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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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


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.

BAY AREA DRONE Film Festival

Our mission is to promote drone education and entertainment to the public, and to drone videographers, photographers, and enthusiasts all over the world. The Bay Area Drone Film Festival will showcase some amazing drone videos and photographs on a huge silver screen in a magnificent 500-seat theater. Our live event will take place on February 28, 2016 at the beautiful AMC Mercado 20 in Santa Clara, CA. Visit http://www.BayAreaDroneFest.com for more information on entering your awesome drone video or photograph.

Bentonville Film Festival

May 3rd-8th, 2015

Founded by Academy Award Winner® Geena Davis and festival co-founder Trevor Drinkwater in 2015, BFF's mission is to encourage content creation in film and other forms of media that reflects the diverse — and half female — world we live in. BFF proactively supports content creation by minorities and women with a platform to showcase their work and, with the help of our partners, is the only film competition in the world to guarantee theatrical, television, digital and retail home entertainment distribution for its winners. The Festival takes place in early May in Bentonville, Arkansas and is research based and commercially driven.