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Amid the more established New York area film fests such as Tribeca and the Hamptons reside a melting pot of cinema celebrations that are decidedly unique in their focus. Below is a select sampling of events that walk to the beat of a different drum (all Web addresses are prefaced by www).
New York Turkish Film Festival
Focus: Turkish films, general features Top prize: non-competitive Previous guests: Turkish helmers Nuri Bilge Celyan ("Distant"), Zeki Demirkubuz ("The Confession"), Reis Celik ("Inat hikayeleri")
Average turnout: 2,000
Principal screening facility: Anthology Film Archives, 32 2nd. Ave.
CMJ Music Marathon Film Fest
Focus: Doc features, docu short films, indie features and shorts, music films.
Top prize: Best Use of Music in Film
Memorable moment: Exhibiting such music-heavy cult fare as "Pulp Fiction" and "Fight Club."
Average turnout: 10,000
Principal screening facilities: Loews at 34th Street, Two Boots Pioneer Theater at 155 E. 3rd St., Jacob Javits Center, Lincoln Theater
Hot Curry Film Festival
Focus: South Asian cinema
Top prize: $1,000 grant in film services.
Top guest: Mira Nair is booked to talk about grassroots filmmaking.