Resolution J2418-2013

Honoring the Syracuse International Film Festival upon the occasion of celebrating its 10th Anniversary

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  • Jun 18, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Jun 18, 2013: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Jun 13, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION honoring the Syracuse International Film Festival
upon the occasion of celebrating its 10th Anniversary

WHEREAS,  It  is  the  sense of this Legislative Body to recognize those
organizations within  our  midst,  which  have  demonstrated  consistent
excellence  while  bringing great pride and enjoyment to the citizens of
our great State; and
  WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its  long-
standing  traditions,  it  is  the  intent  of  this Legislative Body to
commemorate the 10th Anniversary  of  the  Syracuse  International  Film
Festival, which has been recognized for excellence and for significantly
contributing to cinema; and
  WHEREAS,  The  Syracuse International Film Festival is a collaboration
between the communities and educational  institutions  of  Syracuse  and
Central New York; and
  WHEREAS, Central and Upstate New York is the birthplace for the Ameri-
can Cinema and Synapse was one of the originating centers for the devel-
opment of video art; and
  WHEREAS,  Central New York was also the home of many pioneers in inde-
pendent and experimental film and video; and
  WHEREAS, In recognition of this, each year, Central New York  welcomes
international  films  and videos speaking to the traditions of the inde-
pendent and experimental films that push, probe, and expand the  bounda-
ries of the art of the moving image, and the mainstream commercial cine-
ma and television; and
  WHEREAS,  The  Syracuse  International  Film Festival strives to be an
important component of the Syracuse and Central New York cultural  scene
by building and enriching a film culture in Central New York; and
  WHEREAS, Since its inception ten years ago, the Syracuse International
Film  Festival  has  annually  produced a yearly festival of newly-made,
independent, international film and video for  the  local  and  regional
community to experience and enjoy; and
  WHEREAS,  The Syracuse International Film Festival promotes the use of
film as a medium to demonstrate the accessibility, relevance, and  broad
appeal of international film; and
  WHEREAS,  The annual Syracuse International Film Festival, which spans
over a period of four days, presents contemporary,  international  films
with  true  artistic merit, regardless of length, genre or form, and has
begun to provide a significant  showcase  of  established  and  emerging
filmmakers from around the world; and
  WHEREAS,   In  addition,  the  Syracuse  International  Film  Festival
welcomes collaborations with regional and community cultural and  social
groups  to  create  innovative  programming of interest to people of all
ages, genders, and ethnicities; and
  WHEREAS, The Syracuse International Film Festival has begun to provide
a significant showcase for  established  and  emerging  filmmakers  from
around the world; and
  WHEREAS,  Over  200  volunteers  dedicate  their time to help make the
Syracuse International Film Festival a thriving environment for interna-
tional film; and
  WHEREAS, The Syracuse International Film Festival accepts  submissions
from  professional  film and video makers of all countries, and has over
12 award categories, including a special category for Central  New  York
filmmakers; and
  WHEREAS,  Each year, the Syracuse International Film Festival presents
the prestigious Sophia Award to  those  who  make  lifelong  outstanding
contributions to the vibrant world of independent cinema; and

  WHEREAS, In celebration of its 10th Anniversary, the Syracuse Interna-
tional  Film  Festival  is  suspending  its film competition and instead
creating 10 programs, each  honoring  a  special  person  who  has  made
significant contributions to the cinema by presenting them with a Sophia
Lifelong Achievement Award; and
  WHEREAS,  In  recognition  of the need to promote the work of film and
video artists beyond that of  competition  screenings  and  awards,  the
Syracuse International Film Festival arranges for further programming of
competition films throughout the year in venues that generate additional
opportunities for filmmakers; and
  WHEREAS,  By reaching out to all segments and age groups in the commu-
nity  with  year-round  programming,  the  Syracuse  International  Film
Festival strives to enhance each individual's experience as a citizen of
the global community; and
  WHEREAS,  Local events throughout the year include speakers on various
films and film viewings, the "Film in Syracuse"  Talk  Series,  "Brew  &
View," the Le Moyne College Youth Summer Film Program, and speakers; and
  WHEREAS,  The  Central  New York community is enhanced by the Syracuse
International Film Festival; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
commemorate  the  10th  Anniversary  of  the Syracuse International Film
Festival; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Owen Shapiro, co-founder and Festival  Artistic  Director  of
the Syracuse International Film Festival.

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