“Bringing Back Glamour to New York.” That’s the motto of the eight-day New York City International Film Festival, which kicks off tonight in Times Square.
This is the inaugural year of the festival, which New York City has modeled after the Cannes International Film Festival in France. It’s designed to help emerging filmmakers expand their audiences, and to promote New York City as a major filmmaking center.
One hundred and twenty films were selected from all over the world for the festival – and organizers say that this is the first time a film festival has attempted to screen movies in Times Square.
The festival runs from August 12 to August 19. Films will be screened at New World Stages theatre at 340 W. 50th Street, between Eighth and Ninth Avenues.