Festival of Cinema NYC
Festival of Cinema NYC returns for its 6th year, as a live in-person 10-day event, August 5 – August 14. Taking place at the Regal UA Midway theater in Forest Hills, Queens, FOC NYC will showcase 124 independent films from more than 25 countries, with over 90 anticipated filmmakers to be in attendance. The festival opens with the New York premiere of Casey Nelson & Marchelle Thurman’s Black, White and the Greys, and Closes with the New York Premiere screening of Michael Glover Smith’s Relative.
The premiere rich film festival includes 12 world premieres, 7 North American premieres, and 13 East Coast premieres. World premieres include Christopher Jackson’s The Beast Comes at Midnight, Yalda Jebelli’s Jamshidieh, and Kim Johnson’s Wishing For Wings. North American premieres include Florian Hessique ‘s In the Moment, Heimir Bjarnason’s Redux, and Yves Matthey’s Wet Dogs.
Next month will mark the festival’s return to the Queens Library at Forest Hills as a second screening location for the first time since 2019 as FOC NYC continues to expand its footprint back to its pre-pandemic glory. Programming at the library will includes short film screenings, seminars and special guest speakers – all of which will be offered free to the public. Seminars include a discussion and film presentation with Face To Face Films founder and director Anthony Laura. Guest speaker Pamala Buzick Kim, Executive Director of the non-profit organization Free The Work, will lead a discussion on the challenges of increasing diversity behind the camera during a time when the rights of women and LGBTQ individuals are actively under assault. Other seminars will cover film industry topics such as film distribution and new approaches to doing press and PR to promote independent films today.
Festival of Cinema NYC Founder and Executive Director Jayson Simba, said, “This year’s edition of the film festival continues to build on the success and growth we experienced last year highlighted by our return to the Queens Library for free films, panels and talks. This year, we have also worked hard to find amazing films from all over the world to present to our FOC NYC film fans, while also celebrating our local filmmakers and the community we call home.”