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14th Brooklyn Film Fest: celebrating indie artists in NY’s hippest borough

Written by: FFT Webmaster | March 2nd, 2011

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In the Spotlight this week is the 14th Annual BROOKLYN FILM FESTIVAL (BFF). Named among MovieMaker’s “25 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee” in 2010 and one of the “25 Coolest Film Festivals” in 2009, BFF serves up a unique showcase of thoughtful, rewarding independent and international cinema in one of the hippest neighborhoods in the United States.

In 2011, BFF expects to present around 120 films at two of Brooklyn’s “go-to” cinemas – indieScreen and Brooklyn Heights Cinema – over ten packed days of screenings, forums, panels, and special events. BFF offers accepted filmmakers VIP passes to all festival screenings and events, and awards winners in several categories with prizes totaling over $50,000 USD in film services and products sponsored by the likes of Panavision, Abel Cinetech, Xeno Lights, Cinecall Soundtracks, Avid, Media Services, Film Friends, and Backstage. Many outstanding independent productions have had their premieres at BFF before going on to enjoy theatrical releases, including GABI ON THE ROOF IN JULY (BFF 2010 Best Narrative Feature), BREAKING UPWARDS (BFF 2009 Grand Jury Prize), and FIX (BFF 2008 Grand Jury Prize). BFF also premiered BETWEEN THE FOLDS (BFF 2009 Audience Award, Documentary) which went on to win a Peabody Award after its nationwide broadcast on PBS. In 2009, TOYLAND and ON THE LINE premiered at BFF, both going on to be nominated for the Oscar, with TOYLAND earning the Best Live Action Short distinction.

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The non-profit Brooklyn Film Festival’s mission is to discover, expose, and promote independent filmmakers, provide a public forum in Brooklyn that advances public interest in films and independent film production, draw worldwide attention to Brooklyn as a center for cinema, and encourage Brooklyn residents to access and experience the power of independent filmmaking.

The Festival’s 2011 theme is “Plot,” intended to emphasize some of the most pressing issues of our times. Plot will acknowledge that individual actions and collective deeds have a tremendous impact on our local and global environment, and will invite all to join discussions of planetary implications. With Plot, BFF will also focus attention on participating filmmakers, gratefully acknowledging their contributions to a free and open society.

Situated in the heart of Brooklyn, the Festival fully captures the special blend of international flavor and DIY aesthetics that make up New York City’s coolest borough. Brooklyn is at the center of NYC’s vibrant art scene, and the Brooklyn Film Festival is central in connecting filmmakers to NYC’s film, video, and art world. BFF is linked up with dozens of New York film organizations, theaters, and distributors. The Festival organizers, judges, and staff are filmmakers and artists themselves. Each night of BFF, filmmakers can expect to network at events in Brooklyn’s hottest clubs, bars, galleries, and restaurants.

Thoughtful, challenging and rewarding at every turn, BFF stands as a showcase of ideas in a neighborhood that’s famous for its urban ideals and offbeat denizens. Submit your film to the Brooklyn Film Festival today!

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