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First Time Fest

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Catch screenings of debut films from 10 rising filmmakers—alongside freshman efforts from now-famous directors like Michael Moore and Peter Bogdanovich—at this festival devoted to new films.

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Access for Two to One Screening or Panel

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  • This festival’s international competition lineup features 10 exciting new films from first-time filmmakers from Germany, Israel, Norway, Slovenia, Sweden and the United States. See these films as they vie for a grand prize of nationwide distribution courtesy of Cinema Libre Studio, decided upon by industry notables and the audience.
  • A selection of now-classic first films by Albert and David Maysles (“Salesman”), James Toback (“Fingers”), Michael Moore (“Roger & Me”), Peter Bogdanovich (“Targets”), Julie Taymor (“Titus”), Frederick Elmes (cinematographer of David Lynch’s “Eraserhead”) and others will also be screened— and these filmmakers will be in attendance.
  • Focusing on the filmmaker’s craft and cinema’s past, present and future, panel discussions of industry experts will cover such timely topics as “From Rock to Score,” “Sell Baby Sell!” and “We Need A Bigger Boat: Producing Independent Cinema.”
  • Panels and festival parties take place at the chic workspace collective NeueHouse, with screenings held at Loews Village VII.

What to know

  • Redeem by: Monday, April 7, 2014
  • This offer is subject to Terms and Conditions
  • Offer is final sale and non-refundable
  • Event tickets are subject to availability
  • Seating is on a first come, first serve basis
  • Please arrive at event venue at least 15 minutes prior to event start time
  • Seats that are unfilled at 15 minutes prior will result in voucher forfeiture
  • Purchaser names will be provided to the vendor for ticketing purposes
  • All screenings, panels and conversations will take place at Loews Village VII or NeueHouse
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  • Valid locations:
    Loews Village VII:
    66 Third Avenue, New York, New York 10003
    110 East 25th Street, New York, New York 10010

About the First Time Fest

Sometimes the first time is indeed the charm. While it’s hard to believe that such accomplished films as “Roger & Me,” “Salesman” and “Eraserhead” weren’t directed by experienced auteurs, they represented the directorial or cinematography debuts of (respectively) Michael Moore, brothers Albert and David Maysles and Frederick Elmes. These three classics will be among the lineup of 21 films (including Julie Taymor’s “Titus” and Jennie Livingston’s “Paris is Burning”) screened from April 3 through April 7 as part of the First Time Fest, devoted to celebrating the work of filmmakers who are at the beginning of their careers.

The centerpiece of the five-day festival (which also features panel discussions of filmmakers and experts discussing their craft) is the lineup of 10 first-time features from around the world by a diverse array of newcomers. At the festival’s conclusion, a panel of industry experts – together with the festival’s audience – will select a winner from among the dozen finalists, with a Grand Prize of nationwide distribution courtesy of Cinema Libre Studio. You’ll be able to say you saw it before everyone else.

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