New York Film Festivals
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Walter Reade Theater
Location:
W 65th Street, between Broadway & Amsterdam Avenue - Lincoln Center
Getting There:
Red Line Number 1 or 9 to 66th & Broadway. Bus Lines M104, M5, and M7 all stop in front of Lincoln Center. Garage parking is available on 65th Street under Lincoln Center.
Contact: 212.875.5600
The major venue used by the Film Society of Lincoln Center.

American Museum of Moving Image
Location:
35th Avenue at the corner of 36th Street in Astoria.
Getting There:
AMMI has extensive directions on its web site.
Contact: 718 784-0077
The nation's largest permanent collection of moving image artifacts. Offers exhibitions, film screenings, lectures, seminars, and other education programs.

Tribeca Film Center
Location:
375 Greenwich Street
Getting There:
Take the number 1 or 9 train to the Franklin Street stop in Manhattan. Exit the subway station using the Franklin Street exit. Walk two blocks west to Greenwich Street and make a right turn. Located in the middle of the block on the right hand side.
Contact: 212 941-4000
Co-founded 1989 by Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal, the Tribeca Film Center was the first commercial space dedicated to housing film, television, and entertainment companies. Includes a plush 72-seat screening room.

Hostos Center for Arts & Culture
Location:
450 Grand Concourse at 149th Street
Getting There:
By subway, take the #2, 4 or 5 IRT trains to 149th Street and the Grand Concourse. By bus, take the BX1 or BX19 to 149th Street and the Grand Concourse.
Contact: 718 518-4455
Consists of a museum-grade art gallery, a 367-seat theater, and a 907-seat concert hall.

Quad Cinema
Location:
34 West 13th Street
Getting There:
Quad Cinema is located in the heart of Greenwich Village.
Contact: 212 255-8800
Family-owned, four-theater venue. Dedicated to showing the best in foreign and independent cinema.

Village East Cinemas & Angelika Film Center
Location:
Village East is at 2nd Ave and 12th Street. Angelika is at 18 W. Houston Street
Getting There:
Village East is located in the heart of the East Village, while Angelika is right in SoHo.
Contact: 212 995-2000
With six theaters, Angelika is right at the heart of indie film exhibition in NYC. The lobby, featuring the Angelika Café, has long been a great meeting place for NY film lovers. Village East is the sister theater of Angelika Film Center, and was originally built in 1926 as a Yiddish Theater. It has been beautifully restored, and features both commerical blockbusters & independent film.

Film Forum
Location:
209 W. Houston Street
Contact: Box office 212 995-2000 || Film Schedules 212-727-8110
New York's leading movie house for independent cinema and repertory programming. A non-profit cinema house since 1970.

NYU: Tishman Auditorium
Location:
NYU School of Law
Getting There:
Extensive directions on the NYU School of Law web site.
Designed as a lecture hall, but is also used for events such as RESFEST. Seats 450.

Clearview Cinemas
Contact: 908-918-2000
Chain owns several theaters throughout New York York (and more in other locations, particularly New Jersey). Besides the usual run of commercial films, theaters do host festivals and special events, such as screenings of classic films.

Gramercy Theater
Location:
138 E. 27th Street in Gramercy Park
Getting There:
Closest subway: 6 to 28th Street. Walk south to 27th Street, east to theater.
Contact: 212 719-1300

 

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New York International Children's Film Festival
When: March, 2 weeks
Where: Various venues throughout NY
More Info: 212 349-0330
The film festival is aimed at ages 3 to 18, but promises fun for the whole family.

New Directors/New Films Festival
When: Late March to early April
Where: Walter Reade & Gramercy Theater
More Info: lincolncenter.org
Dedicated to discovering emerging and overlooked artists, newcomers on the verge of mainstream success and distinguished veterans whose work deserves wider recognition.

Havana Film Festival
When: Late April
Where: American Museum of Moving Image, Hostos Center for Arts & Culture, Quad Cinema
More Info: 212 946-1839
Features screenings of nearly 40 films from throughout the Americas.

Tribeca Film Festival
When: Early to mid-May
Where: Various Venues
More info: (212) 941-2400
Boasts works from 250 directors in more than 30 genres.

Sprout Film Festival
When: Fourth weekend of May
More info: 888 222-9575
Features twenty films and videos presented in six programs. Attempts to reinforce accurate portrayals of people with developmental disabilities.

 

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Brooklyn International Film Festival
When: Early June
Where:
Brooklyn Musuem of Art
More info: 718 388-4306
A leading venue for distinguished fiction, documentary and animated films and videos with a distinctive human rights theme.

Human Rights Watch International Film Festival
When: Two weeks, mid-June
Where:
Walter Reade Theater
More info: 212 290-4700
A leading venue for distinguished fiction, documentary and animated films and videos with a distinctive human rights theme.

Israel Film Festival
When: Second half of June
Where:
Clearview 59th Street East Theater
More info: 323 966-4166
Features more than thirty shorts, documentaries, features and television films showcase the work of Israel-based directors.

Bryant Park Summer Film Festival
When: Late June to late August
Where:
Bryant Park, midtown
More info: 212 512-5700
Grab a picnic and catch a great classic film under the stars in Midtown NYC.

Hudson Riverflicks
When: Earl July to late August
Where:
Wednesdays Pier 54, Fridays Pier 25
More info: 212 791 2530 || Hudson River Park Trust
In a romantic setting, Hudson Riverflicks entertains with cult classics and free popcorn. Films begin when it gets dark (generally between 8pm and 8.30pm, depending on nightfall).

New York Video Festival
When: Late July
Where:
Walter Reade Theater
More info: 212 721-6500
Explore the ethereal art of video through video games, gallery art, music video and other media.

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RESFEST Digital Film Festival: New York
When: Mid-September
Where:
NYU's Tishman Auditorium
More info: 212 217-1154
Featuring a huge range of digital shorts and docs, music films and videos, projected Flash animations and more, the festival brings the best of digital cinema to major cities on three continents.

Independent Feature Film Market
When: Late September
Where:
Angelika Film Center
More info: 212 465-8200
An important market for independent film, with screenings of over 200 features, works-in-progress, documentaries and shorts as well as workshops and seminars. Many films which went on to be big hits were discovered here.

New York Film Festival
When: 18 days, from early to mid-October.
Where:
Lincoln Center
More info: 212 875-5610 || Film Society Of Lincoln Center
Over 25 films - both American and foreign - are showcased as premieres and there are slots for rarely-screened classics as the festival champions both established and up-and-coming directors.

New York Horror Festival
When: 6 days, late October
Where:
Tribeca Film Center
With special screenings, parties, celebrity guests and free giveaways this event is a must for fright freaks.

New York Independent Film & Video Festival
When: Mid-November
Where: Village East Cinemas
More info: 212 777-7100 x15
Six festivals throughout the country each year. The New York stop takes place over 10 days in late April.

Margaret Mead Film & Video Festival
When: Mid-November
Where:
American Museum of Natural History
More info: 212 769-5100
The oldest and largest independent documentary film festival in the USA screens more than 90 films from around the world

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New York Exposition of Short Film & Video
When: One week, early December
More info: 212 505-7742
Focusing on film and video under 60 minutes long, it is the longest running independent film festival in the USA.

Resources || Top

The Film Society of Lincoln Center presents the New Directors/New Films Festival and the New York Film Festival. It also publishes Film Comment magazine, and hosts other events and contests throughout the year.

Tribeca Film Institute "produces cultural events and educational programs that draw on the power of film and other artistic mediums to promote understanding and global awareness by strengthening the artistic and economic fabric of New York City's Lower Manhattan community." Hosts workshop programs throughout the year and presents the Tribeca Film Festival.

IFP is a not-for-profit service organization dedicated to providing resources, information and avenues of communication for its members: independent filmmakers, industry professionals and independent film enthusiasts. Other goals of the organization are to expand and educate the audience for independent film, and to encourage the diversity and quality of independent production. Its 9,000 filmmaker and film industry members participate year-round in activities ranging from popular screenings to cutting-edge workshops and seminars.

New York Film/Video Council offers screenings, seminars and panel discussions on topics related to film. Members include independent film and video producers and artists, writers, crafts people, cable television programmers, film and video distributors, media librarians, museum curators, festival coordinators and others.

The Film-Maker's Cooperative is the largest archive and distributor of independent and avant-garde films in the world. Created by artists in 1962, the Coop has more than 5,000 films and videotapes in its collection.

New York Film Critic's Circle includes critics from daily newspapers, weekly newspapers and magazines. Every year in December the organization meets in New York to vote on awards for the previous calendar year's films. Offers a principled alternative to the Oscars, honoring esthetic merit in a forum that is immune to commercial and political pressures.

New York Women in Film & Television is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to helping women reach the highest levels of achievement in film, television and other moving-image media industries, and to promoting equity for women in these industries. NYWIFT produces more than fifty innovative educational programs and special events each year, in which many highly distinguished producers, directors, writers, craftspeople and industry leaders participate as guest speakers and panelists.

New York Documentary Center was founded in 1997 to provide the public with an ongoing series of programs exploring all facets of non-fiction documentary making, past, present and future. The Center seeks to grow the audience for non-fiction film and video by showcasing outstanding works the public has not otherwise seen, including important overlooked documentaries and those that have successfully made the rounds of international film festivals but remain out of sight due to absence of distribution.

Internet Movie Database Claims to be "Earth's Biggest Movie Database." Besides filmmaker and actor bios, film synopses and film glossary, it also has a lot of fun features. Participate in film polls, write your own reviews of films, check out IMDB's Bottom 100 films, and play IMDB games.

All Movie Guide allows users to browse by country or genre, or do specific searches based on a number of criteria (creator, location, technical criteria, etc.). Also offers coverage of films, bios of filmmakers, film essays, and a glossary of film techniques, film publications, theaters and more.

Rotten Tomatoes Tracks critic ratings from around the world. Those with 20 or more reviews that average 75% or better on the "Tomatometer" are "Certified Fresh." You can also create a journal to write your own reviews, and browse the reviews of others. Other features include photo galleries of upcoming films, user polls, film news and movie times.

Last Update: October 2004