New York City Region

By no means is this a full list.
We continue to update and add as necessary!

AFRICAN DIASPORA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
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ADIFF’s mission is to present these films to diverse audiences, redesign the Black cinema experience, and strengthen the role of African and African descent directors in contemporary world cinema. In response to this mission, ADIFF features the work of emerging and established filmmakers of color.

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ANIMATION BLOCK PARTY

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The largest animation festival on the East Coast, dedicated to exhibiting the world’s best independent, professional and student animation.

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ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN FILM FESTIVAL

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The Architecture & Design Film Festival, celebrates the unique creative spirit that drives architecture and design. With a curated selection of films, events and panel discussions, ADFF creates an opportunity to entertain, engage and educate all types of people who are excited about architecture and design. With well-attended screenings, legendary panelists, vibrant discussions and events in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, it has grown into the nation’s largest film festival devoted to the subject. The ADFF also programs for international film festivals as well as cultural institutions and private venues.

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ASIAN AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

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Asian CineVision in association with Asia Society is proud to present the 42nd Annual Asian American International Film Festival! The first and longest running Asian American film festival in the United States, we have screened films from over 20 countries, provided the U.S. premiere for directors such as Wayne Wang and Ang Lee, and continue to support the New York Asian American film community. This year we are proud to present a selection of films that support diverse narratives, inclusive communities, and media as social change. Hope to see you there!

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ATHENA FILM FESTIVAL
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The Athena Film Festival at Barnard College in New York City, is a weekend of inspiring films that tell the extraordinary stories of fierce and fearless women leaders. Over the last nine years, the Festival has welcomed more than 30,000 people from all over the world to 200+ screenings of narratives, documentaries, and shorts that feature diverse stories of ambition, courage, and resilience. This past year we screened 46 films including 17 features, 13 documentaries, and 16 shorts. We welcomed guests including Billie Jean King, J.J. Abrams, Lena Dunham, Amma Asante, Barbara Kopple, and Bridget Everett among many others.

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BIG APPLE FILM FESTIVAL

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Big Apple Film Festival, named one of MovieMaker Magazine’s top “25 Film Festivals Worth The Entry Fee”, “25 Coolest Film Festivals”, and Film Freeway’s “Top 100 Best Reviewed Festivals”, is dedicated to showcasing and promoting the highest quality films from the New York City independent film community, as well as additional specially selected films from across the country and around the world. Additionally, the festival is proud to honor a variety of New York City based filmmakers, writers, actors and artists who have played an influential role in the growth of independent filmmaking in the Big Apple. Each year BAFF presents awards in a variety of categories including Best Feature Film, Short Film, Short Documentary, Feature Documentary, Animation, NYC Cityscape Award, Student Film Award, Golden Apple Award, and NY Emerging Talent Award.

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CHELSEA FILM FESTIVAL

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The Chelsea Film Festival (CFF), non-profit organization is an international film festival, enlightening the work of emerging filmmakers, producers and actors. It offers a wide range of films, such as documentaries and feature-lengths, focusing on the theme of “Global Issues”.

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CINEKINK
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Founded in 2003, CineKink recognizes and encourages the positive depiction of sexuality and kink in film and television, most visibly through its annual film festival, CineKink NYC. Featuring a carefully-curated program of films and videos that celebrate and explore the wide diversity of sexuality, with offerings drawn from both Hollywood and beyond, works presented by CineKink range from documentary to drama, camp comedy to artsy experimental, mildly spicy to quite explicit — and everything in between. In addition to screenings, the annual festival also includes a short film competition, audience choice awards, presentations, parties and a gala kick-off fundraiser, all followed by a national screening tour.

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CONEY ISLAND FILM FESTIVAL

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The mission of the Coney Island Film Festival is to bring people together to celebrate the power of independent film through cinema and the Coney Island experience, and to provide the South Brooklyn neighborhood of Coney Island, with an educational and cultural experience, that enriches the lives of its citizens and contributes to the local economy. We foster a place of connection for filmmakers to meet, share ideas and develop professional relationships.

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DOC NYC

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CURATE: guide audiences toward inspiring work. CROSS FERTILIZE: gather practitioners of many fields – filmmakers, writers, photographers and other storytellers to inspire each other. CROSS GENERATIONS: use the festival’s partnership with School of Visual Arts as a means for younger and older voices to communicate. CULTIVATE NEW AUDIENCES: attract newcomers with the excitement of a festival atmosphere. EXPAND DISTRIBUTION: help documentary storytellers make the most of emerging technologies such as video downloads, podcasts and electronic readers. CREATE SOCIAL SPACE: bring people together in theaters, lounges, and discussion spaces in Greenwich Village and Chelsea. MAKE THE MOST OF NYC: foster fresh connections between residents and expose visitors to the opportunities that happen only in New York.

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EQUUS FILM FESTIVAL

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Our festival has been created to highlight and award the diverse and creative efforts of those who artistically pay homage to the horse. The festival empowers storytellers to show the rich history and diverse tapestry of horses in human culture through equestrian content. We have feature films, documentaries, shorts, music videos, commercials, training educational materials, art and literature.

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THE FOOD FILM FESTIVAL

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The Food Film Festival™ specializes in creating multisensory food and film experiences. At our events, guests watch films about food and simultaneously taste the exact dishes they see on the screen…right in their seats!

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HAVANA FILM FESTIVAL NEW YORK
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Havana Film Festival New York (HFFNY) is an internationally recognized film festival celebrating Latin American cinema. In its 19th anniversary, HFFNY features more than 25 films from the most exciting cinematic talent from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Spain and the United States. HFFNY upholds the reputation for which it is known: enriching and expanding the vision of Latino culture in the United States. The films chosen each year reflect strong cultural and social identities rooted in their respective countries. The festival offers our audience the opportunity to see award-winning full-length feature films, documentaries, shorts, animation, and classics as well as new independent films rarely screened in the U.S.

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IMAGINE SCIENCE FILMS

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Imagine Science Films is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in existence since 2008 committed to promoting a high-level dialogue between scientists and filmmakers.

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MARGARET MEAD FILM FESTIVAL

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The Margaret Mead Film Festival, as the preeminent showcase for contemporary cultural storytelling, screens outstanding films and hosts multi-media events and performances each fall at the American Museum of Natural History. 

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NEWFEST

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NewFest gives voice and visibility to the full spectrum of the LGBTQ experience by championing films, supporting storytellers, and engaging audiences in order to inspire dialogue, shift cultural bias and empower our diverse community.

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NEW YORK CITY DRONE FILM FESTIVAL
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The New York City Drone Film Festival is the world’s first event exclusively dedicated to celebrating the art of drone cinematography. The festival offers an international platform for filmmakers from every corner of the globe to exhibit their work in front of industry professionals and the drone community.

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NEW DIRECTORS/NEW FILMS FESTIVAL
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The New Directors/New Films festival introduces New York audiences to the work of emerging filmmakers from around the world. Throughout its rich, nearly half-century history, New Directors has brought previously little-known talents like Pedro Almodóvar, Chantal Akerman, Hou Hsiao-hsien, Christopher Nolan, Laura Poitras, Spike Lee, and Kelly Reichardt to wider audiences. We hope you’ll join us in celebrating a group of filmmakers who represent the present and anticipate the future of cinema: daring artists whose work pushes the envelope and is never what you’d expect. Presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Museum of Modern Art.

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NEW YORK CITY HORROR FEST
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Established by MooDude Films CEO / Producer / Director / Michael J. Hein in 2001. The NYCHFF is a week long event that takes place each November at venues throughout New York City. The NYCHFF has grown to be a world recognized event, with industry, filmmakers, and press attention from around the globe.The Hein Family is committed to keeping the festival alive in memory of the truly missed and loved founder Michael J Hein.

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NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL

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Since 1963, the New York Film Festival has brought new and important cinematic works from around the world to Lincoln Center. In addition to the Main Slate official selections, the festival includes newly restored classics, special events, filmmaker talks, panel discussions, an Avant-Garde showcase, and much more.

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NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S FILM FESTIVAL
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The flagship New York City Festival has grown from one weekend of films into the largest film festival for children and teens in North America. Screened over the course of four weeks at venues throughout NYC, the Festival program – narrowed down from roughly 2,500 international submissions – is comprised of approximately 100 short and feature films, filmmaker Q&As, retrospective programs, parties, and premieres. Audience members of all ages vote on the Festival-winning films. The Festival is an Academy Award® qualifying festival, one of only four film festivals in New York State – and only two children’s film festivals in the country – to hold that honor. Winners of the Festival’s juried prizes are eligible for consideration at the annual Academy Awards®. In addition to presenting the annual event, New York International Children’s Film Festival is a multifaceted arts organization that offers year-round engagement.

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NEW YORK CITY INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL
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The NYC Independent Film Festival is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit providing a showcase for the best independent cinema, from NYC and around the world, to the public and entertainment industry. The weeklong celebration screens the best indie films, offers educational panels and presentations helmed by industry professionals, and holds live performances. The Festival gives filmmakers the opportunity for potential distribution and funding, as well as awarding the top films across numerous categories, all whole giving them the opportunity to mingle and network with press, supporters, and fans.

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NEW YORK PEACE FILM FESTIVAL
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The mission of the New York Peace Film Festival (NYPFF) is to present films from around the world that advance global peace. We define ‘global peace’ very broadly. We emphasize the advantages of peaceful solutions to international conflicts, and show the horrors and costs of war. But we also screen films that deal constructively and hopefully with the root causes of war: the better management of the resources of the earth and the sharing of those natural resources, the peaceful resolution of local and regional conflicts, and the humility and understanding needed when interacting with a different cultural tradition. Also of deep interest is the proliferation and consequences of nuclear arms and energy.Because the quest for peace is a year-round effort, the NYPFF also produces events throughout the year. In the past we have sponsored a photo exhibit, produced readings of plays, and poetry readings. We continually look for opportunities to promote peace.

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OTHER ISRAEL FILM FESTIVAL

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The Other Israel Film Festival, founded in 2007, presents high-quality cinema that inspires conversation and takes an in-depth look into Israeli and Palestinian societies and underrepresented populations in Israel. The festival explores human stories and social issues for Israel and its neighbors. Other Israel presents dramatic and documentary films, as well as panels and events about history, culture, and identity. With partner organizations, the festival aims to engage the community, deepen its views, challenge its perspectives, and drive it to action.

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QUEENS WORLD FILM FESTIVAL
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In every year’s festival there are tender films, heartbreaking films, and several works that are extremely provocative, maybe even, disturbing and the selections tie us into conversations people are having around the world via the real stars of the festival: the films. It’s about surrendering to the films, without looking for familiar names, titles, scores. It’s about creating the right context for personal, intimate films grouped together for a cinematic experience you will not get anywhere else on the planet.

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RENDEZ-VOUS WITH FRENCH CINEMA
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The films on display, by emerging talents and established masters, raise ideas both topical and eternal, and many take audiences to entirely unexpected places.

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SOCIALLY RELEVANT FILM FESTIVAL
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SR Socially Relevant (TM) Film Festival New York is a film festival that focuses on socially relevant film content, and human interest stories that raise awareness to social problems and offer positive solutions through the powerful medium of cinema. SR believes that through raised awareness, expanded knowledge about diverse cultures, and the human condition as a whole, it is possible to create a better world free of violence, hate, and crime.

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TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL
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The Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) is a prominent film festival held in the Tribeca neighborhood of Manhattan, showcasing a diverse selection of independent films. Since its inaugural year in 2002, it has become a recognized outlet for independent filmmakers in all genres to release their work to a broad audience.

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URBAN WORLD

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Urbanworld extends much gratitude to the many partners and countless individuals who continue to shape our festival’s evolution. Highlighting content creators and innovators for over two decades has been an incredible experience. From the industry’s most established to the most promising who are emerging, the Urbanworld family grows each year and continues the tradition of featuring exceptional talent. Through the convergence of Film, Digital, and Music, we welcome you year-round to Urbanworld… where creativity and craft meet commerce and calling.

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WILDLIFE CONSERVATION FILM FESTIVAL

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The Wildlife Conservation Film Festival screens the finest wildlife, conservation, and natural history films from around the world.

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WINTER FILM AWARDS
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We are an all volunteer, minority- and women-owned registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in 2011 in New York City by a group of filmmakers and enthusiasts. Our mission is to recognize excellence and diversity in cinema, with a special emphasis on supporting women and under-represented filmmakers. We focus on nurturing emerging filmmakers from all genres from around the world. We believe everyone deserves a fair shot at getting their voice heard and we have a rigorous blind judging process to ensure a bias-free review. Winter Film Awards is renowned for the quality and variety of the work we screen, and aim to welcome our filmmakers and attendees with an open environment where they feel inspired about their craft.