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October 1, 2010 - Cinema fans will have a host of film festivals to check out in October.

Royal Flush Festival
The Royal Flush Festival, an integrated music, art and film festival, returns to New York. The Festival begins October 11 and runs through October 18 at Williamsburg’s Knitting Factory and other venues throughout New York City. For more information, visit royalflushfestival.com.

Queer Black Cinema International Film Festival
October 14 through 17 marks the start of the Queer Black Cinema International Film Festival. The four-day festival presents work from both gay and straight award-winning filmmakers of African descent and includes workshops and panels in addition to film screenings. Visit queerblackcinema.org for additional information.

Imagine Science Film Festival
The Imagine Science Film Festival’s objective is to showcase films that effectively incorporate science into a compelling narrative while maintaining credible scientific grounding. The 2010 festival will take place October 15-22. Visit imaginesciencefilms.com for more information.

Fordham Law Film Festival
The Fordham Law Film Festival, hosted by the Fordham University School of Law, offers free screenings and events from October 15-21. The six-night festival includes classic and contemporary documentaries and independent and blockbuster films that highlight the failures, triumphs and complexities of the legal system. For a complete schedule, visit http://www.fordhamlawandculture.org/film-festival/2010.

Columbia University: In the Names of Gods
Columbia University’s Center for the Study of Democracy, Toleration,
and Religion (CDTR) presents In the Names of Gods, a month-long documentary film
series on the intersections of religion and politics. Screening are free and open to the public and will be accompanied by a Q&A with the filmmakers. The series runs from October 17 to November 12. Visit http://www.sipa.columbia.edu/cdtr for a complete schedule.

CMJ Music Marathon and Film Festival
The 2010 CMJ Music Marathon and Film Festival runs from October 19-22, based at NYU’s Greenwich Village Campus. Now in its 16th year, the Festival takes place over the course of five days featuring live musical performances, screenings and panels. Visit cmj2010.com for additional details.

New York City Greek Film Festival
The New York City Greek Film Festival opens in Astoria on October 23 and in Manhattan on October 26. The festival aspires to bring the best work of Greek filmmakers to New York City audiences. Visit nycgreekfilmfestival.com for screening information.

South Asian Film Festival
The South Asian Film Festival, sponsored by HBO, begins October 27 and continues until November 2. The Festival, which is the largest South Asian film festival in North America, hosts screenings of films of all genres from South Asia, including Pakistan, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh and from within the Indian Diaspora. For more information, visit saiff.org.

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