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New York Film Festival 2021

Here’s everything you need to know about New York Film Festival 2021, including screenings, reviews and ticket info

Written by
Melissa Kravitz Hoeffner
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Easily one of the best things to do in the fall, the annual New York Film Festival dates back to 1963, when it established a mission of bringing the best work from around the world to Lincoln Center. Excitement is already feverish for this year’s 59th edition, thanks to the August announcement of this year's main slate lineup which will include new works from Céline Sciamma, Pedro Almodóvar, Joel Coen, Jane Campion and more big-name directors.

An annual treat that shows off the city's cinematic good taste in a classy way, the New York Film Festival hosts many fantastic movie screenings and events that you won’t want to miss. This year, the film festival has returned to four theaters at Lincoln Center, with proof of vaccination required to enter any screening. 

When is New York Film Festival 2021?

The festival runs from Friday, September 24 to Sunday, October 10.

Where is New York Film Festival 2021?

The festival’s main venue is Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, located at 1941 Broadway (between 65th and 66th Sts), with subsequent screenings at various Lincoln Center venues, including the Walter Reade Theater (165 W 65th St) and the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center (144 W 65th St). Additional venues will be announced soon. 

Will New York Film Festival 2021 also be virtual?

While some virtual events may be added, there will not be any virtual screenings this year, due to director requests to keep their debuts limited to theaters.

How do I get New York Film Festival tickets?

All tickets will be available via the official festival website starting at noon EST on Tuesday, September 7. All access passes are now available for $375. Main Slate and Spotlight screenings are $25 for Film at Lincoln Center members and students or $30 for the general public. Tickets to currents and revivals are $12 for members and students and $17 for the general public. Discounted rush tickets will also be available an hour before select screenings, at the film’s specific box office. 

New York Film Festival 2021

Review: Titane

Review: Titane

Extreme violence, car fucking and gender fluidity meet in Julie Ducournau’s wild ride

Review: Flee

Review: Flee

The sorrows and horrors of the migrant experience are laid bare in a richly moving animation with a queer dimension

Review: The Worst Person in the World

Review: The Worst Person in the World

Writer-director Joachim Trier closes out his unofficial Oslo trilogy with this lively portrait of a woman searching for romantic and creative meaning

Review: Belle

Review: Belle

It girls, grieving high-schoolers and cyber dragons collide in Mamoru Hosoda’s dazzling anime skew on Beauty and the Beast

Review: Passing

Review: Passing

Rebecca Hall’s directorial debut is a stunning investigation of race, sexuality and identity in Jazz Age Harlem

Review: The French Dispatch

Review: The French Dispatch

Wes Anderson puts his byline on a dazzlingly conceived but over-loaded celebration of old-school journalism

Review: Hit the Road

Review: Hit the Road

Iranian filmmaker Panah Panahi’s road trip movie is a bittersweet answer to Little Miss Sunshine

New York Film Festival 2020

Mangrove

Mangrove

This is the first episode in director Steve McQueen’s TV series of five films about Black British life from the 1960s to ’80s. It’s...

Lovers Rock

Lovers Rock

Seductive, shrewd and special, Lovers Rock is just one chapter in a new five-film anthology about Black London life from the 1960s to the ’80s, all of...

On the Rocks

On the Rocks

It’s not quite up there with Lost in Translation but Sofia Coppola’s latest rumination on ennui, drifting relationships and the rarified discontent...

New York Film Festival 2019

NYFF Review: The Irishman

NYFF Review: The Irishman

  • 4 out of 5 stars

Replete with all the gangster gab a Scorsese fan could want, it's strongest in quieter passages

New York Film Festival 2018

New York Film Festival 2017

New York Film Festival 2015

New York Film Festival 2014

Inherent Vice

Inherent Vice

  • 4 out of 5 stars

Ever since Boogie Nights, the untamable Paul Thomas Anderson has thrilled us with the mania of self-made men—porn stars, game-show hosts, oil prospectors and...

Gone Girl

Gone Girl

  • 5 out of 5 stars

Director David Fincher adapts bestselling novelist Gillian Flynn with a cast including Rosamund Pike (finally getting a proper starring role), Ben Affleck and...