This is the fourth in a five-part series describing film festivals in the Hudson Valley. The previous post described the Woodstock Film Festival, which concluded on October 16th.
Overlapping by a day with the Woodstock Film Festival was the 4th annual Yonkers Film Festival (YoFiFest), which ran from October 16th thru the 23rd. The Yonkers Film Festival offered over 100 features, shorts, documentaries, animations, music videos, and student projects at a total of six different venues. It included networking events, educational workshops, and receptions and parties, and seemed especially geared to beginning filmmakers eager to network with others and learn more about both the art and the business of filmmaking.
The festival kicked off on Sunday, October 16th, with free showings of Elia Kazan & John Steinbeck’s East of Eden (from 1955) at 1:00PM and Viva Zapata (from 1952) at 3:15PM at the Ossie Davis Theater at the New Rochelle Public Library. The Monday-Thursday schedule featured evening mixes of shorts and documentaries at different locations, with theaters in Bronxville and Pelham each playing host for one night, and Yonkers hosting for two. Friday’s program offered festival-goers a reception, a feature-length film, and an after-party, and Saturday and Sunday offered full programs starting at 10:00am at three venues, all in downtown Yonkers. In general this festival felt loose and folksy, with good access to filmmakers.
Tickets to single films cost $10 each, weekend day passes were $30, with multi-day passes also available at discounted prices, and the premium, seven-day pass going for $150 and including a festival poster and t-shirt.