New York films were long in production when Hollywood was still a sleepy citrus farm settlement, and cinema is still in our blood. You can hardly turn a corner without tripping over a film festival, preserved movie palace or famous film location. Additionally, Empire State Development division of New York Loves Film is a full service center for encouraging and helping the film industry to shoot in our state.
If you’re a serious student of film, check out the Film Society of Lincoln Center's marquee of new films from famous and emerging filmmakers the world over. The Society hosts two world-class festivals including the New York Film Festival. A little further upstate, the annual Woodstock Film Festival presents new films and filmmakers, workshops, celebrity panels and awards. Plus fantastic parties, after-parties and after-after-parties.
If you just love to watch movies, the Hamptons Film Fest, Buffalo Niagara Film Festival, and High Falls Film Festival are among countless gatherings that return each year, from giant Big Apple Film Festival to small-town Ballston Spa Film Festival, where aspiring local filmmakers share screen time with the big boys. Ethnic film fests celebrate our rich diversity at the New York Asian, Jewish and Polish Film Festivals.
Where better to experience the big screen than in a magnificent movie palace? New York has more than its share, from Buffalo’s Neo-Spanish Baroque Shea's Performing Arts Center to Poughkeepsie’s Italian renaissance Bardovan Opera House. Albany’s Palace Theatre brought Ethel Barrymore, Harry Houdini, Will Rogers and Judy Garland before the footlights, and continues the tradition today, while Syracuse’s Landmark Theatre showed its first "talkie" in 1929 and hasn’t been silent since.
New York City is a Where’s-Where of famous film locations from new to classics like "Sex and the City," "The Seven Year Itch," "Ghostbusters," "Crocodile Dundee," "When Harry Met Sally," "Breakfast at Tiffany's." In Chittenango, New York, the whole town turns out each year to celebrate hometown legend L. Frank Baum’s classic Wizard of Oz books with Oz-stravaganza. Take NBC Studio Tours for a look behind the scenes at your favorite TV shows filmed in New York!