelphia Film Center and PFS Bourse Theater, PFS raises awareness of film as an important art form in Philadelphia and serves as a vital piece of the city’s arts and culture community. For more information, visit


Every October, the Philadelphia Film Society hosts the Philadelphia Film Festival which gathers more than 25,000 film lovers and scores of talented filmmakers for ten exceptional days of cinematic splendor. Throughout the year, the Philadelphia Film Society’s artistic team scours the world’s most prestigious film festivals – from Sundance to Berlin, Cannes to Toronto – for the year’s most highly anticipated, critically acclaimed, and thought-provoking films. The Festival presents these films alongside exclusive events with actors, directors, and industry guests; VIP receptions; and much more that highlights Philadelphia as a place where film is flourishing.

As a world-class film festival, PFF represents a major contribution to the cultural life of the city and region. It presents, on average, more than 100 films, draws industry guests and panelists, and fosters an interactive community of film professionals and supporters. By presenting and designing programs with a variety of partners, PFS is able to create opportunities that reduce barriers to interacting with film, attracting new audiences to PFS and the film community at large.


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