The Big Apple Film Society was established as a means of supporting and promoting independent films and filmmakers from the New York City metropolitan area. Our primary mission is to connect cinematic audiences with influential, educational and entertaining films that have been developed and produced outside of the mainstream studio system and reflect the ideals of individuals living and/or working within the New York area. Our key philosophy is that as the visual age continues to progress, media will continue to play a major role in the shaping of our society and therefore it is imperative that a multitude of voices are heard and experienced through the visual medium. As New York City is synonymous with cultural diversity, the Big Apple Film Society seeks to recognize and support films and filmmakers that focus their attention on the unique qualities of individuals of all backgrounds and ethnicities.
Each year, the Big Apple Film Society will host the Big Apple Film Festival. The festival will screen a variety of specially selected film from the New York City independent film community, as well as additional selections from across the country and around the world. The festival includes New York City premieres, interactive panel discussions with industry professionals from the New York City film community, honorary award presentations to individuals who have played an influential role in independent filmmaking in the New York City area, networking parties and events, as well as a closing night awards ceremony in which awards will be presented for achievement in filmmaking, screenwriting and acting.
The 2012 Big Apple Film Festival will take place, November 14-18 at Tribeca Cinemas in New York City. This year’s festival will present 165 independent films, consisting of feature films, short films, feature documentaries, short documentaries, student films, animation and experimental.
Check Out This Recap of the 2011 Edition of THE BIG APPLE FILM FESTIVAL
The festival will present awards in all categories, as well as our honorary Golden Apple Award presentation to Academy Award nominated filmmaker Morgan Spurlock.
Films presented this year include: Ex-girlfriends, starring Jennifer Carpenter(Dexter, Quarantine, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Gone) and Kristen Connolly (The Cabin in the Woods, Revolutionary Road), Bert and Arnie’s Guide to Friendship, starring Anna Chlumsky (My Girl) and Cristin Milioti ( Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street), Good Men starring Ed Asner, The Ballad of Danko Jones starring Ralph Macchio and Elijah Wood, Double or Nothing starring Adam Brody, Louisa Krause, Keith David and written by Independent Spirit Award and Sundance Film Festival Award winner Neil Labute, Defiant Requiem narrated by Bebe Neuwirth, Comic Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope directed by Academy Award nominee Morgan Spurlock.
The festival also include Q and A’s with filmmakers and cast, as well as opening and closing night receptions and our annual awards presentation.
“Thank you Big Apple for helping to put “Kevin” on the map. Austin musician Kevin Gant had not performed for 15 years prior to last year’s festival run, and theaters like Tribeca Cinemas are the perfect setting and film festivals provide the perfect audience for Kevin’s comeback tour. Thanks Big Apple, for helping me introduce “Kevin” to the world.” – Jay Duplass (Jeff Who Lives at Home, Baghead, Cyrus, The Puffy Chair, Kevin)
“It’s hard to imagine a festival more New York than Big Apple.” – MovieMaker Magazine
“In a time when most theaters are running the same homogenized dreck, BAFF is unveiling the upstart visionaries and out-of-left-field artists who remind us that there’s a future to filmmaking.” – Producer Anthony Bregman (Our Idiot Brother, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Oranges, Synechdoche, New York The Ice Storm, The Brothers McMullen, Darling Companion, Lay The Favorite)
“The big apple film fesitval plays the films that you hope people will get to see but worry that they won’t be able to — specifically, the ones I have been in.” – Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network, Holy Rollers, Zombieland, Adventureland)
2012 BIG APPLE FILM FESTIVAL
November 14 – 18, 2012
@ Tribeca Cinemas
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