Brooklyn, New York - USA
June 2 to 11, 2017
In the Spotlight today is the 20th Annual Brooklyn Film Festival (BFF), touted by Wall Street Journal as "One of Brooklyn's most enduring cultural staples," and named by MovieMaker Magazine as one of "50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee." Hosting filmmakers from around the world, BFF is a mecca for many artists ready to captivate audiences with their storytelling perspective. Most of the filmmakers in the festival are first or second time directors, who are creating challenging, visionary work.
As one of the oldest and most respected festivals in New York City the opportunities to excel are abundant. Submissions are accepted across six categories: Narrative Feature, Documentary Feature, Short Narrative, Experimental, Animation, and Short Documentary. The Brooklyn Film Festival offers a total of over $50,000 USD in prizes (products, services, and cash) with the support of industry-related sponsors like Panavision, AbelCine, and Xeno Lights. In 2016, 109 more than 100 films screened and last year marked the fifth year of BFF Exchange which was comprised of pitch sessions, panels, and a Happy Hour all aimed at helping filmmakers connect with film distributors. BFF was also thrilled to produce the 12th annual kidsfilmfestival highlighting 15 films tailored to children during the festival.
Many BFF alumni have gone on to successful theatrical runs, to be broadcast on HBO, PBS, and P.O.V., and to be nominated for Oscar and BAFTA awards. BFF has helped launch several American and international independent projects to public acclaim, including recent award winners like Battle for Brooklyn (Oscar shortlist, 2012), Old Dog (MOMA theatrical release, 2013), Brooklyn Castle (POV broadcast, 2013), Gut Renovation (Film Forum theatrical release, 2013), CaveDigger (Oscar Nomination, 2014), Sweaty Betty (Breaking Glass Pictures acquisition, 2015), and Borrowed Time (Oscar Nomination, 2017).
MISSION AND OBJECTIVE
BFF provides a forum for the advancement of public interest in films and in the independent production of films in Brooklyn.
MORE ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
Unfolding in Williamsburg, Brooklyn - the epicenter of New York's robust film, art, and music scene - BFF offers its visitors a wide range of networking opportunities and parties, as they mix and mingle with distributors, theater owners, executives, and producers from New York's film world.
Narratives, Docs, Animation and Experimental projects in both Feature and Short form are now being considered - qualify your film today!