Student-film fests

You might stumble on the next Scorsese at these undergrad screenings.

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  • Both photographs: SVA Theatre

Both photographs: SVA Theatre

1. Columbia University Film Festival
For 23 years, this fest has been showing off projects by the uni’s M.F.A. students—and in a few cases, they’ve gone on to garner Oscar attention. Cases in point: The Hurt Locker’s Kathryn Bigelow first showed her work here, as did Walk the Line’s James Mangold. IFC Center, 323 Sixth Ave at 3rd St (cufilmfest.com). Apr 26--May 7, $10--$15.

2. Dusty Film and Animation Festival at SVA
This coming-outparty for emerging filmmakers and animators ends with a gala awards ceremony featuring celeb presenters and industry pros. SVA Theatre, 333 W 23rd St between Eighth and Ninth Aves (212-592-2010, sva.edu/dusty). May 2--7, free.

3. Fine Cuts at the New School
Students from the New School’s department of media studies and film parade their short-film and video work each semester in this two-night event. Each evening’s screenings are followed by a Q&A with the directors. Tishman Auditorium, 66 W 12th St between Fifth and Sixth Aves (212-229-8903, newschool.edu/mediastudies). Fri 5 5--11pm, Sat 6 5:30--11pm; free.

4. First Run Festival at NYU/Tisch
This annual fest showcases projects in film, video and animation by students at Tisch School of the Arts’s Maurice Kanbar Institute of Film & Television. Cantor Film Center, 36 E 8th St between Greene St and University Pl, room 200 (212-998-4100). Apr 7--12, $5.

5. NewFilmmakers NY Film School Series
As part of its weekly screenings at Anthology Film Archives, the NewFilmmakers NY series occasionally presents work by students from around the world, including NYC. Check the website to see when the prodigies are included. Anthology Film Archives, 32 Second Ave at 2nd St (newfilmmakers.com). Usually Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, $6.

6. Pratt Institute programs
Pratt provides the curious public with several opportunities to be impressed by the school’s up-and-coming filmmakers. First up is the Digital Arts Screening, which presents creations by B.F.A. and M.F.A. candidates in the digital arts program (Pratt Institute, Memorial Hall Auditorium, 200 Willoughby Ave between Classon Ave and Hall St, Clinton Hill, Brooklyn; 718-636-3411; Apr 29 6--8pm, free). Next the fourth-years get their chance to shine at the Pratt Senior Showcase, an annual event that includes the best of the students’ film and animation work (BAM Rose Cinemas, 30 Lafayette Ave between Ashland Pl and St. Felix St, Fort Greene, Brooklyn; 718-636-3633, mediarts@pratt.edu; May 3 at 7pm; free with required reservation). Finally, the annual juried exhibition, “Pratt Show 2010,” unveils various artistic endeavours—including but not limited to film—by this year’s graduates (Manhattan Center, 311 W 34th St between Eighth and Ninth Aves; 718-636-3506. May 11 9am--5pm; May 12, 13 9am--9pm; May 14 9am--1pm. Free).


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