FEST: Festival Cinema Invisible’s International Film Fest @ Proctors This Weekend

Festival Cinema Invisible’s International Film Festival is the only upstate New York film festival that showcases films exclusively from and about the Middle East and Northern Africa. The sixth annual celebration brings together cinema enthusiasts and filmmakers to discover the best “invisible cinema.”

Held at Proctors’ GE Theatre in Schenectady from 10am-9pm on Saturday (April 22) and 10am-7pm on Sunday (April 23), the festival will screen 58 feature-length and short films selected from more than 1,450 submissions representing nearly 100 countries, including Afghanistan, Belgium, Egypt, Germany, Iraq, Iran, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkey, Pakistan, Poland and the United States.

The line-up of films features seven world premieres, as well as nine North American premieres, eight U.S. premieres, 30 regional premieres and four festival premieres that have never been screened in Greater Nippertown.

Several of the directors will also be on hand to speak about their films, including Daby-Zainab Faidhi (“The Black Land”) and Anne Paq and Ala Qandil (“Gaza: A Gaping Wound”).

Tickets for the festival are currently available, priced at 10 per screening session; $25 for a one-day pass; $40 for a full-festival, two-day pass.

ALBANY WORD FEST @ various locations, Albany & Troy, April 17-22
ALBANY IMPROV FESTIVAL @ the Upper Room, Albany, April 22 & 23
MOVE MUSIC FESTIVAL @ various locations, Cohoes, Troy & Albany, April 27-29
ALBANY TULIP FESTIVAL @ Washington Park, Albany, May 13 & 14, FREE
FREEDOM FEST 2017 @ Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park, May 20
FLY 92.3’s SUMMER JAM 2017 @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, June 3
A TASTE OF COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL @ Hunter Mountain, Hunter, June 9-11
BIKES, BREWS & BBQ @ Wood Park, Lake George, June 10
MOUNTAIN JAM @ Hunter Mountain, Hunter, June 16-18
CLEARWATER’S GREAT HUDSON RIVER REVIVAL @ Croton Point Park in Croton-on-Hudson, June 17 & 18
SOLID SOUND @ MASS MoCA, North Adams, June 23-25
FREIHOFER’S SARATOGA JAZZ FESTIVAL @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, June 24 & 25
COUNTRYFEST 2017 @ Schaghticoke Fairgrounds, Schaghticoke, July 8
GREY FOX BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL @ Walsh Farm, Oak Hill, July 13-16
FRESHGRASS @ MASS MoCA, North Adams, September 15-17
JAZZ AT THE LAKE @ Shepard Park, Lake George, September 16 & 17, FREE

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