Sign up for updates


Sponsored by HBO®

On Cinema

Every year at the festival, we ask an invited filmmaker to select clips from work that has inspired and informed his or her own practice, as the basis for a discussion with festival director Kent Jones.

On Cinema: Hou Hsiao-hsien

It’s been quite a few years since Hou Hsiao-hsien, one of the world’s greatest living directors, has visited New York. This year, he is joining us to present his new film, The Assassin, and to speak about some of the works that have marked and haunted him as an artist.

Directors Dialogues

A series of intimate conversations with directors in attendance at this year’s NYFF, with a focus on their filmmaking practice and how it’s changed over the years.

HBO Directors Dialogues: Jia Zhangke

From the moment he burst on the scene with Xiao Wu in the late ’90s, this artist has given us a river of films, each as pungently human but wide in scope as a Breugel canvas. We’re proud to have him here with his newest movie, Mountains May Depart, and we’re very happy that he’s agreed to join us for a talk about his extraordinary body of work.

HBO Directors Dialogues: Michael Moore

In the years since his white-hot attack on GM, Roger & Me, Michael Moore has been launching brilliantly planned comic attacks on the NRA and the gun industry, the American response to 9/11, the health-care industry, capitalism itself, and, with his new film Where To Invade Next, the divide between America’s lofty self-image and the less impressive reality. We’re happy to have him back at the NYFF for this discussion about his movies.

HBO Directors Dialogues: Todd Haynes

A genuinely independent filmmaker, Todd Haynes has an impressive body of work that is grounded in the pressures of conformity, bearing down on individuals and sometimes resulting in illness or other forms of entrapment, sometimes in transcendence. With Carol, Haynes has given us a delicately nuanced work about the slowly evolving romance between two women in 1950s America that is a wonder to behold. We’re excited to have this singular artist joining us for a discussion about his work.


NYFF Live: Laura Poitras, Charlotte Cook & AJ Schnack (‘Field of Vision: New Episodic Fiction’)

  • 45 minutes
Laura Poitras will be joined by her collaborators Charlotte Cook and AJ Schnack, and the trio will offer an inside look at Field of Vision, an off-shoot of editorial start-up The Intercept, and talk about their new company’s plans for a documentary series.

NYFF Live: Indiewire’s Screen Talk with Eric Kohn & Anne Thompson

  • 45 minutes
For this live edition of Indiewire chief film critic Eric Kohn and Thompson on Hollywood author Anne Thompson’s popular weekly podcast, Screen Talk.

NYFF Live: Meet the Shorts Filmmakers

  • 45 minutes
Join a group of the attending shorts filmmakers from around the world as they talk about their latest works.

NYFF Live: Meet the Documentary Filmmakers

  • 45 minutes
This year’s Spotlight on Documentary represents the entire spectrum of nonfiction cinema. A cross section of this year’s directors will be present to discuss their films in this diverse medium.

NYFF Live: Walter Salles (‘Jia Zhangke, A Guy from Fenyang’)

  • 45 minutes
Walter Salles will be present to reflect on the making of his portrait of filmmaker Jia Zhangke, Jia Zhangke, A Guy from Fenyang.

NYFF Live: Miguel Gomes (‘Arabian Nights’ Trilogy)

  • 45 minutes
Portuguese director Miguel Gomes will discuss his trilogy, all making their U.S. premieres at NYFF.

NYFF Live: Nathaniel Dorsky & Jerome Hiler (Retrospective)

  • 45 minutes
Powerhouses of their field of filmmaking, Dorsey and Hiler will discuss their work, which is the subject of this year’s NYFF Retrospective.

NYFF Live: Arnaud Desplechin (‘My Golden Days’)

  • 45 minutes
Considered one of the leading filmmakers working in France today, Arnaud Desplechin is no stranger to the New York Film Festival, and will discuss his newest work, My Golden Days.

NYFF Live: New Hollywood?

  • 75 minutes
How is modern moviegoing is diversifying and changing? Can women gain permanent positions of power in this new content landscape and will stories by and about people of color be embraced more widely? Panelists, including producer Effie T. Brown and writer Mark Harris will consider some of these questions and explore how Hollywood can do more to embrace what could be a permanent shift in the types of movies and TV shows that are made, distributed, and consumed by audiences.

NYFF Live: Michel Gondry (‘Microbe & Gasoline’)

  • 45 minutes
Gondry will join NYFF Live to talk about Microbe & Gasoline, which is having its U.S. Premiere at the festival, and his career.

NYFF Live: Danny Boyle (‘Steve Jobs’)

  • 45 minutes
On Monday evening at NYFF Live, the filmmaker will talk about the making of his latest work, starring Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, and Seth Rogen.

NYFF Live: From Script to Screen: ‘Maggie’s Plan’

  • 45 minutes
Director/co-writer Rebecca Miller, producers Damon Cardasis and Rachael Horovitz, cinematographer Sam Levy, editor Sabine Hoffmann & writer Karen Rinaldi. Co-presented with New York Women in Film and Television.

NYFF Live: László Nemes & Géza Röhrig (‘Son of Saul’)

  • 45 minutes
The most talked about, and controversial, movie at this year’s Cannes Film Festival was also the debut feature of a major new talent, Hungarian director László Nemes.

NYFF Live: Filmmaker in Residence, Athina Rachel Tsangari (‘Chevalier’)

  • 45 minutes

Presented with Jaeger LeCoultre

At this year’s Filmmaker in Residence talk, Tsagari will discuss the many hats she wears as a creative person working in cinema today.

NYFF Live: Focus on Film with Cinematographer Ed Lachman (‘Carol’)

  • 45 minutes
Director of photography Ed Lachman, a true master of his craft, will sit down for an extended conversation with NYFF Selection Committee member Amy Taubin to talk about why shooting on film, as he did for Todd Haynes’s Carol, is a priority for him.

NYFF Live: The Film Comment Roundtable

  • 45 minutes
Join the critics of Film Comment and special guests as they discuss the many splendors of the New York Film Festival.