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NYC’s 8th BeFilm The Underground Film Festival

Written by: FFT Webmaster | February 24th, 2011

New York, New York – USA
May 3 to 7, 2011

In the Spotlight this week is the 8th Annual BE FILM THE UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL – BTUFF, a launching pad for filmmakers working in the short form, held in the heart of New York City.

In previous editions, the Festival presented 75 shorts from 27 countries and has become known for showcasing the best cinematic expressions to hit the screens. BeFilm has seen many of its official selections go on to receive Academy recognition over the years. Oscar-winning and nominated films that have premiered or screened at BeFilm include Bill Plympton’s GUARD DOG; THIS WAY UP by Smith & Foulkes; Javier Fesser’s BINTA Y LA GRAN IDEA; Ari Sandel’s WEST BANK STORY, which won the Academy Award; and Student Academy Award-winner MIRAGE by Youngwoong Jang and nominee BOHEMIBOT by Brendan Bellomo.

True to its philosophy that “shorter is better,” BeFilm showcases animated, documentary, experimental, narrative, and 3D shorts, as well as spec commercials and music videos. Prize packages have included high-end audio visual software, laptop computers, and editing courses, as well as cases of Taittinger Champagne, Thierry Mugler swag, and airline tickets to Europe. Always striving to innovate and push programming boundaries, BeFilm was the first short film festival in the United States to open a Stereoscopic 3D category, exhibiting in DOLBY 3D Digital Cinema.

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BeFilm provides a cultural and entertaining forum for audiences while recognizing and honoring emerging independent filmmakers with the help of a panel of judges from the entertainment industry.

Established in 2004 as the Tribeca Underground Film Festival, BeFilm changed its name in 2006 and has enjoyed healthy growth since its inception. BeFilm prides itself on promoting and discovering the work of talented filmmakers, and enjoys quite a following. TV5 describes the Festival as “the rendez-vous of its genre on the East Coast…and a fabulous springboard for all its selected short films.”

As one of the world’s great artistic capitals, New York City provides an ideal setting for filmmakers to engage with passionate audiences and fellow artists. Don’t miss your chance to join the vibrant creative community converging in NYC this spring…submit your film to BeFilm The Underground Film Festival today!

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