Annual NYC Film Festivals

Brian Sloan

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New York City is known for its cinema culture, bolstered by a yearly lineup of film festivals. The City’s longest-running annual film event—fall’s New York Film Festival at Lincoln Center—has been highlighting new American and international films since 1963. Another big showcase, April’s Tribeca Film Festival, attracts around 500,000 attendees and is NYC’s largest celebration of movies.

Besides those two tentpoles, a host of other festivals take place throughout the year: they feature films from around the world (New York International Children’s Film Festival) or around the block (Brooklyn Film Festival); movies that shock (New York Horror Film Festival) and satisfy (Food Film Festival). For more details, click on the festivals below. 

NY Int’l Children’s Film Festival
Feb
24

Arts & Culture NY Int’l Children’s Film Festival

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New Directors
Mar
15

Film New Directors

Co-curated by MoMA and the Film Society of Lincoln Center, this yearly film festival celebrates the most innovative voices in filmmaking,

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Havana Film Festival
Mar
30

Arts & Culture Havana Film Festival

The Havana Film Festival New York delivers films from all over the Americas with an emphasis on work that addresses the Latin American diaspora and Latinos in the United States.

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2017 Tribeca Film Festival
Apr
19

Film 2017 Tribeca Film Festival

The Tribeca Film Festival provides a platform for innovative filmmakers to present their latest work.

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Brooklyn Film Festival
Jun
2

Film Brooklyn Film Festival

More than 100 films from around the world will be screened at the annual Brooklyn Film Festival.

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TromaDance
Jul
29

Film TromaDance

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Coney Island Film Festival
Sep
8

Film Coney Island Film Festival

See movies by the beach.

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Margaret Mead Film Festival
Oct
19

Film Margaret Mead Film Festival

This festival of international documentary and nonfiction filmmaking takes its name from famed anthropologist Margaret Mead.

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NewFest
Oct
19

Film NewFest

New York City's annual celebration of LGBT films from the US and around the world.

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NYC Food Film Festival
Oct
19

Film NYC Food Film Festival

A feast for the eyes and mouth as fancy fare is served to go along with festival films.

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New York Horror Film Festival
Oct
26

Film New York Horror Film Festival

This annual film festival screens the latest in horror movies as well as some of the genre's classics.

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Doc NYC
Nov
9

Film Doc NYC

Doc NYC bills itself as "America's largest documentary festival" and shows the latest non-fiction features and shorts at the IFC Center, the SVA Theater and Cineoplis in Chelsea.

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