The New York Film Festival Announces Official Dates For 61st Edition

The New York Film Festival (NYFF) has announced the dates for its upcoming 61st edition: September 29 through October 15, 2022. The festival, which is presented by New York’s Film at Lincoln Center (FLC), also announced its call for applications for newly created NYFF Programming Fellowship and short film submissions.

Lesli Klainberg, president of FLC, has also announced that Matt Bolish has been named to the newly created position of managing director of the NYFF. In this role, Bolish will work closely with artistic director Dennis Lim, who oversees the curation and programming process, to produce the world-renowned event. Bolish has been a member of the FLC staff since 2011 and is currently the organization’s vice president of operations, in addition to serving as NYFF producer since 2016.

Film critic Justin Chang has been appointed to the five-member NYFF Main Slate selection committee. Lim said of the appointment, “Justin’s love and knowledge of cinema are evident in everything he writes, and I’m excited for him to bring his curiosity, generosity and insights to our programming process. I know I speak for the entire programming team when I say we are thrilled to have him on board.”

Chang is the film critic for the Los Angeles Times and NPR’s Fresh Air, chair of the National Society of Film Critics and secretary of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. He joins Lim and committee members Florence Almozini, K. Austin Collins and Rachel Rosen. Rosen, a member of the selection committee since 2020, will assume the role of West Coast delegate, working with Lim to manage key U.S. film industry relationships.

In an effort to expand training for emerging professionals intending to pursue a career in film festival programming, FLC created the NYFF Programming Fellowship. Overseen by the Artistic Director of the New York Film Festival, the fellowship will provide hands-on experience in curating one of the most prestigious film festivals in North America. The dates of the Fellowship are April 15 through October 15, 2023. Applications will be accepted through February 15; details available here.

FLC will also open the call for short film submissions for the 61st NYFF via FilmFreeway from February 27 through May 5, 2023. The entry fee of $45 provides funds for seasonal staff to manage and screen short film submissions and for other festival operations, as well as artist support.

The NYFF is noncompetitive, and all sections are curated by a selection committee with input from an international roster of programming advisors and screeners. Only short films (40 minutes or less) are accepted through FilmFreeway.

The NYFF’s call for short film submissions provides an opportunity for new and emerging filmmakers to share their work. In addition to short film submissions collected via FilmFreeway, the NYFF61 selection committee considers recommendations from alumni and industry colleagues, as well as work that has premiered in international festivals and galleries since the previous edition of the NYFF.

ubmitted films will be evaluated by NYFF61 programming staff and considered equally with all other prospective entrants. Filmmakers submitting through FilmFreeway will be notified of the status of their films the week of August 7, 2023.

The 61st edition of the NYFF is run by Lim and Bolish. The Currents selection committee members are Dennis Lim (chair), Aily Nash, Rachael Rakes and Tyler Wilson; Nash and Wilson are also serving as the head shorts programmers. The Revivals section is programmed by Almozini and Dan Sullivan. Festival Talks are programmed by Devika Girish and Madeline Whittle, in collaboration with Lim. Advisors to the NYFF are Violeta Bava, Michelle Carey, Leo Goldsmith and Gina Telaroli.

An enduring part of New York’s cultural landscape since 1963, the NYFF is an annual bellwether of the state of cinema that shapes film culture.

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