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The Philadelphia Film Festival at a glance

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STORY WRITTEN BY BRIAN BINGAMAN  
bbingaman@thereporteronline.com
@brianbingaman on Twitter

“See something you’ll never forget,” reads the program cover for the 23rd annual Philadelphia Film Festival, happening through Oct. 26.
Where is this held?
Presented by the Philadelphia Film Society, the majority of the festival is held at six venues: the Philadelphia Film Society’s Roxy Theater, 2023 Sansom St., the Prince Music Theater, 1412 Chestnut St., the Kimmel Center’s Perelman Theater, 300 S. Broad Street at Spruce Street, The Ritz Bourse, 400 Ranstead St., The Ritz East, 125 S. Second St. at Sansom Street, and the Festival Lounge on the second floor of 110 Chestnut St.  MORE ON THE FESTIVAL
This year, the suburbs get in the mix. On Oct. 21, the Hiway Theater, 212 York Road, Jenkintown, presents “Big Significant Things” (starring “Games of Thrones” actor Harry Lloyd) at 8 p.m. On Oct. 22, Bryn Mawr Theater, 824 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr, shows “Hippocrates” at 3 p.m., the mockumentary “Teacher of the Year” at 5:30 and “Man from Reno” at 8. Also on Oct. 22, the Ambler Theater, 108 E. Butler Ave., Ambler, screens “Los Angeles” at 5:30 p.m. and “I am Big Bird” — a documentary about 80-year-old Carroll Spinney, the actor behind Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch — at 8.
What else can you tell me about the films?
There’s a little bit of everything — new art films with well-known actors like “St. Vincent,” “Wild” and “The Imitation Game;” features; shorts; animated shorts; thrillers; movies about music; documentaries; Philly filmmaker creations; a David Lynch retrospective series; a Bogart-Bacall blast from the past; “Capote” with Philip Seymour Hoffman; Australian filmmakers; Spanish language movies; French film and more. Note that there’s a big closing night event 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. the night of Oct. 24, plus additional events.
How do I get tickets?
Online at www.filmadelphia.org, by phone at (267) 607-3385, in person at any festival theatrical venue (only on screening dates), or at the PFS Roxy Theater up to 30 minutes before showtime.
Any good tips?
Check the complete schedule on the website and get your tickets in advance. Don’t be late for the show (they don’t show any previews). Stay on top of changes by following @phillyfilmsoc on Twitter, and check www.facebook.com/philafilmsociety. Observe movie theater etiquette, such as silencing your cell phone and refraining from using it while in the theater. Check the weather and dress appropriately because lines do form outside the theaters. Look into the admission badge options at www.filmadelphia.org/badges.

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