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Press Contact: Kristen Kelley Rand, Communications Manager |

To schedule an interview, please send an email with your specific request, deadline, and
press outlet for which you’re on assignment. We’ll do our best to accommodate all requests.

Additional press materials, festival passes, high resolution stills, full program notes,
film descriptions, venue info, schedule of events, and more available upon request.

Rooftop Films in the News

Rooftop Films, a New York mainstay.
The New Yorker

Named One of the 100 Reasons to Love America in 2023 by People Magazine!

Rooftop Films has become an essential institution in the indie film world, helping top directors get their work seen while connecting undiscovered artists to the resources that they need.
—Christian Zilko, IndieWire

The outdoor festival, known for staging unique events throughout New York City, has a reputation for financially supporting indie film and building buzz for up‐and‐coming filmmakers.
—Chris O’Falt, The Hollywood Reporter

The Brooklyn-based nonprofit has built a reputation for nurturing new independent filmmakers, many of whom are moving toward wider discovery with their latest projects.
—Steve Dollar, The Wall Street Journal

About Rooftop Films

At Rooftop Films, we believe that film is powerful, not only as a creative medium, but as a vehicle for engaging in valuable dialogue with one another about the issues facing our communities. By bringing films directly to audiences, we foster connections between neighbors, artists, activists, youth and the unique spaces we all share.

A growing nonprofit organization, our mission at Rooftop Films is to engage and inspire diverse communities by showcasing the work of emerging filmmakers in outdoor locations, helping filmmakers to produce new films, and renting equipment & supporting film screenings citywide at low-cost to artists, nonprofits and community groups.

Rooftop Films is more than a film festival. We are a community. For over 27 years, Rooftop Films has been championing the work of independent filmmakers and bringing films rooted in compassion, solidarity, learning, togetherness, exploration, and inspiration to tens of thousands of people across all five boroughs of New York City.