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NY Baltic Film Fest Features Latvian Westerns & Eastern Blocs

Goodbye Soviet Union 

Running online and in person, the New York Baltic Film Festival returns Novermber 3rd to the 14th, 2021. The in person portion of the fest will be held at the Scandinavia House (58 Park Ave) from November 3 to 7, with the online portion running the 5th to the 14th. Established in 2018, the New York Baltic Film Festival features the dramatic, the historical, the supernatural, and the touching moments of film from Lithuania, Estonia, and Latvia.

Films include:

  • In the Mirror
    Once upon a time, there was Snow White and her father, when along came a gym-obsessed stepmother, and countless selfies.
  • Goodbye Soviet Union
    A nostalgic coming-of-age comedy about the misadventures of Johannes and his eccentric Ingrian-Finnish family in the waning days of the Estonian Soviet Republic.
  • A Year Full of Drama
    A young woman who has never been to the theater takes on an ambitious experiment to spend a year immersed in drama, as she tries to find her place in the world.
  • Runner
    Maria is frantically searching for her boyfriend who is missing after his latest psychotic episode. Armed with patience and love, she chases down clues throughout the city, but the real story keeps evading her.
  • Wild East
    The first Latvian Western mixes scheming aristocrats, runaway brides, and a missing inheritance with intrigue, shotguns and sailboats. Where will this road take us? 

 And more!

Many films will also include live Q&As with the filmmakers. Check the NYBFF website for more info.

To learn more, go to: https://www.balticfilmfestival.com/

New York Baltic Film Festival
November 3 - 14, 2021

Scandinavia House
58 Park Ave, New York, NY 10016

 

The Winter Film Awards Celebrates 10 Years With Over 91 Films

 

With over 91 films, plus panels and workshops, The Winter Film Awards is having a jam packed tenth anniversary. Running September 23 to October 2, 2021 at NYC’s Cinema Village (22 E. 12th street), the Winter Film Awards includes 13 Animated films, 15 Documentaries, 6 Feature narratives, 16 Horror films, 10 Music Videos, 22 Narrative shorts and 5 Web series.

Festival highlights include:

  • FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 24– the Festival opens with screenings of the feature length gonzo animated musical film Death of a Rockstar and the funky Brazilian mystical cowboy film Jesus Kid.

  • SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 25 / DOCUMENTARY DAY– a full day showcasing documentary shorts and features covering a wide variety of topics, including Last Call – the story of the impact of COVID-19 on the NYC hospitality industry, A Wicked Eden which focuses on women online fetish porn creators, I’m an Electric Lampshade – an offbeat heartwarming portrait of the world’s least likely rock star, More than Miyagi – a painfully revealing biography of Pat Morita and This Beautiful Journey – a rustic and personal journey through India.

  • SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 26 / BLOODY SUNDAY HORROR DAY– a full day showcasing the most frightening indie films from around the world, including films from Canada, Germany, Greece, Nepal, Netherlands, Philippines, Spain, Sweden and the US.

  • MONDAY SEPTEMBER 27– Screening of 11 mixed short films and feature-film Spirit Quest, a story of two friends on a hallucinogenic mushroom trip

  • TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 28– Screening of 10 mixed short films and feature-film Touch, a romantic love story between a married Caucasian woman living in China and a blind masseur.

  • WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 29– Screening of 8 mixed short films and the feature film Since August, the story of a recovering drug addict confronting her demons, told in American Sign Language.

  • THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 30– Screening of 9 mixed short films and feature film Mister Sister, a truly NYC story of a drag MC learning courage from the caring LGBTQ community and pursuing his dreams.


Winter Film Awards is an all-volunteer, minority and women-owned registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in 2011 in New York City by a group of filmmakers and enthusiasts with the goal of presenting unique films to audiences.

To learn more, go to: https://winterfilmawards.com/wfa2021/

Winter Film Awards International Film Festival
September 23 - October 2, 2021

Cinema Village
22 East 12th Street

New York, NY 10003

Rooftop Films Summer Series Celebrates 25 Years With Daring Cinema

We’re All Going to the World’s Fair

As part of their 25th anniversary, Rooftop Films is proud to announce their latest Summer Series slate of films and programming for 2021. The Rooftop Films Summer Series runs from June 17 to mid September with over 40 outdoor screenings of shorts, features, and more. 

The series kicks off on June 17 with This is What We Mean by Short Films at Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn. What We Mean features seven unique short films including Melting Snow, Audible, and Pussymask. On June 22, Jane Schoenbrun’s psychological computer horror film We’re All Going to the World’s Fair will make its New York debut at the New York Hall of Science (47-01 111th St, Corona, NY). On June 19th the documentary October Country, which looks at a small town’s life from one Halloween to the next, screens at the Green-Wood Cemetery with a live score performed by filmmakers Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher. Juneteenth Celebration: (RE)VISION, presented by 651 ARTS at The Plaza At 300 Ashland in Brooklyn, highlights films that look through the lens of futurism and movement to illuminate stories about the Black perspective and the Black experience in America told through a hybrid presentation that explores what it means to be Black and how to imagine a way forward together.

To learn more, go to: https://rooftopfilms.com/

Rooftop Films Summer Series
June 17 - Mid September, 2021

Various Locations

19th Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles: Diaspora & Beyond


Streamed online, the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) is now live as a virtual film festival for its 19th edition. Running May 20 to the 27th, the IFFLA not only offers films but also panels focused on gender inclusion and diversity. Special programs include “Childhood on Edge” curated by Uma da Cunha, a panel featuring South Asian showrunners, and a special screening of Prakash Deka's Fireflies, followed by a panel on transgender and non-binary representation in India and the diaspora. The festival features 40 films, including 3 World, 8 North American, 5 U.S. and 17 Los Angeles premieres, spanning 17 languages, with 16 women directors.

IFFLA will open with the Los Angeles premiere of Fire in the Mountains, the 2021 Sundance-selected debut feature by Ajitpal Singh that immerses audiences in the splendor of the Himalayan mountains. Academy Award-winning filmmaker Asif Kapadia (Amy, Sienna) will join Singh for an insightful conversation and Q&A, highlighting the journey of the making of the film.

IFFLA’s Closing film on May 27 will feature a screening of Sthalpuran (Chronicle of Space) by Akshay Indikar, the Marathi film that premiered at Berlinale 2020. Long-time IFFLA alum Anurag Kashyap (Sacred GamesGangs of Wasseypur) will join Indikar in a Q&A discussion.

To learn more, go to: https://www.indianfilmfestival.org/

Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles
May 20 - 27, 2021

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