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May Film Festivals Celebrate Art and Awareness

May 1, 2013 - Film festivals in New York this month celebrate the diverse culture of the City, highlighting academic achievement and artistic representation.

New York Indian Film Festival, April 31-May 4, 2013
The 13th Annual New York Indian Film Festival runs through May 4 and is presented by the Indo-American Arts Council. The festival is the longest running film festival screening premieres of feature, documentary and short films made from, of and about the Indian subcontinent in the independent, art house, alternate and diaspora genres. Tickets and information are available at iaac.us/NYIFF2013.

Columbia University Film Festival, May 3-9, 2013
The 26th Columbia University Film Festival takes place May 3-9. The festival is the annual premiere of thesis short films, features, screenplays and teleplays created by graduate MFA students from the Columbia University School of the Arts Film Program. For tickets and a full schedule of screenings, visit cufilmfest.com.

New York City Mental Health Film Festival, May 5, 2013
The New York City Mental Health Film Festival brings to downtown Brooklyn a selection of thought-provoking films which positively portray the mental health community. The event includes Q&A sessions with filmmakers, audience discussions and lunch. For a full schedule of the day’s events, visit nycmentalhealthfilmfestival.com.

Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film Festival, May 9-11, 2013
The10th annual Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film Festival takes place May 9-11 at Tribeca Cinemas. The festival features contemporary Bosnian-Herzegovinian cinematography and films with Bosnia and Herzegovina as their themes. For tickets and information, please visit bhffnyc.org.

Sprout Film Festival, May 31-June 2, 2013
The Sprout Film Festival invites audiences to experience film and video related to the field of developmental disabilities. The festival takes place May 31-June 2 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and features films that reinforce accurate portrayals of people with developmental disabilities and expose the general public to issues facing this population. For tickets and more information, visit gosprout.org/film.

Howl! Festival, May 31-June 2, 2013
Entering its 10th year, the Howl! Festival uses all means of artistic expression and new technologies to engage and incite people to connect with the arts. This year’s festival returns to the East Village from May 31-June 2. For a full schedule of events, visit howlfestival.com.

Brooklyn Film Festival, May 31-June 9
With this year’s “Magnetic” theme, the Brooklyn Film Festival hopes to draw in audiences to its competitive annual event featuring over 100 film premieres. The festival’s mission is to provide a forum in Brooklyn to advance public interest in films and the independent production of films. The festival will feature screenings for kids and adults as well as industry networking events. For a full list of screenings and events, visit brooklynfilmfestival.org.

- Michael Avila
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