The 4th edition of the Venezuelan Film Festival New York (VEFFNY) runs this week at theaters in Manhattan and Brooklyn. As the most important event for Venezuelan Cinema outside Venezuela, the festival is a window into Venezuela and it's people through the lens of the country's most important directors. The Venezuelan Film Festival links Venezuelan cinema with a US audience, starting in New York with VEFFNY and continuing to other cities in the United States throughout the year.
The new edition of VEFFNY runs from September 14th to September 18th. On September 14th and 15th, the films play at the Village East Cinema in Manhattan. From the 16th to the 18th, the festival moves to the Syndicated Theater and Restaurant in Brooklyn.
The festival opens with the film El Malquerido, directed by veteran filmmaker Diego Rísquez. Inspired by real events, El Malquerido portrays the life and the career of Felipe Pirela, Venezuela’s bolero legend. Bringing to life this romantic story of success and passion, the film shows Pirela's path from his beginning in the city of Maracaibo to the main stages of The Americas. The film stars Jesus “Chino” Miranda as Pirela.
With an assortment of diverse feature and short films, VEFFNY offers a showcase of current productions by Venezuelan filmmakers. Many of the films are having their U.S. premiere. The festival will also host a special screening of From Afar, which has recently been selected as Venezuela’s official entry to the Academy Awards.
This year, VEFFNY will also present a new award for Best Documentary, in addition to the Best Fiction Film and Audience Award of past year. The festival prize jury is composed of producer Isabel Dávalos, theater director Lauren Reinhard, and art director Marcelo Pont. The jury will present the awards for Best Fiction and Documentary, while the audience attending the screenings will vote for its favorite film.