KRIMES, PAPER & GLUE, and KING RICHARD Win Coveted Audience Awards at 30th Philadelphia Film Festival

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The Philadelphia Film Society is proud to announce the award winners for the 30th Philadelphia Film Festival, including the Filmadelphia Audience Award winner KRIMESDocumentary Audience Award winner PAPER & GLUE, and Narrative Audience Award winner KING RICHARD

The recipient of the Best Documentary Feature Award is THE FIRST WAVE, providing a firsthand account of the first four months as the devastating “first wave” of COVID-19.

This year continued the Festival tradition of highlighting the best of film from around the world. The 12-day event featured more than 140 films, dozens of Philadelphia Premieres with appearances by more than 50 special guests.

The 31st Philadelphia Film Festival will be held October 20-30, 2022.

30th Philadelphia Film Festival Award Winners

Best Documentary FeatureThe First Wave, Director Matthew Heineman. 2021, USA.

Best Narrative FeatureCaptain Volkonogov Escaped, Director Aleksey Chupov, Natasha Merkulova. 2021, Russia, France, Estonia.

Pinkenson Award for Best Local FeatureAll About My Sisters, Director Wang Qiong. 2021, USA.

Pinkenson Award for Best Local ShortSisters of The Soil, Director Raishad M. Hardnett, Aidan M. Un. 2021.

Best Short FilmSnowy, Kaitlyn Schwalje, Alex Wolf Lewis. 

Filmadelphia Audience AwardKrimes, Director Alysa Nahmias. 2021, USA.

Documentary Audience AwardPaper & Glue, Director JR. 2021, France, USA, Mexico, Brazil

Narrative Audience AwardKing Richard, Director Reinaldo Marcus Green. 2021, USA

The 30th Philadelphia Film Festival is made possible through the generous support of its sponsors, including:

  • Lead Sponsors: aka., World of HA Productions
  • Official Sponsors: Philadelphia Style, W Philadelphia, 6abc, iHeart Radio, Wavelength Productions
  • Contributing Sponsors: Tito’s Handmade Vodka, PECO, Compass, AlkemyX
  • Patron Sponsors: Glenmede, AARP Philadelphia, Xfinity, Cozen O’Connor, and The Judge Group 

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

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