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Film Festivals Take on a World View in March

March 1, 2011 - Several film festivals in March will showcase unique perspectives from around the world.

New York International Children's Film Festival
An assortment of short films and new features from around the globe will be on view for teens and children. Screenings are followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers, and audiences will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite films and experience the NYICFF Awards Ceremony. The festival runs from March 4-27. On March 20, a special panel will take place giving audiences the chance to hear from, speak with, and ask advice of award-winning women directors, producers, composers and cinematographers to better understand the unique experience of the female filmmaker. For more information, visit gkids.com.

The Queens World Film Festival
The Queens World Film Festival, running from March 4-6, seeks to bring audiences the most compelling, highest quality films by independent filmmakers from all over the world. The event features panels and workshops from filmmakers and organizations from the NYC filmmaking community. Film Finance in the New Market, a free panel for first time filmmakers and seasoned professionals, will focus on tax rebates, grant opportunities, the new business plan and the old hustle. The panel will take place Saturday, March 5 at noon at the Renaissance Charter School. For a complete schedule, visit queensworldfilmfestival.com.

Sephardic Jewish Film Festival
The 15th Annual New York Sephardic Jewish Film Festival aims to raise awareness of the American Jewish and non-Jewish community through film. The festival will highlight the history, literature, music, dance, poetry, traditions and customs of the Sephardic World. The festival will be held on March 10-16. To learn more, visit sephardicfilmfest.org.

Korean American Film Festival
The annual Korean American Film Festival is the only New York-based independent film festival showcasing Korean American and Korean diasporic perspectives in film. For its fifth anniversary, KAFFNY presents New York audiences with a challenging and innovative program ranging from groundbreaking early Korean cinema to current emerging Korean American films. The festival runs March 17-20. For a complete schedule, visit kaffny.com.

New Directors/New Films Festival
The New Directors/New Films introduces audiences to the work of emerging or not-yet-established filmmakers. Past years have unveiled talents like Steven Spielberg and Spike Lee. The festival is presented by The Museum of Modern Art and the Film Society of Lincoln Center and runs from March 23-April 3. For additional information, visit newdirectors.org.
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