FilmColumbia named one of MovieMaker Magazine’s 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World

Chatham, NY
Aug. 10, 2020

In a very strange year for film festivals, and everyone, FilmColumbia was named Monday to MovieMaker Magazine‘s annual list of the 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World.

To compile the list, MovieMaker‘s panelists scanned the globe looking for events with forward-thinking programming, unique locations, and well-executed events.

“Obviously a lot of New Yorkers are now discovering the beautiful small communities just a short drive from New York City, and we think they’ll be delighted to learn more about FilmColumbia, a fest that blends a gorgeous location, local color (both people and leaves) and Oscar-calibre films, lovingly programmed by a revered team with exquisite taste,” said Tim Molloy, editor-in-chief of MovieMaker.

“These festivals made many sacrifices for the greater good this year because of COVID-19, from postponements to pivots online. But the stellar reputations they’ve built for being fun, supportive, and groundbreaking can’t be dented by the pandemic. In fact, making sacrifices for the greater good is the epitome of cool. We hope this list helps these festivals stay on people’s minds and in their hearts, and that their audiences will be more eager than ever to return, when it’s safe.”

About FilmColumbia: Now celebrating its second decade, FilmColumbia in Chatham, New York features a carefully curated selection of world class films from major studios and independents, and a stunning array of international films, animated features, documentaries and children’s shorts. Over the years, the Crandell Theatre’s Small Town/Big Movies festival that has grown from the “little local festival that could” to an acclaimed, nationally recognized film event — “Cannes on the Hudson.”

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