Press Release 2019

Press Release


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

The City College of New York presents the 20th 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, May 31. The festival begins at 4:00 PM and ends with an award ceremony 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 Antonio Tibaldi. This year, the 21 films being showcased represent work by directors from 12 different countries, including Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria, Ghana, Bangladesh, Saudi Arabia and Russia and Taiwan.

The Cityvisions 2019 line-up of short films is a diverse mix of 8 documentaries and 14 fiction films.  They include, the story of a boy experiencing bullying in a school in Taipei, an absurdist comedic drama about a man obsessing over owning a café, a documentary about a woman accused of witchcraft after the death of her son in a small village in Ghana, and a Holocaust-themed black and white short set in 1943, in Miechow, Poland.

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 Jih-E Peng, a Taiwanese cinematographer based in the United States, Fred Riedel, an Emmy-award winning documentary producer and director, and Nanfu Wang a Chinese filmmaker based in New York who won the Grand Jury prize for Documentary Feature at Sundance 2019.

Admission to Cityvisions 2019 is free. For more information about the event, films and filmmakers, please visit: .

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