10 nights you'll need popcorn for, plus a VIP lounge in Old City

Thankfully not a fest dedicated entirely to the Tom Hanks movie where he doesn't dance on a giant piano, the Philadelphia Film Festival's a 10-night screening-palooza (Oct 18th-28th) full of must-see flicks ranging from in-theater blockbusters (Cloud Atlas) to art housers (David Chase's latest). Also: they're giving away free tickets to every single American Independents screening and hosting a VIP lounge in Old City, where badge-holders can expect to meet real filmmakers during panel discussions and food & wine tastings.