NEW YORK CITY INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL CELEBRATES
TEN YEARS OF INDEPENDENT AND EMERGING CINEMA
Week Long Program of Exclusive Feature Film Screenings and
February 25 – March 1, 2019
(NEW YORK, NY – February 5, 2019) – The New
York City International Film Festival (NYCIFF),
presented by Russian Standard, announced that its tenth
consecutive edition will take place from February 25th to
March 1st, 2019 in New York City at The Dolby
Screening Room. A VIP Opening Reception and Closing Award
Ceremony will bookend the week of events and screenings.
Founded by Roberto Rizzo, the NYCIFF celebrates
storytelling in all its forms, from feature filmmaking to
short-story narrative, and web series to documentaries. The
2019 edition will introduce 29 screenings throughout the
The Opening Night will
feature the North American premier of Factory
Cowboys - Working with Warhol,
where it will be introduced by director Ulli Lommel.
Based on Lommel’s 2017 biography "Factory Fame - Working
with Warhol," the feature film focuses on Warhol's factory
life in Manhattan during the late 1970’s.
Veneno – The First
starring accomplished actor Manny Pérez in the role
of Dominican wrestler Jack Veneno, will also screen on the
opening night. Following the screening, Roberto Rizzo will
host a Q&A with Perez, one of the most recognizable Latino
actors in Hollywood, and additional cast members to discuss
Veneno’s impact and legacy.
The Closing Ceremony
will feature the NYCIFF award ceremony to honor the
achievements of industry luminaries who have made a
significant impact in the creative arts, in addition to
naming individual category winners.
Actor Vincent Pastore, will be recognized with the Lifetime
Achievement Award, and actress, philanthropist and
comedian Renée Willett will be recognized
with The Rising Star Award. Both Pastore’s films The
Kids Menu and St. Joseph directed by Kathrina
Miccio and Renée’s film Flight 666 will
be screened on Friday, March 1st.
This year, NYCIFF will expand with new juried award
competitions for web series and Sci-Fi, in addition to the
remaining eight category awards, which will be selected by
the jury, led by its President, R. Couri Hay.
“The New York City International Film Festival is dedicated
to showcasing the most powerful voices in film, as well as
nurturing up-and-coming talent, so we are thrilled that our
10th anniversary will celebrate both,” said
Founder and Director Roberto Rizzo. “We look forward to
sharing the best of what the festival has represented for a
decade with our New York audience and esteemed guests.”
Debuting this year, New York City International Film
Festival will showcase filmmakers and documentarians who use
their craft to explore social issues.
Included in Best Documentary Short category is, Depicting
the Invisible, which traces the creation of a portrait
series by artist Susan Barron that depicts 15
American veterans suffering from PTSD and their
inspirational stories. A Q&A session will be held with
director, Roberto Rizzo, creator Susan Barron, and last
year’s Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, Tony
LoBianco, who is nationally recognized for his work on
in this category is also Freedom Education Project Puget
Sound: College in Women’s Prison. The
documentary short focuses on the subjects of the
Seattle-based nonprofit which provides a rigorous college
program for incarcerated women, trans-identified and gender
nonconforming people at the Washington Corrections Center
for Women in Washington state.
Renowned artist, Robert Cenedella will
introduce a special screening of his award-winning
documentary, Art Bastard, on Tuesday, February 26h.
The provocative feature film explores collusion and
corruption within the art industry.
The world premiere of Monarch Butterfly, a
psychological thriller starring actress Deborah Kuhn is
nominated in Best Narrative Short category.
For a full screening schedule, please visit https://nyciff.com/schedule-19
VIP and General Admission tickets are available for purchase
on www.NYCIFF.com including
special pricing for the Opening VIP Reception and Closing
from NYCIFF will benefit the New York International Film
Festival’s Foundation for the Arts—established to
provide scholarships and opportunities to aspiring
filmmakers, directors, and performers around the world.
The New York City International Film Festival is curated by
Founder Roberto Rizzo, Director of Programming, Caroline
and President of the Jury, R. Couri Hay.
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