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 (and on select days 8pm) from September 30-October 14 at the EBM Amphitheater.

NYFF Live: Ruben Östlund, The Square

  • 60 minutes
Ruben Östlund, whose features also include Play and Force Majeure, will talk about writing and directing The Square, which plays at this year’s NYFF.

NYFF Live: VR and the Future of Virtual Production by Lucasfilm

  • 60 minutes
On Friday, September 29 at 8pm, a NYFF Live talk at the Ampitheater at Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center. On Saturday, September 30 from 12pm-3pm, a demo at the Opera Learning Center on the 6th Floor of the Rose Building.

NYFF Live: Gamescape: The Revenge of Full Motion Video

  • 60 minutes

It’s 1983. You find yourself in an arcade in the ’burbs. Among the future classics—Galaga, Space Invaders, Donkey Kong—you find something different: Sega’s Astron Belt or Cinematronics’ Dragon’s Lair, games that eschewed pixelated sprites for video and vivid animation. Full…

NYFF Live: IndieWire Screen Talk LIVE podcast with Eric Kohn & Anne Thompson

  • 60 minutes
Kohn and Thompson will give their takes on the first weekend of the New York Film Festival, and talk about how awards season is shaping up.

Film Comment Live: The Cinema of Experience

  • 60 minutes
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.

NYFF Live: Making Mrs. Hyde: Serge Bozon & Isabelle Huppert

  • 60 minutes
Meet Huppert as she talks about transforming into this character, and her career in movies and television; and Bozon, who will share his experiences making the movie.

NYFF Live: Noah Baumbach, The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)

  • 60 minutes
Noah Baumbach's latest film harkens back to the themes of family vanities and warring attachments he has explored in previous movies. The writer-director will talk about writing the film, and working with cast that includes screen legend Hoffman.

NYFF Live: NYFF Shorts Filmmakers

  • 60 minutes
Meet the directors with films in the festival’s “New York Stories” program: Jason Giampietro (Unpresidented), Adinah Dancyger (Cheer Up Baby), Ashley Connor and Joe Stankus (The Layover), Kevin Wilson, Jr. (My Nephew Emmett), John Wilson (The Road to Magnasanti) and Pacho Velez & Yoni Brook (Mr. Yellow Sweatshirt).

NYFF Live: Making The Florida Project: Sean Baker & Chris Bergoch

  • 60 minutes
In this discussion, we’ll delve into the particulars of how The Florida Project was conceived and executed through its various stages in development.

NYFF Live: Making Call Me by Your Name: Luca Guadagnino, Armie Hammer & Michael Stuhlbarg

  • 60 minutes
Join Guadagnino and actors Armie Hammer and Michael Stuhlbarg as they talk about what is sure to be one of the most debated films of the fall.

NYFF Live: Spotlight on Documentary Filmmakers

  • 60 minutes
The group of filmmakers showing at this year’s NYFF—including Alison McAlpine (Cielo), Ena and Ines Talakic (Hall of Mirrors), among others—represent a cross-section of some of the most compelling documentarians working today.

NYFF Live: Documenting Creativity: Griffin Dunne, Rebecca Miller, Susan Lacy, Josh Koury & Myles Kane

  • 60 minutes
Many documentaries showing at this year’s NYFF focus on the lives and work of major writers and artists. At this talk, the directors behind four of these films will speak about their processes in representing creative people onscreen.

Film Comment Live: Filmmakers Chat

  • 60 minutes
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, featuring Claire Denis (Let the Sun Shine In), Kevin Jerome Everson (Tonsler Park), and Joachim Trier (Thelma).

NYFF Live: Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird

  • 60 minutes
Join Gerwig as she talks about segueing to behind the camera and telling a story that comes from a very personal place.

NYFF Live: Field of Vision Presents

  • 60 minutes
Since its launch in 2013, Field of Vision has been a trailblazer in producing and championing short-form documentary about developing and ongoing stories from around the world. This evening will spotlight three current films, featuring clips and discussions with their filmmakers.

NYFF Live: Keeping Cultural Borders Open: Laurie Anderson and special guests

  • 60 minutes
Join Anderson, Selvaratnam, Sara Driver, Barbet Schroeder, and other special guests for a discussion about the aims of the initiative and the role artists play in combatting cultural barriers

NYFF Live: Real to Reel: Dramatizing True Stories

  • 60 minutes
The Writers Guild of America, East brings together the creators behind some unforgettable recent movie characters to tell us how they made them intriguing and believable.

Film Comment Live: Festival Wrap

  • 60 minutes
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.

NYFF Live: Access New Audiences: Wonderstruck & The Blind Boys of Alabama

  • 60 minutes
Join Michele Spitz (Woman of Her Word) and Jo-Ann Dean (SIGNmation) for a discussion on how filmmakers and distributors can increase audience outreach and box-office by incorporating accessible language components for both Deaf and Blind communities.