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New York Film Festivals

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Get your tickets now! Each year, thousands of fans walk down the red carpet at film festivals across New York State. Special events include a series of screenings, award shows and panel discussions with authors, actors, and directors.

Spring in Rochester, the birthplace of motion picture film and the early women’s rights movement, brings the High Falls Film Festival in April, which shines the spotlight on the artistry and innovation of films made by women.

In New York City, more than 20 major film festivals celebrate the big screen—including the Tribeca Film Festival in April and the Brooklyn Film Festival in June. Both events feature next-wave works and star-studded premieres. Also in June, the New York City International Film Festival highlights new and established filmmakers from around the world.

Every June, the Lake Placid Film Forum—co-founded by author Russell Banks, former New York Daily News critic Kathleen Carroll and artist Naj Wikoff—presents an intimate film festival secluded in the Adirondack Mountains. Often the filmmakers and cast members attend the screenings and discussions, which are held in a forum atmosphere unfettered by paparazzi.

The annual Long Island International Film Expo, in Bellmore each July, hosts panel discussions with filmmakers and up to 150 short and feature-length independent films.

The Ballston Spa International Film Festival in August features short films, world premiers, and works by young filmmakers. Film Note: The charming Victorian village of Ballston Spa was the basis for Richard Russo's fictional town in the novel and film Nobody's Fool. It’s located near Saratoga Springs, about a three-hour drive from New York City.

Autumn traditionally brings a quiet post-season to the Hamptons, with spectacular foliage and clouds of monarch butterflies. But there’s a buzz of activity in October when the annual Hamptons International Film Festival, a fall fixture on the east end for over 20 years, draws fans and celebrities with over 100 films, premieres, red carpets, panels, and parties.

Put on your coolest shades and head to the annual Woodstock Film Festival in October. One of the best independent film festivals in the nation, it attracts emerging and established filmmakers. A-List talent who have participated include Ellen Barkin, Steve Buscemi, Edie Falco, Ethan Hawke, Timothy Hutton, Daniel Day-Lewis, Ang Lee, Laura Linney, Keanu Reeves and many more!

ImageOut in Rochester holds over a week-long festival each October, featuring LGBTQ themed films, showcasing work that ranges from narrative to documentary to experimental from across the US and around the world.

Glimmerglass Film Days, held each November in Cooperstown, offer a curated slate of independent films and shorts, filmmaker talks, parties with local food and drink, art exhibits, restaurant specials, and guided walks to enjoy the region's natural beauty.  Films are shown at Cooperstown landmark venues, like the National Baseball Hall of Fame, Fenimore Art Museum, and the Otesaga Hotel. 

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