Big Apple Film Festival: November 14th-18th

By Beth Feather, posted 10 October 2012

Named one of MovieMaker Magazines "25 Coolest Film Festivals," The Big Apple Film Festival, hosted by The Big Apple Film Society, is not just another congregation of independent artists in NYC. When founder and filmmaker, Jonathan Marc Lipp, first launched the event, it was because in his mind, there were not enough festivals with accessibility for independent creators. By developing a new outlet he created visibility for films otherwise lost in the masses of festival submissions.

This year marks the 9th anniversary for the festival, which is held annually at the famous Tribeca Cinemas. Submissions are open globally, but most come directly from the extensive New York City independent film community. The goal of the society at large is to spotlight films created outside of the mainstream that reflect the lives of individuals in and around the New York City metropolitan area.

A mix of Influential actors, writers and filmmakers as well as emerging creators will mingle at this year’s festival, taking place from November 14th-18th. The five-day event features programs ideal for interaction among artists, as well as screenings where individuals can exposure their films. Annual awards are given in a variety of categories including Best Feature Film, Short Film, Documentary, Animation, Experimental, NYC Cityscape Award, Student Film Award, Golden Apple Award, and NY Emerging Talent Award.

Tickets for the event can be purchased beginning October 15th on the website or at the door, with cash, the night of the screening. Due to the volume of attendees, it is recommended to buy in advance.

Planning the trip: The screenings are held in the evenings each day, so venturing around The Big Apple during the day could be a great option. For an over-night stay, we recommend using to search hotels in the metropolitan area.

There are many ways to get to the Big Apple if you live outside of Manhattan. Public transportation is frequent and reliable. You can also rent a car via Depending on your departure city, you arrive at either Penn Station or Grand Central. From there, the subway to take to Tribeca Cinemas is the 1, A, C, or E. Of course there are always cabs to be hailed; ironically just like the movies.

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