What to anticipate as Pittsburgh Film Festival begins


Three Rivers Film Festival advertisement. Photo Credit: FilmPittsburgh.org

Tina Kakadelis

This year’s Three Rivers Film Festival kicked off on Thursday, Nov. 10 and features 18 independent films from around the world. 

Opening night will take place at the Pittsburgh Playhouse. Subsequent movies will be shown at Harris Theater and The Tull Family Theater until Nov. 16.

The Three Rivers Film Festival offers more than just the expected moving pictures. Question and answer sessions with the cast and crew from featured films and showing parties distinguish this late fall event. 

The festival caps off its run with a 40th-anniversary showing of a Pittsburgh-shot film: George Romero’s “Creepshow.”

As soon as the Three Rivers Film Festival ends, the Pittsburgh Shorts Film Festival begins. This shorter (no pun intended) festival runs Nov. 17-20. 

The 114 short films have been broken up into six blocks of programming that will screen at the Harris Theatre. During the festival, professional actors will be performing a reading of the top four contenders from the Script Competition.

Both festivals will provide online streaming components in companion with in-person events.