As we are now coming up for air from the 11 day Philadelphia Film Festival that has now been over for over a month – we were ecstatic when the thought of being held captive in our home due to Hurricane Sandy was an option after the festival. We have so much to pack into this blog post, I am sure I can manage to keep it short and sweet.
There were over 100 films from 35 countries to screen during this 11-day event. It is crazy to try and fathom how many movies someone would be able to see in an 11+ hour day!
The film festival kicked off on October 18th with the acclaimed David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook, which recently won the coveted Audience Award following its premiere at last month’s Toronto International Film Festival, and is already garnering award buzz. Silver Linings Playbook is an intimate, heartfelt, engaging and often hilarious, film about a former high school teacher who returns home, looking to rebuild his life after spending time in a mental institution.
There was a reception at R2L afterwards, where guests were treated to libations and dessert. Synergetic Sound got the party started upstairs. Morina Photography documented the red carpet prior to the screening of Silver Linings Playbook, the Q&A’s and the after party!
Philadelphia Event Planners was also heading up the guest services aspect of the festival. We had a blast picking up celebs, producers and directors from across the country and showing them Philadelphia! We had a great line up of hotels that sponsored us, such as the newest addition in Old City: Hotel Monaco, University City Sheraton and of course the Loew’s Hotel!
This year was the first year that the festival had a designated area in Old City where badge holders, celebs, producers and directors could come by and relax in between movies and grab a bite to eat and complimentary snack and libations. Barefoot Wine stopped by for two days doing a wine tasting with their newest pink bubbly. They also donated all of the wine for the festival! Hard Rock Café, Tony Luke’s, Cupcakes Gourmet and Bourbon Blue were generous enough to supply the attendees with a light dinner and dessert before heading to more movies. Stella Artois provided beer throughout the entire week as well as Pravda Vodka, and Smartwater! Dock Street Beer provided a tasting station at the closing reception. Southwest, Herr’s, Utz Snacks and Hank’s Gourmet Beverages donated a generous amount of snacks and drinks for the lounge!
The Festival closed on October 27th with Flight, Robert Zemeckis’ long-awaited return to live-action filmmaking, which tells the story of a seasoned airline pilot who crash lands his plane after a mid-air catastrophe, miraculously saving nearly everybody on board, and the subsequent investigation into what may have caused the crash.
We had an after party at Sigma Sound Stage– including a club style DJ from CTO. Philadelphia Event Planners did the décor and we had an array of desserts from Cupcakes Gourmet and Will BYOB. Karma Authentic Indian Cuisine supplied guests with an amazing spread from their restaurant located on Chestnut Street in Old City. Chariot Photobooths came back again for the closing reception as guests wore their favorite masks and used special props as they got their pictures taken. Mark James Photography was our photographer for the evening and Branded Video, who was seen throughout the duration of the festival at Q&A’s and in the VIP Lounge capturing all aspects.
This festival was jam packed with awesome movies, great people, fabulous food and drink! We could not have done it without the help of all the sponsors! To See more pictures from the festival…Click Here>Morina Photography or Click Here>Mark James Photography
Happy Filming & Planning!