The First Annual New York City TV Festival (NYCTVF) is set to open on November 2nd, 2018. The festival aims to introduce New Yorkers to the most innovative and new TV programming from around the world. The inaugural NYCTVF event will feature works from France, Iceland, Italy, Russia, and the United States.
Roberto Rizzo, NYCTVF founder says: “A TV Festival is an imperative necessity in this time of the Golden age of TV. NETFLIX has changed the way we interact with television. I created the New York City TV Festival to give new talented filmmakers a place in NYC to showcase their work.”
One third of the films in the festival were produced in New York. Hollie Seidel, director, producer and writer, presents the first episode of a planned three-season show about the relationship between a young New Yorker and her literally mechanical friend.
Keith Marlin, previously known for his work on the Emmy Award-winning series 30 Rock, will premiere his first independent production Tom &The Domme, featuring freedom and controversy in a relationship of a couple. Says Marlin: “I wanted to give a voice to those who feel misunderstood or rejected by simple minded “societal values”.
Artie Brennan and Zene Coley, in their show Black & White, speak of a colorful perspective on the world through these two friends from different backgrounds.
Some films presented at the festival have been already broadcast in the country of origin. The Bolshoi, a story about a provincial girl making her way into the world of the Russian ballet, is one of them. Valery Todorovsky, a director known worldwide for his film Hipsters (2008) is seeking recognition of his new production from the international audience. Others, like Tuscan Dirty Fable, are only pilot projects. Giovanni Guidelli, a renown Italian actor, presents his first director’s work. This psychological thriller will bring the viewer to a scenery Italian region of Tuscany and tell a story only the locals know.
What is a festival without an LA production? ‘Pretty Ass White Girl’ and ‘Tinsel’s Town’ will pose the question “Is LA really a City of Angels”?
The New York City TV Festival will be held on November 2-3, 2018, with the Opening Cocktail Reception (Friday, November 2) and the Award Night (Saturday, November 3) happening in Dolby 24, 1350 Avenue of the Americas, New York.