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NEW YORK – In celebration of its 14th year, the 2023 SOHO International Film Festival (SIFFNYC) opens on September 14 with a record 35 world premieres, 6 US premieres, 32 Northeast premieres, and 29 New York premieres, which will be screened at the Village East by Angelika in New York City. The festival will run through September 21.
“We are absolutely thrilled by the volume of submissions and the caliber of films for this year’s edition of the festival,” said Sibyl Reymundo-Santiago, SIFFNYC’s executive director and head of programming. “There is so much anticipation as we eagerly prepare to unveil our talented filmmakers and their remarkable creations on screen!”
The opening night film and the complete list of accepted entries from more than 38 countries, ranging from feature and short films, documentaries to series pilots, will be revealed soon. The complete schedule will be posted on sohofilmfest.com.
Jorge Ballos founded the film festival in 2009. He said this year’s jurors include Marci Phillips (head juror), who leads the New York office for the East Coast talent pool for ABC Television Network and Disney+; Daryn Simons, producer, talent manager, digital strategist, entrepreneur, and partner of Cohesive Entertainment Group; Eleonore Dailly, creative executive, and award-winning producer and director; Ernabel Demillo, journalist and host of CUNY-TV’s 7-time Emmy-nominated program “Asian American Life”; Ivan Williams, co-creator of Altar Identity Studios where he executive produced multiple film projects; James Tumminia, producer/actor/director/writer, a 2019 Emmy nominee and winner of two Telly Awards; Jeffrey Jeturian, multi-award-winning Filipino filmmaker; Susannah D’Arcy, an international producer and president of BritCan Media; and Cas Sigers Beedles, a professional writer, director, and producer and author of six fiction novels.
The jurors will announce the winners during the awards gala on September 21. Festival attendees will vote and decide the SOHO14 Audience Awards for entries in the feature, shorts/series, and exhibition film categories.
Previously, Octavia Spencer, Pierce Brosnan, Bobby Cannavale, Armand Assante, Luis Guzman, Sean Young, Kevin Jonas, Adam Brody, Eric Roberts, Michael Imperioli, and Steve Schirripa attended the film festivals.
The SOHO Film Forum presents this year’s festival. SIFFNYC celebrates cutting-edge digital technology while honoring traditional forms of storytelling and encourages new and seasoned filmmakers from New York City and worldwide to create and send in their fresh and innovative cinematic pieces.
–-With Ricky Rillera/PDM