Movies & Film
Pittsburgh’s film industry dates back to 1914 and boasts the world’s first movie theater. Pittsburgh has been the location for more than 120 motion pictures and television productions since 1990 and currently is home to the largest sound stage outside Los Angeles and New York.
Because of Pittsburgh’s rich film history, many independent and international film festivals take place in the region annually.
Silk Screen Asian American Film Festival
Founded in 2006, Silk Screen showcases contemporary Asian and Asian-American films. This multi-day Festival celebrates the vast diversity of the Asian creative spirit, and features a Red Carpet Gala, Asian music concerts and discussion sessions with prominent filmmakers and actors. Silk Screen has been lauded by everyone from The Wall Street Journal to the Indian Consul General for the quality and diversity of its award-winning film offerings.
Three Rivers Film Festival
One of the most eagerly awaited annual events in Pittsburgh, this exciting 2-week long celebration features more than 40 films – films made in Pittsburgh, documentaries, independent American cinema, shorts, restored classics with live music, and cutting-edge international films. There are parties throughout the city, a photo auction, visiting filmmakers, informal post-screening discussions and more. The Three Rivers Film Festival remains the oldest and largest annual film festival in the Pittsburgh area.
Pittsburgh Film Office
The Pittsburgh Film Office was founded in 1990 to promote the greater southwestern Pennsylvania region as a great location for movie, television and commercial productions. Since its inception, the PFO has brought more than 120 motion pictures and television productions to southwestern Pennsylvania, including: Silence of the Lambs, Flash Dance, Inspector Gadget, The West Wing, The Guardian, Smart People, The Next Three Days, Love and Other Drugs, Unstoppable, Abduction, The Dark Knight Rises, Jack Reacher, Out of the Furnace, Grudge Match and The Fault in Our Stars. View an extensive list of films shot in Pittsburgh over the last four decades.