For those who enjoy movies, it turns out this October presents a smorgasbord of film festivals to satisfy every film lover. From independent flicks to big-name Hollywood stars, from NYC to the peaks of the Himalayas, and from the boundaries of science to the angles of architecture, there is certainly something for everybody.
The New York Film Festival
Sept. 24 to Oct. 10
In its 48th year, the NYFF is the Big One. And while it has already begun, there is still much to come. The NYFF is full of huge names and big stars. This year includes films by Clint Eastwood and David Fincher, with performances by Helen Mirren, Matt Damon and Julia Roberts, to name a few. This is the festival to see, and tickets start at $20, with tickets to the opening night Gala Red Carpet screening priced at $40. Also, a limited number of “rush tickets” will be released one hour before showtimes, for $10.
CMJ 2010 Music Marathon and Film Festival
Oct. 19 to 23
This festival presents full-length features, narrative and documentary shorts, and documentary features pertaining to pop culture, human rights, political and social commentary, and music. Now in its 16th year, the CMJ Film Festival has featured such filmmakers as Quentin Tarantino and Kevin Smith, among many others. No schedule is yet available, check the website for the most up-to-date information.
New York United Film Festival
Oct. 22 to 28
In its fourth year, the NYUFF seeks to create a “united film community” by bringing together “talented filmmakers of diverse backgrounds.” Presenting films you would be unlikely to see otherwise, this is a festival that shouldn’t be missed and reasonable pricing makes it accessible to nearly everybody.
Gotham Screen International Film Festival (GSIFF)
Oct. 7 to 17
In its fourth year, the GSIFF has grown exponentially following huge successes. The mission of the GSIFF is to give exposure to films and filmmakers from around the world and the city, who might not otherwise be seen, as well as films that have been “overlooked.” The website has the latest information on the schedule.
Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival
Oct. 16 to 17
Showcasing talented minority women filmmakers, Reel Sisters is in its 13th year. The festival features discussions as well as films, and one-day passes for the festival can be purchased for $15. Located conveniently in downtown Brooklyn just minutes from Manhattan at Long Island University.
The Imagine Science Film Festival (ISFF)
Oct. 15 to 22
The first scientific film festival in NYC, the ISFF is in its third year. It’s described as “an environment where filmmakers, artists, scientists and the public can meet, where science is exciting and accessible to everyone, regardless of their background.” The ISFF provides an experience where the public and scientists can join in learning and imagining science with the help of visual storytelling.
Himalaya Film Festival USA
Oct. 22 to 28
This festival features 30 films highlighting the natural beauty of the Himalayas, as well as the cultures of the people who inhabit this breathtaking place. Visit the website for more information.
Architecture and Design Film Festival
Oct. 14 to 17
Feature-length films, documentaries and shorts, as well as discussions with architects and filmmakers are all a part of this festival. According to the website, “The films profile visionary architects, the creative design process, environmental issues and the brilliant designs that we see and use every day.”
The Moroccan Film Festival
Oct. 29 to 30
This festival promotes Morocco’s young and growing film industry, presenting a number of U.S. premiers. Films highlight contemporary Moroccan issues and proceeds benefit non-profit community projects in Morocco.