NYWIFT Members at 2023 Provincetown Film Festival


The 25th Annual Provincetown Film Festival (PIFF) will be taking place from June 14 – 18 in Provincetown, Massachusetts.  Dedicated to serving communities who are often outside of the mainstream, in the margins, or otherwise underserved, but have a voice critical to the evolution of artistic expression, this 5-day festival showcases over 80 American and international independent narrative, documentary, and animated features and shorts as well as panel discussions and special events.

This year’s honorees include Bruce LaBruce, Billy Porter, Julio Torres, and Megan Stalter!  

Tickets will go on sale to members and passholders on May 19th.  Tickets to the general public go on sale May 26th.   

Congratulations to all of the seven NYWIFT members who contributed towards the four films featured in the Narratives, Spotlight Films, and Documentaries categories.

You can click on each title below for the festival schedule and tickets to the exciting projects featuring work by NYWIFT members.

Projects below are sorted by competition category.

Spotlight Films


Stunt Coordinator – NYWIFT Member Nitasha Bhambree

Alejandro (Julio Torres) is an aspiring toy designer from El Salvador, struggling to bring his unusual ideas to life in New York City. As time on his work visa runs out, a job assisting an erratic art-world outcast (Tilda Swinton) becomes his only hope to stay in the country and realize his dream. From the singular vision of writer/director (and PIFF 2023 Next Wave Award honoree) Julio Torres comes a surreal and comic adventure through the equally treacherous worlds of New York City and the U.S. Immigration system.



Post-Production Supervisor/ADR Loop Group – NYWIFT Member Ann M. Gray

BOTTOMS is a refreshingly unique and raunchy queer comedy, focusing on two high school girls, PJ (Rachel Sennott) and Josie (Ayo Edebiri), who start a fight club as a way to lose their virginities to cheerleaders. Their bizarre plan works. The fight club gains traction and soon the most popular girls in school are beating each other up in the name of self-defense. But PJ and Josie find themselves in over their heads and in need of a way out before their plan is exposed. Written by the talented Emma Seligman (Shiva Baby) and Rachel Sennott, this is a righteously subversive story filled with genuine humanity.


Cast Member: Marianne – NYWIFT Member Barbara Rosenblat

Anxiety-riddled Walt (Desmin Borges, FX’s You’re the Worst) embarks on a comic odyssey through Portland, Maine to retrieve his stolen dog before his girlfriend, Wendy (Kelly O’Sullivan, Saint Frances), returns from her business trip, or risk losing them both. Along the way, his encounters with eccentric locals Marianne (Barbara Rosenblat, Orange is the New Black) and Brent (Steve Coulter, She-Hulk) force him to confront his insecurities and embrace human connection. First-time filmmakers Matt Cascella and Jen Cordery tackle unexpected life changes with humor, heart, and one incredibly adorable dog!


Desperate Souls, Dark City and the Legend of Midnight Cowboy

Director, Writer, Producer – NYWIFT Member Nancy Buirski

Contributing Producer – NYWIFT Member Harlene Freezer

Producer – NYWIFT Member Susan Margolin

Special Thanks – NYWIFT Member Katharina Otto-Bernstein

A half-century after its release, Midnight Cowboy remains one of the most original and groundbreaking movies of the modern era. With beguiling performances from Jon Voight and Dustin Hoffman, Waldo Salt’s brilliant screenplay, and John Schlesinger’s fearless direction, the 1969 film became the only X-rated film to ever win the Academy Award for Best Picture. DESPERATE SOULS is about the deeply gifted and flawed people behind this dark and difficult masterpiece. Featuring extensive archival material and compelling new interviews, director Nancy Buirski illuminates how one film captured the essence of a time and a place, reflecting a rapidly changing society with striking clarity.