Monday, November 05, 2007



The specs for submissions of films to The Lincoln Center Film Society / Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) New Directors / New Films (ND/NF) has just been announced. Joining the selection committee is Rajendra Roy, the new chief film curator at
The Museum of Modern Art.

ND/NF runs from March 26 – April 6, 2008.

Films may be submitted to ND/NF from Nov. 15, 2007, and must be received by 5:00 PM Jan. 9, 2008.



Here's an un-official summary of the basic rules:

• Entries must be New York premieres and have been completed in the current or preceding year. They cannot have been shown in any festivals or public screening in New York. (The Committee reserves the right to waive this rule in the case of small non-commercial, non-publicized showings.)
The Festival exhibition formats are 35mm and 16mm prints
with composite optical sound and digital video.
• Short and feature films of all lengths are considered - there are no separate categories.
• Films in a language other than English must be subtitled in English.
• Films submitted in any previous year may not be resubmitted.

"Work can be submitted (for consideration by the screening committee) on 16mm or 35mm film, HDCam, Digibeta, VHS, or DVD. VHS and DVD entries are not returned. All applicants will be notified of the Committee's decision by email by February 28."

New Directors/New Films
is always one of the most interesting events in New York for film lovers. Here's a quick introduction to the program:

"One of the leading international showcases for emerging filmmakers, New Directors/New Films has premiered hundreds of new works, many of which have gone on to enjoy both critical success and wider theatrical release."

"Several artists featured in past New Directors/New Films have become major figures in world cinema, including Chantal Akerman, Pedro Almodóvar, Guillermo Del Toro, Atom Egoyan, Spike Lee, Richard Linklater, Sally Potter, John Sayles, Steven Spielberg, Todd Solondz, Wim Wenders and Wong Kar Wai. Recent films screened at the festival include Day Night Day Night, The Great World of Sound, Once and Padre Nuestro in 2007; Old Joy and Academy Award® nominees My Country, My Country and Half Nelson in 2006; and Academy Award® nominees Murderball, Darwin's Nightmare and Junebug in 2005."

"Rajendra Roy joins his MoMA colleagues Jytte Jensen and Laurence Kardish and the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Marian Masone, Joanna Ney and program director Richard Peña, on this year’s selection committee. "

Roy has an interesting background. "He joined the Department of Film at MoMA as the Celeste Bartos Chief Curator of Film in July 2007, having started his work in independent film programming in 1992 as an undergrad at UCSD.

"For five years he contributed to a major period of growth at The Hamptons International Film Festival, as Director of Programming from 2002-05 and Artistic Director in 2006 and 2007.

"From 2004-07 he was the sole American on the Competition Selection Committee for the Berlin International Film Festival. At the Guggenheim Museum, from 2000-02, he served as Film and Media Arts Program Manager in New York and Bilbao. From 1996 to 2000 he was Executive Director of the Mix Festival in New York, one of the most respected experimental film events in the world.

"He has served on many boards and juries, including the Student Academy Awards, Gotham Awards and NYSCA and has organized numerous touring film programs. He has contributed to such publications as Turbulences Video, indieWIRE, Moving Pictures and Empire magazine."

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