Craft Awards & Wasserman/King Finalists Announcement, March 25

Festival Screenings, March 28-April 3

First Run Film Festival 2005, the Maurice Kanbar Institute of Film and Television’s annual spring showcase for intermediate and advanced student projects in film, video and animation at New York University, will offer public screenings beginning March 28 and continue through April 3, 2005. This year, 131 films and videos compete for over $50,000 in cash awards presented by the Charles and Lucille King Family Foundation. The films and videos were all written and directed by graduate and undergraduate students in the Kanbar Institute of Film and Television at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.

The week-long festival will kick off with the Craft Awards ceremony and announcement of the Wasserman Award finalists on Friday, March 25 at 6 p.m., followed by a reception, at 721 Broadway in the lower lobby. Public screenings of the films will be at the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Film Center, located at 36 East 8th Street. Screening times are: daily at 5, 6:30, 8, and 9:30 p.m., with additional weekend screenings at 12:30, 2, and 3:30 p.m. Admission is $5; NYU students with ID, $3. No tickets will be sold in advance. For further information, call 212.998.1795 or visit

The week of screenings culminates in the Wasserman Awards ceremony featuring the Charles and Lucille King Family Foundation prizes on Monday, April 4, at 5 p.m. in the Rosenthal Pavilion, located on the 10th floor of NYU’s Kimmel Center for Student Life, Washington Square South and La Guardia Place. A dinner will follow the awards ceremony. Both of these events are by invitation only.

Following First Run each year, the Wasserman Award finalist films and videos are screened in Hollywood for industry professionals and the public. This year’s showcase will be held on May 25 at the Directors Guild of America.

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