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The Chelsea Film Festival (CFF) closed its sixth annual celebration in New York on Sunday, October 21 after local and international talent from 87 films featuring emerging filmmakers premiered their pictures on “Global Issues”

On October 18-21, 2018, non-profit organization, Chelsea Film Festival (CFF), celebrated its sixth year spotlighting emerging filmmakers with World, American and New York Premieres focusing on “Global Issues”.  87 films from 21 countries raised awareness for important causes of our time with documentaries, shorts and feature-length films throughout the four-day festival dedicated to advancing the arts with a social cause. The award ceremony was presented by jury members Laura Gomez and Adam Mirels who announced EKSI BIR as the Grand Prix Award winner for Best Picture and THOMAS by Laura Smet as the Petite Prix Award Winner for Best Short Film.

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Chelsea Film Festival is a competitive global platform for risk-taking narrators, empowering independent and Indie Film activists through their New York based Premiere film screenings, Q&A panel discussions, workshops and special events.  The 2018 festival held its inspirational Second Annual Celebrity “Women in Power” Benefit luncheon with Simone Missick and Gigi Gorgeous on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at the Marmara Hotel Park Avenue. The four-day festival followed from October 18-21 held at AMC Loews Theatres on 34th street with their Reel Magic Hour Industry Panel Series, Saturday the 20th at The New Yorker Hotel.

Founder & CEO of the Chelsea Film Festival is Ingrid Jean-Baptiste; quad-lingual actress, passionate activist and writer, she founded the organization alongside her mother, Sonia Jean-Baptiste. Ingrid reflects on their beginnings of CFF and looks towards a bright future, “Every year, my mother and I look forward to welcoming the world to the Chelsea Film Festival, and we had another wonderful year celebrating these film releases, but it is always over too quickly!  We created CFF 6 years ago with 17 films from 13 countries.”  Ingrid continues on the current state of CFF, “Over the years, the festival has expanded to many more programs supporting important causes from Climate Change to Women and Animal Rights issues. Our goal is to make the world a better place!”.

The annual New York based event has become a stage for international breakout filmmakers and professionals dedicated to making a difference—and this year was one we will not soon forget. To speak further with Ingrid Jean-Baptiste on results and positive social impact at the Chelsea Film Festival, please contact Valerie Bendish at and  For further information regarding The Chelsea Film Festival, please also visit,


Photo Credit: VBPR Photography, Christopher Bogard, CFF

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