Forget spring break at the beach. Cinephiles from all over the world will pack out New York’s theaters this April for the NYC film festivals, where you can catch screenings that won’t be shown anywhere else. Check out the five best NYC film festivals to see this spring.
Tribeca Film Festival
Three million people a year attend the Tribeca Film Festival in downtown Manhattan. Independent filmmakers screen documentaries, narrative features, and shorts. Don’t miss this year’s opening event, the premiere of HBO’s new documentary, “The Apollo.” Through interviews with legends such as Patti LaBelle, Pharrell Williams, and Jamie Foxx, Academy Award-winning director Roger Ross Williams will celebrate the iconic NYC landmark where legends were made.
Havana Film Festival
Latin American cinema is celebrated at the annual Havana Film Festival. Catch special programs, including an homage to Fernando Perez, one of Cuba’s most representative filmmakers, and a celebration of Latina women content creators, on-screen talent, and filmmakers who are carving a space for themselves and future generations of women in film.
New Voices in Black Cinema
New Voices in Black Cinema returns to BAM this year with works that focus on the black experience in America and around the world. See the New York premiere of “Jinn,” which offers a multidimensional image of Muslim life rarely depicted on screen. The film took home the Special Jury Prize for Screenwriting at SXSW 2018.
Focus on French Cinema
See the latest French-language films from around the world. Don’t miss a screening of 1966’s “Un Homme et Une Femme,” a smash hit and an Oscar-winner for best screenplay. For something more contemporary, “Montparnasse Bienvenüe – Jeune Femme” is the relatable story of a woman who reinvents herself after the end of a 10-year relationship.
Art of the Real at Lincoln Center
At the iconic Lincoln Center, the Art of the Real celebrates innovative voices in nonfiction and hybrid filmmaking. The festival, put on by the Museum of Modern Art and the Film Society of Lincoln Center, will screen films such as “John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection,” a found-footage ode to the tennis legend.