35 pix slated for Gotham’s Avignon fest

'Dummy,' 'Listening,' 'Queens' in competition

PARIS — The eighth annual Avignon/New York Film Festival, which champions indie work from both sides of the Atlantic, will host 60 events including showings of 35 films, April 15 through 21. More than $60,000 in prizes and services await winners of the 21st Century Film Awards for which five American features, eight European features and 16 short films compete.

The U.S. companion to the long-running Avignon Film Festival — formerly the French-American Film Workshop — takes place at Manhattan’s French Institute/Alliance Francaise at 55 East 59th St.

U.S. features in competition are “Dummy” by Greg Pritikin, “Easy Listening” by Pamela Corkey, “How to Go Out on a Date in Queens” by Michelle Danne, “Pipe Dream” by John C. Walsh and Slamdance Grand Jury Prize winner “The Holy Land” by Eitan Gorlin.

Highlights of the European offerings include the delightfully offbeat French comedies “Gregoire Moulin Versus Humanity” by Artus de Penguern and “Teacher in a Bikini” by Lyece Boukhitine.

Closing night pic is U.S., Denmark, Holland and Czech Republic co-prod “The Zookeeper” by Ralph Ziman, starring Sam Neill.

For fest passes or more info call (212) 355-6160 or log on to www. avignonfilmfest.com.

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