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SVA Screens at First Look Festival

SVA students stand outside of the Museum of the Moving Image

We are happy to announce that the SVA BFA Film department will once again screen at the First Look Film Festival at the Museum of the Moving Image  — one of America’s foremost institutions dedicated to film. The festival runs Wednesday, Mar 15 – Sunday, Mar 19. This is a juried festival at which many emerging filmmakers will be debuting work. The festival is a great place to meet people in the industry, agents, producers and festival curators in both social and discussion events.

On Thursday, March 16 SVA Screens at First Look Festival in a special sidebar feature for SVA works-in-progress.  Working filmmakers and students from other schools will participate in a feedback session.Works by current SVA students, Jai Jackson, Vince Li, Robert Samuel McMahon, and Patricia Marrero Perez will be screening on Thursday, March 16th from 12:30 – 2:30 pm. We encourage faculty to bring their students! 
A still from Robert McMahon's film showing two people in close up bathed in a blue light with black bacgkround.

Still from Robert Samuel McMahon’s film

Two people sit on a bus stop bench in the snow at night looking at eachother.

Still from Jai Jackson’s film

A person sits outside on a bench with their hand to their mouth looking off to the side.

A still from Patricia Merrero Perez’s film

A trio of people sit at a dining room table with food on the table in a dimly lit apartment.

A still from Vince Li’s film

On Sunday, March 19th there will be a screening of Chun Chei Wang’s thesis film Tulpa.

You can read his blog here.

poster for Tulpa that shows to men laying in bed beside eachother with the text and festival screening laurels around them.


All SVA students and faculty will receive free admission for every day of the festival, except for the opening night. Just show your SVA ID at the door. We look forward to seeing you there!

Here is the web page for all of the screenings and live events that comprise this year’s festival.
First Look 2023 Schedule, Mar 15–19

The Museum’s address, as well as travel instructions on how to get to the Museum, are below:

Museum of the Moving Image

36-01 35th Ave, Astoria, NY 11106

How to get to the MoMI

 Join us as SVA Screens at First Look Festival.

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