2017 NIFF HOUSTON PRESS RELEASE
THIRD ANNUAL NIFF HOUSTON INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2017 DATES, OCTOBER 25 - OCTOBER 28
Houston, Texas – Jan 3, 2017 – Next International Film Festival (NiFF), presented by Next Actor Studio, will hold its 3rd edition on October 25 – October 28, 2017 in Houston. The Festival will have its creative hub at Rice Village venue of Next Actor Studio with screenings of films at River Oaks Theatre and Next Actor Screening Room.
In its inaugural event in 2015 and the second edition in 2016, Niff Houston was able to put together a great lineup of independent and foreign films and brought together actors, directors and producers from different parts of the world, who stayed back in Houston to enjoy the awards show at the end of the festival.
Award winners who could not make it to Houston, sent in their acceptance speech by video. The videos by best actor Dominique Pinon (Amelie, A Very Long Engagement) and best actress Laya Lewis (Skins) are online for viewing.
After entertaining the audience at Niff2015's opening night short film Narcissist, lead actor Brionne Davis went on to excel at Cannes, Sundance and other major venues with his starring role in the 2016 Oscar-nominated Colombian film Embrace of the Serpent.
In 2016, selected filmmakers from Houston were joined by their counterparts who traveled all the way from London, New York, Alaska, Austin, Michigan, Los Angeles, Mexico and other places to present their labor of love and engage in dialogue with an involved and entertained audience.
With the jump in the number of submissions in second year and the extremely intellectual quality of cinema that was screened, it is quite obvious that Niff Houston is a festival of substance, that thrives to showcase ingenious talent and celebrate depth in content through a phenomenal line-up of Independent American Cinema and diverse foreign films in both competitive and non-competitive sections.
Submission for 2017 opens on Jan 4. The first meet and greet for representatives of selected films, press and NiFF team members will take place in April by invitation.