Where Amazing Movies Come Together

AMC is home to many movie festivals across the country. We’re proud to bring people together for the common goal of celebrating great films.

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Urbanworld Film Festival

September 23-27, 2015 | AMC Empire 25 | New York, NY

The Urbanworld Film Festival, founded in 1997 by Stacy Spikes, is the largest internationally competitive festival of its kind. The five-day festival includes narrative features, documentaries, short films, spotlight screenings and events, live staged screenplay readings, the Urbanworld Digital track focused on digital and social media panels and workshops, and Urbanworld Music, which highlights emerging talent in live performances during after party events. Over the last 18 years, Hollywood studios, indie film distributors, and established and emerging filmmakers have consistently chosen Urbanworld® to premiere box office and award-winning hits. Urbanworld has also provided a platform for some of today's leading brands seeking to reach key influencers across the industry and within the consumer marketplace. The Urbanworld Film Festival is an initiative of the Urbanworld Foundation Inc., a nonprofit organization that endeavors to consistently manifest its mission of redefining and advancing the presence and impact of the multicultural community in cinema and cross-platform media. By implementing initiatives that actively support and develop content creators of color, Urbanworld significantly contributes to the evolution of the media and entertainment landscape and the diversity that it reflects. Gabrielle Glore serves as Festival Director & Head of Programming for Urbanworld. The festival website is www.urbanworld.org

The DC South Asian Film Festival

September 25-27, 2015 | AMC Loews Rio Cinemas | Gaithersburg, MD

The DC South Asian Film Festival (DCSAFF), presented by Ceasar Productions is the most celebrated film festival screening feature, documentary and short films made from, of, and about the Global South Asian Community. The Festival is committed to screening Independent films. All films have English Subtitles. The 4th Annual DC South Asian International Film Festival will take place from September 25-27, 2015 at the AMC Loews Rio Cinemas, Gaithersburg, MD.

Sept 25 – Opening Night Red Carpet, Movie, and Gala

Sept 26 – Workshops, Movies, Party/Karaoke Night

Sept 27 – Workshops, Movies, and Closing Night Awards Gala

Please visit: www.dcsaff.com for more information.


September 16-December 2, 2015 | AMC River East 21 | Chicago, IL

ASIAN POP-UP CINEMA is the signature series of SOPHIA’S CHOICE, a new Chicago not-for-profit arts organization under the direction of Chicago-based, Hong Kong-bred cultural entrepreneur Sophia Wong Boccio. SOPHIA’S CHOICE was started here with the ambitious multiple mission of: cultivating the general public’s interest in Asian culture via film; connecting the Asian film industry with local industry for both professional and educational exchanges; and promoting Chicago as a destination for Asian film companies. All of the above programs will serve as the incubator for the First Chicago Asian Film Festival, to be launched in tandem with the Chinese New Year holiday in 2017.

For more info, visit www.asianpopupcinema.org

Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival

October 8 - 18, 2015 | AMC Pacific Place 11 | Seattle, WA

All your celluloid dreams will bloom at the 20th anniversary celebration of the Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival! With a glamorous opening night party and a wild and provocative collection of films from around the world, get ready for new and exciting stories in LGBT cinema.

Held annually in October, the Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival has grown into the largest event of its kind in the Pacific Northwest, gaining industry and audience recognition for showcasing the latest and greatest in queer film, from major motion picture premieres to emerging talent. An important venue in the Seattle film scene—and the social event of the season—the festival provides unique opportunities for visiting and local filmmakers to engage and entertain over 10,000 attendees.


September 28 - December 1, 2015 / AMC Mountainside & AMC Monmouth Mall / Mountainside & Eatontown, NJ

New Jersey’s own Arthouse Film Festival is celebrating its 25th year! This year, the festival will open with “Freeheld” starring Julianne Moore, Ellen Page, Steve Carell and Michael Shannon. Written by Oscar-winning screenwriter Ron Nyswaner (“Philadelphia”), it is based on the heartbreaking true story of New Jersey police detective Laurel Hester (Moore), and predicted to be in the thick of this year’s Oscar race. The fest is planning post-screening discussions with talent from the film. Arthouse Film Festival has hosted 1,687 movie premieres with 1,079 live guest appearances over the past 24 years. Oscar winners and nominees Danny Aiello, Alan Arkin, James Cromwell, Frank Darabont, Jesse Eisenberg, Ethan Hawke, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Melissa Leo, Viggo Mortensen, Chazz Palminteri, John Sayles, Aaron Sorkin, Fisher Stevens and David Strathairn have joined Dylan Baker, Jim Breuer, Famke Janssen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Derek Luke, Mary Stuart Masterson, David Morse, Connie Nielsen, Joe Pantoliano and Kevin Smith as guest speakers. If you are not one of the thousands of New Jersey film buffs who have attended, then just imagine seeing a festival-winning gem before release to the public, then the lights come up, and there in front of you are the creators of the film, ready to answer questions and discuss their work. The program will always be flexible in order to take advantage of opportunities as they arise. Wonderful surprises and fantastic celebrities can pop up out of nowhere, so we try to keep the schedule as fluid as possible. Seven of the films we premiered before public release last year went on to receive a total of 18 Oscar and European Film Award nominations. For information or to register, visit: www.ArthouseFilmFestival.com or call 732-870-6012.

Talk Cinema Westchester

October 13, 2015 | AMC LOEWS PORT CHESTER 14 | Port Chester, NY

See www.talkcinema.com for schedule and details

Harlan Jacobson’s Talk Cinema is America’s longest running national film series of sneak previews – founded in 1992 by film critic Harlan Jacobson to give audiences the experience of attending a film festival the way critics do – without any preconceived ideas and with the fun of discovering the next great movie, director or actor.

Surprise is part of the fun -- the title is not divulged until audience members enter the theatre. See the best new independent cinema in advance of its theatrical release followed by post-screening discussions with directors, screen writers, scholars and critics.

Blue Whiskey Independent Film Festival

July 24 - 31, 2016 | Randhurst 12 | Prospect, IL

The Blue Whiskey Independent Film Festival (BWiFF) is a not-for-profit organization seeking bold and innovative films that utilize story elements in a new and exciting way; presenting character-driven independent cinema that is fueled by the filmmaker's passion for the art of storytelling. The festival's judge panel experiences each film for the first time along with a captivated audience over the course of eight days.

For more information, visit www.bwiff.com or call 224-836-4095.