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Film Festivals 'Sprout' Up in April

April 1, 2011 - Films from around the world will be showcased at several film festivals throughout the City this month.

New York African Film Festival
The African Film Festival, Inc. is a New York non-profit arts organization that strives to break through stereotypes and present authentic African culture through the medium of film. The festival presents screenings of both feature and short-format films by African directors. The festival will take place on April 2, 6-12, 14 and May 27-30. For a full schedule, visit africanfilmny.org/aff_fest.html.

Havana Film Festival
The Havana Film Festival, which runs from April 7-15, presents a selection of features, documentaries and shorts from all over Latin America. This year, there will be screenings of Cuban films by some of the most prominent Cuban filmmakers as well as emerging directors. The festival will also include free events at various venues celebrating Latin American culture. For more information, visit hffny.com.

SoHo International Film Festival
This year’s edition of the SoHo International Film Festival expands to eight nights of programming and special events. The festival, which kicks off on April 15, celebrates cutting-edge digital technology while honoring traditional forms of storytelling. The festival will present full-length features and documentaries from notable filmmakers to up-and-coming stars. For additional information, visit siffnyc.net.

Flicker NYC
New York's only festival of all Super 8mm films returns for its 10th anniversary show on April 17. The evening will showcase some of the best Super 8mm short films from around the world as well as from down the block in Brooklyn. Films will be screened at Brooklyn’s Southpaw. For more information, visit flickernyc.com.

New York International Independent Film and Video Festival
Taking place April 28-May 5, the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival is one of the largest and most prominent independent film festivals in the world. It hosts a wide variety of film, music, and art events in an effort to launch the careers of talented filmmakers and screenwriters. To learn more, visit nyfilmvideo.com.

Sprout Film Festival
Sprout Film Festival celebrates those in the film industry with developmental disabilities by showcasing films and works of all genres that help enlighten the public and breakdown common stereotypes. The festival will take place April 29-May 1. For further information, visit sproutfilmfestival.org.
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