My favorite film festivals are the ones that are kinda small, intimate and easy to access, which is why we here at Cinematical are big fans of The Big Apple Film Festival in NYC. The 5th Annual Big Apple Film Festival begins this Wednesday at Tribeca Cinemas with the New York premiere of festival darling The Living Wake, starring Mike O'Connell and Jesse Eisenberg. Easily one of the more eccentric films of the year, The Living Wake is a must see for anyone who likes a little absurd with their humor.

Aside from The Living Wake (which also played CineVegas and the recent Los Angeles AFI Fest), Big Apple is screening upwards of 90 films this year (their largest number to date) - most of which come packaged with New York style, settings and edge. Other notable films in the lineup include The Project (Audience Award winner at Slamdance '08), Goodbye Baby, The Ultimate Jew: Jackie Mason, iMurders, Last Call and a pretty cool doc called Beyond Wiseguys about Italian-Americans in film. Cinematical will be on hand for all four nights of the fest (Wednesday through Saturday), and yours truly will also be moderating six post-screening Q&As, so definitely make sure you stop in and say hello.

For more on The Big Apple Film Festival, like a complete schedule and info on how to buy tickets, please visit their official website. See you later in the week!