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: Richard Linklater

This year, Kent Jones will talk with Richard Linklater, whose intensely emotional comic drama Last Flag Flying is this year’s opening night selection, and whose many superb films (Slacker, Dazed and Confused, Waking Life, and Boyhood, to name just a few) have been genuine gifts to modern American cinema.

Directors' Dialogues

In this annual series of FREE intimate conversations, a selection of filmmakers from this year’s festival sit down for special Q&As to discuss their craft.

HBO Directors Dialogues: Lucrecia Martel

Join Martel for a discussion of her films and her remarkable latest Zama, an adaptation of a classic Argentinean novel, set in the late 18th century.

HBO Directors Dialogues: Agnès Varda & JR

The two artist friends will discuss their unique project Faces Places and the wise and wonderful film that came out of it.

HBO Directors Dialogues: Hong Sang-soo

Beyond prolific, South Korean director Hong Sang-soo has presented new films in NYFF’s Main Slate for five years in a row. And this year, he has two new movies. Hong will be on-hand to discuss these intimate, dialogue-driven, comic-tinged dramas.

HBO Directors Dialogues: Philippe Garrel

French master Philippe Garrel represents a strain of modernist cinema that stretches from the post–New Wave era to today, as evidenced by three of his films showing during NYFF this year. And we’re thrilled to have Garrel at this rare public appearance.


Free talks hosted daily at 7pm from September 30-October 14 at the EBM Amphitheater. More events to be announced!

Film Comment Live: The Cinema of Experience

At this year’s NYFF, filmmakers are rising to the challenge of representing race and immigration at a pivotal time in our nation’s history. Our guests will discuss how cinematic technique is used to reflect such experiences and what is different about the latest generation of storytelling.

Film Comment Live: Filmmakers Chat

For the second year, Film Comment gives you the rare chance to see some of today’s most important filmmakers in dialogue with each other. A selection of NYFF directors past and present will talk together about their influences and inspirations in a discussion moderated by Film Comment editor-in-chief Nicolas Rapold.

Film Comment Live: Festival Wrap

In what is becoming an annual tradition, Film Comment contributing critics and editors gather for the festival’s last weekend and talk about the films they’ve seen, discussing—or arguing about—the selections in the lineup, from Main Slate and beyond.