The mission of The Philadelphia Independent Film and Video Asssociation (PIFVA) is to facilitate the creation of diverse and independent film and media art by consulting and connecting industry members seeking to produce, promote, and exhibit their work across the Greater Philadelphia region and beyond.
Started in 1979 by filmmakers for filmmakers, PIFVA has been a leading organization supporting the local independent film and new media industry through programming which includes The Finishing Fund Grant, awarded annually to projects in final stages of post-production; monthly Cinema Speakeasy event, providing the much-needed opportunity for members to screen their work publicly; workshops and education on issues critical to filmmakers, including legal, business and creative aspects of the industry; fiscal sponsorships for individual projects and organizations, allowing them to receive grants and tax-free donations; and many other benefits.
THE PIFVA FINISHING FUND PROGRAM
PIFVA's Finishing Fund grant program, one of the only funding program to award post-production funds to individuals in the region, awards grants and services to Philadelphia-area independent media makers with film/video projects in the post-production stage. Grants are awarded in amounts up to $1500 and are paid directly to service providers.
EVENTS AND WORKSHOPS
Our events, presented through PIFVA or in collaboration with other organizations such as Scribe Video, the Greater Philadelphia Film Office, PhillyCAM, Reelblack, and others, provide education and information for beginning and experienced media artists. We continue our Cinema Speakeasy at L'Etage, with member-generated screenings and presentations. Past topics for workshops include crowd funding and community engagement campaigns; distribution and marketing strategies, grantwriting fundamentals; film screenings, and legal issues. Check our calendar and website for updates on PIFVA and other community events.
PIFVA acts as a fiscal sponsor for both individual projects and organizations who have not obtained independent status as a 501(c)(3) organization. This sponsorship allows the projects and organizations to receive grants and donations for which they would not otherwise be eligible, thereby providing much needed funding resources throughout the community.
Our Speedcrewing events, in collaboration with the Philadlephia Film Office, and PhillyCAM, enable media makers to connect in face to face networking and find collaborations and work.
Our website enables each member to publish their bio, upload creative work, and reveal their social networking feeds.
The Philadelphia Independent Film and Video Association (PIFVA) was formed in 1979 by independent filmmakers to provide services to media makers working in all genres, styles and at all levels of experience. A program at International House for 19 years, PIFVA evolved into an essential and dynamic resource for local media makers, encouraging independent, non-commercial, artistically provocative, diverse, and community-based production of work. In 1998 International House no longer was able to continue PIFVA as one of its programs. A concerned community of filmmakers formed a PIFVA Advisory Council to develop viable strategies for PIFVA’s future. In 2002 PIFVA received 501(c)(3) status and has since been run by an active Board of Directors, volunteers and an Executive Director.
PIFVA is funded by the Wyncote Foundation, the Philadelphia Cultural Fund and our individual supporters. If you would like to Donate to sustain PIFVA, click here.