8TH ANNUAL

PLAYHOUSE WEST

FILM FESTIVAL

PHILADELPHIA

ABOUT

PWFF-Philadelphia, is an off-shoot of the Playhouse West Film Festival in Los Angeles, established in 1997.  In 2012, long-time Artistic Director/Instructor, and PWFF Director, Tony Savant, moved to Philadelphia and founded a branch of the world-renown school, Playhouse West-Philadelphia. The following year, in 2013, the school hosted it's first annual film festival in the City of Brotherly Love and plans to continue this event annually, just like it's been held on Los Angeles, where he was the director for 19 years.

The Playhouse West Film Festival screens films which involve their current or former members. All films must either have a Playhouse West member in a leading or primary supporting acting role, or as the director, writer or producer.

The Playhouse West Film Festival-Philadelphia is sponsored by the Playhouse West Arts Foundation, a 501(c)3 Non-Profit organization dedicated to the inspiration, education and development of motion picture and theater artists of independent vision, and to the exhibition of their work. By sponsoring programs such as the Playhouse West Film Festival, we can also educate the public about the art of filmmaking, and introduce them to the work of aspiring new film artists of the future.

The Playhouse West Film Festival is well-known as one of the most positive, filmmaker-friendly festivals in the country. Each year we hear more and more from filmmakers that our festival has been their favorite. From our well organized, run-on-time format, to our unique Q&A’s after each screening block, giving filmmakers a platform to discuss their films at length with our audience, we take great pride in making our festival a fantastic experience for filmmakers.

As an institution, Playhouse West leads the way in encouraging young filmmakers.  Playhouse West members from Los Angeles, Philadelphia produce over 250 films per year, many which go one to be accepted and win awards at film festivals around the country and world.

LOCATION

PLAYHOUSE WEST - PHILADELPHIA THEATER
1218 Wallace Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123

PARKING

Wallace Street has only 2 hour parking on weekdays until 6:30 p.m., but there is free parking on 12th & 13th Streets, also on Melon Street, Marvine Street, Fairmont Avenue and Brown Street.  And a free lot on 12th & Melon, across from Spring Garden School.

 

The studio is also easily accessed by public transportation.  We are a few blocks from the Broad Street line at either Spring Garden or Fairmont Ave.

BOTH

Offered admission to her dream school, far from her family, a half-Thai-half-American girl becomes caught in a cultural divide between a western “me” mentality and eastern “we” mentality.

Run Time

15:00 min

THE BOY UNDER THE MAGNOLIA TREE

A successful artist hires a young man to assist her, and learns of his troubled past.

Run Time

36:52 min

7 pm Shorts

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FRIDAY, AUGUST 27th

DRINK IT

A man reminisces fondly of his sobriety until he is visited by a shadow… with a drink.

Run Time

3:25 min

THE DUMP

A germaphobe deals with unsanitary public facilities.

Run Time

2:39 min

KARLIE

A young woman learns to cope with the disappearance of her sister.

Run Time

19:55 min

A PAID CONNECTION

When Caroline’s therapist of 15 years, Judy, announces her retirement, Caroline refuses to let her go without a fight. 

Run Time

8:58 min

SPOILER ALERT

Two best friends. Together at last. A night of binge watching their favorite drama. One intruder.

Run Time

10:53 min

9 am Shorts

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SATURDAY, AUGUST 28th

DISSONANCE

A young woman drives her significant other and their son home when a text message causes her to end this ride short. 

Run Time

4:47 min

ALMA'S VOWS

A heartbroken woman finds solace in a place she never imagined.

Run Time

21:03 min

AS ANGEL'S WATCH

Two couples from very different socio-economic classes meet at an upscale restaurant to discuss their shared surrogate fetus.

Run Time

23:07 min

10:30 Shorts

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HOW TO SATISFY A WOMAN

A desperate couple work tirelessly to find their daughter's favorite nap toy.

Run Time

18:37 min

REEL LOOK: EPISODE 2: A Life Without Love is No Life At All

When Beatrix Altringham, the world famous host of the BBC, experiences the devastating collapse of her career, she returns to her childhood home to find refuge.

Run Time

31:11 min

1 pm Shorts

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MOM

A young girl grapples with an abusive mother.

Run Time

9:26 min

SPEAK NOW

Spurred by a racist neighbor, immigration services investigates the union of an African-American citizen and Vietnamese immigrant brought together by family and promises.

Run Time

17:05 min

2:30 pm Shorts

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I'LL MEET YOU THERE

A man recounts a trip to his late to his late wife’s childhood home as they prepare for the future.

Run Time

14:46 min

FOR ARTHUR

A simple man is determined not to relive the sins of his grandfather.

Run Time

7:35 min

VOLLEY

A casual game of tennis between friends becomes an awakening to the relationships and the lives they take for granted.

Run Time

14:50 min

3:30 pm Shorts

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MAN OF GOD

Exiled unjustly, convicted without trial, slandered without cause, Saint Nektarios bears the unjust hatred of his enemies while preaching the Word of God.

Run Time

109:00 min

7 pm Feature Film

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SIREN

A fisherman finds a surprise.

Run Time

1:00 min

DROP-OFF

Two 70s drug dealers plan to make a drop.

Run Time

2:00 min

APARTMENT 3A

A lonely woman has a special dinner planned with her long lost love.   

Run Time

8:15 min

A FIRST

A young man attempts to keep his parents from leaving their house for fear of them being physically assaulted because of their race, as a friend attempts to comfort him with his experience in the matter.

Run Time

12:25 min

SHACKLED HAVEN

Two runaway slaves escape a plantation in search of freedom.

Run Time

26:00 min

9 am Shorts

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SUNDAY, AUGUST 29th

EMPORER PALPS

Emperor Palpatine crashes the writer's room for Star Wars X-XII.

Run Time

9:04 min

DESTINATION

After making a big life decision, a woman must convince best friend she is doing the right thing.

Run Time

8:18 min

NUMBER ONE

Mae agrees to an open relationship with her free-spirited lover, but her goal of getting closer to him doesn't really go as planned. 

Run Time

31:15 min

10:30 Shorts

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CALLED TO DUTY

A veteran's support group meeting goes wrong when Winston joins for the first time.

Run Time

5:35 min

NICE TO BE YOU

A high school student turned local celebrity makes his way to an unknown destination.

Run Time

6:10 min

288

A high school student and their friends are surprised when the are forced to spend the night bowling with their principal.

Run Time

36:03 min

1 pm Shorts

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THE FISHING TRIP

A teen struggles with the death of his father and must find a way to achieve closure.

Run Time

10:33 min

VIRTUOSO

As a father battling Parkinson's struggles to play the song his son once played so well, he's interrupted by his android servant, who's intrigued by the piano.

Run Time

14:26 min

2:30 pm Shorts

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SANIA

A single mother of four struggles to maintain the household amidst the Covid-19 pandemic.

Run Time

20:00 min

NEIGHBORS

A nosey man and hs buddy get in over their heads when spying on his neighbor's affairs.

Run Time

28:12 min

3:30 pm Shorts

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PWFF-PHILADELPHIA AWARDS CEREMONY

7:30 pm