Posted by Dan Van Wert

Film lovers, grab your popcorn — the Philadelphia Film Festival (PFF) is back.

Now entering its 26th year, the festival — which runs from October 19 to 29 — will screen more than 110 feature and short films by independent filmmakers from 45 countries.

Over the course of the 11-day festival, the more than 25,000 attendees will also enjoy opening and closing night parties, panels with directors, actors and other industry professionals and more.

PHILADELPHIA FILM FESTIVAL FAST FACTS

  • The Philadelphia Film Festival (PFF) runs October 19 to 29.
  • Attendees can enjoy more than 110 independent films from 45 countries.
  • Film screenings will take place at the Prince Theater, Ritz East and Ritz Five.
  • Also on the docket: parties, panels with industry professionals and more.

Festival Overview

Philadelphia has long been a hub for independent filmmakers as well as audiences that support and appreciate the spirit of independent film, in no small part because of the Philadelphia Film Festival.

The Philadelphia Film Festival is curated by the programming committee of the Philadelphia Film Society (PFS), which carefully selects films from around the world that have screened in prestigious festivals like Cannes, Sundance, Tribeca and Berlinale.

The film program highlights masters of cinema, new French films, films from Spain and Latin America, American Independents, Philadelphia filmmakers, documentaries, live action and animated shorts and much more.

Festival Highlights

This year’s festival features films by well-known directors like Jonathan Demme, Richard Linklater and Todd Haynes as well as many other international and local directors who are on the rise.

The festival opens on October 19 with Craig Gillespie’s I, Tonya, and closes with Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri by Martin McDonagh on October 27.

Centerpiece Screenings

Four films have been chosen to highlight what the Philadelphia Film Festival is all about.

These include Darkest Hour from British director Joe Wright as well as three films from the United States: The Florida Project by Sean Baker, Lady Bird by Greta Gerwig and Richard Linklater’s Last Flag Flying.

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Across the city, three venues will host more than 110 feature length and short films throughout the Philadelphia Film Festival.

Greater Filmadelphia

In addition to showcasing the best in international cinema, the Philadelphia Film Festival supports local, homegrown talent and gives their films a chance to shine on the big screen with the Greater Filmadelphia program.

Mark Webber’s Flesh and Blood anchors this section of exciting Philadelphia filmmakers to watch.

Live Action and Animated Shorts Program

For makers of live action and animated shorts, festivals like PFF provide the only opportunity to screen their work on the big screen for a live audience.

This year’s shorts program includes 24 films representing filmmakers from 18 different countries. For true film buffs, the shorts program is not to be missed.

Tickets & More

Screenings during the festival will be held at three theaters across Center City: the Prince Theater (1412 Chestnut Street), the Ritz East (125 S. 2nd Street) and the Ritz Five (214 Walnut Street).

Tickets for regular screenings are $15 and $10 for PFS Members. Weekday matinees (before 5 p.m.) are $8 or $6 for PFS Members. Ticket packages are available as well.

Attendees can purchase tickets online via the festival website or at the box office at the Prince Theater.

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Sometimes all you want in life is to take you cat everywhere with you. Luckily for us, it's actually possible. Not to mention cats become absolutely the cutest little astronauts ever! 

Thinking about getting with this trend and having amazing adventures with your cat? Well, now you can because these amazing carriers are selling on Amazon and you can check it out Here!

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The cat that stole the show. Not really sure how my live tease made social media let alone international social media. But here you go if you didn't catch it.

Posted by Scott Madaus FOX13 Memphis on Friday, October 13, 2017

So, you're watching the news and a story catches your attention. Cougar sightings in Mississippi. Sounds interesting and maybe you'll be lucky enough to see one on tv too! Some action, who knows! But, then something better happens... a very unamused house cat makes his grand debut. Fox13's Scott Madaus was teasing a live report from a field in Hernando, Mississippi where someone claims they spotted a cougar one day earlier. 

Madaus report was "I'm Scott Madaus, live in Hernando, Mississippi where there have been spottings of a cougar," the man said into the camera. "And that's not it, that looks like a house cat," he continued as the shot panned to a very normal cat, and stayed on it for the remainder of the recording. 

We are just glad that this News Reporter knew the difference between a cougar and a very big house cat...

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Posted by Grace Dickinson

Grab your cloak from the closet and get your wand ready – Chestnut Hill’s massive (and massively popular!) Harry Potter Festival returns this weekend to the charming Chestnut Hill neighborhood in Northwest Philadelphia.

On Friday, October 20, the festivities kick off with the Wands and Wizards Night on the Avenue (6 to 9 p.m.), featuring an evening of free entertainment, a costume contest and magical food and drink specials at participating area restaurants.

The fun continues on Saturday, October 21 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) during the street festival and main part of the festival with wizarding and Sorting Hat demos, a Harry Potter-themed carnival, multiple beer gardens and food trucks and much, much more. Saturday is also when you can catch the all-day Philadelphia Brotherly Love Cup Quidditch Tournament, where teams from 10 different schools will compete.

For the first time ever, the event will span a full 12 blocks of Germantown Avenue, making it the largest Harry Potter Festival to date.

HARRY POTTER FESTIVAL FAST FACTS

  • The Harry Potter Festival returns to Chestnut Hill, spanning 12 blocks this year.
  • Friday, October 20 has been dubbed “Wands & Wizards Night on the Avenue” and runs from 6 to 9 p.m.
  • On Saturday, October 21, the big street festival unfolds from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Admission to the fest is free; food, drink and select activities are pay as you go.
Harry Potter Festival
(Photo by A. Ricketts for Visit Philadelphia)
On October 20 and 21, the epic Harry Potter Festival returns with a full weekend of magical fun, including:
  • Sorting Hat demos
  • Quidditch matches
  • A wizard dance party
  • Potter Quizzo and more…

Harry Potter Festival Overview

This year, the Harry Potter Festival will spread an enchanting experience over a record-breaking 12 blocks of Germantown Avenue from Cresheim Valley Drive to Chestnut Hill Avenue.

The avenue transforms into Philly’s own version of Hogwarts, complete with Harry Potter movie re-creations, themed food and drinks, interactive wizardry demonstrations and more.

Friday, October 20

The two-day fest kicks off with the new-this-year Wands and Wizards Night on the Avenue on Friday, October 20 from 6 to 9 p.m. Throughout the evening, guests can enjoy live performances around the festival grounds, extended hours at avenue shops and food and drink specials at participating bars and restaurants.

Guests of the Friday night festivities can also partake in a costume contest and enjoy a screening of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in the Gryffindor Common Room (Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill’s fellowship hall).

Saturday, October 21

The main event — the street festival part of the Harry Potter Festival — starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday, October 21.

Those with kids will want to consider buying the new-to-this-year Magical Make and Take Zones wristband, offering children the chance to take part in interactive activities at 10 different zones. The $20 (per person) wristband gives festival-goers access to all of the activities, such as the make-your-own golden snitch workshop, designed for children four to 12 years old but open to those of any age. Wristbands are available online.

Free festival activities include plenty of Quidditch-watching opportunities (more on that below), Potter quizzo, a wizard dance party, Sorting Hat and wizardry demonstrations, a muggles read-a-thon and photo-ops at places like Hedwig’s Hollow Selfie Park and Platform 9 ¾.

Guests are also invited to swing by Ella Vanilla for the bakery’s Harry Potter Cake Show, where a variety of elaborate themed cakes will be on display.

Note that while admission to the festival is free, some activities do require a small fee, so be sure to bring cash! Pay-as-you-go activities include fortune telling, potion making and a straw maze at the Woodmere Art Museum.

For a full rundown of events happening in Chestnut Hill this weekend for the Harry Potter Festival, click here.

Quidditch Tournament

One of the main festival events is the 8th Annual Philadelphia Brotherly Love Cup Quidditch Tournament at Chestnut Hill College.

The tournament runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and features teams from 10 different schools like Villanova University, Drexel University, University of Massachusetts Amherst and Vassar College as well as Philly’s own Philadelphia Honey Badgers. Admission to the tournament is completely free.

Harry Potter Festival
(Photo by A. Sinagoga for Visit Philadelphia)
The 8th Annual Philadelphia Brotherly Love Cup Quidditch Tournament features a full day of 15-minute, fast-paced Quidditch games between 10 different teams.

Food & Drink

Tons of great restaurants and bars line Germantown Avenue — and many of the spots will serve up food and drink specials for the festival.

On Friday evening, hit up places like The Night Kitchen, serving up butterscotch beer with shots of firebolt (Fireball whiskey) and eats such as golden frog iced brownies and pulled pork sliders.

Then on Saturday, Paul’s Great Hall at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church will show off its decked out dining room full of themed decor (including floating candles!) and will serve up a luncheon of Shepard’s pie, salad, all-ages butter beer and other tasty treats. Join favorited Hogwarts teachers at the feast, which will hold seatings at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tickets can be purchased here.

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., The Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill hosts an all-day pancake feast set to the backdrop of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban playing on a big screen. Tickets can be purchased here.

This year’s Harry Potter Festival also features two new beer gardens. Head to either the Woodmere Art Museum or the Chestnut Hill Beer Garden at Market at The Fareway to enjoy sudsy “potions” al fresco.

Plenty of food trucks — including The Cow and The CurdDeke’s Food TruckThe Tot Cart and Waffles and Wedges — will also be onsite and ready to serve up eats to hungry muggles and wizards alike.

Getting There & Staying Over

SEPTA Regional Rail will transport guests from Center City to Hogsmeade (Chestnut Hill) and Harry Potter characters will come along for the ride on select trains.

Getting to Chestnut Hill via SEPTA is easy. Both the Chestnut Hill East and Chestnut Hill West lines will be dropping guests off in the heart of the festival at the the Chestnut Hill East and Chestnut Hill West stations respectively. Those arriving via SEPTA Regional Rail should note that tickets must be purchased in advance.

Harry Potter Festival
(Photo by A. Ricketts for Visit Philadelphia)
SEPTA Regional Rail will transport guests from Center City to the heart of the festival in Chesnut Hill.

For those driving, limited parking will be available at multiple satellite lots in the neighborhood. Three of the lots will be within walking distance and all other lots will have shuttle services to and from the festival. Click here for info on the locations of the parking lots.

The Harry Potter Festival is the perfect excuse to spend a night (or two!) in the Philadelphia area. Book the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package and get free hotel parking, two Philadelphia’s Historic District Passes and free PHLASH passes.

Whether you pledge allegiance to Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw or Slytherin, the festival awaits for all who seek a magical experience. We’ll see you out there!

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Long Eared hedgehog are different to their close hedgehog cousins due to their huge ears, the length of which varies from 3 to 5 centimeters. This size of the ear is an adaptation to the hot climate area, which is inhabited by these animals. Long-Eared hedgehogs are found in deserts, semi-deserts and steppes. Check out these adorable photos. Via: Sharesloth



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collages of cats and flowers

Since 2008, Chicago-based artist Stephen Eichhorn has been making surprising cat collages, drawing inspiration from his overflowing collection of houseplant guides and books about cats. Focusing his collages on flowers one week and succulents the next, over the past decade he has hand-crafted several hundred pieces, now collected in his debut book, Cats & Plants. Here are some we liked.  



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the pub dogs of Britain

Seven years ago, a chance encounter with a bull terrier wearing a scarlet neckerchief in a pub gave London-based film-maker Abbie Lucas and journalist Paul Fleckney an idea. For their new book, Great British Pub Dogs, the pair travelled the country to document the biggest, smallest, cutest, funniest, sweetest, most-endearing resident dogs (and one pig) of around 70 UK pubs . They met old dogs and young dogs, horse-sized dogs and pint-sized dogs. One pub had three Jack Russells, another had four red setters. Many had been rescued, and given a fresh start in a loving home. One was blind in one eye, another had only three legs. The pub dogs were named after Italian footballers, French philosophers, Coronation Street stars and the Hungarian credit crunch. "Most pubs aspire to be a home from home and having a dog does that almost singlehandedly. They seem to bring people together. So many publicans said how the dog seems to make people friendlier and less likely to misbehave", they told the Guardian. Here are some of the bar's best friends. For more pub stories, "Great British Pub Dogs" on Amazon.  

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