Founder Jorge Ballos, one of New York’s top talent agents, announced the launch of the first SoHo International Film Festival, which will run February 18-21, 2010 in the heart of SoHo, New York City. This new festival will celebrate the cutting-edge of digital technology while honoring traditional forms of storytelling with a presentation of at least twelve feature films, in and out of competition categories. In addition, the festival will host filmmaking panels and workshops and nightly after-parties. Leading figures of the film industry as well as local film enthusiasts are expected to attend the unique, four-day February event.
“By enticing filmmakers, journalists and cineastes from America and around the globe with a strong slate of domestic and international films, we expect to draw audiences to this side of the city, known for its artistic community and cultural sophistication,” stated Ballos. “It is our way of helping boost the profile, the sense of pride, and the economy of the local community and the city itself.”
Co-founder Luis Pedron added, “We’re getting a lot of strong foreign film submissions that should make our festival a distinguished international showcase. In addition, we’ve received a good number of wonderfully original shorts and indie features from American filmmakers. We’re quite pleased, especially given the limited time and the fact that we’re still a new festival.”
Soho International Film Festival is still open to receiving submissions for full-length features, shorts, works-in-progress and student films. For more info, e-mail: email@example.com or call 212-997-9371. For submissions, click on: http://www.withoutabox.com/login/8365. The final deadline for all entries is December 31, 2009.