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BAMcinemaFest is an annual showcase of American independent film.

The 2016 festival dates are June 15—26.


“The city’s best independent film showcase”
—The New Yorker

Best Film Festival in New York
—The Village Voice

BAMcinemaFest presents the most dynamic and entertaining new films from cinema's brightest up-and-coming talents, plus special repertory screenings, live music, outdoor screenings, filmmaker Q&As, and more. Launched in 2009 as a showcase for new independent films, the annual festival is an extension of the year-round BAMcinématek film program, collecting the most innovative new work from festivals in the US and around the world and bringing them to New York City audiences.

BAMcinemaFest has hosted the New York premieres of such high profile American indies as Lena Dunham's Tiny Furniture, Richard Linklater's Boyhood, James Ponsoldt's The End of the Tour, Sean Baker's Tangerine, the Duplass brothers' Cyrus, Aaron Katz's Cold Weather, Andrew Bujalski's Beeswax, and Matthew Porterfield's Putty Hill, as well as international films, such as Nicolas Winding Refn's Bronson and Valhalla Rising. In 2011, the third critically acclaimed edition hosted 20 New York premieres, including Andrew Haigh's award-winning opener Weekend, Mathieu Amalric's Tournée, Alex Ross Perry's The Color Wheel (named the best undistributed film of 2011 by The Village Voice and Indiewire), Azazel Jacobs' Terri, and Sophia Takal's Green. The 2011 edition of the festival also featured many acclaimed documentaries, including Marshall Curry's Oscar-nominated If A Tree Falls, Asif Kapadia's Senna, the world premiere of Charlie Ahearn's Jamel Shabazz: Street Photographer, Marie Losier's The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye, Don Argott and Demian Fenton's Last Days Here, Tristan Patterson's SXSW Jury Award-winning Dragonslayer, and much more. 

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BAMcinemaFest 2016

“The city’s best independent film showcase” (The New Yorker) returns for its eighth year.

Jun 15—Jun 26, 2016
BAMcinemaFest 2015

“The city’s best independent film showcase” (The New Yorker) returns for its seventh year.

Jun 17—Jun 28, 2015
Film Festival
BAMcinemaFest 2014

In its sixth year, this annual film festival premieres a wide-ranging lineup of new work.

Jun 18—Jun 29, 2014
BAMcinemaFest 2013

New York’s “best independent film showcase” (The New Yorker) presents its fifth annual festival.

Jun 19—Jun 28, 2013
BAMcinemaFest 2012

A showcase for emerging voices in American independent cinema.

Jun 20—Jul 1, 2012