CMJ FilmFest 2000, to be held October 19-22 in New York City, will continue its focus on music and its powerful role in film. This four-day event will also explore the current landscape of music and film on the Internet. With a slate of distinctive independent productions and major studio premieres, FilmFest 2000 will run concurrently with one of the world’s largest music industry events, the CMJ Music Marathon and MusicFest. The mission of CMJ FilmFest 2000 is dramatically different from other film festivals. “Music is the centerpiece of the entire festival,” said CMJ FilmFest Director Donita Dooley. “Whether the film is an effort from a first time filmmaker or from a recognized, established talent – if it has great music, it has a place at CMJ. This diversity sets the stage for a truly unique event.” One of the primary plans for CMJ FilmFest 2000 is to create a community where filmmakers can network with emerging musicians as well as renowned music industry professionals. “When it comes to music, an independent filmmaker has to be very resourceful with a limited budget. CMJ is the perfect opportunity for artists from the worlds of music and film to connect.” added Dooley. All films will be screened at the Manhattan DGA Theater with additional short films being featured in various club venues in connection with CMJ MusicFest 2000. Further announcements regarding tickets sales and the 2000 lineup will follow in the coming weeks and months. For more information, contact the festival offices at 1-877-6-FESTIVAL or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The official site is [ http://www.cmj.com/Marathon ].