FIRST TIME FEST Film Festival Set for 3/1-4

First Exposure will also include a 60th Anniversary Tribute to Morris Engel's THE LITTLE FUGITIVE, a cinema vérité classic from 1953 that was shot on Coney Island and has inspired countless filmmakers, from Jean-Luc Godard to the Coen brothers. The tribute will be moderated by renowned film historian Foster Hirsch and will include Morris Engel's daughter, Mary Engel (Ruth Orkin: Frames Of Life).

First Time Fest will also include a series of panels called "How They Did It," in which a diverse group of award-winning filmmakers will moderate filmmaking case studies and spotlight some of the most successful and accomplished masters of the industry. Panels will include: Switch Hitters: Actors, Producers, Writers & Others Who Direct; Sell, Baby, Sell: Marketing Independent Films; From Rock To Score: Contemporary Musicians Who Become Film Composers; Across The Border: International Filmmakers Come to America; and A Critical Eye: Critics and their Role in Discovering New Filmmakers. There will also be several "Stand Alone! -Conversations with the Outstanding," one-on-one interviews with notable cinema artists. Participants in these programs will be announced shortly.

First Time Fest will present the first John Huston Award for Achievement in Cinema. The inaugural Award will be bestowed on an individual who has made a significant contribution to the art of cinema: Darren Aronofsky, the Brooklyn-born director of BLACK SWAN, The Wrestler, The Fountain, Requiem for a Dream, Pi, and the upcoming Noah. As a director, writer and producer, Aronofsky embodies the spirit of John Huston - one of America's greatest filmmakers (THE MALTESE FALCON, THE AFRICAN QUEEN, TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE, THE ASPHALT JUNGLE, THE DEAD) and carries on his legacy. Mr. Huston was an esteemed member of The Players (his membership in the Club was sponsored by his friend and colleague, Humphrey Bogart), and the Award will be presented in The Players ballroom at FTF's Closing Night Awards Gala.

First Time Fest Competition: THE FIRST TIME I ..........
First Time Fest is encouraging daring acts of social networking with a tweetable video competition!
Tweet videos showing the first time you experience something and win tickets to screenings, badges, and more! You can even win a chance to see Philip Seymour Hoffman and Darren Aronofsky! (See Details Below!)

First Time Fest - Cinema Libre Grand Prize
The winning film will be the recipient of a theatrical release by Cinema Libre Studio. Distribution plans would include at least one major city (New York or Los Angeles) with the option for platform expansion as well as DVD, digital release and international sales representation. Cinema Libre Studio is a leader in distributing social-issue documentaries and features by passionate filmmakers. Headquartered in Los Angeles, the Cinema Libre team has released over one hundred films including the Sundance Audience Award-Winning FUEL, THE END OF POVERTY?, and Oliver Stone's SOUTH OF THE BORDER. The studio is developing John Perkins' best-selling memoirs, CONFESSIONS OF AN ECONOMIC HIT MAN, into a major motion picture. For more information and updates, please visit: