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July 15, 16 and 17th Friday, Saturday and Sunday will be special in Jamestown, NY. That is when the 1st Annual Chautauqua International Film Festival, CIFF 2016, kicks off its first year with a red carpet premiere at the Hotel Jamestown, Crystal Ballroom at 6:00 p.m. Friday, July 15. Union Bound will be screened at 6:00, so arrive earlier for the Red Carpet. Here’s your chance to dress up and rub shoulders with not only some of the brightest new filmmakers but some name and established industry pros, producers and directors of top independent films with major wins at Cannes, Sundance, Tribeca and numerous other top festivals.

Festival Director and Founder, Diana Lenska was honored that some top films were submitted to the CIFF, among them to be screened, Union Bound, a true-life Civil War drama, starring Oliver Stone’s son, Sean Stone. Another top film, Jasmine, (reviewed by the Hollywood Reporter) a psychological thriller filmed in Hong Kong and produced by LA pro Dax Phelan, whose work includes major Hollywood films and TV shows including Fast and Furious. The documentary, Saving Jamaica Bay, was narrated by Susan Sarandon and produced by Daniel Hendrick, an award winning producer who co-produced Fair Game starring Sean Penn and Naomi Watts. The CIFF will have some amazing films to be screened from all around the world. You don’t want to miss the Chautauqua International Film Festival CIFF 2016!

Films to be screened are to be listed in programs available at the CIFF 2016 Exhibit at Dykeman Young Gallery, 100 E. 2nd St. in Jamestown. Tourists and residents can visit the exhibit to get info on the festival to be held at the Crystal Ballroom of the Hotel Jamestown 110 West 3rd St., 2nd fl., Friday, Saturday, Sunday July 15, 16, 17.

Tickets can be purchased 24/7 online from Brown Paper Tickets, or by phone at 1-800-838-3006. Tickets can be purchase for individual films or all day passes that allow you to come and go throughout the day viewing whichever CIFF 2016 festival films you want, then stop for lunch or dinner in beautiful, historic Jamestown and visit other exhibits and shops.

Festival films to be screened with trailers will also be listed on the Chautauqua International Film Festival website at Just click on the link FILMS and FILM, cont. to see the full 2016 CIFF program to be screened July 15 to 17.