The Film Society of Lincoln Center produces The New York Film Festival and New Directors/New Films and works in partnership on many other festivals. Entry into NYFF and ND/NF is open to all filmmakers and all lengths and genres are considered. Acceptance is highly competitive. NYFF and ND/NF are selectively curated by committee.
The New York Film Festival (Sep 26 – Oct 12, 2014)
Since 1963, The New York Film Festival has continued to bring new and important cinematic works by filmmakers from around the world. The Festival includes Main Slate selections along with special events, panel discussions, the experimental film showcase Views from the Avant-Garde, 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.
New York Jewish Film Festival (Jan 7 – 23, 2014)
Join us for the 22st annual New York Jewish Film Festival, a preeminent showcase for world cinema exploring the Jewish experience. This diverse selection of films includes dramatic features, riveting documentaries, entertaining comedies and tantalizing shorts. Presented by The Jewish Museum and the Film Society of Lincoln Center, the Festival includes world, U.S. and New York premieres.
Dance on Camera (Jan 31 – Feb 4, 2014)
Dance on Camera Festival, co-presented by the Film Society and Dance Films Association, returns to the Walter Reade Theater for the 17th consecutive year with an exciting and diverse array of dance films, many of them premieres, ranging widely in subject and genre: from the refinement of ballet coaching to the intense individuality of club dancing.
Film Comment Selects (Feb 17 – Feb 27, 2014)
The 13th edition of 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 (Mar 7 – Mar 16, 2014)
North America’s leading showcase for the best in contemporary French film returns with more than a dozen New York premieres. Check out new work from master directors Guillaume Nicloux, Nicolas Philibert, and François Ozon also including Bruno Podalydes’ latest comedy Granny's Funeral and Raymond Depardon's self-portrait Journal de France.
New Directors/New Films Festival (Mar 19 – 30, 2014)
New Directors/New Films introduces New York audiences to the work of emerging or not-yet-established filmmakers from around the world. Presented jointly by The Museum of Modern Art and the Film Society of Lincoln Center, this renowned festival in past years has uncovered talents like Pedro Almodovar, Darren Aronofsky, Nicole Holofcener, Courtney Hunt, Spike Lee, Kelly Reichardt, and Steven Spielberg.
New York African Film Festival (May 7 – 13, 2014)
The New York African Film Festival presents 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, festival participants will witness the reinvention of Africa through the movement of its people across the globe.
Open Roads: New Italian Cinema (June 6 – 12, 2014)
This new generation of Italian filmmakers continues to open up and explore new areas of Italian life and culture, telling new stories in surprisingly new ways.
Human Rights Watch Film Festival (June 12 – 21, 2014)
The 24th annual edition of the festival returns with stories of resilience from across the globe about the universal issues that grip our time. Human Rights Watch—one of the world’s leading independent human rights organizations—invites you to engage with these compelling films that are spurring vital dialogue.
New York Asian Film Festival (June 27 – July 10, 2014)
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."
Latinbeat (Dates TBD)
Featuring films from 10 different Latin American countries and just as abundant an array of genres and styles, Latinbeat continues to follow the latest trends of filmmaking in Latin America by showcasing both up-and-coming directors and filmmakers whose work we have proudly premiered here.
NewFest (Dates TBD)
NewFest is dedicated to bringing together filmmakers and audiences in the building of a community that passionately supports giving greater visibility and voice to a wide range of expressions and representations of the LGBT experience.
Scary Movies (Oct 31 – Nov 7, 2013)
Scary Movies is back with an upped deadly dosage of hair-raising premieres and classics.
Mountainfilm (Nov 15 – 17, 2013)
Started in 1979 by rock climbers who wanted to watch documentaries about their chosen sport, Mountainfilm in Telluride has evolved into a forum for documentaries of all stripes: dazzling adventure films, compelling environmental films, and a wide range of documentaries that examine current cultural as well as political issues as well as individuals who inspire us with their work and their lives. For the fourth year, Mountainfilm comes to New York, bringing with it the energy of the outdoors and the power of movies that matter, plus live appearances, conversations and special performances. Come to the Film Society and celebrate the spirit of persistence that is Mountainfilm!
Making Waves: New Romanian Cinema (Dec 5-10, 2014)
Film as propaganda tool. Filmmaking as metabolic process. Throw in a triple dose of Transylvanian flavor from a popular series of Red Westerns; the complete works of one of The New York Times’ 20 Directors to Watch, Corneliu Porumboiu; Berlin Film Festival Golden Bear award winner Child’s Pose; and the World Premiere of Closer to the Moon; and you’ll have the 8th edition of Making Waves: New Romanian Cinema. Co-presented with the Romanian Film Initiative, and in collaboration with Transilvania International Film Festival.
Columbia University Film Festival (May 2-4, 2014)
Columbia University School of the Arts Film Program presents the 27th Annual Columbia University Film Festival, a week-long program of screenings, dramatic readings and special events in New York.