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New York City is home to numerous film festivals, from international headliners like the Tribeca Film Festival to lesser-known events that shine the spotlight on deserving up-and-coming artists. We give you the complete guide to film festivals in NYC.
Arguably the best-known film festival in the country, the Tribeca Film Festival aims to ‘enable the international film community and the general public to experience the power of film by redefining the film festival experience.’ Founded in 2002 by Jane Rosenthal, Robert DeNiro, and Craig Hatkoff, the Festival’s mission is to help filmmakers reach both national and international audiences, while supporting both New York City’s and the global film community.
Founded in 2013, the Chelsea Film Festival highlights ‘global issues’ through documentaries, feature films, and short films. Strictly a platform for new talent, the Festival highlights works by up-and-coming filmmakers, but it also aims to enlighten audiences. Don’t miss this year’s Festival from October 13th to the 17th, and check out last year’s Grand Prix Winner for Best Feature Film below.
Chelsea Film Festival, 208 West 23rd Street, New York, NY, USA +1 347 614 8029
The Lower East Side Film Festival is a unique cultural experience for audiences. While tickets are required, some screenings are free to the public (though RSVP). The LES Film Festival aims to showcase up-and-coming film talent, and it supports filmmakers without large budgets. This year’s festival will take place from June 9th to the 18th. Check out the list of venues here, and last years winner of the Prix D’or below.
LES Film Festival, 50 Eldridge Street, New York, NY, USA +1 970 390 8257
The Greenwich Village Film Festival’s mission is unique; it not only celebrates the beauty of this beloved New York City neighborhood, but it also showcases the creativity that’s born from it. Greenwich Village has long been associated with New York creativity, and the Festival aims to preserve that artistic charm by showcasing hyperlocal talent. The event will take place in late October, but in the interim, find last year’s winner for Best Short Film below.
The African Film Festival has been a New York City film staple for 26 years. The Festival aims to highlight and celebrate diversity in the film industry and create a deeper understanding of African culture in an effort to enrich the lives of filmmakers and film-lovers alike. AFF celebrates African art, literature, and culture through film, and it aims to shine the spotlight on African artists who aren’t visible enough in mainstream culture. Some of the films selected this year include The Cursed Ones, ’76, and Price of Love. This year’s Festival will take place throughout the entire month of May at various venues.