The Dialogue Of Cultures International Film Festival (DCIFF) will hold its first film festival in New York from Oct 20-27 when 16 world features and docs will screen.

The event will open with Danis Tanovic’s Cirkus Columbia from Bosnia-Herzegovina and close with Koichi Omiya’s The Sketch Of Mujo from Japan

Among the line-up are Mohammad Al Hushki’s Transit Cities, a Jordanian feature about a thirtysomething woman’s attempt to begin a new life in a city that is being torn apart by forces of religion and globalisation.

“It is not a coincidence that we chose New York as a first location of our festival, because it is here that you can see the greatest diversity of cultures living together side by side,” festival founder Boris Cherdabayev said. “In a sense, New York is the world’s biggest melting pot.”

The festival will move to a new location each year with Paris scheduled to host the 2012 event.

For more information visit the official website.