Festivals

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Open Roads: New Italian Cinema (June 4 – 11, 2015)
One of our most popular annual programs, Open Roads has served as the leading North American showcase of contemporary Italian cinema for the past 14 years.

Human Rights Watch Film Festival (June 12 – 20, 2015)
The Human Rights Watch Film Festival brings human rights abuses to life through storytelling in a way that challenges each individual to empathize and demand justice for all.

New York Asian Film Festival (June 26 – July 8, 2015)
A two-week orgy of popular Asian cinema, this is the film festival that The New York Times calls "one of the city’s most valuable events."

Sound + Vision (July 24 – August 31, 2015)
Our music documentary series explores an exciting range of artists, genres and styles.

New York Film Festival (September 25  October 11, 2015)
Since 1963, the New York Film Festival has brought new and important cinematic works from around the world to Lincoln Center. In addition to the Main Slate official selections, the festival includes newly restored classics, special events, filmmaker talks, panel discussions, an Avant-Garde showcase, and much more. The New York Film Festival highlights the best in world cinema, featuring top films from celebrated filmmakers as well as fresh new talent.

Scary Movies (October 30  November 5, 2015)
Every Halloween, Scary Movies brings a deadly dosage of hair-raising premieres and classics.

Making Waves: New Romanian Cinema (December 3 – 7, 2015)
Making Waves, co-presented with the Romanian Film Initiative, brings some of the best new Romanian cinema to New York along with overlooked classics, panel discussions, and more.

New York Jewish Film Festival
The New York Jewish Film Festival, co-presented with the Jewish Museum, is a preeminent showcase for world cinema exploring the Jewish experience.

Dance on Camera
Dance on Camera, co-presented with Dance Films Association, presents an exciting and diverse array of dance films, many of them premieres, ranging widely in subject and genre.

Film Comment Selects
Film Comment magazine’s crucial and eclectic festival brings you a handpicked lineup of the coming-soon and the never-coming-back, the rare and the rediscovered, the unclassifiable and the underrated, the sacred and the profane, the cute and the creepy, the tough and the tender, the naked and the dead—you get the idea.

Rendez-vous with French Cinema
North America’s leading showcase for the best in French film, co-presented with Unifrance Films, attests to the sheer variety and vitality of contemporary French filmmaking.

New Directors/New Films Festival
New Directors/New Films introduces New York audiences to the work of emerging filmmakers from around the world. Co-presented with the Museum of Modern Art, this renowned festival has uncovered talents like Pedro Almódovar, Darren Aronofsky, Nicole Holofcener, Spike Lee, Kelly Reichardt, and Steven Spielberg.

Art of the Real
Our annual nonfiction showcase is founded on the most expansive possible view of documentary film. The second edition features new work from around the world and in a variety of genres alongside retrospective and thematic selections, including a tribute to the great French director Agnès Varda and a spotlight on the art and history of reenactment. Art of the Real is a platform for filmmakers and artists who have given us a wider view of nonfiction cinema and at the same time brought the form full circle, pointing to its early, boundary-pushing days.

New York African Film Festival
The New York African Film Festival is a showcase of works that speak to the realities of Africa and the Diaspora. Through the exhibition of works by filmmakers and other visual and performing artists, as well as presentations by critics, scholars and master chefs, festivalgoers will witness the reinvention of Africa through the movement of its people across the globe.

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