August 1st officially marks the countdown of 60 days until the start of the 60th New York Film Festival! With lineup announcements around the corner, what better way to prepare for a historic anniversary year than looking back at the first six decades of one of the world’s most-renowned film festivals?

In honor of this year’s milestone anniversary, Film at Lincoln Center is launching a Letterboxd watch challenge! Within the next 60 days, how many past NYFF selections can you watch? Cinephiles are invited to keep track of their viewing on their personal Letterboxd accounts.

  1. On Letterboxd, create a list and tag your list and all of your logs/reviews with NYFF60challenge.
  2. Happy watching!
  3. On October 1 or 2, tweet us your Letterboxd list to enter.

The members who watch the most NYFF Main Slate films through September 30 will have the chance to win tickets to the 60th New York Film Festival, official NYFF60 merch, and more! Bonus prizes to those that reach 60 and above. Merch prizes will be shipped in U.S. only.

Leading up to NYFF60 Opening Night, follow along as we post lists of the Main Slate selection every day from each year of NYFF on this page and our Letterboxd page. You can also also explore all NYFF Main Slate selections in Film at Lincoln Center’s interactive timeline.

1st New York Film Festival | Main Slate Selections | 1963

Larry Rivers painting the poster for the 1st NYFF. Photo by Bob Serating.

  • Opening NightThe Exterminating Angel (Luis Buñuel, Mexico)
  • Closing Night: Sweet and Sour (Jacques Baratier, France)
  • All the Way Home (Alex Segal, USA)
  • An Autumn Afternoon (Yasujirō Ozu, Japan)
  • Barravento (Glauber Rocha, Brazil)
  • Elektra at Epidaurus (Ted Zarpas, Greece)
  • The Fiances (Ermanno Olmi, Italy)
  • Glory Sky (Takis Kanellopoulos, Greece)
  • In the Midst of Life (Robert Enrico, France)
  • Hallelujah the Hills (Adolfas Mekas, USA)
  • Harakiri (Masaki Kobayashi, Japan)
  • Knife in the Water (Roman Polanski, Poland)
  • Le Joli Mai (Chris Marker, France)
  • Love in the Suburbs (Tamás Fejér, Hungary)
  • Magnet of Doom (Jean-Pierre Melville, France)
  • Muriel, or The Time of Return (Alain Resnais, France)
  • RoGoPaG (Roberto Rossellini, Ugo Gregoretti, Jean-Luc Godard and Pier Paolo Pasolini, Italy)
  • The Sea (Giuseppe Patroni Griffi, Italy)
  • The Servant (Joseph Losey, UK)
  • The Terrace (Leopoldo Torre Nilsson, Argentina)
  • The Trial of Joan of Arc (Robert Bresson, France)

Opening Night of the 1st New York Film Festival in 1963. Photo by Bob Serating.

2nd New York Film Festival | Main Slate Selections | 1964

Official poster for the 2nd New York Film Festival in 1964 by Saul Bass.

  • Opening NightHamlet (Grigori Kozintsev, USSR)
  • Closing NightThe Big City (Satyajit Ray, India)
  • Alone Across the Pacific (Kon Ichikawa, Japan)
  • Band of Outsiders (Jean-Luc Godard, France)
  • Before the Revolution (Bernardo Bertolucci, Italy)
  • The Brig (Jonas Mekas & Adolfas Mekas, USA)
  • Cyrano et d’Artagnan (Abel Gance, France)
  • Diary of a Chambermaid (Luis Buñuel, France)
  • Enjō (Kon Ichikawa, Japan)
  • Fail-Safe (Sidney Lumet, USA)
  • Hands Over the City (Francesco Rosi, Italy)
  • The Inheritance (Ricardo Alventosa, Argentina)
  • King & Country (Joseph Losey, UK)
  • Life Upside Down (Alain Jessua, France)
  • Lilith (Robert Rossen, USA)
  • Nobody Waved Good-bye (Don Owen, Canada)
  • Nothing but a Man (Michael Roemer, USA)
  • Passenger (Andrzej Munk, Poland)
  • Salvatore Giuliano (Francesco Rosi, Italy)
  • She and He (Susumu Hani, Japan)
  • Siberian Lady Macbeth (Andrzej Wajda, Poland/Yugoslavia)
  • Tales of the Taira Clan (Kenji Mizoguchi, Japan)
  • To Love (Jörn Donner, Sweden)
  • Woman in the Dunes (Hiroshi Teshigahara, Japan)
  • A Woman Is a Woman (Jean-Luc Godard, France/Italy, 1961)

Watch the NYFF2 Opening Night film, Hamlet. 


3rd New York Film Festival | Main Slate Selections | 1965

Edie Sedgwick and Andy Warhol at the 3rd edition of the New York Film Festival. Photo by William Jacobellis.

  • Opening Night: Alphaville (Jean-Luc Godard, France)
  • Closing Night: Red Beard (Akira Kurosawa, Japan)
  • Black Peter (Miloš Forman, Czechoslovakia)
  • Caressed aka Sweet Substitute (Larry Kent, Canada)
  • Charulata (Satyajit Ray, India)
  • Film (Alan Schneider, USA)
  • Fists in the Pocket aka Between Two Worlds (Marco Bellocchio, Italy)
  • Gare du Nord (Jean Rouch, France)
  • Gertrud (Carl Theodor Dreyer, Denmark)
  • Identification Marks: None (Jerzy Skolimowski, Poland)
  • Knave of Hearts aka Monsier Ripois aka Lovers, Happy Lovers! (René Clément, UK)
  • La Muette (Claude Chabrol, France)
  • Le Petit Soldat (Jean-Luc Godard, France)
  • Les Vampires (Louis Feuillade, France)
  • Mickey One (Arthur Penn, USA)
  • Montparnasse et Levallois (Jean-Luc Godard, France)
  • Of Human Bondage (John Cromwell, USA)
  • Place de l’Etoile (Eric Rohmer, France)
  • Raven’s End (Bo Widerberg, Sweden)
  • Rue Saint-Denis (Jean-Daniel Pollet, France)
  • Saint-Germain-des-Pres (Jean Douchet, France)
  • Sandra (Luchino Visconti, Italy)
  • Seven Chances (Buster Keaton, USA)
  • Shakespeare-Wallah (James Ivory, India)
  • The Koumiko Mystery (Chris Marker, France)
  • The Lady Without Camelias (Michelangelo Antonioni, Italy)
  • The Railrodder (Gerald Potterton, Canada)
  • The Shop on Main Street aka The Shop on High Street (Ján Kadár & Elmar Klos, Czechoslovakia)
  • The Wedding March (Erich von Stroheim, USA)
  • Thomas the Imposter (Georges Franju, France)
  • Twilight of Empire (Kevin Billington, UK)
  • Unreconciled (Jean-Marie Straub, West Germany)
  • Walkover (Jerzy Skolimowski, Poland)

Watch NYYF3 Main Slate selection, The Shop on Main Street, by Ján Kadár & Elmar Klos.


Albert and David Maysles at the 4th edition of the New York Film Festival in 1966. Photo by William Jacobellis.

4th New York Film Festival | Main Slate Selections | 1966

  • Opening Night: Loves of a Blonde (Miloš Forman, Czechoslovakia)
  • Closing Night: The War is Over (Alain Resnais, France)
  • Accatone (Pier Paolo Pasolini, Italy)
  • Almost a Man (Vittorio De Seta, Italy)
  • Au Hassard Balthazar (Robert Bresson, France)
  • The Burmese Harp (Kon Ichikawa, Japan)
  • The Cheat (Cecil B. DeMille, USA)
  • La Chienne (Jean Renoir, France)
  • The Creatures (Agnès Varda, France)
  • Do You Keep a Lion at Home? (Pavel Hobl, Czechoslovakia)
  • The Eavesdropper (Leopoldo Torre Nilsson, Argentina)
  • The Grim Reaper (Bernardo Bertolucci, Italy)
  • The Hawks and the Sparrows (Pier Paolo Pasolini, Italy)
  • The House of Happiness (Ewald Schorm, Czechoslovakia)
  • Hunger (Henning Carlsen, Denmark/Norway/Sweden)
  • The Hunt (Carlos Saura, Spain)
  • The Imposters (Jan Němec, Czechoslovakia)
  • Intimate Lighting (Ivan Passer, Czechoslovakia)
  • The Man with the Shaven Head aka The Man Who Had His Hair Cut Short (André Delvaux, Belgium)
  • Masculin Feminin (Jean-Luc Godard, France)
  • Meet Marlon Brando (The Maysles Brothers, USA)
  • Mr. Baltazar’s Death (Jiří Menzel, Czechoslovakia)
  • Notes for a Film on Jazz (Gianni Amico, Italy)
  • Pierrot le Fou (Jean-Luc Godard, France)
  • Romance (Jaromil Jireš, Czechoslovakia)
  • The Round-Up (Miklós Jancsó, Hungary)
  • Shadows of Our Forgotten Ancestors (Sergei Parajanov, USSR)
  • The Shameless Old Lady (René Allio, France)
  • The Snackbar World (Věra Chytilová, Czechoslovakia)
  • Simon of the Desert (Luis Buñuel, Mexico)
  • Three (Aleksandar Petrovic, Yugoslavia)
  • Troublemakers (Norman Fruchter & Robert Machover, USA)
  • The War Game (Peter Watkins, UK)
  • Wholly Communion (Peter Whitehead, UK)
  • A Woman of Affairs (Clarence Brown, USA)

Watch the NYFF4 Main Slate selection, Almost a Man, by Vittorio De Seta.


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5h New York Film Festival | Main Slate Selections | 1967

  • Opening Night: The Battle of Algiers (Gillo Pontecorvo, Italy/Algeria)
  • Closing Night: Far from Vietnam (Jean-Luc Godard, Joris Ivens, William Klein, Claude Lelouch, Chris Marker, Alain Resnais, and Agnès Varda, France)
  • Applause (Rouben Mamoulian, 1929)
  • Barrier (Jerzy Skolimowski, Poland)
  • Benefit of the Doubt (Peter Whitehead, UK)
  • Les Carabiniers (Jean-Luc Godard, France)
  • Le Départ (Jerzy Skolimowski, Belgium)
  • Elvira Madigan (Bo Widerberg, Sweden)
  • Father (István Szabó, Hungary)
  • The Feverish Years (Dragoslav Lazic, Yugoslavia)
  • Funnyman (John Korty, USA)
  • Hugs and Kisses (Jonas Cornell, Sweden)
  • The Lion Hunters (Jean Rouch, France)
  • Love Affair, or The Case of the Missing Switchboard Operator (Dusan Makavejev, Yugoslavia)
  • Made in U.S.A. (Jean-Luc Godard, France)
  • Memorandum (Donald Brittain & John Spotton, Canada)
  • A Mother’s Heart (Mark Donskoy, USSR)
  • Napoleon (Abel Gance, France)
  • The Other One (Rene Allio, France)
  • Portrait of Jason (Shirley Clarke, USA)
  • Samurai Rebellion (Masaki Kobayashi, Japan)
  • Show People (King Vidor, 1929)
  • The Taking of Power by Louis XIV (Roberto Rossellini, France)
  • Tonite Lets All Make Love in London (Peter Whitehead, UK)
  • L’Une et l’Autre (René Allio, France)
  • Yesterday Girl (Alexander Kluge, West Germany)
  • Young Törless (Volker Schlöndorff, West Germany)

Watch the NYFF5 Opening Night selection, The Battle of Algiers, by Gillo Pontecorvo.