FirstGlance Film Festival and The Franklin Institute Announce Kid Fest Philly Kid Friendly Indie Film Festival

FirstGlance Film Festival and The Franklin Institute are launching KidFest Philly, a kid friendly indie film festival, during the month of October. Other new developments for FirstGlance, scheduled to hit Philadelphia from Thursday, October 14th through Sunday, October 17th 2010 at The Franklin Institute’s Franklin Theater, 222 North 20th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103, include a free iPhone app, indie film screening series, partnership with Giordano World Entertainment, affiliation with the Bram Stoker Film Festival in the UK, and sponsorship of an online series called FilmSnobbery.

KidFest Philly – This kid friendly indie film celebration will take place at The Franklin Institute’s Franklin Theater during the month of October during regular museum hours. FirstGlance is programming some of their past favorite children’s films as well as family friendly official selections from their call for entries. A KidFest Kick Off party and special charity screening event is also in the works.

iPhone App – The FirstGlance iPhone App allows you to navigate the annual Philadelphia and Hollywood festivals. Take advantage of the easy to use interface, mobile website access, call for entry announcements, access to FirstGlance social networks, news and trailers, venues and location mapping, sponsor links, schedules, online ticketing, and links to helpful filmmaking apps by downloading the app for free at

Indie Film Screening Series – FirstGlance, in cooperation with The Franklin Institute, launched an indie film series with no cost to filmmakers in April 2010 with the Pennsylvania area feature documentary “Takedowns and Falls.” A limited number of Philadelphia area films will be booked as part of a pilot program in 2010 in an effort to bring more “truly indie” films to the community.

FirstGlance/Giordano Theatre “Indie Film Showcase”- FirstGlance, in a joint venture with Giordano World Entertainment, brings the feature film “Charlie Valentine” starring Raymond J Berry, Michael Weatherly, James Russo, and Tom Berenger to Las Vegas on September 11, 2010 for a one week premiere red carpet BEST of FirstGlance theatrical run event to kick off the “Indie Film Showcase.”

Bram Stoker Film Festival – Selected FirstGlance Official Selections will be invited to premiere at the Bram Stoker Film Festival in 2011, one of Europe’s premiere horror, sci-fi, thriller festivals.

Film Snobbery- Official Selections can interview and promote their film and screening to one of the largest online indie audiences through a weekly Tuesday night videocast on FilmSnobbery.

Bill Ostroff, Festival Director, said, “As we grow and the industry changes, we find that to stay competitive in the market, we have to listen to what filmmakers and audiences want and work to give it to them. Moving into the next decade with these new programs brings great indie films to larger audiences and creates more opportunities for the filmmakers to generate revenue for their projects.”

FirstGlance Films

FirstGlance Films began in 1996 as an indie film festival in the basement of a small theater in Center City Philadelphia. FirstGlance Films has currently produced twenty two festivals in Philadelphia and Hollywood, shown over 1100 award winning films to over 26,000 attendees and has grown to 250 seat venues with state of the art projection capabilities. In addition to the festivals, FirstGlance’s year round activities include the Feature & Short Screenplay Competitions, On-line Film Competition, Show Us Your Shorts Screenings, OctoberfestPhilly, Indie Film Screening Series, and Short Film Productions. The Spring 2010 issue of MovieMaker Magazine named FirstGlance Festivals Philadelphia and Hollywood as one of “25 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee” for the third time in six years. For more information please visit

The Franklin Institute
Founded in honor of America’s first scientist, Benjamin Franklin, The Franklin Institute is one of America’s oldest and premier centers of science education and development in the country. Today, the Institute continues its dedication to public education and creating a passion for science by offering new and exciting access to science and technology in ways that would dazzle and delight its namesake.

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