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Brooklyn Film Festival Turns 21 As It Prepares for the Next Decade of Excellence

ZEALnyc, March 28, 2018

The proliferation of film festivals has grown substantially over the years, with many being created to promote niche viewing or a specialized focus. The Brooklyn Film Festival, now celebrating its twenty-first year, has just closed its submission process after having received a total of 2,584 films from 120 countries. The selection committee will pare this list down to roughly 130 films that will comprise this year’s offerings; the list of specific titles will be announced in May.

The films to be screened are divided into the following six categories: Feature Narrative, Feature Doc, Short Narrative, Short Doc, Experimental and Animation. For each of the six film categories, the Festival judges will select Best Film, Spirit Award and Audience Award winners. From all the six categories combined, BFF will award one of each of the following: Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Composer, Best Editor, Best Cinematographer, Best Screenplay Writer, Best Producer, Best New Director and Best Brooklyn Project. Prizes totaling over $50,000 will be awarded to the winning filmmakers through a combination of products, services and cash.

Marco Ursino; photo: Sean Hersch.

BFF Executive Director Marco Ursino said of the 2018 edition, “This will be a special year: we are finally 21! We start seeing things for what they really are, although it doesn’t take a genius to see that we are living in pretty challenging times! Division, bigotry, the wall, Trump…but luckily, some great things usually come from bad times. For example, the Spanish Civil War gave us the Guernica; the NYC defaults in the 70’s gave us the best graffiti in the world. Even the Great Depression gave us swing dancing. It doesn’t matter how bad it looks, art always wins. And this year’s festival is not going to be the exception. In the middle of this undeniably appalling time in American history, directors, actors, producers and the festival want their voices heard. Bad times make great art. And if so, this year’s Brooklyn Film Festival should be amazing.”

This year’s Festival runs June 1 through June 10 at two main venues: Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg and Windmill Studios in Greenpoint. Additional programming will be presented on June 5 at Syndicated in Bushwick and on June 8 at UnionDocs in Williamsburg. On June 6 and 9, BFF will present a total of five shows at Made in NY Media Center by IFP in Dumbo, where it will also present the 14th annual kidsfilmfest on June 2. On June 9, the 7th annual BFF Exchange program will be hosted by Kickstarter in Greenpoint and on June 4, BFF will be hosted by Alamo Drafthouse in Downtown Brooklyn. Additional programming and networking events will be announced at a later date.

Opening of 2017 Brooklyn Film Festival; photo: Sean Hersch.

For more information on the Brooklyn Film Festival click here.

Cover: Reception after the Opening Ceremony of the 2017 Brooklyn Film Festival; photo: Sean Hersch.


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