QUOTES ABOUT NYCPSFF
"NYC PictureStart Film Festival is one that I look forward
to all year, not only because the level of filmmaking is so rich and
energetic but because there is such an eclectic and diverse mix of films
to see that you will rarely see the same films in another festival like
this again. This festival differs from others because it will put the
new guy in the business right up there with the pros and the amazing
thing is, because of the festival's curating and programming, you can
rarely tell the difference."
- Michael Fodera (Director)
"PictureStart NYC is the perfect balance between intimate and
open, professional and casual. It's encouraging atmosphere really makes
it stand out. An ideal place to meet people who work in the industry and
people who support indie."
- Aaron C. Peer (Actor/Director)
"NYC Picturefest is just fantastic. It's a 'small enough to care' boutique festival right in the middle of SoHo, which, for any traveling filmmaker thinking of attending, is just amazing. The relaxed, low key and funky vibe are the perfect ingredients for this festival which is certain to grow over time. The careful pondering which must be part of the selection process is acute and means the films at NYC PictureStart are not only enjoyed by the attending local and international filmmakers but also members of the public who are looking for something fresh and new. The festival cleverly runs over three evenings, each of which has a comfortable duration in which the audience can immerse itself in a global feast of high quality short films.
NYC Picturefest looks at films across all genres but seems
to favour projects with a strong narrative drive - a blessing from the
perspective of the audience. The festival is a competition and in the
year True Love was invited the judges were all of repute and well
respected. I felt they were qualified to give opinion and make the
decisions that they did and (as most filmmakers know) it's not always
like this at other festivals and it can be really hit and miss. The same
can be said of the selection process - again, in the year that I was
invited to attend, I didn't think there was a single film that didn't
deserve to be there and it was a hugely enjoyable experience."
- Simon Toy (Director/Writer/Producer)
"The New York Picture Start Film Festival was my first film
festival to get accepted to. I couldn't have been more honored to be
part of a such a wonderful festival. With only a handful of films
accepted, I was thrilled to be amongst such amazing international
talent. I know that I'll be submitting my future films to this festival
and can only dream I'm lucky enough to be accepted again."
- Serge Kushnier (Director/Actor/Writer)
"NYC PictureStart attracts great filmmaking and screenwriting
talent, screening terrific films and offering great opportunities to
meet fellow filmmakers. I was humbled by my reception as a screenwriting
finalist, and amazed at the organizers' ability to make each of us feel
welcome and special!"
- Eric Hunsley (Screenwriter)
"New York Picturestart Film Festival is one of the best I've attended. Having traveled from Australia for two NY festivals, PictureStart was the clear winner.
The organizers were very welcoming and we enjoyed the
interaction with the other the other film-makers. I can honestly say I
enjoyed each and every film I saw at the festival. The selection
committee did an excellent job and I loved that all the films had a
strong and clear story. We hope to attend again this year."
- Janelle Raynor (Producer)
"Ben Arredondo is one class act. Not only did he create an
exciting and well-organized film fest experience for the guests of NYC's
PictureStart Film Festival, he was generous and available to the
filmmakers before, during and after the event! So glad to have been a
part of PictureStart...and especially glad for the contacts made there."
- Jim MacDonald (Actor/Director/Writer)