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So Many Films! So Little Time! The Yonkers Film Festival Returns This Weekend

So Many Films! So Little Time!
From 6PM Friday, October 17th to Sunday, October 19th, the Yonkers Waterfront will be transformed into a film-lovers fantasy world. More than 75 films will be screened throughout the three-day event, which takes place at the Riverfront Library in Yonkers, across the street from the train station. Ticket holders will be able to chose among features, shorts, documentaries, animation and student work. 

The festival opens with a Red Carpet Reception on Friday Evening, catered by Chef Peter Kelly and X2O, accompanied by beverages from Slovenia Vodka, Wine in Due Time and Yonkers Brewing Company. The Opening Night Feature is IFC Film’s “God’s Pocket,” which was primarily shot in Yonkers and starring the late Philip Seymour Hoffman and also John Turturro. Members of the production team will be on hand for a short Q & A after the film. On Saturday night, the festival will screen Drafthouse films’  “THE DOG,” the real story of the bank robber in Dog Day Afternoon. Attendees will have the opportunity to see many more features, shorts, documentaries, animation and even a midnight movie, throughout the weekend.  

Saturday and Sunday start with free programs for kids in the morning: G-rated Kid family friendly film selections from KidsFilmFest and fun, educational, film related workshops hosted by the Jacob Burns Film Center. Kids Film Fest selections will be screened on Saturday 10/18 & Sunday 10/19 at 10:00AM in the 1st floor Auditorium Theater and include short animation, live action and documentary film. The films will repeat throughout the morning.

Starting at noon, there are more films, as well as "mini film school" lectures and workshops, including screenwriting (taught by UCLA's co-chairman of their screenwriting department Hal Ackerman, author of the book "Write Screenplays That Sell"), the animation process (with some of the Blue Sky Studios animation team who made Ice Age, Rio and Epic), How To Break Into The Business, a social media marketing workshop and the famous NY Loves Film Road Show, where attendees have the chance to meet the team from the New York State Governor’s Office for Motion Picture and Television Development during a roundtable discussion of all things productive re: producing in New York State – tax credits, location scouting, finding stages and crew, and more.  Whether you’re a first time filmmaker wondering where to start or a veteran producer looking to catch up on the latest, this informal face-to-face Q&A is an invaluable opportunity to Meet Team NY and hear firsthand about all the great things New York State has to offer.  And of course, each night will once again end with one of our famous After-Parties at a nearby restaurant or lounge, offering festival goers a chance to mingle and network with fellow filmmakers and film fans.

Yonkers is quickly becoming “Hollywood on the Hudson, thanks to Dave Steck and Patty Schumann,” noted Mayor Mike Spano, who is “proud that the film festival will return to Yonkers for a second year.”

YoFi Fest is presented in part through the generous support of The City of Yonkers, The Yonkers Film Office,
Westchester County Tourism & Film, AT&T, ASR Group/Domino Sugar, Sound Associates, Generation Yonkers, Empire City Casino, Cross County Shopping Center, Yonkers Tennis Center, Yonkers Contracting Company, The Jacob Burns Film Center, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, KidsFilmFest, Metro-North Railroad, McLean Avenue Merchants Association, Wine In Due Time, Yonkers Brewing Company, X2O, Slovenia Vodka, Zuppa Restaurant and Lounge, Dolphin Restaurant and Lounge, 66 Main Street, Hudson Park, Anna Artuso’s Pastry Shop, The Yonkers’ Downtown BID, Blue Door Gallery and Numeric Pictures.

Visit the Website: to see the screening schedule.