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The New York Film Festival is the one of the United States's most important film festivals, first held in 1962 in New York. The films are selected by the Film Society of Lincoln Center. The festival does not award prizes.

The festival director is Richard Peña, who is also the chairman of the Selection Committee which includes Kent Jones, editor at-large of Film Comment magazine, and critics Lisa Schwarzbaum of Entertainment Weekly,Scott Foundas of L.A. Weekly, and J. Hoberman of The Village Voice.

This is a non-competitive festival, which means no awards are given out. Nevertheless, having your film selected to screen at the Festival is a great honor. Many of the films this year, and in the past, played at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival earlier in the year.

The festival is also known for its several sidebars, programs running concurrently with the main festival. These include the annual Views from the Avant-Garde, a showcase of non-narrative, experimental film, which has been running since 1997.


In the late 1960s and early 1970s the festival screened Gillo Pontecorvo's "The Battle of Algiers" (1967), Bob Rafelson's "Five Easy Pieces" (1970), Peter Bogdanovich's "The Last Picture Show" (1971), Bernardo Bertolucci's "Last Tango in Paris" (1972) and Francois Truffaut's "Day for Night" (1973). In the past couple of years, "Good Night, and Good Luck," "Pan's Labyrinth," "Capote" and "The Queen."

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