New York Film Festival through the ages

There is always an event going on in New York. The city hosts fashion events, music or film festivals, and charity gatherings of international matter. Let’s focus now on one of the most important film festivals in NYC – New York Film Festival, and how it changed through the ages:

New York Film Festival


Richard Roud (an American screenwriter) and Amos Vogel (an NYC cinéaste) are the key figures in the history of the festival. They founded it in 1963 with the support of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Richard Roud was the program director, so he made the first film selection for the event. The opening night was on September 10, 1963. The festival began with the surreal classic The Exterminating Angel.

Roud has been a program director of NYFF for 25 years. He set the focus of the event on the European art cinema. His successor Richard Pena expanded the focus by introducing new directors like Krzystof Kieslowski, Hou Hsiao-Hsien, and Raul Ruiz to the American audience. However, Pena did not change the festival’s format. He kept the selection committee process and the strict movie selectivity. 

Pena’s final year as a program director was 2012. He left after the NYFF 50th anniversary edition. Since then, Kent Jones (a famous American writer and filmmaker) has been the program director of the festival.

NYFF today

Today New York Film Festival is one of the longest festivals (almost a month) in the USA. Its main slate consists of 20-30 movies. Moreover, there are sidebar programs for documentaries and experimental cinema. The event is held annually in the autumn. All projections are in the Lincoln Center. The program includes movies from any genre. 

People can find tickets for the festival online. But keep in mind that one person can buy only two tickets for one screening. 

NYFF 2018

In 2018 the festival started on September 28 with the premiere of the dark comedy The Favourite. People eagerly anticipated the premiere of the movie Roma. Roma is a Netflix production directed by the famous Mexican filmmaker Alfonso Cuaron. The film made a furor and received numerous award nominations. It even won two Golden Globe awards. The biographical drama movie about Vincent van Gogh – At Eternity’s Gate, was the last production of NYFF 2018. The film is based on an untraditional view of how Vincent’s life ended.

NYFF 2019

The 57th edition of NYFF was a delight to all cinephiles. It included the best from the Cannes festival. Moreover, its main slate consisted of films from more than 15 countries. The festival began on September 17 with The Irishman, directed by Martin Scorsese. Bong Joon-ho’s production Parasite was also part of the program. It was highly appreciated. It won four Oscars at the 2020 ceremony. However, the NYFF 2019 centerpiece was Marriage Story with director Noah Baumbach. It is a drama film starring Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver. 

New York Film Festival has evolved a lot through the ages. Yet it is still well-loved and adored by the audience. It is a serious competition for Broadway when it comes to entertainment.

New York City is very popular when it comes to filming. A lot of shows featured famous locations like Sex and the City, Friends, and many more!