Film at Lincoln Center announced today that the centenary of Amos Vogel, co-founder of the New York Film Festival, will be celebrated at film venues citywide this fall, kicking off in the Spotlight section of the 59th NYFF. 

In an unprecedented collaboration, repertory cinemas across New York City—Anthology Film Archives, Film Forum, Film at Lincoln Center, Light Industry, Metrograph, MoMA, and Museum of the Moving Image—will take part in a centenary celebration of film programmer and author Amos Vogel. Beginning at the New York Film Festival, and then continuing to unfurl from venue to venue across the season, this wide-ranging program will highlight numerous episodes from Vogel’s curatorial career, such as his years running Cinema 16, America’s most influential film society; his foundational work at Lincoln Center; his time as film consultant for Grove Press; and his classic study Film as a Subversive Art, which will soon be reissued by Film Desk Books. The film culture which presently flourishes in New York exists, in many ways, because of Amos Vogel, who offered the city “films you cannot see elsewhere,” and an uncompromising commitment to the medium’s radical possibilities.

“American film culture owes Amos Vogel everything,” said Dennis Lim, Director of Programming for FLC and NYFF. “His lifelong mission—to expose the widest possible audience to the widest possible range of interesting, eye-opening movies—remains a guiding light for film programmers the world over. Today, more than ever, there is much to learn from his passion, his eclecticism, his subversive and combative spirit. We are proud to kick off this citywide centenary tribute to Amos at this year’s New York Film Festival and to come together with our colleagues to highlight and honor his immense and enduring legacy.” 

NYFF’s Amos Vogel centenary celebration is organized by Thomas Beard, Dennis Lim, and Tyler Wilson.

Presented by Film at Lincoln Center, the New York Film Festival highlights the best in world cinema and takes place September 24 – October 10, 2021. An annual bellwether of the state of cinema that has shaped film culture since 1963, the festival continues a long-standing tradition of introducing audiences to bold and remarkable works from celebrated filmmakers as well as fresh new talent. 

NYFF59 will feature a combination of virtual, in-person, and outdoor screenings, with a comprehensive series of health and safety policies in coordination with state, city, and medical experts. Visit for more information. 

NYFF59 tickets will go on sale to the general public on Tuesday, September 7 at noon ET, with early access opportunities for FLC members prior to this date. Details about ticket prices and passes to follow. Support of the New York Film Festival benefits Film at Lincoln Center in its nonprofit mission to support the art and craft of cinema. NYFF59 press accreditation will open Friday, July 16—visit for more information.