Calling all movie buffs! The Brooklyn Film Festival (BFF) is an international, competitive film festival that has been taking New York City by storm for 20 years. Based in Williamsburg, it’s mission is to “advance public interest in films and to draw worldwide attention to Brooklyn as a center for cinema”. BFF also oversees the annual KidsFilmFest, a program that reaches out to children and families. Both events are held in June and are the perfect addition to your summer vacation! Here are some of the things you’ll see at this year’s festival.
Your Guide to the Brooklyn Film Festival
About the Event
Each year, the Brooklyn Film Festival accepts submissions in six categories: Narrative Features, Documentary Features, Short Narrative, Short Documentary, Experimental, and Animation. Over 30 screeners help to review the entries, and there are 25 judges. BFF then awards the winners over $60,000 in film services, products, and cash prizes. (The most prestigious award is the Grand Chameleon for best film.) Many award-winning movies have gone on to have theatrical releases as well as nationwide broadcasts and nominations at the Academy Awards.
Theme & Events
2017 marks the 20th anniversary of the Brooklyn Film Festival, so it only makes sense that the theme is anniversary! To say thank you to audiences, BFF will increase the number of films/screenings from last year. Guests can enjoy between 130 and 150 films from June 2-11, and each film will play twice. In addition to the lineup of films, the festival also hosts multiple filmmaker parties and networking events at venues around Brooklyn and New York City.
Kids Film Festival
Traveling with children? You’re in luck! BFF will present the 13th annual KidsFilmFest on Saturday, June 3rd from 1 to 3 p.m. at Made in NY Media Center. This event aims to discover the youngest generation of filmmakers, and each film is tailored for children of all ages. A Q&A and a filmmaker’s workshop will follow the program.
Tickets & Passes
Now is the time to purchase your tickets for the 2017 event! Single-program tickets are $15 for the general public and $12 for students and senior citizens. Full festival passes are $120.
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