A Festival's Journey to the Catskills

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The Callicoon Theater and Western Hotel in Callicoon, NY will begin a new chapter for the area and arts community by housing the Catskill International Film Festival (CIFF). Nestled in the world renowned Catskill Mountains and within driving distance of New York City, the Callicoon Theater is the perfect film venue. CIFF intends to showcase the best talent the Catskills and the world has to offer, these talented artists will be given a platform to gain exposure and the promotion they rightfully deserve while celebrating the arts together and having an incredible time.

The Catskill International Film Festival is a nonprofit event passionate about promoting quality independent films, television pilots, and screenplays from filmmakers around the world. CIFF is a star-studded affair that celebrates an interactive and contemporary experience which will inspire, challenge, and enlighten viewers and participants alike. Attendees will walk the red carpet, attend after-parties with live entertainment, view award-winning independent films, enjoy a variety of events such as film seminars, and meet with filmmakers, stars, and models during an unforgettable weekend.

For the past three years, Charles Marinaro (CIFF President) was the hands-on President of the Hudson Valley International Film Festival and in only a few short years the festival would gain recognition as one of the top 3 biggest festivals in the area. With that accomplishment it was time for the Catskills to get more involved and shine a spotlight on all the bright talent it has to offer. The Catskills hold a wonderful history with incredible events such as Woodstock among many others and now it brings the Catskill International Film Festival to the world.

  The beautiful Catskills in the changing seasons

The beautiful Catskills in the changing seasons