November 6-10, 2013, Tribeca Cinemas, New York City
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BIG APPLE FILM FESTIVAL 2013 NOTABLE ALUMNI

"Life of a King" stars BAFF Golden Apple Award Recipient Cuba Gooding Jr. Set for release in early 2014.

"The Magic Bracelet", winner 2013 BAFF Best Short Film, stars James Van Der Beek, JK Simmons, Bailee Madison, written by Diablo Cody.

"Jake Squared," directed by Howard Goldberg, stars BAFF Spirit of New York Award Recipient Elias Koteas, BAFF Emerging Talent Award Recipient Mike Vogel, as well as Virginia Madsen, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Jane Seymour.

"The Girl on The Train" 2013 BAFF Official Selection, set for release by Monterey Media in 2014.

BIG APPLE FILM FESTIVAL 2012 NOTABLE ALUMNI

BAFF alumni film "Don't Make Me Sing" by Zach Morisson has been selected to play at the Short Film Corner at the Festival De Cannes in France this May. It is one of only 30 student films across the US that received the invitation. Morisson will be doing video blogging about his experience at www.zackmorrison.com

A news article about the selection of "Don't Make Me Sing": The Daily Targum, New Brunswick, NJ

BAFF alumni doc, "Uprising", receives glowing reviews from New York Times, LA Times, New York Post and Rotten Tomatoes.

BAFF alumni, "Indigo Children", to be distributed by Striped Entertainment.

BAFF alumni, "The Hunter" wins the Australian Academy Award for Best Short Animation.

BAFF alumni "Defiant Requiem" (2012 BAFF Best Feature Documentary winner), picked up for distribution by Mercury Media, to premiere April 7 on PBS

Academy Award nomintated filmmaker Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me, Comic Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope, Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden, The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, Mansome). Recipient of the 2012 BAFF Golden Apple Award.

Ex-Girlfriends starring Jennifer Carpenter (Dexter) and Kristin Connolly (The Cabin in the Woods) to be released theatrically and cable on demand by Cinetic/Filmbuff December 2012.

Louisa Krause (King Kelly, Martha Marcy May Marlene, Young Adult, Double or Nothing) Recipient of the 2012 BAFF Emerging Talent Award. Currently starring in King Kelly (released theatrically November 2012).

BIG APPLE FILM FESTIVAL 2011 NOTABLE ALUMNI

"Whisper me a Lullaby" winner of BAFF Best Feature Film Award, starring Christina Vinsick, Jason Downs, and John Heard. Directed by Christina Vinsick. Synopsis: 'If the truth sets you free, will it also bring you peace?' Charlie's bittersweet journey touches on our deepest questions of love, spirituality, and what it really means to be a friend. Visit the Facebook page | Visit the IMDB page

"The Pill" winner of BAFF Cityscape Award, starring Noah Bean and Rachel Boston. Directed by J.C. Khoury. Released theatrically at Quad Cinemas in NYC. The film is now on Cable Movies on Demand and all major VOD platforms

Producer Anthony Bregman - is the 2011 Big Apple Film Festival honorary Golden Apple Award recepient.

Anthony Bregman founded Likely Story in the Fall of 2006, bringing along, from prior company This Is That, his associate and CE Stefanie Azpiazu to head development and production.

Anthony Bregman's producing credits include OUR IDIOT BROTHER, THE ORANGES, DARLING COMPANION, LAY THE FAVORITE, BLONDE, THE AMATEUR AMERICAN, FOXCATCHER, FRANK OR FRANCIS, PLEASE GIVE, THE EXTRA MAN, SYNECDOCHE, NEW YORK, SLEEP DEALE, and CARRIERS.

Bregman's other producing credits include FRIENDS WITH MONEY, the Academy Award-winning ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND, LOVELY & AMAZING, THUMBSUCKER, HUMAN NATURE, THE TAO OF STEVE, THE EX, LUMINOUS MOTION, and LOVE GOD, the world's first digital film. Bregman executive produced THE SAVAGES, and TRICK, and was associate producer on THE ICE STORM, THE BROTHERS MCMULLEN, THE MYTH OF FINGERPRINTS, and ROY COHN/JACK SMITH.

Prior to Likely Story, Bregman was a partner at This is that for 4 years, and spent 10 years as head of production at Good Machine, where he supervised the production and post production of over thirty feature films, including SENSE & SENSIBILITY, EAT DRINK MAN WOMAN, WALKING & TALKING, WHAT HAPPENED WAS., THE WEDDING BANQUET, and SAFE. Bregman teaches producing at Columbia University's Graduate School of Film.

"Time Freak" - official selection of 2011 BAFF, Best Short Film at the Seattle International Film Festival, official selection of the AFI Fest, and 2012 Academy Award nominee. Distributed by Shorts International.

BIG APPLE FILM FESTIVAL 2010 NOTABLE ALUMNI

"The Weird World of the Blowfly" - available on DVD and Blu-Ray from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, ITunes, Best Buy, Netflix and on Demand Cable from Time Warner, Verizon, AT&T, as well as select theaters.

"Hello Lonesome" - nominated for a 2011 John Cassavetes Independent Spirit Award. Will be released on DVD and Netflix in 2012.

"FUNNY, WISTFUL, TRAGIC AND SUSPENSEFUL. A SMALL BEAUTY OF A FILM"
       -Marshall Fine, Huffington Post

"ABSOLUTELY LOVELY-AND UNFORGETTABLE!"
       -Stuart Lee, WNYX-TV

"REID SIMPLY CRAFTS THINGS IN AN IMPRESSIVE WAY."
       - Kate Erbland, Gordon and the Whale

"EMOTIONALLY ORGANIC AND RAW"
       -Don Simpson, Smells Like Screen Spirit

"CONSISTENTLY HILARIOUS, UTTERLY CHARMING."
       - Jefferson Root, Film Radar

Vito Bonafacci - released by CAVU Pictures. Starring Paul Borghese, Tisha Tinsman, William DeMeo, Louis Vanaria, Emelise Aleandri, Carin Mei, Marcantonio Mei, Ercole Ventura, Mike Rizzo, Maria Cofano, Ralph Squillace, and Rev. Richard Dellos.

Harvest - released by Monterey Media. Starring Robert Loggia, Barbara Barrie, Victoria Clark, Arye Gross, Peter Friedman, and Jack T. Carpenter. The film Harvest will be airing on Showtime.

Montana Amazon - 2010 BAFF Best Feature Film award winner. Directed by DG Brock. Starring Haley Joel Osment, Olympia Dukakis, and Alison Brie.

Circus Maximus - Directed by Thomas LaSorsa. Starring Kevin Corrigan, Julian McCullugh, and Mario Cantone. BAFF Alumni "Circus Maximus", starring Julian McCullugh, Kevin Corrigan and Mario Cantone (BAFF Spirit of New York Award recipient), now available on Netflix. Circus Maximus on Netflix

Seducing Charlie Barker - 2010 BAFF Mitchel D. Bernstein NYC Cityscape Award winner. Directed by Amy Glazer. Starring Daphne Zuniga.

Barbershop Punk - 2010 BAFF Best Feature Documentary award winner. New York Times Critic Pick. Directed by Georgia Sugimura Archer. Featuring Janeane Garofalo and Henry Rollins.

Kevin Corrigan - 2010 Golden Apple Award Recipient. A native of the Bronx, New York, Kevin Corrigan has been acting and writing since the age of 15. He made his film debut in Lost Angels (1989) and around that time, when he was just 17, his original play "The Boiler Room" was produced by the Young Playwrights Festival of New York. He has gone on to star in countless independent films and has made quite an impression. Credits include: The Departed, Pineapple Express, Superbad, Chelsea Walls, Big Fan, American Gangster and many more.

Mario Cantone - 2010 Spirit of New York Award Recipient. A high-energy performer with a strong comedic bent, Mario Cantone entered show business as host of the Gotham children's show Steampipe Alley. In that venue, Cantone turned more than a few heads by injecting adult-oriented comedic material into dialogue that evaded the younger set; in the process, he reeled in a substantial audience that transcended age barriers. Taking the success of this assignment as a cue, Cantone then delved headfirst into traditional standup comedy, in such top-tiered venues as Atlantic City, Broadway, and Carnegie Hall, and also ushered in a remarkably successful stage career on and off Broadway, in such varied productions as +The Taming of the Shrew, +Love! Valour! Compassion!, +The Tempest, and +The Crumple Zone. In terms of on-camera work, Cantone is perhaps best known as Anthony Marantino, the flamboyant wedding planner and friend of Charlotte (played by Kristin_Davis), on the blockbuster HBO series Sex and the City (1998-2004) -- a role he reprised in the 2008 big-screen version. Cantone's resumé also includes an appearance in Penn_Jillette and Paul_Provenza's standup documentary The_Aristocrats (2005, delivering one of the more colorful and surrealistic monologues in that production), Charles_Picerni's road comedy Three Days to Vegas (2007), and a voice in the family-oriented animated comedy Surf's_Up< (2007). Cantone returned to the small screen as well, scoring a recurring role on the romantic comedy drama Men in Trees (2006-2008).

Haley Joel Osment - Academy Award Nominee. Haley was chosen for a commercial at age four after a casting director spotted him in a furniture store with his parents. Within months, he had landed a small but memorable role as Tom Hanks's son in Forrest Gump (1994) and a starring role as Edward Asner's grandson on the TV series "Thunder Alley" (1994). His comedy skills were manifest very young, and he followed "Thunder Alley" (1994) with two more sitcoms. Norman Jewison gave him his first leading role on the big screen in Bogus (1996), and he proved completely at ease in this dramatic role. However, it took the smash hit The Sixth Sense (1999) to brand the young actor on the public consciousness. His devastating performance as the haunted Cole Sear brought him an Oscar nomination at age 11 and a memorable tribute at the awards from winner Michael Caine: "Once I learned of your nomination and saw your performance, I knew for sure you would win." Since then, Osment has given an equally powerful performance in Pay It Forward (2000) and A.I.(2001) directed by Steven Spielberg.

Isil Bagdadi - Co-founder/President of Distribution, CAVU Pictures - is a film producer, publicist, marketing & distribution executive. In 2001, Isil and business partner Michael Sergio started CAVU Pictures to produce and distribute cutting-edge, critically acclaimed and award-winning independent films. Isil oversees all of CAVU’s marketing and distribution campaigns. Isil also consults and does PR for the QUAD Cinema, where she helped launch the Four-Wall Select program. Some of the films Isil has produced and/or released over the years include TAKE OUT (Independent Spirit Award nominee), THE REAL DIRT ON FARMER JOHN (winner of over 40 festivals), the controversial Israeli love story THE HOLY LAND (Slamdance film festival winner), THE DUKES (starring Chazz Palminteri, Peter Bogdanovich), the Canadian cult comedy TRAILER PARK BOYS: THE MOVIE (produced by Ivan Reitman), and UNDER HELLGATE BRIDGE (Winner of the first Regal Cinemas Dreammaker Award). Most recently, Isil has been handling publicity for the theatrical release campaigns of the indie rock musical film CLEAR BLUE TUESDAY, and Simone Bitton's controversial Israeli documentary film RACHEL. For more info visit: www.cavupictures.com

Elliot Kanbar - President, QUAD Cinemas - has been involved in film distribution and exhibition since 1972. New York Resident, Manhattan's largest local news magazine, listed Kanbar as one of the TOP 100 NEW YORKERS OF THE YEAR, primarily for his involvement in running the QUAD CINEMA, which is one of the most prestigious and successful art houses in the city. As the President of the QUAD, Kanbar has specialized throughout the years in showing the best independent, foreign and documentary films. He has also gained a well-deserved reputation in the industry for helping young filmmakers without a distributor get started in New York. In March 2010, Kanbar launched a new division called the QUAD CINEMA 4-WALL SELECT program, which is designed to offer the fast growing number of filmmakers without a distributor, or who have chosen to self-release, the exciting opportunity to theatrically launch their films in the vital New York market. Filmmakers have access to a full package, which includes all aspects of the marketing & PR needed to make their films successful.  For more info visit: www.QuadCinemaFourWall.com

BIG APPLE FILM FESTIVAL 2009 NOTABLE ALUMNI

"Breaking Upwards" - 2009 BAFF Best Feature Film Award and Mitchell D. Bernstein Cityscape Award. Premiered at the 2009 SXSW Film Festival. Distributed by IFC Films in 2010.

"Against the Current" - Stars Joseph Fiennes, Elizabeth Reaser, Justin Kirk and Mary Tyler Moore. Opening night feature film 2009 BAFF. Premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. Distributed by IFC Films.

"Schmatta: Rags To Riches To Rags" - premiered at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival. Winner of the 2009 BAFF Best Feature Documentary Award. Released by HBO Documentary Films.

"Love Hurts" - Starring Richard E. Grant, Carrie Ann-Moss, Janeane Garofalo, Jenna Elfman. Distribtuted by Lantern Lane Entertainment

"Abbie Cancelled" - Winner of the 2009 BAFF Best Short Film Award - premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival

"Home is Where you Find it" - Produced by Neal Baer(Executive Producer, "Law and Order:SVU"), winner of the 2009 BAFF Best Short Documentary Award

Aaron Stanford, 2009 BAFF NY Emerging Talent Award Recipient (Male). Appearing in "X-Men", "Tadpole" "Cake Eaters", "Winter Solstice", "The Hills Have Eyes".

Zoe Lister Jones, 2009 BAFF NY Emerging Talent Award Recipient (Female). Appearing in "Lola Versus", "Breaking Upwards", "State of Play", "Salt", "Armless", "NBC's Whitney"

BIG APPLE FILM FESTIVAL 2008 NOTABLE ALUMNI

"The Project" (2008 Slamdance Film Festival Audience Award Winner)

"The Living Wake" (audience award winner, Woodstock Film Festival, Heineken Red Star Award, Cinevegas Film Festival)

"Picture Day" (2008 Student Academy Award nominee)

"Megatron" (winner Palm D'or, Short Film Category, Cannes Film Festival)

"Beyond Wiseguys: Italian Americans and the Movies" (featuring Chazz Palminteri, Stanley Tucci, Susan Sarandon, Jack Valenti, David Chase, Ben Gazzara, Isabella Rossellini and others)

iMurders (starring William Forsythe, Terri Colombino, Frank Grillo, Charles Durning)

Jesse Eisenberg - starring in the film "The Social Network." Academy Award Nominee for Best Actor in a Lead Role and Golden Globe Nominee for Best Actor in a Motion Picture-Drama for the "Social Network." Recipient of the BAFF 2008 NY Emerging Talent Award, Independent Spirit Award nominee for "The Squid and The Whale". Other credits include the film "Zombieland", in which he starred alongside Woody Harrelson, "Rodger Dodger", "The Village" and "Adventureland" which premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. Other recent films include "Solitary Man" in which he co-starred with Michael Douglas, Mary Louise-Parker, Danny Devito and Susan Sarandon, and "Holy Rollers" which is an official selection of 2010 Sundance Film Festival."

William Forsythe - "The Devil's Rejects, "88 Minutes", "Halloween".

BIG APPLE FILM FESTIVAL 2007 NOTABLE ALUMNI 

"Owl and the Sparrow" - Best Feature Film 2007 BAFF, 2007 Independent Spirit Award nominee, 2007 Gotham Award nominee for Breakthrough Director. www.owlandthesparrow.com

"Suffering Man's Charity" - directed by 2007 BAFF Golden Apple Award recipient, Emmy Nominee, and Independent Spirit Award winner Alan Cumming (The Good Wife, X2, The Smurfs, The Anniversary Party), r. www.sufferingmanscharity.com www.alancumming.com

"Chubb Chubb Saves X-Mas" - 2007 BAFF Best Animated Film, 2007 Home Video Release, Sony Pictures. www.sonypictures.com/movies/chubbchubbs/

J. Robert Spencer - director of "Farm Girl in New York ", official selection of the 2007 BAFF, starring in the Tony Award winning Broadway show "Jersey Boys".

Theresa Corrao - Visual Effects Producer/Coordinator, Harry Potter Film Series, Jurassic Park III, October Sky, Sleepy Hollow, Contact, Mars Attack, Jumanji. Director of "Life Lottery", Official selection of 2007 BAFF.

2007 BAFF Keynote Speakers - Peter Goldwyn (Vice President Acquisitions, Samuel Goldwyn Films), Clémence Taillandier (Head of Theatrical Sales, Zeitgeist Films), Brian Chirls (Four Eyed Monsters), Erik Davis (Editor in-Chief, Cinematical.com), Aaron Levine (Gen Art).

BIG APPLE FILM FESTIVAL 2006 NOTABLE ALUMNI

"Everything's Jake" -  Winner 2006 BAFF Best Feature Film. Released in 2007 from Warner Brothers Home Video.

"Searching For Bobby D" - 2006 Big Apple Film Festival closing night film and the winner of the 2006 BAFF "Award for Creative Excellence." Released by Monarch Home Video (www.monarchvideo.com). Stars William Demeo, Sandra Bernhard, Carmen Electra, Tyson Beckford, Mario Cantone .

Ernie Hudson - Recipient of the 2006 Big Apple Film Festival "Golden Apple Award for Lifetime Achievement." Appearing in a variety of productions in 2007 including "Nobel Son" starring Alan Rickman, Danny DeVito, Ted Danson, Mary Steenburgen, Bill Pullman, Eliza Dushku , " Lonely Street" starring Jay Mohr, Paul Rodriguez, Joe Montegna and "All Hat" starring Rachel Leigh Cook (attached) and Keith Carradine .

David Paterson - Short film "Fragments", official selection of the 2006 Big Apple Film Festival. Writer/ producer on the feature film, "Bridge to Terabithia", based on the legendary children's book, scheduled for release in February 2007 from Walt Disney and Walden Media.

"Home" - received 3 2009 Emmy Award nominations including Best Documentary (Producers Dawn Scibilia and Alan Cooke), Best Photography (Dawn Scibilia) and Best Writing (Alan Cooke). Received the 2009 Emmy Award for Best Writing.

Matthew Miele - Director of the feature film "Everything's Jake." Winner of 2006 Big Apple Film Festival Award for "Best Feature Film." In development on the 2007 project "Eavesdrop" starring Ernie Hudson, Christopher Lawford and Alan Ruck.

BIG APPLE FILM FESTIVAL 2005 NOTABLE ALUMNI

"Love, Ludlow” – 2005 Big Apple Film Festival Honorable Mention Award in the Feature Film Category. Screened at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival. Released by Warner Home Video.

“Stephen Tobolowsky's Birthday Party” – Official Selection of the 2005 Big Apple Film Festival. Screened at the 2005 South By Southwest Film Festival. DVD release in May of 2006.

“Brendan Sexton III” – Winner for Best Male Performance at the 2005 Big Apple Film Festival for the feature film, “Love, Ludlow ”. Scheduled to appear in a variety of productions in 2006 including “The Marconi Brothers”, “The Secret” and “Just Like the Son”.

“Stephen Tobolowsky” – Special guest of the 2005 Big Apple Film Festival. Scheduled to appear in a variety of productions in 2006 including “Blind Guy Driving”, “Loveless in Los Angeles ”, “Boxboarders”, “Pope Dreams” and “Just My Luck”.

“Robert Hawk” – Special guest panelist of the 2005 Big Apple Film Festival. Producer of a variety of productions in 2005 and 2006 including “Ballet Russes”, “Full Grown Men” and “The End of Grace”.

“Tom Quinn” – Special guest panelist of the 2005 Big Apple Film Festival. Head of Acquisitions, Magnolia Pictures.

BIG APPLE FILM FESTIVAL 2004 NOTABLE ALUMNI

“Mass of Angels” – Best Feature Film 2004 Big Apple Film Festival, Grand Jury Prize for Best Feature Film at the 2004 Dead Center Film Festival and Best Director and Best Actress at the 2004 Pocono Mountains Film Festival. Director Jim Riffel is also the author of “The Video Detectives Guide To The Top 1,000 Films of All Time.” Mr. Riffel is in development for a feature film, starring actor Harvey Keitel.

“Intervention” – Honorable Mention in the feature film category 2004 Big Apple Film Festival. Screened in the Tribeca Film Center on Thursday, March 4, 2004, received its New York debut at the Quad Cinema, Saturday, November 15, 2003 as the first film by an Italian-American director, Anton Evangelista, in the New Italian Cinema Events (N.I.C.E.) Film Festival and in conjunction with the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), WINNER of the JURY AWARD FOR BEST FILM Appalachian West Virginia Film Festival, BEST DRAMA AWARD and BEST FILM AWARD Philadelphia Video Festival, AUDIENCE AWARD Long Island International Film Expo, BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY AWARD Quintus Montreal Italian Film Festival.

“The Angel Doll” – Directed by Alexander Johnston and featuring actor Keith Carradine. Distributed by Monarch Home Video, screened on Lifetime Television in December 2004.

“Focus Group” – Honorable Mention For Short Film 2004 Big Apple Film Festival. Starring Terry Kinney( “Oz”, “Save the Last Dance”, “The Firm”)

“Hollow” – Winner – Best Short Film 2004 Big Apple Film Festival, October 2004
New York Int'l Independent Film Festival (LA) **BEST HORROR SHORT**, January 2005 CineWomen LA Screening Series, March 2005 Key West IndieFest **AWARD OF EXCELLENCE: SHORT FILM**, Art Hub Gallery Indie Screenings, TUTV (Tufts University TV) Short Film Series, April 2005 Chicago Horror Film Festival, New River Film Festival, Cookies Shorts Film Festival

“About Baghdad” – Winner – Best Documentary 2004 Big Apple Film Festival. Distributed by Arab Film Distribution – received theatrical distribution - screened at over 25 film festivals around the world. - “Manages to present a true diversity of opinion…emotionally and intellectually challenging.”  - NY TIMES

“Last Dance” – Honorable Mention 2004 Big Apple Film Festival. Screened at numerous venues across the country including Washington, Wyoming and New Jersey.

“30 Miles” –Directed by Ronnie Cramer – official selection 2004 Big Apple Film Festival, screened at 30 film festivals around the world, awards include Canadian International Annual Film Festival, Toronto, Ontario (Oct 2004)
Best Student Entry, Best Student Experimental Film, Filmstock International Film Festival, Bedfordshire, United Kingdom (June 2004)Concept Award

 “Once Upon a Time in Brooklyn” – Official Selection 2004 Big Apple Film Festival. Screening as part of the HiLo Film Festival in Oakland, CA, in April 2005.

Joe Killionaire” – Official Selection 2004 Big Apple Film Festival. Recently WON BEST COMEDY at the SEDONA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (a top 20 fest) THE GOLD MEDAL FOR BEST PICTURE, BEST ORIGINAL SCORE AND BEST INTEGRATION OF MUSIC IN A FILM at the PARK CITY UTAH FILM FESTIVAL, and SEAN DAVID MORTON won BEST DIRECTOR out of over 400 films, at the New York International Film and Video Festival. Received a mention on the “Tonight Show Starring Jay Leno”.

“Townies” – Official Selection 2004 Big Apple Film Festival – Screening at the 2005 Arlene Grocery Picture Show in New York City.

“Closure” – Official Selection 2004 Big Apple Film Festival. Additional screenings include: 2/11/05 - Best of African Diaspora Film Festival at Brooklyn Academy of Music, NY

2/20/05 - Pan African Film Festival, Los Angeles, CA

3/26/05 - African American Women in Cinema, NYC, NY

“Are You Feeling Lonely” – Official Selection 2004 Big Apple Film Festival. Screened as an official selection at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival.

“Citizen King” – Official Selection 2004 Big Apple Film Festival. Received a special screening at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival. Screened in 2004 on PBS Television.

“…To Skin A Cat” – Official Selection 2004 Big Apple Film Festival. Received Award for Best Comedy Short at the Memphis International Film Festival.

 

Testimonials from BAFF

"New York City is still the hub of independent film. It's still where the independent spirit lives"

- Academy Award nominated director and BAFF Golden Apple Award recipient Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me, Comic Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope, Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden, The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, Mansome)

"Thank you Big Apple for helping to put "Kevin" on the map. Austin musician Kevin Gant had not performed for 15 years prior to last year's festival run, and theaters like Tribeca Cinemas are the perfect setting and film festivals provide the perfect audience for Kevin's comeback tour. Thanks Big Apple, for helping me introduce "Kevin" to the world."

- Director Jay Duplass (Transparent, Togetherness, Jeff Who Lives at Home, Baghead, Cyrus, The Puffy Chair, Kevin)

"It's hard to imagine a festival more New York than Big Apple."

- MovieMaker Magazine

"In a time when most theaters are running the same homogenized dreck, BAFF is unveiling the upstart visionaries and out-of-left-field artists who remind us that there's a future to filmmaking."

- Producer Anthony Bregman (Our Idiot Brother, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Oranges, Synechdoche, New York The Ice Storm, The Brothers McMullen, Darling Companion, Lay The Favorite)

"The big apple film fesitval plays the films that you hope people will get to see but worry that they won't be able to -- specifically, the ones I have been in."

- Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network, Holy Rollers, Zombieland, Adventureland)

"A festival that supports and promotes homegrown talent."
- Cinematical.com

"Big Apple is a great festival. By showing true, bootstrap independent films, they give support to the filmmakers that need it and deserve it the most."
- Actor, Aaron Stanford (The Cake Eaters, The Hills Have Eyes, X-Men)

"I salute the Big Apple Film Festival for keeping it real""
- Independent Spirit Award nominee Kevin Corrigan.

"The big apple film festival is fabulous. Such a supportive and wonderful showcase for NY filmmakers"
- Actor, Zoe Lister Jones (Lola Versus, Breaking Upwards, Salt, NBC's Whitney)

"Apple of the City's Eye"
- MovieMaker Magazine

Named one of the top "25 Coolest Festivals" and "top 25 Festivals Worth the Entry Fee"
- MovieMaker Magazine

"The Big Apple Film Festival is what a film festival should be: it's not just a market or an excuse for swag, but a place where film, filmmakers and those who love them experience life outside the mainstream. Bravo Big Apple!"

- Emmy Nominee, Golden Globe Nominee, and Independent Spirit Award Winner Alan Cumming (The Good Wife, X2, The Smurfs, Burlesque, The Anniversary Party)

"this film festival celebrates a number of films in all manner of lengths, formats and genres from all around the world"

-Time Out New York

"Congratulations on a job well done.  We enjoyed the programs. "

- Jill Collado, HBO

"What a fantastic experience I had at the Big Apple Film Festival. From the very friendly staff to the excellent quality of films shown to the extremely professional and fun atmosphere of the festival itself, it was a pleasure to be a part of it."

Joshua Nelson, (Writer/Producer of Baby Fat)

"thanks so much for inviting 'blue' to screen at the festival.... I had an amazing time while in nyc and it was a thrill to see our work on the big screen."

-Lauren Schwartz, Director of "Blue"

"Dear Loyal and Wonderful Friend, my movie screening of The Love Addict went really well--no glitches in projection, sound, etc.-- and I spoke well about love addiction during the Q&A. (The bagels, sponsored by Lowel-Light, also went over well.) It went so well that my entertainment lawyer, is funding my way to network with producers at Sundance in Utah January 21-26. I was invited to stay at a producer's house at Sundance, so that's exciting. I'm exhilarated and nervous. Thanks for your terrific support." 

-Megan Paznik, Director of "The Love Addict"

"I just wanted to drop you a line and let you know that I think you put on a great festival. 

I know the massive amount of work and obstacles that are involved with such a project and you should be applauded.   If I can ever help out in any way let me know."

-Jim Riffel, Director of "Mass of Angels"