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Film Works presents:

5th Annual Inwood Film Festival (Postponed)

September 1, 2020 - November 19, 2020

Inwood Film Festival 2020

Join us for a weekend of short films, feature films, seminars, and networking events at the 5th annual Inwood Film Festival to celebrate the diversity of Inwood and the talent of its local filmmakers. THE FESTIVAL HAS BEEN POSTPONED. NEW LATE-SPRING DATE TBD.

The festival includes a special Opening Night Benefit on Friday, March 13, at 6.30pm featuring a special presentation of the Past, Present, and Future of the Inwood Film Festival plus delicious food and beverages from Indian Road Café, Dyckman Beer Company, and ChocNYC.

For a full Festival schedule visit our 2020 Film Festival page.


$15 Single Tickets (On Sale February 17, 2020)
$50 Festival Pass
$85 Pre-Sale Benefit Ticket / $125 Day of Benefit Ticket
$125 Benefit Ticket & Festival Pass (On sale until Festival Passes sell out)

*Special discount for local students. Email info@inwoodartworks for promo code and attach proof of current valid ID.

Festival Events

Friday, March 13, 6:30-10:00pm

Special presentation of the Past, Present, and Future of the Inwood Film Festival!  Featuring the history of Hollywood filmmaking in the ‘hood, award-winning shorts from our previous festivals, an exclusive preview of our 5th anniversary festival, special guest interviews with the inaugural Inwood Filmmaker Fund grantees, and a special “state of the arts address” by local artists with a look to the future of the arts in Inwood.  Plus, an exciting special announcement from Inwood Art Works!

Plus, delicious food from Indian Road Café, refreshing beer from Dyckman Beer Company, delectable desserts by ChocNYC complimented with a champagne toast to celebrate our first five years!

$85 pre-purchase.  $125 day-of, and at the door, if space allows.

Saturday, March 14 and Sunday, March 15

The Red-Carpet Community Room is a hip hub to connect filmmakers and audiences. It is for the exclusive use of all Inwood Film Festival ticketed patrons before and after each screening.  Enjoy a glass of wine from Indian Road Café or a Dyckman Beer and come to connect with neighbors before the show, stay afterward to discuss the films, meet like-minded folk, and hob-nob with local movers n’ shakers.


Saturday, March 14 – 8:05pm – Hear first-hand from local filmmakers Carylanna Taylor and Jacob Akira Okada about how they made their feature film following the presentation of ANYA.

Sunday, March 15 – 6:35pm – Join local filmmaker Dileepan Ganesan for a post-screening conversation about his adventures following the screening of the feature of Sometimes Why.  


Stykz Digital Animation for Kids – Saturday, March 14 – 12:05pm
$25 Lab fee – Laptop provided. Appropriate for 3rd to 6th grade students. (Cap of 15 students).

Dr. Rurik Nackerud will teach you the basics of animation using open source software suitable for Windows or Macs to create your very own animated video short.

Sound Design for Documentary Filmmaking – Saturday, March 14 – 5:05pm (pay-what-you-can)

Learn the ins and outs of designing sound from the pros!  Hosted by Jonathan Bell.

Filmmaking A to Z – Sunday, March 15 – 5:05pm (pay-what-you-can)

Are you interested in creating a film and it’s your first time?  Have you already made a film but are looking for ways to make the process more streamlined?  Here is what you need to know.

Samantha Farinella facilitates the conversation with established filmmakers Erin Greenwell and Megan Rossman on important information that gets overlooked in film schools and can only be learned on the job including: choosing your topic/subject, understanding the basics of pre-production/production/post-production and what they really entail, establishing relationships / picking your team, raising funds, applying to festivals, and more!

Join Inwood Art Works to hear how industry professionals tackle these questions and more (for both narrative and documentary).


Sunday, March 15 – 8:00pm – Following the final screening at approximately 8pm

Join us in the Theater for the announcement of the Inwood Film Festival’s Awards for Excellence in Filmmaking by Manhattan Borough President, Gale A. Brewer.


Saturday, March 14 at 10pm & Sunday, March 15 at 9:00pm at Indian Road Café

Following the post-screening discussion on Saturday and the Award Ceremony on Sunday, join filmmakers, film aficionados, and the Inwood Art Works team at Indian Road Café (600 West 218th Street) to raise a glass to our Inwood community and its vibrant arts scene.


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