From July 16 - 19, PhilaFilm will celebrate its 37th festival season of “international, Independent film and television artists,” screening productions in eight categories: features, short subjects, documentaries, animation, experimental, student, television series, music video.”

Screenings will take place at the African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch St., as well as secondary venues including the Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz, Broad & Fitzwater streets and the Ritz 5 Theatre, 2nd & Walnut streets.

PhilaFilm’s “much-anticipated” Seniors Day and “Icon” series recognizes artists who have passed away in the previous year. This year, James Gandolfini, best known for his role as Tony Soprano in the HBO crime drama “The Sopranos,” martial arts icon Jim Kelly (“Enter the Dragon,” “Black Belt Jones,” “Three the Hard Way”) and Juanita Moore of the gut-wrenching film classic “Imitation of Life” were chosen. According to organizers, selections of their work and a Festival entry will screen at the Seniors Day event, which has annually been sponsored by the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging. PhilaFilm’s theme for 2014 is “Content: A Discourse on Distribution.”

Once again, the Hilton Hotel, City Avenue & Stout Road, will be the site of the Festival’s gala, black-tie closing Awards Ceremony, Zinman Furs Fashion Show and dance after party. For tickets and complete information call PhilaFilm at (215) 849-2716 or visit


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