THE ART OF BROOKLYN is a an award-winning international film festival designed to connect Brooklyn's vibrant indie scene with their peers around the world. We are a filmmaker-focused event, platform and showcase for emerging creators and established voices. Founded by working artists in 2011, over a dozen of our premieres have gained distribution and one became an HBO series.

We're generating significant growth each year with an expanding international footprint among audiences, filmmakers, and the entertainment industry. In 2020 we entertained guests from 15 countries, and 3 of the features we premiered gained distribution, despite the fact that we were fully digital due to the pandemic. One of our 2021 award-winning shorts is being developed as a feature, one feature premiere got distribution, and two others were in talks as of October 2021. One of our 2022 award-winning features recently got distribution as well.

We are a hybrid festival, producing live, in-person screenings... plus streaming screenings and panels in real time on a set schedule to an international audience — with studio grade DRM protection via our Virtual Festival Platform . We have produced film events in 20 different venues for diverse audiences in 10 different Brooklyn neighborhoods, including those underserved by art and culture organizations.

Adding streaming to our event enables us to host global events locally, bringing the largest possible audience to our films. We also partner with local Brooklyn bars and restaurants for both formal and informal networking events with after parties, in addition to our famous Launch Party.

Equity is organic to our mission. We bridge the opportunity divide by making media accessible to everyone, including those who are underrepresented on either side of the camera. Every year AoBFF invites a different film professional to act as Guest Festival Director for the season. If you're interested in submitting yourself for the position please contact us at Our short list always includes women and/or people of color, and the position has been held by members of underrepresented groups over 66% since we started the program in 2016. One of the things we are consistently noted for is the outstanding quality of our curation, which has only improved as we've opened up to exciting new voices.

We have a Transparent and Ethical Submission Policy in which every film we receive until midnight of the last day of late submissions is viewed in its entirety and considered for programming. We never pre-select films for competition, fill a template or set our schedule before submissions close. Every single submission is screened multiple times, first by our selection committee, a diverse (racially, by gender, and age) group of film professionals and film fans, who represent the popular taste of our audience. They leave detailed notes on each film for the Guest Festival Director, who makes final decisions based on their own complete viewing. We have curated films we’ve received at the very end of our submission process several times, resulting in more than one AoBFF award-winner. So don't hesitate to spend on a late submission to AoBFF, it's worth it.
We never require filmmakers to purchase blocks of tickets for their own screenings. We don't make filmmakers pay for their own trophies. And we never charge filmmakers for marketing or promotion. We believe that film festivals exist for filmmakers, not the other way around.

Film or TV scripts in any genre, 120 pages maximum. Entries are scored by a team of professional script readers, managed by our Script Contest Director, Gina Leone. (Read more about prizes in Awards & Prizes section.)

BKOD (Brooklyn On Demand)
In 2014 we became the only indie film festival to build and program our own video-on-demand streaming platform: Brooklyn On Demand, where we showcase festival favorites, original series and more. Check it out at


• In 2022 we returned to a full slate of in-person screenings, plus virtual encore presentations and premieres.
• In 2021 our first Hybrid Edition combined virtual and in-person screenings and events. 3 of our 2020 features received distribution!
We have screened and held events in 20 venues in 10 different neighborhoods across Brooklyn.
In 2020 we launched our first Digital Edition (on schedule) in response to the Covid pandemic on the Eventive Virtual Festival Platform
• We welcome around 2,000 guests to our event every year, including 2020.
• In 2016, we screened the premiere of the theatrical cut of Spike Lee’s new documentary ‘2 Fists Up’ through a partnership with ESPN Films.
• In 2017, we screened Kelly Reichardt's 'Certain Women' and welcomed Neil deGrasse Tyson as a special festival guest for our New York Premiere of the feature 'Future '38'
• In 2018 we hosted a special 25th Anniversary screening of the indie classic "Just Another Girl On The IRT" with director Leslie Harris in attendance.
• Our Official Selections Hunter&Game (2015) Lake Nowhere (2015), Lemon (2014), American Bomber (2013), Casual Encounters (2013) and You Bury Your Own (2012) all went on to get distribution.
• Our 2014 Best Animation winner ‘How You Doin’ Boy? Voicemails From Gran’pa’ was sold as a series to HBO Latino.
• We won a Brooklyn Innovation Award for Creative Group of the Year in 2015

• We have enjoyed strategic partnerships with UCLA Extension Writers' Program, Alliance of Women Directors, New York Women in Film and Television, The Alliance of Women Directors, The NYC Mayor’s Office of Media & Entertainment, Prime Latino Media, Gravitas Ventures, BOND/360, IndiePix films, Pratt Institute, ESPN Films, LesFlicks global streaming platform, NBC Universal and LiveStream, among others.

• We watch every film submitted to us, right up until midnight of our extended deadline. And yes, we have programmed films we received on the last day of submissions!
• Our Film Selection Panel is a diverse group of industry professionals, and we choose a new Guest Festival Director each season, so that the AoBFF doesn’t reflect a single, static point of view.
• Only films that we receive through our submissions process are eligible for festival awards.

We are a hybrid festival, producing live, in-person screenings with virtual premieres, encores, and live streaming events via the Eventive Platform with studio-grade DRM protection, seamless livestream integration for filmmaker talkbacks, and ticketing.

• Our Technical Director pre-screens every selection in advance, to ensure the best-quality version of your film screens for our audience.
• We only screen from digital files to ensure a high quality screening without the technical pitfalls that can accompany DVDs or Blu-Rays.
• Our projectionists always remain in the theater for every screening.

We strongly prefer to screen premieres, especially for features. We have a great track record of opening films, garnering them press and industry attention with successful screenings... If ESPN Films trusted us to premiere the theatrical cut of Spike Lee’s 2 Fists Up, maybe you can too? We’re just saying.

• We create opportunities to connect with your peers and industry at our world-class audience talkbacks, panels for networking and skill building, and our amazing Opening Night Party.
• We are aggressive about promoting our screenings to press and audience using social media and targeted press outreach.
• Your film’s festival run is an important part of its long-term marketing plan. We will partner with you to make the most of your AoBFF screening; before, during and after the festival. Premiering with us pays off!
• Our communication skills are legendary; you’ll always be in the loop.
• We produce broadcast quality interviews with AoBFF filmmakers that appear on our streaming platform Brooklyn On Demand (, online and on Roku even after the festival ends.
• Our filmmakers love screening with us!

The AoBFF will present awards in the following categories:
- Outstanding Narrative Feature
- Outstanding Narrative Short
- Outstanding Documentary
- Outstanding Comedy
- Outstanding Drama
- Outstanding Cinematography
- Outstanding Performance
- Outstanding Ensemble
- Outstanding Editing
- Outstanding Performance
- Outstanding Animation
- Outstanding Score
- Outstanding Visual Effects
- Outstanding Short Documentary
- Audience Choice Award
- Jury Prize
- Dark Side Award (For Horror/Thriller/Noir Films)
- Vanguard Award (For Experimental/Non-Linear/Avant-Garde Films)

** Everyone who submits to AoBFF (film or screenplay) gets a live, interactive group pitch session from Roadmap Writers!

** As part of our mission to support emerging writers, everyone who enters will receive a FREE webinar from Roadmap Writers.**

- a live, interactive pitch session from Roadmap Writers
- an All-Access Festival pass

- a live, interactive pitch session from Roadmap Writers
- All-Access Festival pass
- 1 free month in the On Ramp Program from Roadmap Writers

- Live, interactive pitch session from Roadmap Writers
- an All-Access Festival pass
- Film Rise® screenwriting software
- 1 free month in the On Ramp Program from Roadmap Writers
- 4-month Pro listing on Inktip
- 6-month membership on ScriptHop

Grand Prize Winner:
- Live, interactive pitch session from Roadmap Writers
- an All-Access Festival pass
- 1 free month in the On Ramp Program from Roadmap Writers
- 4-month Pro listing on Inktip
- 6-month membership on ScriptHop
- Staged reading cast with professionbal actors
- Script read by manager Matt Dy from Lit Entertainment Group for possible representation

The Art of Brooklyn Film Festival programs all genres including comedy, drama, documentary, animation, horror, sci-fi, music video and experimental. Our Film Screening Panel —led by our annual Guest Festival Director— views all submissions and selects the films we program. We guarantee that ALL films and screenplays submitted will be considered up until midnight of the final day of submissions. A Judging Panel of industry professionals selects award-winning films in each category and our winning screenplay.

The Art of Brooklyn Film Festival strongly prefers to program premieres, especially for features, but will consider all films submitted.

All film submissions must include an online screener. Screenplays must be uploaded in PDF form only.

All filmmakers must have a screening-quality digital exhibition format available. We always screen directly from filmmakers' files. (No DVDs or Blu-Ray.)

If your film is accepted, you will be solely responsible for delivering exhibition materials to us and from the festival venue. The Art of Brooklyn cannot be held liable for any materials that are lost or damaged.

Payment made by credit card via the online submission platform is preferred.
All submission fees must be paid via credit card or PayPal. Festival dates are subject to change. Fees are non-refundable. Refund requests are considered on a case by case basis, and must be made within 1 week of our notification date.


By submitting my film, I allow it to be screened at The Art of Brooklyn Film Festival if accepted.

The Art of Brooklyn Film Festival is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any accepted film for any promotional purposes. (Print, press, online.)

The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.

The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless The Art of Brooklyn from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.

By entering (submitting to) The Art of Brooklyn Film Festival, entrants release and hold the The Art of Brooklyn, its Board of Directors, Officers, Staff and Volunteers harmless from and against all losses, damages, rights, claims and actions of any kind arising in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from participation with the competition or participation in any competition related activity.

By entering (submitting to) to The Art of Brooklyn Festival you are granting the right for The Art of Brooklyn to screen your film publicly one to two times in the next twelve months (depending on the festival entered).

By entering (submitting to) The Art of Brooklyn Festival you are admitting that you have read, understood and agreed to follow our Rules and Regulations for festival submission and to abide by our Terms and Conditions of service and our general festival Rules and Regulations.

Failure to comply with The Art of Brooklyn guidelines, rules, regulations, or eligibility will be cause for disqualification and can result in having your film pulled from screening or competition.

All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply.


- Screenplays cannot be submitted over 120 pages without festival permission. Entries over 120 pages will require an additional fee to be eligible.
- Screenplays can be in any format (Feature, TV, Short) as long as they do not exceed the page limit.
- Screenplays must be formatted correctly for consideration.
- The draft of the screenplay that is submitted initially will be the one that is read and scored. A updated draft of a screenplay will not be re-read unless it is submitted as a new entry.

All deadlines are at 11:59pm PST on the date listed. Any deadline alteration or promotion of any kind does not make any entry valid of a refund of any kind.
There are no refunds for any submitted screenplay. Coupons may not be applied to previously submitted scripts.
There is no limit on the number of scripts a writer or writing team may submit.
Prizes are award per script and teams of writers are expected to divide prizes on their own accord.
The decision of the judges will be final and cannot be contested in any manner. There is no score on a scorecard that guarantees advancement to the next level as advancement will be based on all score in the competition.
The contest reserves the right to delay announcements for any reason. Delay may last up to but never more than 90 days. While we never anticipate any delays, such delays will not alter the standing of any screenplay entry and will qualify no script for a refund under any circumstance.
By submitting to the contest you are releasing your script to the film festival and its partners, and holding harmless the festival or any affiliates from any claims, expenses, and liabilities, including but not limited to invasion of privacy, defamation, copyright, libel, trademark infringement, slander, personal property infringement, etc.

Overall Rating
  • Jared Warner

    Lovely little festival celebrating the spirit of NYC artistry. Plus, it comes with some very thoughtful perks and rewards for participating.

    August 2023
  • Hiroki Wakamatsu

    I was so happy to that I could attend the Art of Brooklyn Film Festival with my first feature film, Hakoniwa! I can't say thank you enough to the festival for tremendous support and love towards independent filmmakers. I could meet a lot of wonderful artists, and I could see many inspiring and diverse films. It was so encouraging for me to keep making films. I hope to attend this fantastic film festival again if I have a chance!

    July 2023
  • Katina Corrao

    Our film, The Auditions, made its world premiere at The Art of Brooklyn Film Festival, and we are SO glad it did! Our experience with this team—from start to finish—was truly professional. The staff was welcoming, communicative, and enthusiastic, plus the screening venues were first-class all the way. Everyone made us feel welcome and we were thrilled to be surrounded by so many passionate filmmakers, actors, and creative minds. Now I understand why there is so much buzz surrounding this festival! Highly Recommend!

    July 2023
  • Megan Hayes

    Thank you, Art of Brooklyn! I had the best time world premiering my short!!!

    June 2023
  • I am very happy that my short film was screened at the Art of Brooklyn Film Festival. Luckily I was able to spend a few days in Brooklyn and attend some events and screenings. They really put together a great festival. I met a lot of interesting artists and made new friends. In my opinion, the most important thing is to exchange ideas and build bridges for future work and no medium is better suited than film to build understanding between people, cultures and their conflicts. Festivals like the AoBFF have the power to enable a shared artistic experience of our plural world. Thank you for making this possible!

    June 2023