GenArt has hosted New York City premieres for Adrienne Shelley, Tim Blake Nelson, Ari Gold, Kevin Bacon, Adrian Grenier, and a wide array of other filmmakers who have gone on to become some of the most potent voices in independent cinema. Last year's GenArt event featured directorial debuts from Jaime King and Ryan Eggold and boasted performances by Laura Prepon, Bryan Greenberg, and Mickey Sumner. In 2011, five GenArt alumni filmmakers had features at the Sundance Film Festival. Drake Doremus, a GenArt alum, took home Sundance's Grand Jury prize for Like Crazy.
Each short film at GenArt is paired with one of the festival's honored feature-length submissions, ensuring that short-form filmmakers receive as much attention and buzz as their feature-length counterparts. Several GenArt shorts have gone on to receive Student Academy Awards and nominations. In addition to its stellar cinematic line-up, GenArt keeps energy high and conversations flowing with nightly after parties that take full advantage of the magic, dynamism, and general insomnia that can only be found in New York City. Best of all: GenArt will continue to promote its participants' current and future work well after the celebrations have ended.