Decoding NYC Film Festivals



L.A. might have Hollywood, but New York has all the lights, camera and action you’ll need for a glamorous night on the town. Seasoned with quality camera work and groundbreaking narratives, New York’s litter of film festivals are an excellent way of taking in the freshest cinema talent. Here we decode NYC’s upcoming film festivals.

Film Festivals in NYC

Queens World Film Festival

NYC Film festivals, the Queens World Film Festival

In March we celebrated Queens’s rich diversity at the Queens World Film Festival . for eight years, the festival has screened films from over 63 nations (and counting!), touching on a range of subjects, with push for young filmmakers. Each program at this inclusive festival ends with a post-screening dialogue to engage audiences. Photo by @dreamsofdistillation on Instagram.

Havana Film FestivalNYC-Film-Festivals-in-NYC

Featuring more than 40 films from around Central and South America, the Havana Film Festival New York showcases cinema that reflects the strong cultural and social identities ingrained in each film’s respective country. Selections offer full-length features, animation, shorts, documentaries and newly produced independent films.

The Havana Film Festival runs from April 6 – 17. Full list of films available herePhoto by @tintanews on Instagram.

SR Socially Relevant Film Festival

Now in its fifth year, the Socially Relevant Film Festival aims to highlight pieces of cinema that raise awareness to the social and cultural problems of our time. The mission of the festival is to show how the power of cinema can build a more positive world. Image by @srfilmfestnyc on Instagram.

PhotoDiversity Film Festival

The PhotoDiversity Film Festival spotlights environmental challenges our society is currently navigating, platforming film-makers from varying backgrounds and perspectives. The festival supports The Zoological Lighting Institute, an NGO which works internationally within animal welfare and wildlife conservation.

Tribeca Film Festival


And then of course there’s the mecca of New York cinema viewing, The Tribeca Film Festival. Founded in 2002 by Jane Rosenthal, Robert De Niro and Craig Hatkoff, the festival has been home to some of the biggest box office successes in recent years.

The Tribeca Film Festival runs from April 18 – 29. Full list of films available here. Photo by @armenianfilmsociety on Instagram.

NYC film festivals and more…

Planning a visit to New York City for one of its many film festivals? Check out our blog for more ideas on what to see and do during your stay with Roger Smith.

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