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Hollywood Returns To Staten Island

Updated: Oct 13, 2019

STATEN ISLAND, NY - Staten Island has been featured on the big screen for generations, playing home for some of Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters including DONNIE BRASCO (1997), SCHOOL OF ROCK (2003), HOW TO LOSE A GUY IN 10 DAYS (2003), THE GODFATHER (1972), EASY MONEY (1983)...and the list goes on!

It’s time for Staten Island to recognize and honor these great accolades and create a pathway for current and aspiring filmmakers and storytellers to be recognized and rewarded right here on the island. Introducing the Staten Island Film Institute: a 501c(3) organization dedicated to the promotion, preservation and the enrichment of independent cinema through community and professional development programs that reinforce the cultural awareness and artistic process of filmmaking.

The organization was founded by a group of like-minded creative Staten Islanders who have joined together to create this mission. The founding board come from a diverse background of experience, industries, and trades but share one common interest: they love movies! The institute will function year-round presenting historic and premiere film screenings across Staten Island at some of the most beloved venues: Historic Richmond Town, Snug Harbor, St. George Theater, College of Staten Island, and others. In addition to screenings, the Institute will present world-renowned film and media arts workshops to give creators (of all ages) the upper edge and access to local quality education and training resources. No longer will you have to travel to Brooklyn or Manhattan for the opportunity to be educated or recognized in this ever-growing industry.

In addition to the year-round film screenings and workshops, the Institute will host much needed and long-desired Industry Networking and Mixer Events - providing current and aspiring artists of all Film/TV and Media trades the opportunity to mingle, connect and networking with actors, artists, agents, press, studios, production companies and more! Keep an eye on our events page to see what’s next!

The Staten Island Film Institute is proud to officially announce and present, as the center of its mission and programming, the International Staten Island Film Festival! An island-wide 3-day fall film festival presenting and honoring storytellers from across the Island, NYC, Country and the Globe! Filmmakers, film lovers, special guests, industry pros, and celebrities will be flocking to the island in numbers Premiere their films and walk the red carpet. Official festival dates and film submission information will be released in the coming weeks and available on our website and social media @sifilminstitute. The slated dates for the Inaugural Festival are October 2020.

As a not-for-profit organization, the Institute welcomes volunteers to join our initiative and continue to grow this mission globally. Joining the SIFI team is the perfect opportunity to be surrounded by the industry and continue to grow your network while also helping move a great mission forward. High School and College students are encouraged to APPLY NOW for our year-round internship program; Learn filmmaking, production, marketing, and more! We also encourage and invite businesses, organizations and corporations of all sizes and backgrounds to join us as partners and sponsors to present your brand to this vibrant and engaged community! The Staten Island Film Institute is proud to present and offer a multitude of sponsorship and partnership benefits to support and get involved.

To learn more about the Staten Island Film Institute, and International Staten Island Film Festival, join our mailing list and follow us on Facebook and Instagram so you never miss an update. www.SIFILMINSTITUTE.org