Monday, April 29
7:00pm • Alice Tully Hall

The Film Society of Lincoln Center kicks off its 50th anniversary with a special gala on April 29. Reflecting and building upon the organization’s half-century introducing New York audiences to many of the industry’s most acclaimed and important filmmakers—including Pedro Almodóvar, Jane Campion, Hou Hsiao-hsien, Spike Lee, Richard Linklater, Lucrecia Martel, Dee Rees, Steven Spielberg, and Agnès Varda, to name but a few—the 50th Anniversary Gala will honor the Film Society’s legendary past and vibrant present, and look ahead as we extend our commitment to the film community.

The Gala is the most important fundraising event of the Film Society’s landmark anniversary year, and all proceeds will benefit the organization in its mission to support the art and craft of cinema. The Chaplin Award Gala will return in 2020.


Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the best way to secure great seats to the 50th Anniversary Gala?

You can secure premium seating at the 50th Anniversary Gala by purchasing Gala Dinner + Ceremony tickets. Ceremony-only tickets purchased online will select seats based on best available. You’ll be able to review and approve the seat selection prior to check-out.

How do I purchase tickets?

Tickets to the 50th Anniversary Gala are on sale now. Ceremony tickets may be purchased online. Dinner and Table Seats may be purchased by contacting us at or by calling (212) 875-5076.

After purchasing, when will I receive my tickets?

As a brand new feature, we’re thrilled to offer print-at-home tickets for Ceremony tickets purchased online. You’ll be sent a digital ticket immediately after completing your purchase. Dinner tickets will be available for pick-up on April 29. Check-in and arrival instructions for Dinner + Ceremony tickets will be sent via email by Wednesday, April 24.  For additional questions, please contact the Gala RSVP line ( or (212) 875-5076).

What is the dress code?

The evening’s attire is cocktail. Please note that coat check is unavailable at the venue at this time.

Are tickets tax-deductible?

For Gala Dinner and Ceremony tickets, the face value of each ticket less $300 is tax-deductible. Please consult your tax advisor as to your individual circumstance with regard to tax deductibility. Tribute-only tickets are not tax deductible.

If you have additional questions about the Gala, please contact us at or (212) 875-5076.

The Film Society of Lincoln Center is devoted to supporting the art and elevating the craft of cinema. The only branch of the world-renowned arts complex Lincoln Center to shine a light on the everlasting yet evolving importance of the moving image, this nonprofit organization was founded in 1969 to celebrate American and international film.

For more information about attending the Gala, please contact us at or (212) 875-5076.

To find the perfect sponsorship opportunity for your organization, please contact Liz Gardner (Director, Corporate Partnerships) at or (212) 671-4559.