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The Third Annual Festival Springs Into Action With Films To Explore, Entertain And Inspire! May 4, 5 & 6 At Gateway Communitty College. This year Connecticut & International Films Dominate 2017 Festival Line Up


This year’s NHIFF line up of more than 100 films is represented by some of the most intriguing and thought provoking film projects of the year. The films cover a wide range of subjects with an emphasis on: Human Rights, Peace (without military intervention), Social Justice, LGBT, STRONG WOMEN, and many of the world’s inequalities and injustices. But, not all films are necessarily on serious topics.

There are many films to explore. Mix and match narrative features with important stories, powerful documentaries, comedy and dramatic short films, and incredible student films, animations, micro shorts and even advertisements! Be entertained, become informed and enlightened. LEARN. But, most importantly, walk away inspired and empowered. $15.00 a day is the best deal in town. And, there’s FREE Parking to boot at the Temple Street Garage. “Yes Virginia”  there is Free parking in New Haven. Just be sure to get your garage ticket validated.


So what’s playing at the movies? Here’s a snapshot of what’s in store at the 2017 New Haven International Film Festival: Connecticut and International film productions dominated the 2017 accepted submissions and hence the schedule. Three Aussie features from down under, one inventive Swedish “Bitch” (via New Delhi) of a movie and Friday Night’s Premieres of  “Food Haven” and “Gold Star”, both features by New Haven natives are followed by parties at restaurants featured in “Food Haven”.


NHIFF opens Thursday morning at 11:30am with an opportunity to become immersed in Dramatic and Comedy Shorts throughout the day. Additionally, three powerful Human Rights films including: “Crows Of The Desert” based on the memoirs of Armenian resistance leader Levon Yotnakhparian to not only stay alive but to help save his people from near extinction in the 20th Century’s first genocide. “Paper Lanterns” is the story of Shigeaki Mori and his lifelong calling to tell the story of not only the many Japanese victims of Hiroshima, but also of 12 forgotten US airmen caught in the fire bomb on that day. “The Peace Agency” educates and empowers, when handicapped single mother brings together over 500 women to overcome their religious differences to promote peace and education in the conflict torn town of Poso, Indonesia.

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