Building on its 15 years of great programming in support of independent filmmaking, the Syracuse International Film Festival will present the CNY Film Festival 2018 on March 22-24, now in its 5th year.



March 22


Rapsodia Satanica (1917 Silent Film)

presented by Cineteca Bologna


Rapsodia Satanica (1917) was the last film directed by Nino Oxilia and is undoubtedly one of the finest achievements of the early Italian cinema. In it, Oxilia spins a variation on the Faust myth, embodied here by the diva Lyda Borelli. Typical of extravagant D'Annunzian aestheticism at its height, Rapsodia Satanica was one of the summits of what was later called the "tail coat film." Diametrically opposed to the "cinema of reality" practiced by Serena, Martoglio and others, "tail coat films" set their melodramatic stories in the salons and villas of the upper middle class and the aristocracy, deploying narrative structures contrived to showcase their actors and especially its actresses. This had the effect of accentuating their physical presence and turning them into stars - probably the first stars in movie history. The success of the "dive" contributed to the development of motion picture grammar in its special use of the close-up.



Time & Location


The film starts at 8:15pm at Shemin Auditorium on Syracuse University.


Address: Shaffer Art Building, Eastside, Syracuse, NY 13210



Admission: FREE

March 23


Once Upon A Time in America (Extended Cut)

presented by Cineteca Bologna


Once Upon a Time in America is a 1984 epic crime drama film co-written and directed by Italian filmmaker Sergio Leone and starring Robert De Niro and James Woods. The film is an Italian-American[2] venture produced by The Ladd Company, Embassy International Pictures, PSO Enterprises, and Rafran Cinematografica, and distributed by Warner Bros. Based on Harry Grey's novel The Hoods, it chronicles the lives of best friends David "Noodles" Aaronson and Maximilian "Max" Bercovicz as they lead a group of Jewish ghetto youths who rise to prominence in New York City's world of organized crime. The film explores themes of childhood friendships; love, lust, greed, betrayal, loss, broken relationships, together with the rise of mobsters in American society.



Time & Location


The film starts at 6:00 pm at Shemin Auditorium on Syracuse University.


Address: Shaffer Art Building, Eastside, Syracuse, NY 13210



Admission: FREE

March 24


CNY Film Festival Competition Screenings


Selected films from the CNY Film Festival competition will be shown at the Palace Theatre. Filmmakers were selected by our judges who have connection to New York State. There will be over nine hours of content, separated into five programs with short intermissions. You can view our full program by clicking the 'more info' button below!



Time & Location


The day starts at 12:00 pm at The Palace Theatre.


Address: 2384 James St, Syracuse, NY 13206



Awards & Prizes


Monetary prizes and citations will be given for the top films selected by the jury. In addition, there will be non-monetary citations for best submissions.


First Place Prize - $1,000

Second Place Prize - $500

Third Place Prize - $250





General Admission - $10

General Admission with Student ID - $5

General Admission + After Party Reception (Starts at 10pm) - $15




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