Later this month, Astoria will host its first annual International Film Festival, from October 22-24, featuring "over 50 indie films from and about England, Hungary, Austrialia, China, Darfur, Ecuaror, Russia, Spain, Bhutan and Cape Town as well as best of every NYC borough's pick."
What a bargain, too; $10 gets you a full-length feature, a short and a supershort; a $75 Superpass gets you in all three days. Daypasses are $35. Events also include readings of screenplays and short stories.
The Discover New York blog lists the Astoria Film Festival as the #1 thing to do in NYC this fall.
All activities will be held at The Secret Theatre, 44-02 23rd St., Long Island City, NYC 11101.
I'm happy to announce that the New York/TriState Sisters in Crime (SinC) will have a session on Saturday, October 23, from 2-4 p.m., where several members will read their work. For information on tickets for that session, visit here. A special thank-you to fellow SinC member Lina Zeldovich for arranging this session with the Festival organizers. Lina has written an awesome article about the Astoria Film Festival at Woman Around Town, including a brief overview of the films. I'm excited to learn that Love in the Age of Dion by writer-filmmaker Phillip Cioffari is among them.
On Wednesday, October 6th, from 4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., a press conference will be held at the LIC Market ~ (a French cafe with baking on the premises) 21-52 44th Drive. Enjoy a free tasting menu and trailers of festival films, plus an interview with the Film Festival Director Dennis Cieri and the director of The Secret Theatre, Robert Mazda.
For further information or to RSVP, please contact: info (at) astorialicff (dot) com. or visit www.astorialicff.com. If you are interested in helping out, the Festival is looking for volunteers.