The Bushwick Film Festival Announcement

The Bushwick Film Festival (BFF) is excited to announce the full program for its 13th Annual edition. Due to Covid-19 event restrictions, this year the festival is going virtual from October 21-25 and will include over 100 independent films from 30 different countries. Movies can be viewed at watch.bushwickfilmfestival.com, a secure streaming platform sponsored by Spectrum.

In addition to films, the festival features a 2-day movie industry conference with notable speakers, screenplay readings, industry mixers, movie trivia nights and a series of filmmaker Q&As. The most anticipated events, opening night and awards ceremony, will be presented in partnership with Chemistry Creative, Liman Video Rental and BRIC. The show will feature special messages from local celebrities and elected officials including Congresswoman Nydia Velasquez, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, Assemblywoman Maritza Davila, Council Member Antonio Reynoso, MOME Commissioner Anne del Castillo, and President and CEO Designate of Empire State Development Eric Gertler. The opening night show and the awards ceremony will be free to watch and broadcasted on Facebook Live and other streaming platforms.

This year with a theme of transformation and a glowing butterfly used as a visual representation, the festival celebrates not only filmmakers for always reminding us of our inherent courage and perseverance through their characters, but also how much we continue to transform as a better global community.

Bushwick Film Festival prides itself on being a home for film lovers. Over the last decade, BFF has screened the works of nearly 500 independent filmmakers from Brooklyn and over 50 different countries, proudly shining a spotlight on womxn and diverse filmmakers. The BFF has grown into one of the most anticipated events in Brooklyn and is recognized for its contribution to the borough’s artistic, cultural, and economic growth.

“After 13 years, I still get so excited when the festival arrives. Working with my team to present the festival this year despite all the challenges, is a testament to our collective love and commitment to storytelling.” says Festival director Kweighbaye Kotee. We have an incredible lineup of films and great conversations in store!”

See below for the full program. For tickets and passes, please visit: watch.bushwickfilmfestival.com

The Jury for BFF 2020 includes:

Feature Narrative
Amanda Trokan, Content Acquisitions, HBO
David Ninh, Director of Press and Publicity, Kino Lorber
Julie Christeas, Producer, Tandem

Feature Documentary
Denae Peters, Program Officer, Perspective fund
Ximena Amescua, Artist Programs Coordinator, Firelight Media
Jordan Mattos, Founder, Aspect Ratio

Short Narrative
Marrie-Lou Nahhas, Actress, Orange is the New Black
Shakira Barrera, Actress, Glow & Orange is the New Black
Jason Sondhi, Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Short of the Week

Short Doc + Web Series
Opal H. Bennett, Director of Filmmaker Development, DOCNYC
Florentina Almonte, Content Acquisitions Executive, Shorts TV International
Tamara P. Carter, Writer, HBO’s The Leftovers & Starz’s P-Valley

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