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NEW YORK -- New York City will stage a film fete that organizers hope will one day rival the influence of the Cannes Film Festival.

The Lincoln Center Film Society and the Independent Feature Project have joined forces to merge the New York Film Festival and the Independent Feature Project market. The New York Film Fortnight begins Sept. 20 and ends Oct. 6.

Like Cannes, the collaboration mixes business and art, the industry and movie-going public under one umbrella. At Lincoln Center, an international assortment of films make their U.S. debuts and draws the audience to see what's new. This year that includes 28 programs of films from 20 countries.

Meanwhile, downtown at the Angelika Film Center, the IFP's market will screen 70 feature films by U.S. filmmakers and 40 by those from outside the United States, all to industry executives.

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