BAFF, named one of MovieMaker Magazine's top "25 Film Festivals Worth The Entry Fee" and "One of the 25 Coolest Film Festivals", is dedicated to showcasing and promoting the highest quality films from the New York City independent film community, as well as additional specially selected films from across the country and around the world.

BLACK CINEMA SHOWCASE 
Presented by the Big Apple Film Festival Year Round Screening Series
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Big Apple Film Festival Black Cinema Showcase is an exhibition and celebration of independent films by established and up and coming filmmakers. It will be presented at the SVA Theatre in NYC. The series will include NYC premieres, filmmaker Q and A's, and a networking reception. The event is part of the Big Apple Film Festival’s new and exciting Year Round Screening Series.
​ The goal of this particular series is to promote and empower Black filmmakers, and to foster and promote emerging talent.

NOTABLE BAFF ALUMNI FILMS INCLUDE:

Money" starring Jesse Williams (Grey's Anatomy), Kellen Lutz (Twilight, Tarzan, Legend of Hercules), and Jess Weixler (The Good Wife)

Edith+Eddie (Academy Award nominee, Best Documentary Short Subject)

20 Weeks (World Premiere, Los Angeles Film Festival, Starring Anna Margaret Hollyman, Amir Arison)

62 Days (World Premiere, AFI Meet the Press Film Festival)

"The Visit" starring Academy Award and Golden Globe nominee June Squibb

"A Tree. A Rock. A Cloud" directed by Karen Allen and starring James McMenamin (Orange is the New Black), Jeffrey DeMunn (Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile)

"Bean" directed by Emilie Bunnell of Emmy Award winning Gigantic! Productions (World Premiere Woodstock Film Festival)

"Sugar!" starring Tony Award Winner Alice Ripley and SAG Award Winner Robert Clohessy

"6 Love Stories" starring Academy Award and Golden Globe Nominee Peter Bogdanovich, Gotham Award Nominee Matthew Lillard, Emmy Award Winner Carrie Preston, Stephen Tobolowsky, and Ashley Williams

"Monsters" Best Horror / Suspense Short Film Comic-Con

"Waiting" (narrated by John Turturro)

"It Had to be You" (starring Cristin Milioti)

"Beneath the Olive Tree" (narrated by Olympia Dukakis)

"Mother's Day" (starring Melissa Leo)

"The Living Wake" starring Jesse Eisenberg, Mike O' Connell, and Jim Gaffigan

NOTABLE BAFF ALUMNI, SPECIAL GUESTS AND AWARD RECIPIENTS INCLUDE:

Jesse Eisenberg

Cuba Gooding Jr.

Morgan Spurlock

Olympia Dukakis

Karen Allen

Alan Cumming

Vincent Pastore

Jackie Martling (The Howard Stern Show)

Kevin Corrigan

Haley Joel Osment

Mario Cantone

Ernie Hudson

Elias Koteas

Jerry Stiller

Katherine Waterston

and more...

BIG APPLE FILM FESTIVAL HAS BEEN FEATURED IN SUCH PUBLICATIONS AS:
Indiewire
The New York Times
MovieMaker Magazine (Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals and Top 25 Festivals Worth The Entry Fee)
CBS News (Top 5 Eating and Drinking Events in New York)
The Hollywood Reporter
BuzzFeed
PIX News

And more...

1. Films of all genres will be considered, as long as they are written, directed and/or produced by Black filmmakers, OR feature black cast members or black subject matter at the center of the story.

2. This year's event will accept feature films, short films, feature documentaries, short documentaries and web series episodes.

3. Feature films and feature documentaries must be over 60 minutes and short films, short documentaries and web series episodes must be under 30 minutes.

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    Janelle Tedesco

    The Big Apple Film Festival came to me like a dream. Having my film, Stunt Mom, screened at the BAFF Women's Filmmaker Showcase was such an exciting experience because I was in company with these wonderfully talented women with phenomenal films. The quality of the work was incredible. The venue is beautiful and in an such an accessible location. I loved that I was able to do an interview in the week prior to help promote the event and overall the communication was stellar. I was given any and all necessary information quickly from the Festival Director Jonathan Lipp so I was never left with a worry or question! Thank you so much for the experience!

    February 2018