Press Release


For more information: April G. Joffee, (212) 650-7235

The City College of New York presents the twentieth edition of Cityvisions, the annual international showcase of new thesis films from its MFA Program in Film.  This year, Cityvisions will be held at the Auditorium on Broadway, 1871 Broadway (between 61st and 62nd)in New York City, on Friday, June 1. The festival begins at 4:00 PM (doors open at 3:30) and ends with an award ceremony starting at 9 pm.

“The MFA program at the City College of New York is one of the most diverse and international film schools in the world, which makes Cityvisions a truly international film festival, showcasing innovative work by promising filmmakers from around the globe,” states MFA Program Co-Director Andrea Weiss.   This year, the 19 films being showcased represent work by directors from 10 different countries, including Cote d’Ivoire, Morocco, Guatemala and the Philippines.

The Cityvisions 2018 line-up of short films is a diverse mix of 10 documentaries and 9 fiction films.  They include, to name just a few, a musical set in Chinatown about a girl with dreams of stardom; a documentary portrait of an ex-con from Brownsville, Brooklyn who tries to keep urban youth out of prison; an enchanted tale about an old man holding a funeral for himself in a small, remote Chinese village; and a filmmaker’s heart-rending personal journey to reconcile with her estranged mother in Japan.

The longest running and most established public film school in New York City, the MFA Program in Film at the City College of New York is a small, boutique two-year program focusing on independent filmmaking. We are a culturally diverse filmmaking community, with ready access to the finest talent, locations, and production facilities of New York City.  Unlike other film schools, we equally emphasize documentary and fiction filmmaking genres as vehicles for original storytelling that reflects the human experience.

Previous thesis films from CCNY’s MFA program have gone on to win, in Student Categories, four Oscars, six Oscar nominations, as well as four Emmys.  MFA films have also been invited to prestigious films festivals including Sundance, Cannes, Berlin, Edinburgh, Moscow, Munich, Venice, and South By Southwest.

This year’s Cityvisions Film Festival jury is comprised of Andrew K. Li, a New York-based producer from Hong Kong; Yoruba Richen, an award-winning documentary director best known for “The New Black”; and Rodrigo Brandao , a film distributor with Kino Lorber, Cinema Slate, and now The Intercept where he is Director of Communications.


Admission to Cityvisions 2018 is free. For more information about the event, films and filmmakers, please visit:

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