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We would like to invite you to attend the New York Film Market in Times Square in June 17th, 18th and 19th 2013.    We are establishing New York City as the Center of the Film Industry to facilitate networking opportunities for film professionals in the US and abroad.   The New York Film Market offers a great business opportunity to meet producers, industry professionals, filmmakers and directors who all converge for this 3 day-event to pitch, develop, buy, sell and...

NY Film Market

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We would like to invite you to attend the New York Film Market in Times Square in June 17th, 18th and 19th 2013.   We are establishing New York City as the Center of the Film Industry to facilitate networking opportunities for film professionals in the US and abroad.  The New York Film Market offers a great business opportunity to meet producers, industry professionals, filmmakers and directors who all converge for this 3 day-event to pitch, develop, buy, sell and co-pr...

NY Film Market

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We would like to invite you to attend the New York Film Market in Times Square in June 17th, 18th and 19th 2013.   We are establishing New York City as the Center of the Film Industry to facilitate networking opportunities for film professionals in the US and abroad.  The New York Film Market offers a great business opportunity to meet producers, industry professionals, filmmakers and directors who all converge for this 3 day-event to pitch, develop, buy, sell and co-pr...

Forbidden Kiss and Saving Grace B. Jones Top Winners at 2012 NYCIFF Awards Gala

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By Maria Esteves – August 20, 2012 The 3rd New York City International Film Festival Awards Gala (NYCIFF 2012) presented by NYCIFF Founder/CEO Roberto Rizzo and President Caroline Johnson for outstanding film achievements of 2012 commenced Thursday, August 17, 9:00pm at the Angelika Film Center, New York. The Closing Night World Premiere of Forbidden Kiss, directed by Fen Tien preceded the awards ceremony. NYCIFF 2012 Awards Gala reception immediately followed at Stir, New York. Since...

2012 NYC International Film Festival Awards Gala Videos

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By Maria Esteves – August 20, 2012 The 3rd New York City International Film Festival 2012 (NYCIFF12) Awards Gala presented by NYCIFF Founder/CEO Roberto Rizzo and President Caroline Johnson for outstanding film achievements of 2012 commenced Thursday, August 17, 2012, 9:00pm ET at the Angelika Film Center, New York. The Closing Night World Premiere of Forbidden Kiss, directed by Fen Tien preceded the awards ceremony. NYCIFF 2012 Awards Gala reception immediately followed at Stir. This...

3rd NYC International Film Festival Opening Night Premiere & Honors

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By Maria Esteves – August 13, 2012 The Third New York City International Film Festival 2012 (NYCIFF 2012) Opening Night Gala Awards and World Premiere of Saving Grace B. Jones, directed by Connie Stevens commenced Thursday, August 9, 7:00pm at the magnificent Angelica Film Center. Presented by NYCIFF founder/CEO Robert Rizzo, the festival presents the best in world cinema from emerging and established filmmakers. This year’s festival includes over 100 films (features, documentaries...

NY Film Market, The only Film Market on the U.S. East Coast, in the heart of Times Square

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We are delighted to introduce you to the NY Film Market, the only film market on the U.S. East Coast. Now in our 3rd year, we are growing in popularity and hope that you can attend as a delegate, exhibitor, or sponsor. The NY Film Market runs concurrently with the New York City International Film Festival (NYCIFF) in the heart of Times Square. Why attend the NY Film Market? - Costs less than other film markets - the NY Film Market is all about helping you to SELL, BUY, and MAKE...

2nd Annual New York City International Film Festival Opening Night Awards

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By Maria Esteves – August 29, 2011 The 2nd Annual New York City International Film Festival 2011 (NYCIFF11) Opening Night Jury Awards presented by Roberto Rizzo honored the best films of 2011 by emerging and established filmmakers from around the world at the Hudson theatre, Thursday, August 18, 8:00 PM. The award presenters were actor M. Macaluso, T. Iz, E. Thai, I. Yako, L. Kruse, and NYCIFF founder Roberto Rizzo. In 2010, NYCIFF was founded by Roberto Rizzo. His vision is to intro...

2011 NYC International Film Festival Opening Night Awards Videos

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By Maria Esteves – August 28, 2011 The 2nd Annual New York City International Film Festival 2011 (NYCIFF11) Opening Night Awards  presented by NYCIFF founder Robert Rizzo honoring the best international filmmaking and emerging directors in 2011 immediately followed the Opening Night Gala at the Hudson Theatre, Thursday, August 18, 8:00 PM. NYCIFF11 Opening Night black-tie red carpet arrivals included international filmmakers, producers, writers, actors, recording artists, industry executiv...

2011 NYC International Film Festival Opening Night Awards Photos

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By Maria Esteves – August 28, 2011 The 2nd Annual New York City International Film Festival 2011 (NYCIFF11) Opening Night Awards  presented by NYCIFF founder Robert Rizzo honoring the best international filmmaking and emerging directors in 2011 immediately followed the Opening Night Gala at the Hudson Theatre, Thursday, August 18, 8:00 PM. NYCIFF11 Opening Night black-tie red carpet arrivals included international filmmakers, producers, writers, actors, recording artists, industry executiv...

NYCIFF 2011: Three Time Award Winner “The Last Gamble”

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By Maria Esteves – August 27, 2011 The Second Annual New York City International Film Festival (NYCIFF) 2011, founded by Roberto Rizzo, Opening Night Gala announced its winners at a ceremony hosted at the Hudson Theatre, Thursday, August 18, 8:00 PM. NYCIFF 2011 Opening Night Premiere of THE LAST GAMBLE, directed by Joe E. Goodavage immediately followed. Actress Sally Kirkland received the Lifetime Achievement Award, filmmaker Joe E. Goodavage received Best Director Award, and Nick Ma...

NYCIFF 2011: Interview with The Last Gamble Filmmaker Joe E. Goodavage

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By Maria Esteves – August 10, 2011 Turning life experiences about addiction into films to encourage others, Joe E. Goodavage (JEG) is an award-winning filmmaker defined by his passion to give people the opportunity to be their very best on the set. In 1996, Goodavage began his career in the film industry. In 2008, Goodavage became co-owner of Last Gamble Productions, LLC, in New York. He produced and directed over 75 commercials; his television shows The Sports Edge and Performing Arts ...

NYCIFF 2011: The Last Gamble Associate Producer April DiGiorgio Chats with Aviva Press

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By Maria Esteves – August 6, 2011 The Second Annual 2011 New York City International Film Festival (NYCIFF) Opening Night Premiere of The Last Gamble, directed by Joe E. Goodavage commence Thursday, August 18, 6:00pm at the Hudson Theatre. Presented by Roberto Rizzo, 2011 NYCIFF Opening Night Red Carpet Gala is surely Broadway’s star-studded black tie event not to miss. I had the honor and privilege chatting with associate producer April DiGiorgio (AD) on Friday, August 5, 2011. ...

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As the exclusive broadcast partner for the New York City International Film Festival, we would like to extend an offer to broadcast your film on Dolce’s new digital television channel in January.  This means that Dolce will broadcast in North America across cable television, internet, mobile, gaming consoles including x-box and playstation, i-pads, and i-phones.   The business model is simple, it is a revenue share, on a non-exclusive basis for six months.  This allows you to continue to t...

2010 New York City International Film Festival Opening Night Gala Inauguration

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By Maria Esteves - August 13, 2010 The New York City International Film Festival (NYCIFF) 2010, founded by Roberto Rizzo celebrated it's Opening Night Gala Inauguration at the New World Stages Theatre, Thursday, August 12, 6:00 PM. The New York City Premiere of WHEN I RISE, directed by Mat Hames, immediately followed a special performance by master percussionist Larry McDonald, Drum Fusion Records. Founder/president Roberto Rizzo and New York City Commissioner on Human Rights Patricia L. Ga...

New York City International Film Festival To Debut in Times Square

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Times Square may have dodged a car bomb, but now another explosive event is being planned for New York's theater district that's sure to go off. Expect sizzle and smoke August 12 to 19, 2010, when the New York City International Film Festival gets its launch in tourism ground zero. I just came back from two hours with the man who's behind the plot. Manhattan already has the New York Film Festival and the Tribeca and Gen Art -- whoops, not Gen Art -- and 50 or so other movie pageants, but ...

An Interview with New York City International Film Festival Founder Roberto Rizzo

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By Maria Esteves - June 1, 2010 Presenting characters that overcome life's difficulties, filmmaker Roberto Rizzo (RR) is founder of the New York City International Film Festival (NYCIFF). Rizzo's passion for film began at the age of four, is writer, producer, director of Trust Me, Couples, Fascination, and Connecticut Cooking & Conversation, founded Vesuviano Pictures, has appeared in 13, 30 Rock, My Father's Will, New Amsterdam, and others. RR has performed many interviews and several ...

55th Annual OBIES Cocktail Party Photos

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By: Maria Esteves - May 27, 2010 The 55th Annual OBIES Cocktail Party preceded the ceremony at Webster Hall, New York, Monday, May 17, 7:00pm. Presented by The Village Voice and Stella Artois, the OBIES (abbreviation for Off-Broadway) co-hosted by Tony Award winners Michael Cerveris and Anika Noni Rose honors Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway theater achievements of 2009-2010.  Theater professionals, past Obie winners and nominees celebrated a private cocktail reception with exquisite h'ord...

New York City International Film Festival/fest21.com

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Roberto Rizzo is proud to announce the New York City International Film Festival.By creating the NYCIFF, Roberto's purpose is to help new, existing, talented and emerging filmmakers from all over the world to have the opportunity to showcase their film in a New York City setting. The NYC International Film Festival debuts and will run from August 12 to 19, 2010. Roberto Rizzo being a filmmaker himself, knows the obstacles that indie filmmakers  go through to have the opportunity to show their f...

New York City International Film Festival

We would like to invite you and your company to participate in our New York City International Film Festival. We are very interested in young & talented Filmmakers from USA, EUROPE, ASIA and around the world to showcase their films in New York City. August 12 to 19, 2010 Be an important part of this Red Carpet Event in New York City www.NYCIFF.com

N Y C Films Festival (New York films festival)

NYC FILMS FESTIVAL August 12th to 19th, 2010 Submissions open November 2nd 2009 GENERAL The mission of the NYC Films Festival is to help new talented filmmakers to reach the best possible audience for their work. Since submission of a film constitutes acceptance of these Entry Rules & Regulations (by filmmakers and their agents), please review this document carefully. CATEGORIES: ◦ Narrative Feature Films ◦ Narrative Short Films ◦ Documentary Films DEADLINES & ENTRY FEES NOVEMBER 2, 2009 Submissions open Earlybird deadline November 3 to January 4, 2010 = Features 60 minutes up $ 25 Earlybird deadline November 3 to January 4, 2010 = Shorts up to 30 minutes $ 15 OFFICIAL ENTRY DEADLINE January 4th to April 30th 2010 Features 60 minutes up $ 30 January 4th to April 30th 2010 Shorts up to 30 minutes $ 20 LATE DEADLINE May 1st to June 30th, 2010 Features 60 minutes up $ 50 May 1st to June 30th 2010 Shorts up to 30 minutes $ 30 **ENTRY FEES ARE IN US DOLLARS, PER FILM AND NON-REFUNDABLE. NOTIFICATION DATE: Filmmaker will be notified by email, phone or fax approximately July 10th 2010 OPENING GALA August 12 closing August 19th 2010 COMPLETION DATE No Requirement for completed by date PLACE OF ORIGIN Projects may originate from anywhere in the world NON-ENGLISH LANGUAGE FILMS Must have English subtitles PREMIERE STATUS No premier requirement DISTRIBUTION STATUS Projects may have distribution HOW TO ENTER Apply online at http://www.NYCFilms.com or via http://www.fest21.com and mail all required entry materials (see below) ENTRY MATERIALS 1) Entry form copy 2) Copy of payment by credit card. 3) 1DVD of the film, formatted for Multi-zone or for Zone 1 (North America) labeled with the work's Title, Running Time, Director(s) name(s) Please do not put adhesive labels on the disc unless it is a professional output job (if burning yourself, use a permanent marker to write all the information. ** ENTRY MATERIAL WILL NOT BE RETURNED ** MULTIPLE ENTRIES Each entered work must be accompanied by its own entry form and by a separate DVD IF YOUR WORK IS SELECTED You must fulfill the following requirements by the date(s) designated by the Festival upon invitation: (1) You will be required to execute a release and agreement wherein you (i) accept responsibility for obtaining any and all clearances necessary to exhibit your film at the NYC Films Festival, warrant that you have the rights necessary to exhibit your film at NYC Films Festival indemnify and hold harmless NYC Films, LLC at its affiliates against any claim arising out of exhibition of your film at NYC films Festival. (2) You will be responsible for delivery of the exhibition copy of the invited work in one of the Exhibition Formats specified below to the address designated by the Festival. The Festival will arrange and cover the cost of the return shipping of your print or video after the conclusion of the Festival. We recommend shipment via courier in order to permit the tracking of your entry once it leaves your hands. • We exhibit in 35mm, 16mm and HDCAM. • Due to our limited capacity to project 16mm, the Festival reserves the right to request that work originally in that format be supplied to us in HDCAM. • Films in competition will be required to provide a second exhibition copy to accommodate juror screenings. • The Festival may request additional exhibition copies to allow for multiple screenings at more than one venue. (3) You will provide a properly completed and signed official NYC FILMS “Film Information Form” including all press and publication assets as specified in the “Materials Checklist” (4) You will provide at least one DVD copy of the finalized and completed film for Festival archives. FESTIVAL SECTIONS Films invited to participate in the NYC FILMS FESTIVAL will be shown in the section Festival programmers determine most appropriate in their sole discretion. In Competition: World Narrative Features *Open to works from all regions. *Eligible for: Best Narrative Feature, Best New Documentary Filmmaker, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress. World Documentary Features • Open to works from all regions. • Eligible for: Best Documentary Feature, Best Director. Shorts (narrative and documentary - under 30 minutes) • Eligible for: Best Narrative Short, Best Documentary Short, and Student Visionary Award. • Student short films must be produced through an accredited educational institution. • Shorts will play either in a shorts program or before a feature film. AWARDS • Unless otherwise agreed to by Festival programmers in writing, awards will be given to the winning film director (as identified in the Film Information Form). • Award eligibility is subject to any restrictions or conditions imposed by applicable laws and regulations (international, federal, state or otherwise), and the award recipient is responsible for all applicable taxes, customs, tariffs, insurance and similar charges or costs (if any). • All new feature-length works are eligible for the “Audience Award” regardless of section. • All feature-length shot in NYC are eligible for the “Best New York Narrative” and “Best New York Documentary” awards. (Must be at least a NY premiere.) • 2010 Awards listed in the above Festival sections are subject to change. SHIPPING ADDRESS All submissions must be sent prepaid (including any applicable customs fees) to: NYC FILMS c/o Roberto Rizzo Attn: ENTRIES – “Film Title” – SHORT or FEATURE (Label appropriate category on outside of package) 1 UNIVERSITY PLACE 9C New York, NY 10003 USA

Trust Me

Director: Roberto Rizzo.
A six degree of separation story, where Ponzi scheme's, drug dealing, and money laundering all meet in a disloyal world of betrayals. Thomas, a white collar Ponzi schemer has a particular way to meet his clients, or better put his prey. A very charming good looking man, well spoken with kind manners betrays his clients with false promises of very good returns on their investments. Thomas runs into problems when he can’t back up his promises any longer. In order to keep his schemes going he needs to do something else to get more cash, and nothing better than money laundering. Thomas creates a money laundering system based on fake donations to different “Charities” all over Manhattan. With the help of his best friend, Al Genovesse, an associate of a prominent Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, Thomas is introduced to the underworld of business fraud and Mafia bosses. One of Al's referrals is Johnny Bramanti, a film producer who runs into trouble when a mafia boss, Michael Dileo, asks him to clean twenty million dollars from a drug deal. Johnny tries to refuse Michael’s offer as a silent partner in his movie business, telling him he needs to “think about it.” Very upset and violent, Michael reminds Johnny that ten years ago he helped him with some money to start his Sexy Films Production, and without “thinking “The money was ready to help. Johnny is literally against the wall and has no other alternative than to help Michael and clean the twenty million dollars for the sake of his life. Johnny wants to nail Michael but he has no proof; the money laundering won’t be enough because he knows that Michael has the best lawyers and always walks free of any charges at the increasing frustration of the DA’S office. Johnny’s only possibility comes when Michael wants to have his young mistress and prisoner, Brigitte, as a star in one of his movies. Johnny uses her to find the proof he needs to put Michael away for good. Her desperate pursuits of the evidence that will make her free, becomes very far reaching and looks more like an impossible task. Frustrated, she tries to escape, but, it proves an unsuccessful move.

Trust Me

Director: Roberto Rizzo.
A six degree of separation story, where Ponzi scheme's, drug dealing, and money laundering all meet in a disloyal world of betrayals. Thomas, a white collar Ponzi schemer has a particular way to meet his clients, or better put his prey. A very charming good looking man, well spoken with kind manners betrays his clients with false promises of very good returns on their investments. Thomas runs into problems when he can’t back up his promises any longer. In order to keep his schemes going he needs to do something else to get more cash, and nothing better than money laundering. Thomas creates a money laundering system based on fake donations to different “Charities” all over Manhattan. With the help of his best friend, Al Genovesse, an associate of a prominent Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, Thomas is introduced to the underworld of business fraud and Mafia bosses. One of Al's referrals is Johnny Bramanti, a film producer who runs into trouble when a mafia boss, Michael Dileo, asks him to clean twenty million dollars from a drug deal. Johnny tries to refuse Michael’s offer as a silent partner in his movie business, telling him he needs to “think about it.” Very upset and violent, Michael reminds Johnny that ten years ago he helped him with some money to start his Sexy Films Production, and without “thinking “The money was ready to help. Johnny is literally against the wall and has no other alternative than to help Michael and clean the twenty million dollars for the sake of his life. Johnny wants to nail Michael but he has no proof; the money laundering won’t be enough because he knows that Michael has the best lawyers and always walks free of any charges at the increasing frustration of the DA’S office. Johnny’s only possibility comes when Michael wants to have his young mistress and prisoner, Brigitte, as a star in one of his movies. Johnny uses her to find the proof he needs to put Michael away for good. Her desperate pursuits of the evidence that will make her free, becomes very far reaching and looks more like an impossible task. Frustrated, she tries to escape, but, it proves an unsuccessful move.

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