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2020 New York Baltic Film Festival: Laughter, Drama, & More from the Baltics


Laughter, chills, and thrills are part of the upcoming New York Baltic Film Festival. Running from October into November, the festival is split into three segments that will be streamed online. October 15 to 18 is the Laugh & Cry segment showcasing comedies such as Chasing Unicorns directed by Rain Rannu, and The Castle, directed by Lina Lužytė. October 29 to November 1 will be Stress & Release: Baltic Thrillers. These tense dramas include Foam at the Mouth, directed by Jānis Nords, and Invisible, directed by Ignas Jonynas. Lastly is Looking Inward & Forward: Baltic Showcase which runs November 12 to 15. These films include Truth and Justice, directed  by Tanel Toom and Oleg, directed by Juris Kursietis.

NYBFF Head of Programs Jūle Mare Rozīte comments on the program: “This year is all about being adaptable and finding new ways to move forward. Even though travel is restricted world-wide, we can still connect with each other through art – and what better way is there than by understanding what makes people smile, what excites them, and how they see the future. We at NYBFF have had to think on our feet, and have come up with a compact and powerful program that brings the culture and spirit of the Baltic States to audiences across the U.S. with the best new films from the region. Laugh, be thrilled, and get introspective like a Balt.”

To learn more, go to:

Baltic Film Festival
October 15 - 18
October 29 - November 1
November 12 - 15


8th Annual Chelsea Film Festival Streams Online

The 8th annual Chelsea Film Festival returns October 15 to 18. Streaming on FilmFestival+, the CFF features works from 18 countries showcasing shorts, documentaries, features, and virtual reality exhibitions.

Films being shown include:

  • A Case of Blue
    Directed by Dana H. Glazer
    Recently retired Richard Flicker attends a life-drawing class and encounters free-spirited Amelia, the spitting image of a long lost love from decades ago. Grappling with a troubled home front, Richard flirts with the temptation of this second chance at romance.
  • Celeste
    Directed by Ben Hackworth
    Hidden from the world at a crumbling estate in lush tropical Far North Queensland, Celeste anxiously reaches out to Jack, her late husband’s son, inviting him to return to the languid, sprawling family home for her much-anticipated recital. Jack’s reappearance after a long absence stirs up unsettling memories, pulling them both into a mutually precarious orbit.
  • Soundtrack to Sixteen
    Directed by Hillary Shakespeare
    A coming of age story of a boy and girl growing up in London in the 2000s, dealing with the everyday insecurities that make your world implode at sixteen.

...and more.

Along with films, the CFF is offering Career Consultation sessions for filmmakers, producers, actors and freelancers with CFF founder Ingrid Jean-Baptiste.

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Chelsea Film Festival
October 15 - 18, 2020

International Cinema Day Supports Movie Theaters Around the World

Cinemas around the world have been hard hit by the Covid-19 pandemic, with many theaters shuttered throughout the country and small independent operations suffering greatly. To give back to movie theaters in need is the first annual International Cinema Day, which will take place this Saturday, September 12.

International Cinema Day (ICD) is a global event designed to celebrate the universal love for film and memorable cinematic experiences at historic theatres. ICD will provide audience members with opportunities to support theatres and attend more than 20 special screenings happening worldwide.

“Out of a global pandemic comes change and unity; we saw firsthand how many cinemas around the world were struggling with their doors closed,” says Dallas Jay Hunter, founder of ICD.

“International Cinema Day is a spark of hope to unite people through art as a universal language, to come together and recall the importance of these places that have truly inspired something within all of us.”

More than 50 independent cinemas across the world, including Rio Cinema, London and the Quad Cinema, New York are participating. They are offering limited screenings, exclusive merchandise, and new ways for cinephiles to show their support.

International Cinema Day patrons will have access to exclusive content, short films, articles, raffled artwork donated by renowned filmmakers such as David Lynch and other industry leaders. All proceeds will be donated directly to participating cinemas.

To learn more, go to:

International Cinema Day
September 12, 2020

43rd Annual Asian American International Film Festival Announces Virtual Fest

Presented by Asian CineVision, the 43rd Annual Asian American International Film Festival will be taking place October 1-11, 2020 as a virtual fest for the first time. Claiming to be the first and longest running Asian American film festival in the United States, the AAIFF includes features, shorts and documentaries and has premiered films from directors such as Ang Lee and Wayne Wang in the past.

The full slate of films will be announced in September, so keep your eyes peeled.

To learn more, go to:

Asian American International Film Festival
October 1 - 11, 2020

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