New Directors/New Films Festival
|Location||New York City, New York, U.S.|
The New Directors/New Films Festival is an annual film festival held in New York City, and organized jointly by the Museum of Modern Art and the Film Society of Lincoln Center. Established in 1972, the Festival generally selects films from first-time directors, some of whom have become renowned in their later careers.
- "About". New Directors/New Films. Archived from the original on 2015-02-18.
Pedro Almodóvar, Kelly Reichardt, Atom Egoyan, Spike Lee, Richard Linklater, Sally Potter, John Sayles, Steven Spielberg, Wim Wenders, and Wong Kar Wai, for example, were all featured by New Directors/New Films early in their careers.
- Dargis, Manohla (March 23, 2015). "New Directors/New Films Festival Highlights Bold Narrative Experiments". The New York Times.
As the calendar grew crowded — early-year events like the Sundance Film Festival and South by Southwest suck up a lot of talent and interest now — New Directors at times struggled for relevancy and a slate strong enough to justify its week-plus run. In recent years, though, it has again staked its claim partly by trading in global comprehensiveness for more focused and astringent programming.
- Cox, Gordon (February 20, 2014). "New Directors/New Films Sets Full Slate, Opening with 'A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night'". Variety.
- "New Directors/New Films 2015". Slant. March 15, 2015.
The festival, in the past, has taken knocks for its ostensible stretching of the word "new"—for not exclusively limiting its lineup to works by first-time filmmakers. And it's tempting to consider that this year's selection committee has heeded such gripes, as only a handful of the directors represented in this year's lineup have previous feature films under their belts,