arts 02.10.04

A Year of Film Festivals

February, 2004
Film Fleadh
What: Best of Irish films.
Where: NYU Cantor Center
When: 2/25-3/21

March, 2004
BAMkids Film Festival
What: 46 films for kids from 22 countries.
Where: BAM Rose Cinema
When: 3/6-3/7

African American Women in Cinema
What: Showcases the work of talented minority women filmmakers.
Where: Tribeca Film Center
When: 3/4-3/6

New York International Children's Film Festival
What: Full-length and short films suitable for kids.
Where: Varies
When: 3/5-3/27

New York Underground Film Festival
What: Films that push boundaries and break ground.
Where: Anthology Film Archives
When: 3/10-3/16

Faith on Film Festival
What: Celebrates the role of laughter in spirituality.
Where: Director's Guild
When: 3/19-3/21

New Directors/New Films
What: International festival for first or second-time directors of all lengths and genres.
Where: Walter Reade Theater
When: 3/24-4/4

April, 2004
GenArt Film Festival
What: Showcases many of the best emerging independent films.
Where: tba
When: 4/14-4/20

New York/Avignon Film Festival
What: Celebrates French, European and American independent film with new films, retrospectives, round-tables.
Where: Varies
When: 4/20-4/25

Havana Film Festival In New York
What: Significant film productions of Latin America.
Where: Varies
When: 4/21-4/25

New York Film & Video Festival
What: Exhibits over 300 films, world premieres, documentaries, short films and animations from around the world.
Where: Varies
When: 4/22-5/2

Arlene's Grocery Picture Show
What: Mocks the self-important attitude of many indie film festivals. Exhibits films and filmmakers that get passed over by most other festivals.
Where: Arlene's Grocery and elsewhere
When: 4/23-4/26

Ten Years of Freedom
What: A celebration of South African democracy in documentaries, shorts, and fiction features.
Where: Clearview Cinema (62nd and Bway)
When: 4/27-5/2

Columbia University Film Festival
What: More than 40 films by graduate students at Columbia University's School of the Arts.
Where: Loews 34th
When: 4/28-5/9

May, 2004
Tribeca Film Festival
What: Brings together film lovers from around the city and around the world to watch and discuss the newest U.S. and International independent and studio films.
Where: Tribeca Film Center and elsewhere
When: 5/1-5/9

Bicycle Film Festival
What: Films where biking or biking subculture are major elements.
Where: tba
When: 5/13-5/16

June, 2004
New York Lesbian and Gay Film Festival
What: One of the most comprehensive forums of international LGBT film/video in the world.
Where: NYU and New School
When: 6/3-6/13

Brooklyn International Film Festival
What: BIFF's mission is to discover, expose, and promote independent film makers while drawing worldwide attention to Brooklyn.
Where: Brooklyn Museum of Art
When: 6/4-6/13

Human Rights Watch International Film Festival
What: Fiction, documentary and animated films and videos with a distinctive human rights theme.
Where: Walter Reade Theater
When: 6/11-6/24

Israel Film Festival
What: Dedicated to promoting Israeli culture, teaching tolerance and gaining an understanding between all people through the medium of film.
Where: tba
When: 6/17-7/1

Rooftop Films Summer Series
What: Provocative and innovative films, with a focus on shorts.
Where: tba
When: Friday nights in summer.

Media That Matters Film Festival
What: Celebrates films, videos, and new media that inspire people to speak out and take action for social change.
Where: Walter Reade Theater and streamed online
When: 6/12-6/13

New York Asian Film Festival
What: Launching pad for Asian films in New York City.
Where: Anthology Film Archives
When: 6/18-6/27

HBO/Bryant Park Summer Film Festival
What: Classic American films.
Where: Bryant Park
When: Mondays, 6/21-8/23

July, 2004
What: Showcases film, video and art media works produced and directed by Dominican filmmakers.
Where: City College
When: 7/7-7/14

Asian American Film Festival
What: Screens works by media artists of Asian descent and is a leading showcase for Asian/Asian American film and video.
Where: Asia Society
When: 7/16-7/24

October, 2004
Coney Island Film Festival
What: Formerly a short film festival, now including feature pics.
Where: tba
When: 10/1-10/3

New York Film Festival
What: Features established and emerging directors.
Where: Walter Reade Theater and Alice Tully Hall
When: 10/1-10/17

November, 2004
African Diaspora Film Festival
What: Features the work of emerging and established filmmakers of color.
Where: Anthology Film Archives and elsewhere
When: 11/26-12/12

January, 2005
Dance on Camera Film Festival
What: Promotes excellence in dance films and video.
Where: Walter Reade Theater
When: 1/3-1/24

Red Shift Film Festival
What: Dedicated to the work of Russian cinematographers and animators living abroad.
Where: Anthology Film Archives
When: tba

New York Jewish Film Festival
What: Films by both emerging and established filmmakers about the Jewish experience.
Where: Walter Reade Theater
When: tba

Explorers Club Documentary Film Festival
What: Documentaries on the subjects of scientific exploration, field research, wildlife and conservation.
Where: The Explorers Club
When: tba
The PubliFilm Film Festival takes place l films, features, documentaries, and animations.

At Docu Club's In-the-Works, you can watch rough cuts of documentaries in the making and give feedback to the creators.

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Pictured: Aunt Luisa
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