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The 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World, 2019

The 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World, 2019

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Rooftop Films 

May 17-August 24, 2019 / Brooklyn, New York /

“Talk about a festival punching way above its weight!,” a panelist exclaims. Artistic Director Dan Nuxoll’s baby holds its Summer Series screenings outdoors in “exotic places like hotel rooftops and Brooklyn’s historic Green-Wood Cemetery,” a panelist adds. Rooftop eschews juries and awards in favor of setting aside $1 for every ticket sold and offering cash grants and equipment/service grants to alumni moviemakers. Of its off-beat programming, a panelist explains, “Not every film is for everyone, and that’s exactly why Rooftop is always on my radar. There are always a few films their team digs up that seem to have slipped by unnoticed at other festivals.” Shouting out its “enthusiastic participants and beer-y, mingle-y after-parties,” a panelist lauds the fest’s commitment to “the old-fashioned communal spirit of moviegoing—brought back, here, with a vengeance in this age of algorithmically-bespoke solo cellphone binge-views.”

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    Maria Santagati

    August 1, 2019 at 5:28 am

    The Artis Center in Naples, Fl is really extraordinary. It’s the hub of performing arts, music, and film in Southwest Florida. It’s the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and Boston Symphony all in one – with art and entertainment for all ages. One of the things that impressed me most was the cultural campus for children, with programs for art and music in the form of summer camps, infusing art and music (and the importance of it) at a young age.

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