12th Annual BAM CINEMAFEST Canceled
Due to current uncertainty regarding the future of COVID-19 mitigation practices, BAM has made the very difficult decision to cancel this summer's 12th annual BAMcinemaFest, previously scheduled to open June 11, 2020. BAMcinemaFest, which provides an important platform for New York premieres of work by independent American filmmakers, is an essential component of the BAM Film program; this decision has not been made lightly, but has been determined as the best course of action for the well-being of BAM audiences, staff, and artists.Says VP of Film and Strategic programming Gina Duncan, "BAMcinemaFest is incredibly important to us, as it provides an opportunity for our curated film program to champion the work of artists that we feel are shaping the future of cinema and responding to the issues of our time. As we were reviewing films this year, we noticed themes of collective action, safe spaces, and deeper connections-themes that are at the center of our year-round programming. We take very seriously BAMcinemaFest's important role in providing bold, independent works with their NYC premieres, and we are working on ways to showcase many of the fantastic films we've seen in the curatorial process later this fall, when we can safely gather together again and celebrate them in a cinema." BAM is committed to being a platform for independent film and continues to spotlight great cinema with curated programming on BAM.org (details to come). We look forward to welcoming audiences and filmmakers back to BAM Rose Cinemas at a future date.