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Festival of Cinema NYC

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Festival of Cinema
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Time Out says

As one of the fastest-growing independent film festivals in New York, Festival of Cinema has made a name for itself. In its sixth year, between August 5 and 14, the event aims to get filmmakers and their works as much exposure as possible, from all independent genres—drama, comedy, horror, sci-fi, fantasy, documentary, experimental, LGBTQ and animation. It’s back at the Regal UA Midway cinema in Queens with panels and workshops that strongly appeal to filmmakers. 

The film festival includes 12 world premieres, seven North American premieres, and 13 East Coast premieres this year. The world premieres include Christopher Jackson’s TheBeast Comes at Midnight, Yalda Jebelli’s Jamshidieh and Kim Johnson’s Wishing For Wings. The North American premieres include Florian Hessique‘s In the Moment, Heimir Bjarnason’s Redux and Yves Matthey’s Wet Dogs.

In addition to awesome film screenings, there will be short film screenings, seminars and special guest speakers at Queens Library at Forest Hills, which will be offered free to
the public. There will also be a pre-launch party inside Resorts World NYC’s 360º Bar and Lounge on Thursday, August 4, and on Sunday, August 7, the festival will hold its first-ever family day, highlighted by the screening of Marcus Ovnell’s children’s fantasy film, Emily and the Magic Journey.


$17 per screening, packages available
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