Philadelphia Cinefest has fired its Artistic Director

“100% untrue”

It was a reasonable experiment, but I’ve received multiple reports that recent Artistic Director of the Cinefest Josh Goldbloom (seated) was let go yesterday by T.L.A./Philadelphia Cinema Alliance staff following a festival plagued by in-fighting and technical difficulties (and boy do I wish I could post some instances of the former, endlessly entertaining, but ultimately off-the-record).  While firings are never a good thing, I’m sure Josh’s efforts to promote film in Philadelphia will continue unabated without the interference of those who do not share his particular cinematic ambitions.  Good luck Josh, Cinedelphia will always be here to promote your repertory film happenings.

I thought waiting a day before I posted this would give enough time for further details to spring up, but sometimes it takes the posting itself to bring out the truth…though we have no idea what that truth may be at this point.  “Fired” may have been inaccurate, in which case there were probably irreconcilable differences that led to a mutual parting of the ways, if that.  The only thing we do know for sure is that there is discontent and change is in the air…we’ll keep you posted.

One of the two parties involved in this report have informed Cinedelphia that the crossed out event above is 100% untrue.  I’d delete this post altogether, but I’ll wait to see if I hear back from the other party.

Author: Eric Bresler

Eric is the Founder/Site Editor of whose additional activities are numerous: Director/Curator of the Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art (PhilaMOCA), founder of Tokyo No Records, the brain behind Video Pirates, and active local film programmer including the Unknown Japan screening series. He’s served as a TLA Video Manager, Philadelphia Film Society Managing Director, and Adjunct Professor in Cinema Studies at Drexel University. He is shy and modest. Email Eric.

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