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Staten Island Film Festival admission free at door, officials announce Published: Wednesday, May 04, 2011, 1:14 PM

By

Maura Grunlund

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Admission is free at the door for the first time this year at the Staten Island Film Festival, and the excitement was building as the nominees for various categories were announced today at the Staten Island Economic Development Corporation's 2011 Staten Island Conference.

The festival continues to grow in terms of support and entries. Enlarge

"We’re getting more recognition in the film industry and throughout the years we have been able to build an event that the Staten Island community supports," said

Anthony DePrimo

Mayor Michael Bloomberg says some words on growing the city's economy, specifically Staten Island, during the annual Staten Island Economic Development Corporation conference at the Hilton Garden Inn in Bloomfield. (Staten Island Advance/Anthony DePrimo) 2011 Staten Island Conference gallery (15 photos)

Jeannine Marotta, director of development and events at the SIEDC. "The Staten Island Film Festival name has become increasingly known over the years and we’re receiving films not only from Staten Island but nationally and internationally as well." The festival, from June 8-12, will feature free admission at the door for screenings. In previous years, screening passes, whether free or for a cost, had to be obtained in advance. Screening will be held exclusively on the North Shore where about half of previous attendees live. Most of the films will be shown at the St. George Theatre and at the Music and Veterans Halls at Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden. The Children’s Film Series will be screened at the Staten Island Zoo.

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