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This guide provides related resources about films with New York City as its backdrop and helpful information about obtaining the proper information about NYC's film industry.

Film Festivals held in NYC

New York City is well known for its depth of culture, and in fact hosts dozens of film festivals each year. Many of them offer discounted screening tickets to students. You can find more information on many of these festivals below.

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African Diaspora International Film Festival

Held in November and December, ADIFF’s mission is to present films to diverse audiences, redesign the Black cinema experience, and strengthen the role of African and African descent directors in contemporary world cinema.

This festival offers discounted screening tickets to students.

 

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Architecture & Design Film Festival

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.

This festival offers discounted screening tickets to students.

 

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Asian American International Film Festival

The Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF) premiered in the summer of 1978 in New York City answering a growing need for social understanding, cultural diversity in American life, and independent cinema.

This festival offers discounted screening tickets to students.

 

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Brooklyn Film Festival

Held in May, Brooklyn Film Festival, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is an International, competitive festival. BFF mission is to provide a public forum in Brooklyn in order to advance public interest in films and the independent production of films.

This festival offers discounted screening tickets to students.

 

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Brooklyn Horror Film Festival

Held in October, Brooklyn Horror Film Festival is an annual genre film festival, founded in 2016.

 

 

 

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Coney Island Film Festival

The Coney Island Film Festival screens a truly eclectic range of films from the U.S. and all over the world each September and much to the delight of their audience features a number of "made in Coney Island" productions each year.

 

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DOC NYC

Documentary storytelling is flourishing like never before – encompassing reportage, memoir, history, humor and more. DOC NYC celebrates this cultural phenomenon and encourages its new directions.

 

 

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Food Film Festival

Now in its 13th year, The Food Film Festival is a multi-day, competitive, film festival held each October in New York City.

 

 

 

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Harlem International Film Festival

Celebrating the art of cinema in the home of the Harlem Renaissance, The Harlem International Film Festival inspires and entertains each May by honoring dynamic films by anyone about anything under the sun.

This festival offers discounted screening tickets to students and has reduced student film submission fees.

 

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Havana Film Festival New York

Held in April, the Havana Film Festival New York is an internationally recognized film festival celebrating Cuban and Latin American cinema.

This festival offers discounted screening tickets to students.

 

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Imagine Science Film Festival

Held in October, the Imagine Science Film Festival is committed to promoting a high-level dialogue between scientists and filmmakers.

 

 

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Kicking + Screening Soccer Film Festival

Held in April, Kicking + Screening Soccer Film Festival is an annual series of soccer cultural events that bring together soccer and film enthusiasts to celebrate the beautiful game.

 

 

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Lower East Side Film Festival

The Lower East Side Film Festival (LESFF) features the innovative work of creative, up-and-coming filmmakers, and showcases those films in the heart of New York City’s Lower East Side each June.

 

 

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Margaret Mead Film Festival

Held in December, the American Museum of Natural History's Margaret Mead Film Festival features documentary films, shorts, and other media that increase our understanding of the complexity and diversity of peoples and cultures around the world.

This festival offers discounted screening tickets to students and has reduced student film submission fees.

 

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NewFest: New York’s LGBTQ Film Festival

Founded in 1988, NewFest: New York’s LGBTQ Film Festival is one of the world's largest annual celebrations of the year’s best queer films from the U.S. and abroad each October.

This festival offers discounted screening passes to students.

 

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New Directors/New Films

Celebrating its 49th edition in March 2020, the New Directors/New Films festival introduces New York audiences to the work of emerging filmmakers from around the world.

This festival offers discounted screening tickets to students.

 

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New York African Film Festival

Held in May and June, the New York African Film Festival is dedicated to advancing an enhanced understanding of African culture through the moving image.

This festival offers discounted screening tickets to students.

 

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New York Asian Film Festival

Now entering its 19th year, NYAFF is North America’s leading festival of Asian cinema, held in July.

This festival offers discounted screening tickets to students.

 

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New York City Horror Film Festival

America’s largest and most recognized genre film festival focusing solely on Horror and Science Fiction. Each October the NYCHFF celebrates both horror classics and the new horror films & filmmakers.

 

 

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New York Film Festival

The 17-day New York Film Festival held in September and October highlights the best in world cinema, featuring top films from celebrated filmmakers as well as fresh new talent.

This festival offers discounted screening tickets to students.

 

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New York Indian Film Festival

Held in May, The New York Indian Film Festival is the oldest, most prestigious film festival screening premieres of feature, documentary and short films made from, of, and about the Indian subcontinent in the Independent, arthouse, alternate and diaspora genres.

This festival offers discounted screening tickets to students.

 

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New York International Children’s Film Festival

Held in February and March, the New York International Children’s Film Festival was founded in 1997 to support the creation and dissemination of thoughtful, provocative, and intelligent film for children and teens ages 3-18.

This festival has reduced student film submission fees.

 

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New York Jewish Film Festival

Held in January, the New York Jewish Film Festival presents films from around the world that explore the Jewish experience.

This festival offers discounted screening tickets to students.

 

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New York Latino Film Festival

Held in October, The New York Latino Film Festival (NYLFF) is the premier Urban Latino film event in the country.

This festival offers discounted screening passes to students.

 

 

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New York Sephardic Jewish Film Festival

Held in February and March, the New York Sephardic Jewish Film Festival showcases contemporary voices steeped in the history, traditions, and rich mosaic culture of Greater Sephardic communities.

 

 

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New York Television Festival

Founded in 2005, The NYTVF is a pioneer of the independent television movement, connecting its community of artists with leading networks, studios, agencies, production companies, and brands each October.

This festival has reduced student submission fees.

 

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Tribeca Film Festival

Perhaps one of the most well-known film festivals in the city, the Tribeca Film Festival brings together visionaries across industries and diverse audiences to celebrate the power of storytelling each April.

This festival offers discounted screening tickets to students and has reduced student film submission fees.