JFilm: The Pittsburgh Jewish Film Forum and PF/PCA (Pittsburgh Filmmakers/Pittsburgh Center for the Arts) are partnering to produce the Three Rivers Film Festival presented by Dollar Bank. Now entering its 35th year, Three Rivers Film Festival is the oldest and largest film festival in the region. The combined efforts of these two cultural organizations will serve to transform 3RFF into a highly visible event, generating more awareness of the festival’s rich offerings, promoting tourism to the city, and helping to elevate the art form of independent cinema within Pittsburgh’s cultural landscape.
In concert with PF/PCA, JFilm’s experience in producing well-attended and dynamic film events will help to advance the Three Rivers Film Festival into a leading international film festival while preserving its rich history.
“We’re excited to be working with JFilm and believe that the partnership will allow us to grow the festival in ways currently beyond our capacity” says Pete Mendes, Pittsburgh Filmmaker’s interim executive director.
Screenings will continue to be offered at Pittsburgh Filmmakers theaters and Waterworks Cinemas in Fox Chapel while new venues will be added including the August Wilson Center downtown in the Cultural District.
“Pittsburgh deserves a first-class film festival” says Kevin J. McMahon, President and CEO of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, “and we’re glad to play host to part of it through our downtown venues.”
Kathryn Spitz Cohan, executive director of JFilm, believes that “the partnership lays the groundwork for an international film festival that will attract a diverse audience from the region and beyond while providing an economic boost for the city.”
Additional details will be announced in the fall.
Pittsburgh Filmmakers, Inc. was founded in 1971 and is a private, nonprofit corporation designed to encourage the creation and understanding of media and still photography for noncommercial artistic and literary purposes. In 2006, Pittsburgh Filmmakers merged with the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, creating PF/PCA. This contemporary visual arts organization has a significant place within the Pittsburgh arts community and continues to enrich the city’s film scene by offering regular screenings of international, foreign language and American independent films at their historical theaters.
Started in 1994, JFilm: The Pittsburgh Jewish Film Forum is a nonprofit organization that presents independent films from around the world through a broad range of programming that includes the JFilm Festival, ReelAbilities Film Festival, Robinson International Short Film Competition, and Teen Screen—an educational program that annually exposes 5,000 students to films that explore issues of social justice, tolerance and our common humanity.