Film Fest 2024


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Submissions have ended for THE ARTISTS FORUM FESTIVAL OF THE MOVING IMAGE: 2024 (#theartistsforumfilmfest). This 9th annual international film festival is a juried competition, open to innovative filmmakers with unique perspectives seeking to gain exposure in the formidable New York City and international arts and media markets.

Our 2024 Competition Theme: TECHNO-FEUDALISM*.
See our submission site for competition theme details, submission categories, and our Rules & Terms for eligibility. *While submissions aligned with our theme are preferred, we have also accepted non-theme related works.

Our 2024 Film Festival will be held October 17th – 18th in New York City.


Each submission, reviewed by a panel of industry professionals, will be rated upon its individual merits. Finalists in each category will be judged against one another and a winner declared. Please see Rules & Terms for eligibility.

Award recognition will be given at a ceremony in New York City, alongside screenings of selected films. In the case of COVID-19 restrictions, our award ceremony will be conducted online and then televised on Manhattan cable stations shortly thereafter.

All finalists will be considered for a MEET THE ARTISTS video profile and promoted on our online platforms.

Winners will be considered for a formal studio or Zoom interview with host to be promoted via THE ARTISTS FORUM TELEVISION – a 20+ year arts based television program broadcasted from mid-town Manhattan in New York City.

THE ARTISTS FORUM INC., now in its 25th 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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Mary Lou Belli

Two-time Emmy award-winner Mary Lou Belli has directed television for 30+ years. Through teaching, she supports many diversity programs in her field. She’s co-authored four books on film and served two terms as co-chair of the DGA Women’s Steering Committee. Currently, she is a Governor at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.


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 School of Visual Arts. In addition to her professorial work at William Paterson, Ashley is a freelance animator working for clients such as AMC, Viacom, Fast Co., Hudson Media, and CBS.


Martha Gorzycki

Martha is an award winning animator, filmmaker and media artist, experimenting in digital animation and new media. Her work screens globally in festivals, galleries, on LED billboards, as outdoor projections and online. She has produced animation for more than 30 years and teaches digital cinema and animation at San Francisco State University.


Stephen Hilyard

Artist/Educator Stephen Hilyard’s work deals with the paradoxical nature of our impulse towards the profound. He often works in extreme locations, including the bottom of an Icelandic lake. 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 and administration executive in the broadcasting, music, and publishing industries. He held senior positions with NBC, RCA Records and Random House. Currently, Henry is the chair of community organizations for the Mount Sinai Hospital System.


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. A Serbian native, 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). After 12 years of teaching film analysis and mentoring screenwriters at Tisch School of the Arts, David currently works at the CUNY Media and Communication Arts Department where he continues to educate aspiring filmmakers.


Jonathan Taub

Jonathan is an Argentinean designer and filmmaker living in New York City. He is involved with many collaborative projects that playfully explore and expose the human condition. Jonathan directed his award-winning film Externo alongside his brother Leandro, winning Best Screenplay at #theartistsforumfilmfest 2021.


Leandro Taub

Argentinean native Leandro Taub is an actor, published author, and public speaker based in NYC. He’s had prominent roles in 15 films including his 45x award-winning film Externo which he directed alongside his brother Jonathan, earning Best Screenplay at #theartistsforumfilmfest 2021.


Amos White V

Amos is an interdisciplinary and 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.


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