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Announcing the 2023 Festival of Cinema NYC Awards Nominees!


The moment we've been waiting for is here! Visit our website today to see which films have been nominated in our 15 categories. As always we'll also be giving the Audience Choice Award to one feature and one short film.This year we have added the 'Un-produced script' award, where the winner will get a pitch meeting with an industry producer of their choice, courtesy of STAGE32!

Now is a great time to look through the categories to help you decide which films you'd be interested in attending a screening for.

See the Nominees!


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This year's Festival of Cinema NYC jurors include :

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Guest of Honor, Dito Montiel. - Writer/Director
Dito Montiel is an author, screenwriter and director. His 2006 film A GUIDE TO RECOGNIZING YOUR SAINTS premiered at the Sundance Film Festival where it won the Special Jury Prize and the Director’s Award. Mr. Montiel will be in attendance for a retrospective screening of his film, followed by a moderated Q&A. 

Alexis Walker - Talent Manager
Alexis Walker is a Talent Manager at Entertainment Lab. She holds a Bachelor of Fine and Applied Arts Degree from The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Previous work includes: Jr. Agent at the Jackson Agency, Mentee in the CSA Mentorship Program and Jennifer Ajemian Casting.

Harley Kaplan - Casting Director
Harley Kaplan is a co-founder and casting director with Powers/Kaplan Casting, a bi-coastal casting office that specializes in independent film. Harley started out in casting with the legendary office of Hopkins/Smith/Barden, where he worked as a casting assistant on movies such as Boys Don't Cry, The Cider House Rules, and  HBO's television series Sex In The City. He later served as an associate with PalmStar and S2 Entertainment.

Joshua A. Foster - Producer
Joshua A. Foster is a film director/producer graduate of the prestigious New York University Tisch School of the Arts. He currently serves as the Executive of Cinetic Media.

Jacob Stebel - Producer at Ghetto Film School. 
Jacob Stebel is a teacher, writer, photographer, and producer from Long Island, NY where he spent his teenage years and early twenties working on public access shows, and managing an arthouse movie theater, while writing and acting in several short films.

Danielle Burgess - Actor/Producer
Danielle Burgess is known for USA's Golden Globe nominated 'The Sinner', HBO's 'The Deuce', NBC's 'Manifest', and 'Law & Order: SVU.



Join us at the 2023 Festival of Cinema NYC Awards Dinner





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Tickets are now on sale to the 2023 Awards Dinner

Join us on Sunday, August 13th as we hand out awards in 17 categories, including the Audience Choice Awards for the 2023 festival. 

This year film writer and director Dito Montiel will be in attendance as the first ever recipient of our Indie Film Vanguardian award, our highest honor. 

Tickets to the event are open to the public and include a buffet style dinner with open bar. Get your tickets today before they sell out!


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