On screen at the 2017 YFI Tribeca showcase


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Complete 2017
YFI film roster

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“Miles From Home”
Xposure Foundation, Inc.
Mott Hall Community School
SONYC Afterschool Program
Bronx

 

“Global Unity”
Xposure Foundation, Inc.
Icahn Charter School 3, 4, 5
SONYC Afterschool Program
Bronx

 

“ABC Soccer”
United Activities Unlimited, Inc.
P.S. 18 John Greenleaf Whittier School
Beacon Community Center
Staten Island

 

“We Are One”
Xposure Foundation, Inc.
Knowledge And Power Preparatory Academy
SONYC Afterschool Program
Bronx

 

“Silver Lake Soccer”
United Activities Unlimited, Inc.
P.S. 18 John Greenleaf Whittier School
Beacon Community Center
Staten Island

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"Aim High, Kick High"
Black Spectrum Theater Company, Inc.
Renaissance Middle School
SONYC Afterschool Program
Queens

 

"Can't Stop Us"
Manhattan Youth
The Clinton School for Writers and Artists
SONYC Afterschool Program
Manhattan

 

“Soccer is 318”
Sports And Arts in Schools Foundation, Inc.
I.S. 318 Eugenio Maria de Hostos Intermediate School
SONYC Afterschool Program
Brooklyn

 

"We All Love Soccer"
Manhattan Youth
The Clinton School for Writers and Artists
SONYC Afterschool Program
Manhattan

 
 
 

"We recognize the strong role that engaging
creative programming plays in teaching all aspects of making a short film."

— DYCD Commissioner Bill Chong

 

Soccer culture and community throughout the boroughs,
as documented by New York City middle-school filmmakers


Young Filmmakers Initiative is a collaboration between NYFEST (Film and Entertainment Soccer Tournament) and the City of New York Department of Youth and Community Services, with support from Tribeca Film Festival, the NYC Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment, and New York City FC. Nine short films, involving six after-school programs and representing the talents of over 40 middle-schoolers across the boroughs, comprised the inaugural program, which took place over five months during the 2016-'17 academic year — culminating with a screening at a Tribeca Film Festival venue in April.

On its own, each film is a distinct POV on, and testament to, a sporting identity that differs street by street, neighborhood by neighborhood; taken together, the works form a vibrant composite of a city—fast coming into its own as a global capital for the game—whose soccer legacy and heritage run deep.

YFI is the first homegrown initiative for FEST, a not-for-profit. Learn more about the FEST mission here.


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