About the NYFF

America’s pre-eminent film presentation organization, The Film Society of Lincoln Center was founded in 1969 to celebrate American and international cinema, to recognize and support new filmmakers, and to enhance awareness, accessibility and understanding of the art among a broad and diverse film going audience.

The New York Film Festival was founded in 1962 by Richard Roud and Amos Vogel. It is an annual festival produced by the Film Society of Lincoln Center which aims to demonstrate the development of international film art and contemporary trends in content, form, and style.

The festival is highly competitive with an average of 28 feature films in the Main Slate and 16 short films selected each year. Documentaries and special event screenings round out the event. There are no categories and no prizes are awarded. Selections are made by a fiver person screening committee.

Views from the Avant-Garde is a special event of the NYFF which premieres non-narrative, experimental film and video. Convergence explores the emerging field of transmedia, storytelling that ocurres across multiple platforms that invites audiences to become active participants in immersive storyworlds.

As an independent constituent of the world’s foremost performing arts center, the Film Society of Lincoln Center presents a 363-day season that includes premieres of new films from an international roster of established and emerging directors; major retrospectives; in-depth symposia and high profile events. The Film Society is one of those rare institutions whose stature is matched by its popularity, each year welcoming an aggregate audience of more than 200,000 film aficionados, filmmakers and industry leaders of every nationality, age, economic and ethnic group. The organization has been a pioneer among film institutions and one of the film world’s most respected and influential arbiters of cinematic trends and discoveries. François Truffaut, R.W. Fassbinder, Jean-Luc Godard, Pedro Almodóvar, Martin Scorsese, Wes Anderson– over the last four decades there is scarcely a major director who has not been introduced to American audiences by the Film Society.

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