ALBANY — For the second year, Madison Theater is hosting the New York State International Film Festival from Friday, Sept. 8 to Thursday, Sept. 14.
The annual festival gives local filmmakers the opportunity to showcase their work along with peers from across the globe. There are 64 short films that will be screened under different genres such as drama, comedy, animations, documentary, horror, experimental and music videos. Audiences will also have the chance to speak with crew members through Q&A panels leading up to the film’s viewing.
“We’re the only short film festival, and it’s a good opportunity for everybody who likes to watch local, national and international documentaries and movies,” said Nico Altekin, founder of the New York State International Film Festival. “We support local artists and local businesses, and Madison Theater … they’ve been there forever, so we’re happy to have our festival in that theater,” he added.
Last year’s week-long festival, also hosted at Albany’s Madison Theater, garnered more than 500 people. It’s a figure that gives Altekin hope for a larger turn-out this year. In addition to viewing more than 60 unique films, the festival is formated to provide education, support and networking opportunities. Altekin said it won’t just help aspiring filmmakers, but inspire new ones.
“My goal is to get everybody together to celebrate the arts with the filmmakers and local audience,” said Altekin.
Tickets are $10 for each day, or $40 for an all-week pass. For tickets and information, visit http://themadisontheater.com/upcoming-films/.
Michael Hallisey is Managing Editor of Spotlight Newspapers.