Celebrating the art of cinema in the home of the Harlem Renaissance, The Harlem International Film Festival (Hi) inspires and entertains by honoring dynamic films by anyone about anything under the sun. Conceived from the belief that we all have…
An annual cinematic event and globally recognized platform that aims to amplify female, non-binary, LGBTQIA+, BIPOC, and people with disabilities’ voices in entertainment. The week-long Festival, presented by the Bentonville Film Foundation, in partnership with founding sponsor Walmart and presenting sponsor Coca-Cola, is known for its dedication to championing marginalized and underrepresented voices in film with 65 percent of the competition titles directed by women, giving voice to directors who are 71 percent female, 75 percent BIPOC or AAPI and 33 percent LGBTQIA+.”
By Gregg W. Morris
Second Wave: More NYAFF news fit to print. This year’s festival will open with the international premiere of Ryoo Seung-wan’s tense political thriller ESCAPE FROM MOGADISH; it will include the North American premiere of Fruit Chan’s new horror masterwork COFFIN HOMES; and it will launch a new Asian American Focus selection. And there is sooooo much more, from August 6 to August 22, 2021. By Gregg W. Morris
Eighten-plus-minutes of exquisite black and white imagery of the gruesome and the horrific rendered beautifully in a narrative using folklore about the ungodly desolation caused by Super Typhoon Yolanda AKA Super Typhoon Haiyan, a Category 5 mega-monster that started laying siege to the Philippines Visayas group of islands, the country’s central region, population 17 million people, November 26, 2013. It shook the Philippines to its roots.
This stunning film short is winning one award after another.
By Gregg W. Morris
The 2020 festival includes 107 feature-length documentaries among over 200 films and dozens of events. Included are 23 World Premieres, 12 international or North American premieres, and 7 US premieres. Fifty-seven features (53 percent of the lineup) are directed or co-directed by women and 36 by BIPOC directors (34 percent of the feature program).
From WORD Editor Gregg W. Morris: Because the itinerary is so huge, the list for the 11th edition is being published in several parts.
You are accredited to cover the upcoming 57th New York Film Festival. Screenings to begin September 16, and the P&I screening information and schedule will be sent out in early September. Your accreditation permits you to attend (solo) the advance Press & Industry screenings, as well as any scheduled press conferences.
By Gregg W. Morris – This year’s Main Slate showcases films from 17 different countries, including new titles from celebrated auteurs, extraordinary work from directors making their NYFF debuts, and captivating features that earned acclaim at international festivals.
Highlights include a trio of series featuring special double features: 50th Mixtape, which presents two free films back-to-back every Thursday night, combining all-time and recent favorites of the Film at Lincoln Center programming staff.
The members of 10 juries, reflecting the tone and texture of the annual cultural showcase celebrating storytelling in film, television, virtual reality, music and games, will be tasked with honoring the new works of emerging and established members of the creative community with unique art awards and cash prizes as they present their works at the annual Festival.
“The purpose of New Directors/New Films is to seek out emerging filmmakers who are working at the vanguard of cinema,” said Film Society Director of Programming Dennis Lim. “This is as diverse and wide-ranging a lineup as we’ve assembled in years: full of pleasures and provocations and, above all, surprises – proof that film remains a medium ripe for reinvention in ways big and small.”