Friday, March 1, 2024

Lincoln Center’s NY Film Festival Sets September 24th for Hybrid Festival of In Person and Virtual Screenings


The New York Film Festival will be a hybrid one.

They’ve just sent out a query for film submissions and also announced their dates. The festival begins September 24th and it will a mix of in person and virtual screenings.

The pandemic has hobbled all the festivals. Lincoln Center isn’t open now, and they’re not taking chances in the fall. The pandemic has really hit the finances of the Festival which can’t do fundraising galas like their Chaplin Awards.

It’s interesting how the Film Society of Lincoln Center is wording all this. The Tribeca Film Festival, which runs in June, many months earlier, is thinking people will come to theaters to see their films. They’re holding a big premiere night at the 3,000 seat United Palace Theater in Washington Heights.

The New York Film Festival depends on the Walter Reade Theater, Alice Tully Hall, and Geffen Hall for premieres. Geffen is closed for renovations. But Alice Tully and Walter Reade in September? Even with limited seating? We’ll see.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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