Film Fest 2022


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THE ARTISTS FORUM FESTIVAL OF THE MOVING IMAGE: 2022 (#theartistsforumfilmfest) returns for its seventh year with new, innovative programming. This year’s festival will showcase 34 films, highlighting our 2022 Competition Theme: REFLECTIONS ON THE NATIONAL PSYCHE.

The 2022 Official Selections have been created by independent filmmakers originating from 15 countries: Canada, China, Croatia, Germany, India, Iran, Israel, Japan, Philippines, Singapore, Spain, Taiwan, Ukraine, United Kingdom, and the United States


Our live screenings will begin October 13 – October 15th at the exclusive Dolby Screening Room NYC  —  a state-of-the-art, ADA compliant screening facility at 1350 Avenue of the Americas at West 55th Street (Lobby Level) in Mid-town Manhattan. Tickets for our live festival event go on sale beginning Friday, September 30th at 7PM on EVENTBRITE.COM

OPENING NIGHT: Oct. 13 Showtimes: 7 – 9PM. Doors Open at 6:30PM
FRIDAY NIGHT: Oct. 14 Showtimes: 7 – 9PM. Doors Open at 6:30PM
CLOSING NIGHT: Oct. 15 Showtimes: 6 – 10PM. Doors Open at 5:30PM

Online festival screenings beginning October 16 through through November 27, 2022. Tickets go on sale Sunday, October 16th at 12AM on VIMEO.COM


This year, Filmmakers were challenged to interpret our theme: REFLECTIONS ON THE NATIONAL PSYCHE.

The term “national psyche” refers to the collective thinking or attitude of a nation as a whole, and is not specific to any individual nation. This idea can be applied to or in contrast with any cultural ideology. We’ve divided the selections into 3 programs of shorts and 2 programs long-form films highlighting different aspects of our theme.


2022 Festival Jury: C.J. Arellano, Ashley Gerst, Martha Gorzycki, Stephen Hilyard, Henry Kanegsberg, Lee Milby, Djordje Radovanovich, David Ranghelli, Jonathan Taub, José Carlos Teixeira, Jonathan Ullman, Amos White V, Ty Whittington-Scott, and Vitkor Witkowski.

Volunteer opportunities are available for this years live event. For information about positions, click here.

THE ARTISTS FORUM INC., now in its 24th year, is a New York City based non-profit arts service organization specializing in events, juried competitions, and media for artists.

Its FESTIVAL OF THE MOVING IMAGE is the organization’s flagship program, and provides an unparalleled platform for emerging and mid-career filmmakers to share their stories with the world’s creative, media, and film communities.

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C.J. Arellano

C.J. has won awards at many festivals including #theartistsforumfilmfest 2021 and was one of the Top 25 Screenwriters to Watch by the ISA. He’s directed commercial video (The Second City, Motorola, McDonald’s) and was an editor for the 2020 Biden for President campaign.


Ashley Gerst

Ashley Gerst is a 2D and 3D animator living in Brooklyn NY. She holds a BFA in Digital Arts from Cleveland Institute of Art and an MFA in Computer Art from SVA. A Professor at William Paterson, Ashley is also a freelance animator (AMC, Viacom, Fast Co., Hudson Media, CBS).


Martha Gorzycki

Martha is an award winning animator, filmmaker and media artist. Her work screens globally in festivals, galleries, on LED billboards, as outdoor projections and online. She’s produced animation for 30+ years and teaches digital cinema and animation at SFSU.


Stephen Hilyard

Artist/Educator Stephen Hilyard’s work deals with the paradoxical nature of our impulse towards the profound. His work has been supported by The Huntington Library, The Harpo Foundation, The American Scandinavian Foundation & The McKnight Foundation.


Henry Kanegsberg

A graduate of Ithaca College, Henry received his MBA from NYU and is a former finance executive in the broadcasting, music, and publishing industries. He’s held senior positions with NBC, RCA Records, and Random House. He is chair of community organizations for Mt Sinai Hospital.


Lee Milby

Lee Milby is a New York-based director and artist known for creating unique and highly conceptual videos. Featured in both domestic and international publications, Lee’s ability to bring out the individual energy and style of each artist and brand makes for timeless, original content.


George Radovanovich

George is an independent scholar with a focus on research and writings on art and cultural criticism. Originally from Serbia, George received his US citizenship in 1995 while studying at New York’s School of Visual Arts, earning his BFA in Film and MFA in Computer Arts in 1997. 


David Ranghelli

David studied filmmaking at Brooklyn College (BA), and Comp. Lit./ Cinema Studies at NYU’s GSAS (MA, MPHIL). Previously, David taught film analysis at Tisch School of the Arts. Currently, he works at the Media and Communication Arts Dept. at CUNY, educating aspiring filmmakers.


Jonathan Taub

Jonathan is an Argentinean designer and filmmaker living in NYC. He’s involved with many collaborative projects that explore and expose the human condition. Jonathan directed his film Externo with brother Leandro, winning Best Screenplay in #theartistsforumfilmfest 2021.


José Carlos Teixeira

José is an award-winning artist, filmmaker, researcher, and educator from Portugal. His work has exhibited internationally in major museums, galleries, and film fests. As a Fulbrighter, he holds an MFA from UCLA, and was in residency at Akademie Schloss Solitude, among others.


Jonathan Ullman

Jonathan is a NYC-based independent filmmaker.  He wrote, directed, and produced his debut feature Trouble In The Heights (Viva Pictures), garnering two Imagen Award noms for Best Picture and Best Actor.  His film on Paradise Garage and DJ Larry Levan is in development.


Amos White V

Amos is an inter-disciplinary multimedia artist, event producer, and exhibit designer. A graduate of the College of Human Ecology at the University of Maryland, College Park, Amos bridges his passion for the arts and human relations with the formation of THE ARTISTS FORUM.


Ty Whittington-Scott

Ty is an award-winning screenwriter, director, and producer. Her films include, Parker & Angel (a Best Actress & Audience Award winner at #theartistsforumfilmfest 2018),  Divine Decree, Counterblow, and LaLa Land. She’s the founder BossChics Films.  A native NYer, Ty lives in LA.


Viktor Witkowski

Viktor is a Polish-born German-raised painter/filmmaker. After graduating from HBK Braunschweig with a combined Master’s in Studio Art, Art History, and Art Ed, he immigrated to the US to earn his MFA in Visual Arts from Rutgers. He lectures at Dartmouth’s Studio Art Dept.


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