The Philadelphia Cinema Alliance is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in 2009 to produce Philadelphia’s two existing world-class film festivals (CineFest and QFest) as well as to present year-round international film programming throughout the city. But the festivals themselves are the ones with a history.
TLA Entertainment founded the Philadelphia International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival in 1995. In 2009, the festival joined the newly-formed Philadelphia Film Alliance and beginning with the 2009 festival, changed and shortened its name Philadelphia QFest. This festival, one of the leading GLBT film festivals in the country, is presented annually in July.
In 1992, International House and its president Ellen Davis produced the inaugural Philadelphia Festival of World Cinema (PFWC), with Linda Blackaby as Artistic Director. TLA Entertainment took over management of PFWC in 2001 and in 2003 renamed it the Philadelphia Film Festival. For several years the festival was produced by the Philadelphia Film Society (PFS). Late in 2008, disagreements between PFS founder Raymond Murray and the PFS board resulted in the creation of the Philadelphia Cinema Alliance and the 2009 festival was renamed Philadelphia Film Festival/CineFest. Going forward, The Alliance will present the Festival (now simply named Philadelphia CineFest) annually in April.