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Held at the historic Cinema Village theater (22 East 12th Street, NY, NY), the Socially Relevant Film Festival (SRFF) will be running a slate of films to give you a new perspective on life around the world. Running March 16 to the 22nd, the SRFF will show over 70 works, including narrative features, documentaries, and shorts. The festival opens with Lou Andreas-Salomé: The Audacity to be Free directed by Cordula Kablitz-Post and about the life of the controversial 19th century European intellectual, the first female psychoanalyst, and her reverberations into the lives of Friedrich Nietzsche and Paul Rée.
Utilizing Samsung Gear VR, the SRFF will also be screening a series of VR/360º films that will immerse viewers in the world of a toy scuba diver (Down to the Plastic Ocean), a slum on the outskirts of Nairobi (My Beautiful Home), the forests of Brazil (Our Nature - Honey Production), and more.
Festival Founder and Artistic Director Nora Armani says "We are proud to be able to support filmmakers who not only tell stories about socially relevant topics, but also filmmakers who push the boundaries of the artform and who take storytelling into the 21st century and beyond.”
To learn more, go to: http://www.ratedsrfilms.org/
Socially Relevant Film FestivalMarch 16 - 22, 2018
Cinema Village22 E 12th St.New York, NY 10003
A film festival celebrating women from all walks of life, the Athena Film Festival (February 22 - 25) at Barnard College is a revolutionary eye opening film festival. With Academy Award-nominated films, top-tier features, documentaries, and shorts — including U.S. and world premieres, the Athena Film Fest is a global look at the lives of women. The festival is a project of the Athena Center for Leadership Studies at Barnard and Women and Hollywood, a leading voice for women in the entertainment industry.
The opening night film is the Emma Stone/Steve Carell clash of the tennis giants, Battle of the Sexes. Other films include the Dolly Parton, Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin classic 9 to 5, and Chavela a documentary following the unconventional life of beloved performer Chavela Vargas, whose passionate renditions of Mexican popular music and triumphant return to the stage late in life brought her international fame. The festival also includes panels, workshops, and special screenings.
To learn more, go to: https://athenafilmfestival.com/
Athena Film FestivalFebruary 22 - 25
Barnard College3009 BroadwayNew York, NY 10027
Lu Over the Wall
With award winning shorts and features from around the world, the 2018 New York International Children’s Film Festival, gives viewers a unique insight into the lives, minds, and perspective of children around the world. The festival, now in its 21st year, is screening in theaters across New York City with some truly unique works of cinema for all ages from February 23 to March 18.
Highlights include the World premiere of Hilda, Luke Pearson’s episodic adaptation of his celebrated graphic novel series, in which plucky Hilda sets out on adventures evoking both Scandinavian folklore and Studio Ghibli.
Among NYICFF’s trio of North American premieres are Sing Song (Netherlands/Suriname), Mischa Kamp’s refreshing, inventive entry to the musical genre, in which a young singer travels to Suriname in search of her roots; Clovis Cornillac’s beautifully shot Belle and Sebastian, Friends for Life (France), the third installment of a Festival-favorite franchise set in the French Alps circa WWII; and Luc Jacquet’s March of the Penguins 2: The Next Step (France), a feat of cutting-edge 4K cinematography that allows audiences deep into the Arctic waters to witness a new generation of emperor penguins as they trek far and wide to survive. NYICFF’s premiere screenings of March of the Penguins 2 will be the film’s only theatrical showcase before its HULU release on March 23.
The 2018 Festival also features the US Premiere of Emelie Lindblom’s Room 213 (Sweden), a spooky, smart genre entrypoint for young audiences set at a haunted summer camp.
Previously announced special screenings and events include Masaaki Yuasa’s Lu Over the Wall as Opening Night, Alexandre Espigares’ White Fang as Opening Spotlight, and Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events: Season 2, The Austere Academy as Centerpiece, along with inaugural edition of a kids and family-geared Virtual Reality mini-fest: VR JR.
To learn more, go to: https://nyicff.org/
New York International Children’s Film FestivalFebruary 23 - March 18, 2018
Various Locations Throughout NYC
The Red Turtle
Along with a lengthy history in comics and cinema, France also has a rich history in animation which is being celebrated at the FIAF (French Institute: Alliance Francaise). Held at Florence Gould Hall (55 East 59th St., NY, NY), and running February 2 - 4, 2018, the Animation First: New York’s French Animation Festival features award-winning films, shorts, virtual reality, interactive workshops, panel discussions and more.
From the press release:
“Special screenings and events for all ages put you in the front seat of 3D animation, works in process, interactive workshops on drawing and sound effects, gaming demonstrations, and panel discussions with leading artists and studio executives.’
On Saturday, the festival’s Guest of Honor, Michael Dudok de Wit, acclaimed director of The Red Turtle, will speak about the creation of the Oscar-nominated film from its beginnings in Japan at the celebrated Studio Ghibli through production in Angouleme, France.”
To learn more, go to: http://fiaf.org/animation/2018/index.shtml
Animation First: New York’s French Animation FestivalFebruary 2 - 4, 2018
Florence Gould Hall at FIAF55 East 59th St.New York, NY 10022
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