The 2019 Syracuse International Film Festival will take place on October 10-13. Now in its 16th year, the festival presents films from around the world in a juried competition. The Syracuse International Film Festival is sponsored in partnership with CNY Film Professionals and Syracuse University.
We seek films on any subject. Submissions can be any length, any genre, and can include Feature Film, Feature Documentaries, Animation, Experimental Films, Short Films, Music Videos, and Web Series. Music Videos will be judged based on the creative quality and concept of the visual. For Web Series, filmmakers should submit only ONE episode.
All submissions must have a copyright date of 2017 or later. Judges are professional filmmakers, film critics, and writers.
The competition takes place in the 7-day period from
7 pm, Monday, April 22nd to 7 pm Monday, April 29th.
N. Scott Nomaday: Words from a Bear
When: April 26th @ 6:00PM
Where: ArtRage Gallery 505 Hawley Avenue Syracuse, NY 13203
Admission is FREE!
Words from a Bear examines the enigmatic life and mind of Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Navarro Scott Momaday (pictured center above), one of Native America’s most celebrated authors of poetry and prose. Words from a Bear visually captures the essence of Momaday’s writings, relating each written line to his unique American experience representing ancestry, place, and oral history. Cinematically this story takes audiences on a spiritual journey through the expansive landscapes of the West, when Momaday’s Kiowa ancestors roamed the Great Plains with herds of buffalo, to the sand-painted valleys of Jemez Pueblo, New Mexico where his imagination ripened and he showed superior writing skills as a young mission student.
The film gives a thorough survey of Momaday’s most prolific years as a doctorate fellow at Stanford University, his achievement of the Pulitzer Prize for Literature in 1969, and his later works that solidified his place as the founding member of the “Native American Renaissance” in art and literature, influencing a generation of Native American artists, scholars, and political activists. Although his unique heritage is a central theme, Momaday’s work asks the questions every audience can relate to: what are our origins and how do we connect to them through our collective memories? Through his literature and the cinematic visuals, Words from a Bear illuminates how Momaday has grappled with these basic questions of human existence and his own identity. The film reveals intimate details of the writer’s personal life through his literary texts, along with the trials and tribulations he faced as a Native American artist in the 20th and 21st century.
The Syracuse International Film Festival was created in 2003 as the place where information by, for and about film and media-related programs could be brought to the community: members produce, present and promote programs throughout the year that are created to engage, inspire, and entertain.
Our Mission is to engage, entertain, inform and inspire the community through innovative film and media programs and film-based special events throughout the year; to build partnerships and present programs that will enrich the CNY community through the world of international film.
Our Vision is to bring to the community the latest information on the Syracuse filmmaking scene. SIFF works with the Onondaga County Film Commission to make possible local, national, and international filmmaking projects that add economic, cultural, and educational value to Syracuse and Central New York.
Our Founders, S.U. Professor Owen J. Shapiro and his wife, Christine Fawcett-Shapiro created the SIFF organization in 2003. Their dedication towards the film industry, continues to guide SIFF and has helped it become what it is today.
Our Growth is made possible by a volunteer Board of Directors and support from such institutions as Syracuse University, Le Moyne College, Onondaga County, CNY Film Professionals, and various businesses, individuals, and organizations help support our work in the community and beyond. Over the past 13 years, Syracuse International Film Festival has grown beyond an annual festival event to become a year-round producer of screenings and media-related programs for the whole community.
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