Philadelphia Film Festival: Tickets

Various Venues • Philadelphia, PA

October 18 to 28

What you get

  • $12 for Two Tickets for Any Regular Weekday Screening (Monday through Thursday)
  • $79 for Four-Day Ticket Valid for All Regular Screenings on Choice of Two Dates:
    • October 19 to 21
    • October 25 to 28
  • All Screenings Held from October 18 - 28

As Jean-Luc Godard famously noted "cinema is the most beautiful fraud in the world," but there's nothing fake about today's deal from the Philadelphia Film Society: Pay $12 (regularly $24) for two tickets to any regular weekday screening at the Philadelphia Film Festival, running from October 18 to 28. Or, channel your inner cinephile and drop $79 for a four-day ticket to any regular weekday screening from October 19 to 21 or October 25 to 28 (a $165 value).

Since 1991, the Philadelphia Film Festival has become one of the city's most important cultural events, showcasing the best feature-length and short narrative and documentary films from all over the globe.

what to watch for


With screenings and festival events held at the Ritz East and Ritz Five in Old City, the Prince Music Theater in Center City, and the RAVE Theater, International House, and Zellerbach Theater in University City, this year’s festival boasts more than 200 films from some of the best filmmakers from around the world. Here are some of this year’s highlights:

Holy Motors, the newest film from French auteur Leos Carax, is a bizarrely original and gorgeously executed head trip that premiered at Cannes in May and culled some of the strongest reviews from the festival. Critics call Carax's mind-bending masterwork "mad crazy beautiful," "a visionary, jaw-dropping spectacle," and "one of the best films of the year."

Although it's still early in the Oscar race, critics are already calling David O. Russell's Silver Linings Playbook a lock-in to sweep this year's Academy Awards. Seamlessly blending sly humor and heartbreaking drama, the film is a tender exploration of one man's personal and professional meltdown, bolstered by strong performances from Bradley Cooper (The Hangover, Limitless) and Academy Award Nominee Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games, Winter's Bone).

From famed cult director Don Coscarelli (Phantasm, Bubba Ho-Tep) comes this altogether bizarre and cerebral adaptation of David Wong's zany novel John Dies at the End. The film centers on a fictionalized version of Wong telling a journalist (Paul Giamatti) about his best friend John's experience with a new street drug, which allows users to cross time and dimensions. Combining equal parts outlandish sci-fi, campy humor, and mind-bending plot twists, Coscarelli's new film is destined to become a new cult classic.

Fine print

Each 2 ticket package voucher is good for 2 people on one day only • Each 4 day voucher is good for 1 person on all 4 days listed on voucher • The deal is valid only for tickets on the date[s] of the event as listed and may not be exchanged or redeemed for any other dates • A refund may only be collected within 24 hours of your purchase; purchases made within 24 hours of event start time are not subject to refunds • Rain or shine • Purchaser may change the name of the individual retrieving tickets up to 24 hours in advance of event via the LivingSocial website event details section; no name-changes or alternate pick-ups permitted without notice at venue • Two ticket package excludes Special Events, Opening and Closing Night, and Centerpiece Screenings • Four day passes exclude Opening and Closing Night Ceremonies • Entire value must be used in a single visit