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Film Festivals Close out the Year in NYC

By Genesis Taveras

December 1, 2009 - As the year comes to a close, several film festivals will take place throughout December while others are seeking submissions for the new year.

New York Turkish Film Festival
The 11th Annual New York Turkish Film Festival works to bridge the gap between the Turkish and American film industries. The film festival will showcase both commercial and independent works from Turkey and will also include short film and feature sections. The festival runs on December 2, 4 and 5. For more information, visit

Zero Film Festival
The Zero Film Festival comes to the City December 9 through 13, bringing the bold and innovative work by filmmakers from around the globe. As the first film festival that's devoted exclusively to self-financed filmmakers, the Zero Film Festival is dedicated to promoting the work of this niche independent film community. To learn more, visit

Call for Submissions: Brooklyn International Film Festival
For filmmakers wanting to get a head start on next year’s festivals, the Brooklyn International Film Festival will begin to accept festival submission in early December. Expected to take place on June 4-13, 2010, BIFF’s film categories will include Feature, Documentary, Short, Experimental and Animation. Prizes for the festival will amount to $50,000 in services, products and cash. Deadline for submissions is March 15, 2010. For more information, visit

Final Call for Entries: 1st Soho International Film Festival
December 31, 2010, is the final deadline for all entries to the 2010 Soho International Film Festival which takes place right in the heart of downtown Soho from Thursday, February 18 through Sunday, February 21. This new festival, which celebrates cutting-edge digital technology while honoring traditional forms of storytelling, encourages new and seasoned filmmakers from here in New York City and around the world to create and send in their fresh and innovative cinematic pieces. The Soho International Film Festival is open to receiving submissions for full-length features, shorts, works-in-progress and student films. For more information, e-mail: or call 212-997-9371. For submissions, click here.

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