With so many film festivals to choose from, I tend to drift toward the ones that are short in length (four to seven days, at the most) and remain in one theater throughout. For a guy that doesn't like to make too many decisions or travel too far, the Big Apple Film Festival is a perfect fit. For the first time in our history, Cinematical will be co-sponsoring a film festival this year, and we decided to pop our co-sponsoring cherry (so to speak) with a little gem currently heading into its fourth year. From the Big Apple Film Fest website: "The BAFF is dedicated to showcasing and promoting the highest quality films from the New York City independent film community, as well as additional specially selected films from across the country and around the world. Additionally, each year, we are proud to honor a variety of New York City based filmmakers, writers, actors and artists who have played an influential role in the growth of independent filmmaking in the Big Apple."

This year, the festival runs from November 14-17, and, as always, all films will be screened at the historic Tribeca Cinemas in lower Manhattan. Opening the festival will be two films that have garnered major buzz on the fest circuit so far: Owl and the Sparrow (Audience Award winner at the 2007 Los Angeles Film Festival) and Suffering Man's Charity, directed by Alan Cumming, and starring Cumming, Anne Heche and Carrie Fisher. Cumming will also be on hand to receive BAFF's annual Golden Apple Award. This year, a total of 54 films will screen over the course of four days, with everything from feature narratives, shorts, documentaries and student films to check out. In fact, yours truly will also be sitting on a panel on Saturday, November 17, where I'll talk (along with others) about new media distribution. It's a pretty fun festival, there's an opening night and closing night party held inside Tribeca Cinemas (free drinks!), and -- better yet -- you'll get to hang out with some of your favorite Cinematical peeps (that's me, right?). Tickets go on sale this November 1st, and you can check out the entire program (as well as find information of purchasing tickets) over here. See ya there!