CCNY’s The Americas Film Festival celebrates 11 years

The 11th edition of The Americas Film Festival New York opens on June 13 with the New York premiere of “The Extorsion” Martino Zaidelis at the Instituto Cervantes New York. TAFFNY closes on June 21 with its awards ceremony for short films in competition at the National Museum of the American Indian followed by a special presentation of “Frybread Face and Me” by Navajo/Hopi/Laguna Pueblo filmmaker, Billy Luther.

A cultural initiative of The City College of New York’s Division of Interdisciplinary Studies at the Center for Worker Education, TAFFNY presents eight feature films and more than 25 shorts, celebrating the rich diversity of the stories, languages and cultures of the Americas.  All events are free and open to the public, and all foreign-language films are subtitled in English. Click here for the full program and showtimes.

Juan Carlos Mercado, CCNY’s dean of the Division of Interdisciplinary Studies and TAFFNY’s founder, says of this year’s festival: "As we mark our 11th year, we proudly affirm our status as a beacon of artistry amid the rich cultural tapestry of the city. By selecting these films, we aim to highlight stories often overlooked in mainstream media and to showcase countries rarely featured in major festival lineups, aligning with the mission of CUNY and City College."

The Americas Short Film Competition is dedicated to promoting and exhibiting short audiovisual works by emerging filmmakers that portray the contemporary concerns of filmmakers living in the region. This year, TAFFNY has over 25 short films competing for the Americas Award in Animation, Documentary, Experimental, and Fiction categories.

The jurors of the Documentary and Animation categories include director Catalina Santamaria, professor and radio host David Little, and Fairfield University Professor Sergio Adrada-Rafael. The jury consists of screenwriter and author Andres Lopera-Sanchez, filmmaker Marina Fernandez, and film critic Armando Russi in the Fiction and Experimental categories.

Diana Vargas, TAFFNY’s artistic director, said, “Every year, the filmmakers and their films reflect the endeavors and concerns of their societies. This time, we wanted to emphasize issues such as women's stories of resilience, the power of art as a catalyst for change, and the increasingly powerful voices of native communities demanding visibility. The Americas are home to fascinating and enlightening people and cultures, and TAFFNY’s mission is to bring these to the forefront for New Yorkers to experience—all for free and fun.”

Click here for a list of TAFFNY’s partners and supporters.

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Ashley Arocho


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