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The Stony Brook Film Festival, produced by Staller Center for the Arts at Stony Brook University, presents a program of new, independent films every summer since 1996. Features and short films from the U.S. and around the world are screened over ten days at Staller Center, which has been the venue since the Festival’s beginning. The festival is the brain child of the Staller Center's current Director Alan Inkles. The festival continues to gain momentum and has gathered a faithful following. The festival draws a crowd of over 15,000 people.
The State University of New York at Stony Brook, commonly known as Stony Brook University (SBU) and SUNY Stony Brook, is a public sea-grant and space-grant research university in Stony Brook, New York. It is one of four university centers of the State University of New York system.
The Staller Center for the Arts is the main arts building at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Originally called the fine arts center, it was renamed after a $2 million donation by the Staller family, including former Old Field Mayor Cary F. Staller, who own commercial real estate on Long Island. Located on the main campus, it consists of two main divisions. One section houses the music and art departments, while the other consists of the theatre, media, and dance departments. The Staller Center contains three black-box theatres, a recital hall, the Paul W. Zuccaire Gallery and a professional 1000-seat performance stage that features a 40-foot movie screen and is the site of the Stony Brook Film Festival. The Staller Center has hosted several nationwide events such as the New York Science Fiction Forum in 1998 and more recently the Live Action Role Playing League's production of A Link to the Past The black-box theaters are used by the theater arts department and Pocket Theater Club for stage performances of plays.
The 20th Annual Stony Brook Film Festival, July 16–25, 2015presents ten evenings of features, shorts and documentaries. Stony Brook seeks fresh and inventive stories, intense character studies, impeccable direction and the highest production values in Independent Cinema. The Stony Brook Film Festival is a sought-after venue for filmmakers, sales agents, and distributors from around the world, who enjoy having their films shown on one of the region’s largest screens to audiences of up to 1,000 viewers. The Stony Brook Film Festival is produced by Staller Center for the Arts at Stony Brook University.
The American Film Institute (AFI) is an American film organization that educates filmmakers and honors the heritage of the motion picture arts in the United States. AFI is supported by private funding and public membership fees.
The Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF), held annually in Seattle, Washington since 1976, is among the top film festivals in North America. Audiences have grown steadily; the 2006 festival had 160,000 attendees. The SIFF runs for more than three weeks, in May/June, and features a diverse assortment of predominantly independent and foreign films, and a strong contingent of documentaries.
The Hong Kong International Film Festival is one of Asia’s oldest international film festival. Founded in 1976, the festival features different movies, filmmakers from different countries in Hong Kong.
The International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) is the world's largest documentary film festival held annually since 1988 in Amsterdam. Over a period of twelve days, it screens more than 300 films, sells more than 250,000 tickets and welcomes more than 3,000 guests.
The LA Film Festival is an annual film festival held in September in Los Angeles, California. It showcases independent, international, feature, documentary and short films, as well as web series, music videos, episodic television and panel conversations. Since 2001 it has been run by the non-profit organization Film Independent, which since 1985 has also produced the annual Film Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica.
The California Film Institute, (CFI), is a film organization based in San Rafael, California. The organization exhibits films year-round at the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center, presents the annual Mill Valley Film Festival and DOCLANDS Documentary Film Festival, and supports the year-round CFI Education Program. The founder and current director of CFI is Mark Fishkin.
Reel Affirmations (RA) is a non-profit, all-volunteer LGBT film festival in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1991 and held every year in mid-October, as of 2011 Reel Affirmations was one of the largest LGBT film festivals in the United States. Baltimore's Gay Life newspaper called it "one of the top three films festivals for the entire LGBT community." A 2007 guidebook claims it was one of the largest LGBT film festivals in the world. A listing of LGBT film festivals claims it is the largest all-volunteer film festival in the world.
Each March in Washington, DC, the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital hosts the largest environmental film festival in the United States, presenting more than 100 films to an audience of over 30,000. Often combined with thematic discussions and social events, the films screen at museums, embassies, libraries, universities and local theaters.
The Atlanta Film Festival (ATLFF) is an Academy Award-qualifying, international film festival held in Atlanta, Georgia. Started in 1976 and occurring every spring, the festival shows a diverse range of independent films, including genres such as experimental, horror and sci-fi. Since 2008, the festival has presented the Pink Peach prize, which is awarded to the best LGBT feature and short films, as chosen by the Pink Peach jury. In 2013, the festival started an annual New Mavericks shorts block, featuring films by female filmmakers with strong female leads. In 2015, the New Mavericks program was expanded to include feature films and jury prizes for both features and shorts. The Accountant won the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film in 2002 after qualifying at the 2001 Atlanta Film Festival.
The Tallgrass Film Festival is an annual film festival held in Wichita, Kansas, specializing in independent films. It was founded in 2003 by Timothy Gruver.
Phoenix Cinema and Arts Centre is a cinema, art gallery and café bar in the city centre of Leicester, England. The two modern cinema screens show everything from micro-budget independent films to the latest Hollywood blockbusters, and there are often festivals and events. The regularly changing art programme presents work by local and international artists, and the education programme provides courses for people of all ages to learn about, and create their own, film and art. During 2014-2015 the venue hosted over 200,000 visitors.
The Miami International Film Festival (MIFF) is an annual film festival in Miami, Florida, that showcases independent American and international films with a special focus on Ibero-American films. The competitive film festival draws international and local attention, with films being showcased in several venues across the city center and includes features, documentaries, short films, and retrospectives. The programming is selected so as to include: premiers for both established film-makers and up-and-commers, socially relevant films, multidisciplinary and experimental films, and films showcasing international musicians. The stated mission of the Miami International Film Festival (MIFF) is to bridge cultural understanding and encourage artistic development.
Recovered: Journeys Through the Autism Spectrum and Back is a 2008 documentary about four children who have completely recovered from the autism spectrum. The film is directed by Michele Jaquis and produced by Doreen Granpeesheh and the Center for Autism and Related Disorders. Recovered premiered on April 25, 2008 at the Pacific Design Center's SilverScreen Theater.
The Boston Jewish Film Festival (BJFF) is an annual film festival that screens the best contemporary films on Jewish themes from around the world. The festival presents features, shorts, documentaries, and conversations with visiting artists in order to explore the Jewish identity, the current Jewish experience and the richness of Jewish culture in relation to a diverse modern world.
North by Northeast is an annual music and arts festival held each June in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The festival's main is live music, but it also includes a film festival, a comedy festival, art components, video game activities, and a digital interactive media conference. The festival events happen in a variety venues. NXNE is largely a volunteer-staffed music festival, with about 1,000 volunteers in festival operations. The alternative weekly newspaper Now is a major sponsor, and its owners hold an ownership interest in the festival.
The Northwest Filmmakers' Festival is an annual film festival in Portland, Oregon, U.S. It is a juried survey of new moving image arts by independent filmmakers from the Northwest United States and British Columbia. It is presented by the Northwest Film Center, a component of the Portland Art Museum.
The Wait is a 2013 American independent drama film directed and written by M. Blash and starring Jena Malone, Chloë Sevigny, Luke Grimes, Devon Gearhart, Michael O'Keefe, and Josh Hamilton. It follows two young women who are instructed by a phone call from a psychic to keep their recently-deceased mother in their home so that she can be resurrected. The film was shot in several locations in the state of Oregon.
The Quezon City International Film Festival (QCinema) is an annual film festival held in Quezon City, Philippines.
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