PFS on Us Initiative Offers Complimentary Tickets for 30th Philadelphia Film Festival

-Courtesy of the Philadelphia Film Society

The Philadelphia Film Society (PFS)is proud to announce that their free ticketing program, PFS on Us,will continue for the 30th Philadelphia Film Festival (PFF).

As in past years, PFS on Us will increase Festival accessibility for the Philadelphia community by providing complimentary tickets to select films curated by the programming team. This year’s program includes titles in the Spotlights, World View, Non/Fiction, From The Vaults, Filmadelphia, Made in USA, and Green Screen categories.

“The Philadelphia Film Society takes pride in its history of bringing diverse communities together through the power of cinema, and this year is no different,” said Andrew Greenblatt, CEO & Executive Director, Philadelphia Film Society. “We are ecstatic to welcome everyone back into our theaters and our PFS on Us program offers accessibility for film lovers of all ages to enjoy and participate in our 30th anniversary festival at no cost.”

“After a year of delayed releases due to the pandemic, I am delighted to report that we are coming back stronger than ever with a dynamic selection of films,” said Michael Lerman, Artistic Director, Philadelphia Film Society. “This year titles were selected by their significance for the community, highlighted with movies that demonstrate diversity and vitality, compelling and provocative docs, and film classics.”

Dates, times, and locations for each title are available at

PFS on Us Titles

  • Spotlights: This year’s highly anticipated titles featuring some of the biggest names in front of and behind the camera.
    • Paper & GlueDirector JR. 2021, France, USA, Mexico, Brazil.
  • Worldview: Works that demonstrate the diversity and vitality of contemporary international cinema from some of the globe’s most exciting filmmakers.
    • Lingui, The Sacred Bonds, Director Mahamat-Saleh Haroun. 2021, France, Germany, Belgium, Chad.
    • Night Raiders, Director Danis Goulet. 2021, Canada, New Zealand.
  • Non/Fiction: Compelling and provocative, these contemporary docs encourage viewers to see the world through a different lens.
    • The First Wave, Director Matthew Heineman. 2021, USA.
    • Mr. Bachmann and His ClassDirector Maria Speth. 2021, Germany.
    • President, Director Camilla Nielsson. 2021, Denmark, USA, Norway
    • Procession, Director Robert Greene. 2021, USA.
    • Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America, Director Emily Kunstler, Sarah Kunstler. 2021, USA.
  • Documentary Shorts Program
    •  Don’t Go Tellin’ Your Momma, Director Topaz Jones
    • Joe Buffalo, Director Amar Chebib
    • Land of the Free: In the Shadows, Director James Ganiere
    • The Rifleman, Director Sierra Pettengill
    • Senior Prom, Director Luisa Conlon
    • Trade Center, Director Adam Baran
  • From the Vaults: Film classics come alive as they were meant to be seen – on the big screen!
    • Hester Street, Director Joan Micklin Silver. 1975, USA. (Presented in Restored 4K)
  • Filmadelphia: Showcasing the most dynamic and talented voices from the greater Philadelphia area.
    • All About My Sisters, Director Wang Qiong. 2021, USA.
    • Bill Mauldin: If It’s Big, Hit It, Director Don Argott, Sheena M. Joyce. 2021, USA.
  • Made in USA: Lo-fi gems and new indie classics that offer a fresh perspective on today’s America.
    • as of yet, Director Taylor Garron, Chanel James. 2021, USA.
  • Green Screen: From animal welfare to the effects of climate change, these thought-provoking films address urgent environmental issues.
    • Whether the Weather Is FineDirector Carlo Francisco Manatad. 2021, Philippines, France, Singapore, Indonesia, Germany, Qatar.

Free ticketing program PFS On Us unites a diverse group of individuals involved in nonprofit organizations, arts and cultural groups, universities, and hundreds from Philadelphia’s general public who want to share in the excitement and challenge of powerful new cinema.

Reserve online at, order through the Festival Call Center at 215-422-4588, or reserve in person. Limit 2 tickets per film for each individual reservation. 

Free ticket packages of 10 tickets or more (per film) for community groups, arts, cultural, and social service organizations, colleges/universities, and more can be reserved by contacting

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, PFS Bourse Theater, and PFS Drive-In at the Navy Yard, 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. As a world-class film festival, PFF represents a major contribution to the cultural life of the city and region, attracting new audiences to PFS and the film community at large.

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