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International Filmmakers Celebrate Cultural Cinema in April

April 1, 2013 - Film festivals in April celebrate a range of cultural cinema from Africa to Latin America as NYC sees the international film community come together.

Take Two Film Festival, April 5-7, 2013
After being postponed in the fall due to Hurricane Sandy, Take Two, a three-day film festival, returns for its second year, April 5-7. This year the festival will screen 56 independent films from 14 countries at Theatre 80 St. Marks. Started by Salon Ciel, an alternative gallery dedicated to seeking out overlooked artists, the festival features films dealing with a range of political and social issues. For more information, visit taketwofilmfestival.com.

New York African Film Festival, April 3-9, 2013
The New York African Film Festival returns to the Film Society of Lincoln Center to celebrate its 20th Anniversary April 3-9. This week-long event will kick off the two month, multi-venue festival celebrating a half century of African cinema. The festival continues at Columbia University’s Institute of African Studies on April 18 then heads to the Maysles Cinema Institute in Harlem May 2-5 and closes Memorial Day Weekend May 24-27 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. For a full listing of screenings and events, visit africanfilmny.org.

SoHo International Film Festival, April 5-12, 2013
With feature, documentary and short films, the SoHo International Film Festival will screen films from around the world at Sunshine Cinema from April 5-12. Now in its fourth year, the festival celebrates traditional forms of storytelling using cutting-edge digital technology and features panels and networking opportunities for the international film community. For tickets and information, visit sohofilmfest.com.

Havana Film Festival New York, April 12-19, 2013
Celebrating Latin American cinema since 2000, the Havana Film Festival will take place April 12-19 across NYC. Screening over 40 films from 15 countries, the festival works to enrich and expand Latino culture in the US as well as provide networking opportunities for directors, actors and producers in the community. For tickets, visit hffny.com.

Call for Entries: Tropfest
Tropfest is inviting filmmakers of all backgrounds and levels of experience to get out there and start making short films for the festival. The finalist films will screen at the Tropfest NY main event on Saturday, June 22 and be judged by an industry and celebrity panel LIVE in front of thousands of independent film-lovers. Visit tropfest.com/ny to learn how to enter.

- Michael Avila
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