Check Out the Full Program for the 10th Annual Bushwick Film Festival here!

The Bushwick Film Festival (BFF) has officially announced the full program of screenings, panels, workshops, parties and networking opportunities for its 10th anniversary, taking place from October 12th through October 15th. After receiving over 600 submissions, BFF looks forward to supporting and sharing the stories of emerging filmmakers and inspiring the audiences who view their films. For a full schedule of events see below or visit: https://goo.gl/KJc9Fi.
Located in Bushwick, the bustling center of Brooklyn’s artistic and cultural community, the festival encourages filmmakers, industry professionals and audiences to engage, share and collaborate in an eclectic and open-minded atmosphere to form new alliances, expand horizons and share common passion for independent film.
Kicking off on Thursday, October 12th, BFF will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a Red Carpet Reception at House of Yes, featuring the world premiere of In Case of Emergency, directed by Stefanie Sparks. The festivities will continue throughout the weekend with events ranging from feature screenings and short screenings to networking parties and panels. For tickets and passes, please visit: www.bushwickfilmfestival.com.
BFF is thrilled to announce the critically acclaimed and Oscar winning and nominated filmmakers that will comprise its jury, which includes:
Caroline Waterlow: 2017 Academy Award winner for O.J.: Made in America and producer of many feature length documentaries including Cutie and the Boxer and Supermensch
Heidi Ewing: an Academy Award nominee for her 2006 documentary Jesus Camp as well as a co-founder of the production house Loki Films.
Sam Pollard: an Academy Award nominee for his film 4 Little Girls, together with Spike Lee he produced and edited HBO’s When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts and the follow up If God Is Willing and Da Creek Don’t Rise.
In 2016, BFF welcomed a record 2,700 excited guests to the festival to enjoy indie cinema, share ideas, and connect with diverse groups of people. The festival is looking forward to welcoming even more people this year and celebrating its 10th Anniversary from October 12th-15th.
Sponsors for BFF 2017 include: Cutty Sark Whiskey, Braven Brewing Company, Bruce Cost Ginger Ale, 100 Bogart, Brooklyn Fire Proof, NodeChemistry Creative and City Fresh Market. BFF is proud to be teaming up with Backstage and the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerceas Community Partners, along with Bushwick Daily and Radio Free Bushwick as the festival’s official Media Partners. SyndicatedHouse of YesLot 45LightSpace Studios, The Rookery Bar and Montana’s Trail House are the festival’s Venue Partners. For more information, please visit: www.bushwickfilmfestival.com
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BUSHWICK FILM FESTIVAL: FULL SCHEDULE
Thursday, October 12th
10th Annual Bushwick Film Festival Opening Night
TIME: 6:30pm
VENUE: House Of Yes
 
Friday, October 13th
SCREENING: NANA | Serena Dykman
TIME: 3pm
VENUE: Syndicated
SCREENING: Tormenting The Hen | Theodore Collatos
TIME: 5:30pm
VENUE: Syndicated
 
SCREENING: Short Films: Alt. Horror #1 | Luke Williams, Ian Hurdle, Justin Gilman, Robin Comisar, Wynter Rhys, Justin Ulloa, Jamie Dwyer, Gil Choi, Zach Fleming, Angelita Mendoza
TIME: 6pm
VENUE: Lot 45
 
SCREENING: Medal of Victory | Joshua Moise
TIME: 7:45pm
VENUE: Syndicated
 
SCREENING: Short Films: Alt. Horror #2 Adam R. Brown, Kyle l. Kelley, Michael Jackson, Nicholas Payne Santos, Ryan McGlade, Eileen O’Meara, Raquel Cedar, Syni Pappa
TIME: 8pm
VENUE: Lot 45
NETWORKING: Industry Happy Hour
TIME: 8pm
VENUE: The Rookery
PARTY: TAKEOVR Ladies Nite w/ DJ Scratch Nice.
TIME: 10pm
VENUE: Lot 45
SCREENING: Land Of The Little People | Yaniv Berman
TIME: 10:15pm
VENUE: Syndicated
 
Saturday, October 14th
SCREENING: Short Films: Documentaries | Aline Pimentel, Sasha Pezenik, Patrick G. Lee, Marco Alessi, Jackson Devereux, Jon Bunning
TIME: 12pm
VENUE: LightSpace
PANEL: Branded Content | TBA
TIME: 12pm
Venue: Chemistry Creative
SCREENING: Short Films: The Coming of Age Mixtape | Kevin Rios, Lin Wang, Patrick Letterii, Emily McNeill, Travis Wood, Brandon Bloch, Tim Sessler, Brandon Bray, Dylan and Dakota Pailes-Friedman, Giulia Jiménez Tani, Fatema Abdoolcarim, Raquel Salazar
TIME: 1pm
VENUE: Lot 45
SCREENING: PEDALÓ  | Juan Palacios
TIME: 1:30pm
VENUE: Syndicated
PANEL: Women In Film | Caroline Waterlow, Heidi Ewig and Diarra Kilpatrick
TIME: 1:30pm
Venue: Chemistry Creative
SCREENING: Short Films: The Rebels | Mtume Gant, Tess Harrison, Nicholas Payne Santos, Jenny Groza, Stefon Bristol, Sarah Sitzler
TIME: 2:30pm
VENUE: LightSpace
 
PANEL: Writing For TV | TBA
TIME: 3pm
Venue: Chemistry Creative
SCREENING: Who Is Earl Okin? | Joe Snelling
TIME: 3:30pm
VENUE: Syndicated
PANEL: Indie Sales and Distribution | TBA
TIME: 4:30pm
Venue: Chemistry Creative
SCREENING: Short Films: Westerns, Space Odysseys, etc. | Tamara P. Carter, Donaldo Prescod, Tom Teller, Joey Grossfield, Nathan Campbell, Alec Cummings, Samantha Smith, Lana Boy
TIME: 4:45pm
VENUE: LightSpace
SCREENING: Web Series: American KOKO | Diarra Kilpatrick
TIME: 6pm
VENUE: Syndicated
SCREENING: Short Films: Bushwick & Chill | Anne Hu, Nancy Asiamah-Yeboah, Noah LePage, Mia Bunai, Erica Eng, Darin Quan, Alice Gruia, Thanos Topouzis
TIME: 7:30pm
VENUE: LightSpace
SCREENING: Nowhere, Michigan | Robert Vornkahl
TIME: 8pm
VENUE: Syndicated
SCREENING: Web Series / New Media | Misha Calvert, Tim Manley, Naje Lataillade, Sonja O’Hara, Jaspal Binning, Chris Raddatz, Charlie Hoxie, Catherine Fordham, Liliana Tandon, James Boo
TIME: 8pm
Venue: Chemistry Creative
SCREENING: Short Films: Arthouse | Shayna Connelly, Haya Alghanim, Michael Litwak, Connor Burns, Dan Simolke, Raissa Contreras, D. Schmüdde, William D. Caballero, Ian Forster, Joseph Sulsenti, Amirhossein Kotobzadeh
TIME: 10pm
VENUE: LightSpace
PARTY: Live Music Party
TIME: 10pm
VENUE: Chemistry Creative
 
SCREENING: Pretty Far From Okay | Helena Hufnagel
TIME: 10:30pm
VENUE: Syndicated
 
Sunday, October 15th
SCREENING: Short Films: Film as Critique / America | Michael Marantz, Katori Hall, Tyler Rabinowitz, Denzel Boyd, Joseph Webb, Erika Street Hopman, Anaiis Cisco, Shaka King, Alexandra Moye, Juan Carlos A. Sánchez Sosa
TIME: 12pm
VENUE: LightSpace
SCREENING: We Are Mary | Julie Wiles
TIME: 12pm
Venue: Chemistry Creative
SCREENING: The Valley | Saila Kariat
TIME: 1pm
VENUE: Syndicated
 
SCREENING: Tribal Justice | Anne Makepeace
TIME: 2:15pm
Venue: Chemistry Creative
SCREENING: Short Films: This Woman’s Work | Laura Moss, Kenrick Prince, Gabriella Moses, Megan Brotherton, Karishma Dev Dube, Robin Cloud, McGhee Monteith
TIME: 2:30pm
VENUE: LightSpace
SCREENING: Sea to Shining Sea | Maximón Monihan
TIME: 3:15pm
VENUE: Syndicated
SCREENING: Double Screening: ‘Iman’ & ‘Syskon’  | Mia Bittar, Aurora Alänge
TIME: 4:45pm
Venue: Chemistry Creative
SCREENING: Short Films: Funny People | Chris McKee, Cullan Bruce, Todd Selby, Becca Roth, Laura Goehrke, Michael Goldburg, Kevin D’Angelo, Willy Berliner, Gregory Brecher
TIME: 5pm
VENUE: LightSpace
PARTY: Pre-Awards Reception
TIME: 4pm
VENUE: Montana’s Trail House
SCREENING: Coach Jake | Ian Phillips
TIME: 5:30pm
VENUE: Syndicated
PARTY: Awards Ceremony
TIME: 7pm
VENUE: Syndicated
 
We are now accepting Press Accreditation Applications for Bushwick Film Festival. Press interested in receiving credentials should fill out this form and will receive a response closer to the event: http://bit.ly/2vUIS3D
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About Founder, CEO Kweighbaye Kotee
Kweighbaye Kotee is an entrepreneur, filmmaker, writer and TV host. Over the past 10 years she has developed creative ways to use the power of media, culture and arts to bridge communities. In 2007, she founded The Bushwick Film Festival (BFF). The Festival celebrates independent film, provides chances for diverse filmmakers to exhibit their work and creates spaces where audiences can gather and enjoy independent cinema. In 2015, Kotee founded Media Culture & Communications Group (MCCG). MCCG works in tandem with companies and rapidly changing neighborhoods to help open lines of communication and create opportunities that support artistic sustainability and preserve long-standing cultural landscapes in various ways. Dedicated to her community and the arts, she is the Executive Director of two Brooklyn-based non-profit organizations and is a Bushwick Community Board member serving on the Arts & Culture and Land Use Committees.
Born in Liberia, she and her family immigrated to the U.S. at the brink of the Liberian Civil war. Kotee attended public school in Newark, NJ where she was awarded a scholarship from the Wight Foundation to attend Blair Academy. She moved on to receive her B.S in Media, Culture and Communications from New York University. Currently Kweighbaye lives in Bushwick, Brooklyn.
About the Bushwick Film Festival
Founded in 2007, The Bushwick Film Festival (BFF) is a leading independent film and media company in Brooklyn. A decade into its mission, BFF is hailed as one of Brooklyn’s most influential cinematic events for its contribution to the borough’s artistic, cultural, and economic growth. The festival attracts film and entertainment industry leaders at national and international levels and showcases films created by the best emerging independent filmmakers in Brooklyn, including the works of international filmmakers from over 30 different countries. In addition, BFF proudly shines a spotlight on diverse filmmakers. Its mission is to inspire filmmakers to harness the spirit of entrepreneurship, give them a platform to grow an audience, help strengthen their networks, increase their chances to connect with industry professionals, and present them opportunities to make a living doing what they love. Its mission to its audiences is to provide spaces where people from all backgrounds can gather and enjoy new and exciting niche films that are not typically made available and/or accessible to them, along with opportunities to attend educational and cultural events.
The festival is looking forward to celebrating its 10th Anniversary from October 12-15.
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