Syracuse International Film Festiva

  At least three blockbuster movies have been filmed in Syracuse in recent years.  And it has people wondering if Syracuse could become a Mecca for filmmaking and production?   However, the desire to produce more films here requires tenacity.

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Students working on a degree in television or film in Central New York will soon have access to unprecedented technology and training opportunities. This week, Governor Cuomo announced the formation of the Central New York Hub for Emerging Nano Industries, which should create at least 350 new high-tech jobs and 150 construction jobs in our area.The facility in DeWitt will provide a cutting-edge visual production technology and research center that will specialize in providing advanced visual production to the area's growing film and television industry. will rent space to startups.

Film buffs  have a local opportunity to watch films and meet various Hollywood personalities at the Syracuse International Film Festival, which started yesterday. It’s the festival’s 10th anniversary, and those in attendance will notice there are fewer films this year.

Festival producer Christine Fawcett-Shapiro says that the venues in downtown Syracuse and at universities in the area were intentionally chosen for the year’s showings, as were the film selections: