The 6th Havana Film Festival in New York (HFFNY) will open at the Quad Cinema, NYC April 15 with award winning films from Havana’s Festival Internacional del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano and new independent films from and about Latin America and the Caribbean that rarely have an opportunity to be screened outside of their country of origin. HFFNY will present recent and classic features, documentaries, short and animated films from 12 countries; subtitled in English. This year HFFNY will pay homage to Brazilian director, Walter Salles of Motorcycle Diaries and Cuban director, Pastor Vega known for Portrait of Teresa and one of the founder’s of ICAIC, Cuba’s national film institute.
The Festival will commence April 15th at 1 pm with a Tribute to Pastor Vega. The Opening Ceremony and Screening will start at 7 pm followed by A Havana Night after party in honor of Pastor Vega at Strata nightclub with distinguished guests and a performance by Cuban band Rico Tumbao. On Tuesday, April 17th The Nation Arts Club will host, an invitation only reception to honor, Walter Salles. HFFNY comes to a close April 21st with a Final Ceremony and Screening at 7 pm, The Latin Night Gala, will follow. At midnight, Walter Salles will toast Caribes’ actor Jorge Perugorria, and director Esteban Ramirez at NA nightclub to mark the ending of the festival.
Free programs are being held on Sun. and Mon. at the King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center at NYU. Animation 4 Kids, a program that brings children closer to the reality of life in Latin America through a fun and educational approach will take place April 17th at 1 pm. At 3pm Cuba’s revolutionary film tradition will be discussed and award-winning documentaries will be screened.
On April 18th Sandy Lieberson, producer and accomplished figure in the international film community, will moderate a panel discussion, Current Perspectives of Latin American Cinema, with invited filmmakers on new trends in Latin American cinema. A reception for industry professionals will follow.
In our efforts to reach a broader audience, the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, Queens will be screening films from HFFNY on April 15, 16 and 17.
The Havana Film Festival in New York is a project of American Friends of the Ludwig Foundation of Cuba (AFLFC), a non-profit organization building cultural bridges between the U.S. and Cuba through programs in the arts. Carole Rosenberg, Pres. of AFLFC and is one of the founders and chairs of HFFNY. The festival is made possible by the generosity of the New York City community, our presenting sponsor The New York Times and support from the NYS Council on the Arts, NBC-Telemundo, Delta Air Lines, El Diario La Prensa, Latino Mix and Radio WADO, El Especial, ICAIC (Cuban Film Institute), The National Arts Club among others.
Locations and contacts: The Quad Cinema at 34 W. 13th St. (212) 255-2243 http://www.quadcinema.com , Museum of the Moving Image 35th Ave at 36th St. (718) 784-4520 http://www.movingimage.us , King Juan Carlos 1 of Spain Center (NYU) 53 Washington Sq. So. (212) 998-3650.
For complete press and program details, go to http://www.hffny.com
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