NYC FILM FESTIVALS October 24, 2012- December 6, 2012

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South Asian International Film Festival  October 24-30, 2012

This festival is committed to exhibiting films from South Asia: India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Nepal. It is hosted by prominent South Asian leaders and mixes entertainment, professional mixers, and exclusive industry events with its slate of high-quality full length features, shorts and documentaries.

Scary Movies  October 26-31, 2012

The Scary Movie series will return with a collection of hair-raising premieres and fright classics. Keep an eye out for the lineup.

Previous “Scary Movies” series’ have included premieres, live stage shows and artist Q & A’s.

Brownfish Short Film Festival  November 2-4, 2012

This 2nd annual short film festival highlights the work of creative, emerging filmmakers in the following categories: Drama, Comedy, Animation and Documentary. Additionally, this year’s festival will debut the Short Screenplay Competition, presenting staged readings of screenplays 15 pages in the categories of Comedy and Drama.

Take Two Film Festival  November 2-4, 2012

In collaboration with Theater 80 St. Marks Place, this festival offers 56 creative and entertaining films ranging from short shorts to full length features and documentary works from 12 countries.

The Iron Mule Short Comedy Film Festival  November 3, 2012

This collective of filmmakers and film lovers meet monthly at the 92Y Tribeca to celebrate funny and inventive short cinema among friends.

Sikh International Film Festival   November 3, 2012

This festival celebrates the heritage, traditions & culture of the Sikh and Punjabi community. World premiere documentaries, short films and feature length films will be shown, and filmmakers, actors, producers and celebrities from around the world will be on hand.

Zero Film Festival

Scheduled for November 6-11, 2012 (keep eye on website for details), this festival focuses on self-financed feature length and short narrative and documentary films that are progressive and experimental.

New York Wildlife Conservation Film Festival  November 7-10, 2012

This world-wide film festival spreads the message of natural history and wildlife conservation in the hopes of educating and enlightening about the need to protect the world’s wildlife.

NYC Horror Film Festival  November 8-11, 2012

America’s largest and most recognized genre film festival, it screens approximately 50-60 films focusing solely on Horror and Science Fiction. Based at Tribeca Cinemas, it celebrates both the horror classics we grew up with and the new horror films & filmmakers who created them.

Bronx International Film Festival  November 8-10, 2012

Based at Lehman College and celebrating its 10th year, the Bronx International Film Festival showcases 20 + films from promising filmmakers while promoting The Bronx as a cultural destination and Bronx venues as prominent performance spaces.

Other Israel Film Festival  November 8-15, 2012

The Other Israel Film Festival presents award-winning films and NY premieres by and about Arab citizens of Israel, as well as other minority populations in Israeli society. The festival takes place at the JCC of Manhattan and includes Q & A’s with filmmakers and special events  Keep an eye out for the film line-up coming out in September.

DOC NYC  November 8-15, 2012

Based at the IFC Center, this festival showcases new achievements in documentary film, as well as includes      documentary practitioners from other fields such as photography, writing, and performance. This year, the festival will open with the film “The Central Park Five”  by Ken Burns, Sarah Burns and David McMahon about the five innocent teenagers wrongfully imprisoned for the infamous “Central Park jogger” rape case.

Additionally, the festival will also offer an expanded line-up of 20+ panel discussions called “Doc-a-thon,” covering the art and business of documentary filmmaking.

International Film Festival  November 9-15, 2012

Focusing on social relevance as part of their programming, the International Film Festival Manhattan encompasses all different genres of diverse programming including: Narrative Features, Documentaries, Shorts and student films from all over the world. The festival takes place at the Quad Cinema and offers media events, seminars and networking parties.


Imagine Science Film Festival  November 9-16, 2012

The Imagine Science Film Festival showcases films that effectively incorporate science into a compelling narrative while maintaining credible scientific groundings through fiction, documentary, science fiction, and animation. At ISFF, the public will join scientists in learning and imagining science through visual storytelling.

The New York Queer Experimental Film Festival at MIX NYC  November 13-18, 2012

MIX NYC presents queer experimental media that is rooted in the LGBT community. Avant-garde films, installations and performances will be featured by legendary artists.

The 15th African American Women In Cinema  November 14-17, 2012

Showcasing the work of talented minority women filmmakers, this festival is dedicated to providing both a platform and mentoring opportunities for both experienced and novice filmmakers, directors, producers, screenwriters and actors. The festival screenings are presented in sessions, with each hosted by a distinguished member of the film community.

Big Apple Film Festival  November 14-18, 2012

The festival will screen a variety of specially selected films that have been developed and produced from the New York City independent film community, as well as additional selections from across the country and around the world. As NYC is culturally diverse, the festival aims to support films and filmmakers that focus their attention on the unique qualities of individuals of all backgrounds and ethnicities.

International Heritage Puerto Rican Film Festival  November 16, 17 and 18, 2012

In its 2nd year, this festival will feature films on the subject of Puerto Rico and its people, or that have a Puerto Rican in a key production role. Both narrative and documentary films will focus on the contributions of Puerto Ricans to the global community, their culture and traditions and their ties to New York City

Williamsburg Independent Film Festival  November 15-18, 2012

In it’s 2nd year, the Williamsburg Film Festival features independent films from around the globe in six categories including: Narrative and Documentary Feature, Narrative and Documentary Short and Williamsburg Feature and Short. The three day festival is held at indieScreen in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

The Gotham Independent Film Awards November 16-19, 2012

Best Film Not Playing At a Theater Near You Series showcases five of the best films from this years’ festival circuit that are currently without distribution.


African Diaspora Film Festival  November 23-December 6, 2012

This festival presents an eclectic mix of urban, classic and independent films from around the world that depict the life experience of people of African descent.  With more films then ever before by black directors and on the black experience, this festival sets out to strengthen the role of African and African descent professionals in contemporary world cinema.

Tiny Lights Short Film Festival at LATEA Theater  November 25-28, 2012

Short films from every genre, on any topic, from anywhere on earth are featured at this festival. The films get voted on by the audience, and they (along with industry professionals) decide on the winner!–short–film-festival-c1.html#

Margaret Mead Film Festival  November 29-December 2, 2012

This showcase for contemporary cultural storytelling, tackles diverse and challenging cultural and social issues. Screening 29 films, it represents a broad spectrum of work, from indigenous community media to experimental nonfiction and hosts special multi-media events and performances.