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The New York International Independent Film and Video Festival was founded in 1993 by entertainment impresario Stuart Alson and showcases independent films in real theatres in New York City and LA.
Passionate about exposing the films and documentaries of emerging filmmakers from all over the globe, NYIIFVF is a unique platform for emerging and established filmmakers to network and screen their work in the hope of getting exposure and a distribution deal.
Past festivals have included the work of Calista Flockhart, Cameron Diaz, Eva Herzigova, Guy Pearce, George Clooney, Jennifer Aniston, Rod Steiger, Sean Lennon, Tippi Hedren, Willem Dafoe and Vin Diesel. Indie guru Abel Ferrara famously quoted in MovieMaker, "This festival is the real deal: Everybody else just talks about doing it, these guys just do it!”



Where the River Cannes

“Award-winning Italian filmmaker Francesco Paladino gears up to attend the 2009 Cannes Film Market with to promote his latest film “Where the River Runs”

“A superbly shot film, great acting, and a cohesive cocktail of characters and events.”
Nicole Holland - Independent Film Quarterly


















When a river provides catalyst for a psychological horror it’s sure to attract interest from audiences and distributors alike. The latest film from Italian helmer Francesco Paladino recently won the award for the Best Psychological thriller at the recent New York International Independent Film & Video Festival and will be represented by Stuart Alson of ITN Distribution Inc. at the 2009 prestigious Marche du Film, Cannes.

Produced by Paladino and Gaved SRl and shot on HD in Piacenza, Italy, Where the River Runs comprises a series of interrelated psycho-horror stories involving inhabitants who all live along the same river. Established cast members include, Nino Castelnuovo (The English Patient), Gianni Schicchi, a favorite of the great director Marco Bellocchio (Vincere) and Gerardo Placido (Nina).

Paladino has been a filmmaker for fifteen years and has a slate of award-winning short and documentary films, three of which were completed in the US. Music has consistently played an integral part in his films and he explained that it was while listening to music that he conjured up images that helped to create the genesis of this debut feature film.

In a recent interview for IFQ Magazine Paladino said, “My objective was to make a visionary, potent film featuring music and interesting characters.” One day I was watching the river that flows through my city and I decided to tell my stories, reveal my fears and my dreams and just see what happens,” Paladino explained.

“I am honored to be representing “Where the River Runs” at the Cannes Market,” said Staurt Alson head of dynamic company ITN Distribution, Inc. “The actors are well known and the cinematography and genre and haunting music are important components that will boost the film’s marketability and should attract some key buyers. Alson further states, “Paladino is a perceptive filmmaker and certainly one to watch.”


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The New York International Independent Film and Video Festival was founded in 1993. NYIIFVF has been recognized by the film and entertainment industry as one of the leading film events on the independent festival circuit. The festival hosts film, music and art events in the two entertainment capitals of the United States: New York and Los Angeles.

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