Since 1972, the festival has been an annual rite of early spring in New York City, bringing exciting discoveries from around the world to adventurous moviegoers. All aspects of cinema, from production to exhibition, have changed dramatically over the years, but the spirit of innovation and the element of surprise that have always defined this festival remain intact. A co-presentation of The Museum of Modern Art and the Film Society of Lincoln Center, New Directors/New Films is now in its 44th year. Filmmakers such as Pedro Almodóvar, Kelly Reichardt, Atom Egoyan, Spike Lee, Richard Linklater, Sally Potter, John Sayles, Steven Spielberg, Wim Wenders, and Wong Kar Wai, have all premiered work here early in their careers.


The Museum of Modern Art is a place that fuels creativity, ignites minds, and provides inspiration. With extraordinary exhibitions and the world's finest collection of modern and contemporary art, MoMA is dedicated to the conversation between the past and the present, the established and the experimental. Our mission is helping you understand and enjoy the art of our time.

The Museum of Modern Art offers members special access to the world’s preeminent collection of modern and contemporary art.

Become a MoMA member today and enjoy unlimited free admission, $5 guest tickets, free entry to MoMA film screenings (not including New Directors/New Films), exclusive member previews for all major exhibitions, discounts in the MoMA stores and restaurants, and much more! Join today!

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America’s pre-eminent film presentation organization, the Film Society of Lincoln Center was founded in 1969 to celebrate American and international cinema, to recognize and support new filmmakers, and to enhance awareness, accessibility and understanding of the art among a broad and diverse film going audience.

As an independent constituent of the world’s foremost performing arts center, the Film Society of Lincoln Center presents year-round programming that includes premieres of new films from an international roster of established and emerging directors; major retrospectives; in-depth symposia and high profile events.

Members of the Film Society of Lincoln Center enjoy free ticket offers and priority ordering periods for popular film festivals.

To support the Film Society of Lincoln Center and also enjoy great savings, consider becoming a Member. Benefits include free tickets, advanced priority order periods, and discounts on Film Society merchandise.

To find out more, visit the Film Society of Lincoln Center.