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Socially Relevant Film Festival

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Early Bird Tickets

The fifth edition of SR Socially Relevant™ Film Festival New York takes place at Cinema Village in Downtown Manhattan and neighboring venues such as SVA Social Documentary Film Campus and CRS (Center for Remembering and Sharing). The dates of the fifth edition are March 16-22, 2018.

Early Bird Tickets

The films in the offering range from Narrative Fiction Features, Documentary Features, Short films in the fiction and documentary categories, VR/AR and 360 films, and a scriptwriting competition that also offers readings with a cast of actors for the finalist scripts. The winners of each category are awarded special prizes that come in the form of trophies created by Michael Aram, Anet Abnous, and from a number of the film industry and professional partners such as Candy Factory, Cinema Libre Studio, IndiePix, Suncane Now Channel, InkTip, FinalDraft, and others.

A number of workshops and panels complement the film screenings as the educational component of the festival, and these touch upon such topics as editing, distribution, pitching for film projects, filming in New York from the Governor's Office for Film, Low Budget Film Production at SAG-AFTRA, Measuring the social impact of films, and others.

Through its TV access at MNN studios, SR Film Festival offers additional exposure to filmmakers through televised red carpet interviews. 

Spokespersons and guests of SR Socially Relevant™ Film Festival NY include Amy Goodman of Democracy Now, Erin Brockovich, Martin Sheen, Pulitzer Prize and Tony award-winning writer Robert Schenkkan, prolific and best-selling French novelist Marc Levy, Academy Award Nominee and Emmy Award Winner Guy Davidi, American TV commentator and author Gretchen Carlson, and Liaison Officer of Tibet and the Dalai Lama, Kunga Tashi.

SRFF partners with film schools, cultural organizations and representations of foreign consulates and embassies in New York, and socially responsible brands, focusing on specific topics and offering discounted access to their membership. Inquiries are welcome at



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Michael Claes
5 out of 5 stars

Not to be missed

February 10, 2018
This is the Festival's fifth year and it promises many outstanding features, documentaries and shorts. And right now is a great time to get tickets at a great price, both for individual films and for an all-festival pass. Click through to the website or go to As usual, Cinema Village hosts so many important events like this, along with a full schedule of some really outstanding quality films. It is a rare week that I am not there for at least one of their films. Congratulations to Cinema Village for hosting the Socially Relevant Film Festival!

Jill Zheng
5 out of 5 stars

A great festival, not to be missed!

February 7, 2018
SRFF has quickly become the premier film festival in New York focusing exclusively on socially relevant films that deal with a wide range of social issues. The short, documentary and narrative features on offer every year, create a platform for filmmakers whose work would otherwise go unseen. A scriptwriting competition also highlights to date unproduced works and showcases the finalist scripts through readings. An interesting component of the festival is the workshops and industry panels that complement the festival with a rich educational component. I love attending and participating in this festival, and have, in the past screened one of my shorts there. Thank you SRFF! Please keep up the good work.