– The Hamptons International Film Festival (HIFF) has announced the full slate for the 25th Anniversary festival, including the selections for Spotlight Films, World Cinema and Shorts Programs, as well as Signature Programs including Views from Long Island; Air, Land & Sea; Compassion, Justice & Animal Rights; and Conflict & Resolution.
The festival has also announced that Craig Gillespie’s “I, Tonya” as the Closing Night Film with star Margot Robbie in attendance. The 2017 festival will take place October 5 – 9, Columbus Day Weekend, with over 65 features and 50 shorts representing a total of 40 countries across the globe. For more information, visit the festival’s official website.
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– The New Hampshire Film Festival will take place October 12 – 15 throughout historic downtown Portsmouth. The lauded 17th annual festival will include celebrity guests, filmmakers, and a number of premieres. Current lineup highlights include titles like “The Florida Project,” “Golden Exits,” “Lucky,” “The Strange Ones,” “The Square,” and “Woodshock.” For more information, visit the festival’s official website.
– Following the announcement of their Opening, Closing, and Centerpiece films, NewFest, which is programmed in partnership with Outfest, has announced the full lineup of their 29th annual celebration of the year’s best LGBT films from around the world. The program of more than 140 narrative features, documentaries, episodic series, and shorts runs from October 19- 24 at the SVA Theatre, Cinépolis Chelsea, and The LGBT Community Center in New York City. For more information, visit the festival’s official website.
– The Miami GEMS Festival has announced its full lineup, including the Miami premiere of Sean Baker’s “The Florida Project” and the U.S. premiere of Antonio Méndez Esparza’s Florida film “Life and Nothing More.” Other films of note include “Call Me by Your Name,” “The Square,” and “Faces Places.” The festival, now in its third year, will take place October 12 – 15, at MDC’s Tower Theater Miami. Miami GEMS 2017 Festival is a fall extension of the annual, internationally-renowned Miami Film Festival, which will celebrate its 35 edition next March. For more information, visit the festival’s official website.
– The 5th Annual Edition of Chelsea Film Festival has announced the 17 feature films that have been selected in the 2017 Official Lineup. 12 films are in competition for the Chelsea Film Festival Petite Prix. The festival will be held in Chelsea, Manhattan from October 19 – 22, 2017 at the AMC Loews 34th St. and Fashion Institute of Technology. For more information, visit the festival’s official website.
– The TransNation Film Festival, presented by St. John’s Well Child and Family Center, a community health center in Los Angeles that serves one of the largest populations of transgender patients in the country, has announced its 2017 lineup of narrative and documentary features, experimental films, and shorts for its second annual festival. The festival will run October 13-15 at the Silent Movie Theater in West Hollywood. For more information, visit the festival’s official website.
– The Bushwick Film Festival (BFF) has officially announced the full program of screenings, panels, workshops, parties and networking opportunities for its 10th anniversary, taking place October 12 – 15. Located in Bushwick, the bustling center of Brooklyn’s artistic and cultural community, the festival encourages filmmakers, industry professionals and audiences to engage, share and collaborate in an eclectic and open-minded atmosphere to form new alliances, expand horizons and share common passion for independent film. For more information, visit the festival’s official website.
– The Nordic Film Festival has announced their third year lineup, with 24 competing films of Nordic and International decent. The opening night feature is the international premiere of Finland’s and “Man and a Baby,” directed by Marja Pyykkö. The festival will screen 6 International Premieres, 8 North American Premieres, and all the rest; U.S. or New York Premieres will screen at New York City’s Scandinavia House October 12 – 14. For more information, visit the festival’s official website.
Awards and Honors
– The Camden International Film Festival (CIFF) has announced the winners of the 2017 Festival, which took place September 14 – 17 in Camden, Rockport and Rockland, Maine. The annual event presented four awards for documentary features and one for a documentary short, in addition to its Points North Pitch Award. You can see the full list of winners here.
– North Bend, Washington — the original shooting location for “Twin Peaks” — will unveil a new film festival this August, with a focus on standout vanguard programming. The North Bend Film Festival will debut Agust 23 – 26, and “using the town’s fantastical and mysterious energy that once inspired David Lynch, the festival will set out to fill the void of programming for the progressive audiences in the Pacific Northwest, and to provide a platform for emerging filmmakers. Working directly with the town of North Bend, NBFF will be an event for the local community, Northwest creatives, and national genre film industry to enjoy together.”
– This year’s Harry Dean Stanton Fest will continue on, despite the passing of its namesake and honoree. “In light of his passing, some of the programming choices have been endowed with unexpected poignancy. We are closing this year’s festival with an outdoor screening of David Lynch’s ‘The Straight Story.’ The final moments in that film are some of the most powerful and touching of Harry’s career. The movie ends on a tight shot of him, with tears in his eyes, looking toward the stars. We couldn’t imagine a more fitting way to close his memorial tribute,” said festival director Lucy Jones. For more information, visit the festival’s official website.