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Local Film Festivals Explore Culture and More this Month

September 1, 2011 - Throughout September, various film festivals will celebrate diversity, culture and the City itself.

Dancing in Public
On September 7, Dance Films Association will host an evening of live and cinematic works focused on "Dancing in Public." The evening will feature a dynamic screening of several dance film shorts; a Q&A with the choreographer and filmmakers will follow the screening. Visit dancefilms.org to learn more.

Loisaida Cortos Latino Film Festival
The Loisaida Cortos Latino Film Festival kicks off its tenth year on Saturday, September 10 with a runway fashion show featuring Richard Q designs followed by the 2011 selection of short films at La Plaza Cultural Community Garden on the Lower East Side. More information and updates can be found by visiting loisaidacortos.com.

Urbanworld Film Festival
The 15th Annual Urbanworld Film Festival, presented by BET Networks and taking place September 14-18, will include features, documentaries, short films, as well as panel discussions, live staged screenplay readings and the 2nd Annual Urbanworld® Digital, a one-day Conference during the festival focused on digital and social media. For additional information, visit urbanworld.org.

New York Surf Film Festival
This year's New York Surf Film Festival will showcase 17 feature films and 21 short films from all corners of the globe. This showcase of surf films will be screened from September 15 to 17. The festival's aim is to build upon and shape the idea of what a surf movie is, while fostering the growth of this global community in NYC. For a complete schedule, visit nysurffilm.com.

Coney Island Film Festival
The Coney Island Film Festival screens a truly eclectic range of films from the U.S. and all over the world as well as a number of made-in-Coney Island productions. This year the festival is celebrating its 11th anniversary. Screenings taking place at Sideshows by the Seashore and the Coney Island Museum. Visit coneyislandfilmfestival.com for more info.

Manhattan Short Film Festival
Taking place the week of September 23 to October 2 is the annual Manhattan Short Film Festival. Over 100,000 people in over 250 cities across six continents will gather in cinemas, galleries, universities, museums and cafes to view and vote on the finalists' films. To learn more, visit msfilmfest.com.

New York Film Festival
Award-winners and critically acclaimed entries from international film festivals are among the selections in this year's New York Film Festival, taking place September 30-October 16. Twenty-seven films are part of the main section of the festival, whose goals are to introduce audiences to an array of filmmakers who may be new to American audiences. For a full line-up and schedule, visit filmlinc.com/nyff/nyff.htm.

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