The Yonkers Waterfront will be the place to be this weekend, from 6Pm Friday, October 17th to Sunday, October 19th as The Yoonkers Film Festival returns. More than 75 films being screened throughout the three-day event, which takes place at the Riverfront Library In Yonkers, across the street from the train station.
The festival opens with a Red Carpet Receptions, Friday Evening, catered by Chef Peter Kelly and X2O, Slovenia Vodka, Wine In Due Time and Yonkers Brewing Company will be providing the beverages. Followed by a few short speeches, then on to our Opening Night shorts and feature presentation, IFC Film’s “God’s Pocket,” which was primarily shot in Yonkers, starring the late Phillip Seymour Hoffman and John Turturro. There will be a brief Q & A afterwards with members of the production team who will be on hand.
Saturday and Sunday will offer free kids movies and workshops from KidsFilmFest and the Jacob Burns Film Center starting at 10AM, screenings at the nearby Blue Door Art Center at 11AM and our film screenings and “mini film school” lectures and workshops starting at noon at our Riverfront Library location. The Brooklyn Film Festival’s kidsfilmfest The Jacob Burns Film Center (JBFC) and kidsfilmfest are sponsoring wonderful, international short animation, live-action and documentary movies you might not see anywhere else! The Brooklyn Film Festival’s kidsfilmfest‘s mission is to discover, expose, and promote children’s filmmakers. All films are tailored for children of all ages (films are rated “G”).
The JBFC is a nonprofit educational and cultural institution dedicated to presenting the best of independent, documentary, and world cinema; promoting 21st century literacy; and making film a vibrant part of the community. And this year, again, they will be bringing some of their family-fun to the Yonkers Film Festival!
Following the each day’s screenings, it’s off to the After-Parties for a signature cocktail, a snack and some mingling with fellow filmmakers and film fans at the nearby Zuppa, Dolphin and 66Main. And this year there’s also a Midnight Movie on Saturday night for those who can’t get enough.
YoFi Fest is a film festival that gives adult audiences a chance to watch and talk about new movies and to see new works by emerging artists. Screenings include features, shorts, music videos, animation and student works on all three days. Visit www.YoFiFest.com for more information and full programing.
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