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About Us

Recognizing Exceptional New Works

Roosevelt Island Film Festival is dedicated to the discovery of American and International filmmakers from around the world. The festival seeks to discover, support, and inspire quality independent feature films and short films, showcasing exceptional work to audiences and highlighting the categories of Female Filmmaker, NYC Filmmaker, Comedy, and International Filmmaker.

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Toni Vitale
President & Founder

"Being part of an army using creativity and talents to tell a visual story through quality cinema is my ultimate passion."

Toni Vitale is an Actor, Director, Writer, Producer and Acting/Business Coach. As a young adult she was introduced to intense training of the Sanford Meisner technique and started working her way into the film and television industry. Gaining knowledge and inspiration while working with production companies and on film sets, her love for film and television prompted her to build a production company, TONI VITALE PRODUCTIONS, creating work in film and most currently, a television series in production, "ADULT. ish..." Empty without art and independent film, Toni is driven to make her mark in the film and television industry.Attending numerous film festivals and being inspired by independent filmmaking impacted her mission to start her own film festival. Roosevelt Island was a suggested location, so she began scouting the beautiful island to find a home for the festival. She is proud of this life accomplishment. Toni is honored to meet talented filmmakers, screen their exceptional work, and have them represent The Roosevelt Island Film Festival yearly.

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