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Film Festivals Take Flight in the Fall

November 1, 2012 - Film festivals in November continue to show the best films out of New York City and around the world. Now's the chance to stimulate the senses and take a bite of the Big Apple's independent film scene from across the boroughs.

Please check each festival's website for any changes to the schedule due to the hurricane.

Bronx International Film Festival
Spearheaded by the Bronx Stage and Film Company, the 10th Annual Bronx International Film Festival will take place November 8-10. The festival seeks to continually endorse the borough as a cultural hub by showcasing Bronx-based films from talented up-and-coming filmmakers as well films from around the world. Visit bronxfilmfestival.com for more details.

New York's Documentary Film Festival (Doc NYC)
The Third Annual Doc NYC Film Festival will run from November 8-15, screening films from the IFC Center in NYC's Greenwich Village and the School of Visual Arts Theatre in Chelsea. The festival celebrates the vivacity of the documentary film industry with more than 100 films and events for attendees as it seeks to attract newcomers every year, fuse voices of the younger and older generations, inspire audiences and expand distribution via new media. With many special guests in attendance and an exciting lineup of events, the festival aims to "make the most of NYC." For more information, visit docnyc.net.

Imagine Science Film Festival
Scheduled to run November 8-16, the Fifth Annual Imagine Science Film Festival offers audiences nine days of interesting and exciting films centered on the sciences. This year's theme will focus on the inner functions and states of the brain. The festival, which is the first scientific film festival in the world established by scientists, will feature science bits, documentaries, footage from real lab experiments, discussions centered on the meaning of dreams and scientific films for children. For tickets and schedule information, visit imaginesciencefilms.com/festival.

Big Apple Film Festival
The Big Apple Film Festival will take place November 14-18 at Tribeca Cinemas. The festival will showcase selected films from the New York City independent film community, host engaging panel discussions featuring prominent independent filmmaking professionals and celebrate actors, writers and filmmakers at an honorary closing awards ceremony. For more information, visit bigapplefilmfestival.com.

International Puerto Rican Heritage Film Festival
The Second Annual Puerto Rican Heritage Film Festival runs from November 16-18. The festival aims to celebrate the culture of Puerto Rico in film as well individuals of the Puerto Rican Diaspora involved in filmmaking. More information is available at iprhff2-eorg.eventbrite.com.

The Indie Film Clinic at Cardozo
On Thursday, November 15 at 6pm, the Indie Film Clinic at Cardozo will host a group of panelists to discuss recent changes to laws affecting crowdfunding. This symposium will examine crowdfunding as it currently exists and in the context of the new law, offering perspectives on securities issues, the entrepreneurial aspects of crowdfunding and the potential impacts on independent filmmakers. Moderated by Justin Hughes, Cardozo School of Law, panelists include Natalie Difford, fellowship manager, Cinereach and producer, Gimme the Loot; Ethan Mollick, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania; and Jeanne Schroeder, Cardozo School of Law. Cardozo is located at Fifth Avenue and 12th Street. A reception will follow. Seating is limited, please RSVP to: indiefilmclinic@yu.edu.

Take Two Festival
The Take Two Festival, dedicated to providing a major venue for students and independent artists that are currently under the radar of mainstream festivals, originally scheduled to take place in November, will be rescheduled for a later date. The festival will feature young filmmakers poised to make a major splash in the industry. For information, visit taketwofilmfestival.com.
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