Since the first silent film hit the silver screen in 1891, film has continued to evolve as an artistic, educational, entertaining and informative medium. With release of the first talkie “The Jazz Singer” in 1927, the world was instantly hooked on film, and the reason is clear. Film is the ultimate artistic achievement—combining a plethora of talent from actors, dancers, musicians, tech wizards, visual artists and writers. This creative collaboration fabricates a moving tapestry that captivates and enthralls audiences in a multisensory experience we have come to know and love.Fortunately for film fans and aficionados, the Washington Square Hotel in Greenwich Village is centrally located to some of New York City’s best film festivals. We’d be thrilled to have you as our guest, serving as your cinematic base camp while you explore your favorite genres and venues. Let us facilitate your film fix as you settle into your seat and release your winter worries—frame by frame. Here’s a list of four upcoming local picks:
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NY International Children's Film Festival
Through March 15 - Various venues
So tired of Elsa that you're ready throw the television out the window? This festival will help. Films are slotted into categories such as "Girls' POV", "True to Life" and "Further Reading", which are based on books. Bonus? There are plenty of shorts available for restless kiddos.
The NYC International Film Festival was founded in 2009 in celebration of the dynamism that video brings to the art world. The festival presents a variety of short films along with awards for best actor/actress. Other categories include documentaries and feature films. As an added bonus, all feature-length films shot in New York City and premiering at the festival are eligible for the Best New York Narrative or Best New York Documentary Awards.
Tribeca Film Festival
April 15 -26, Various venues
The gold standard. Opening Night kicks off with Mary Wharton's documentary, Jimmy Carter, Rock & Roll President, with musical performances by Willie Nelson, Nile Rogers, Paul Schaffer and more. Need we say more? True movie buffs can sign up for one of the available packages and drown themselves in cinematic goodness.
Touted as one of Moviemaker Magazine’s 25 Coolest Film Festivals, the Big Apple Film Fest and Screenplay Competition (BAFF) showcases work from local NYC independent film producers, as well pieces from across the country and globe. In addition to screenings, the BAFF presents annual awards in categories including best: animated film, feature documentary, short documentary, feature film, and short film. Other awards include the Golden Apple Award, NY Emerging Talent Award, NYC Cityscape Award, and Student Film Award. Click on the links above for more information on venue and showing times of selected films, as announced.