**BFF Alumni, productions shot in Bushwick and filmmakers who are residents of Bushwick are eligible for a discount. For more information please send us an email.

Now in its 12th year, the Bushwick Film Festival has become an industry staple for new talent and a premiere voice for independent cinema in Brooklyn. We have showcased local and international filmmakers from more than 40 countries, providing a platform for diverse stories from all people, especially women, people of color and the LGBTQ community. Located in Bushwick, the bustling center of Brooklyn’s artistic and cultural community, the festival offers five days full of screenings, panels, parties and networking opportunities. We encourage our 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 our common passion for independent film. After a decade full of fantastic screenings, people and moments, we are as driven as ever to continue our quest to share amazing stories with an ever growing audience and we hope you will join us!

"The Bushwick Film Festival is [...] working to shine a light on indie filmmakers and diversity in the film industry." - NBC / Positively Black

“An opportunity to see amazing films that you won’t find in regular U.S. cinemas. They are true gems!” - Indiewire

“A cultural institution in the Bushwick Art Scene.” - Times News Weekly

“Get to know NYC’s next filmmaking generation at the Bushwick Film Festival.” - Tribeca Film

“The great thing that we have now is the Bushwick Film Festival that has continuously pushed the envelope [...] to promote minority and women filmmakers.” Antonio Reynoso, New York City Council Member

“No one does it better here in the borough of Brooklyn.” - Eric L. Adams, Brooklyn Borough President

The Bushwick Film Festival presents awards in five categories: Best Narrative Feature, Best Documentary Feature, Best Short Film Narrative, Best Short Film Doc and Best Web Series. Runner-Ups are recognized in each category.

Bushwick Film Festival Terms of Entry:

I, the undersigned, acknowledge and agree to the following terms and conditions:

The Bushwick Film Festival accept all forms and genres that would be deemed within a G, PG, PG-13, R, or NC-17 rating by BFF programmers. We do not accept pornographic entertainment. Entry does not guarantee acceptance into The Bushwick Film Festival. Submissions WILL NOT be returned.

We also accept submissions that have premiered elsewhere and that may have distribution agreements already in place. However, TV, theatrical, online video, other festival, or other distribution outlets that run concurrently or in the same month of the festival may not be eligible for screening. Rough cuts and incomplete projects are not accepted.

Multiple entries are allowed, however a separate entry form must be submitted for each. Bushwick Film Festival has the capability to screen MOV files, BluRay, DVD and DCP.

Screenings are scheduled during the Festival at the discretion of The Bushwick Film Festival. Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the published schedule, Bushwick Film Festival reserves the right to make changes at any time for any reason. Bushwick Film Festival will not be liable for any costs claimed as a result of a change in scheduling. No film may be withdrawn from the festival program after its selection, and no film may be screened outside the festival venue (in the Tri State Area) during the Festival weekend, or 4 weeks prior to the films official presentation, without our approval.

If chosen as an official selection, Bushwick Film Festival is granted the permission to exhibit the film at the 2019 (12th Annual) Bushwick Film Festival and all associated Bushwick Film Festival screenings. Location and timing of any screenings of the film shall be the sole decision of the organizers of the Film Festival. Bushwick Film Festival has the right to upload the film to the Bushwick Film Festival secure screening panel website to make submission available to Bushwick Film Festival Jury Members and to media.

Filmmakers will be solely responsible for all costs resulting from the submission of the film to the Festival including but not limited to postage or insurance of the film, and expenses of your staff or any representatives of the film.

Producer will indemnify the organizers of the Festival against all claims, demands, costs, damages, expenses (including legal fees), proceedings and losses resulting from the screening of the film at the Festival or from claims by any third parties.

Accepted short films have the option for inclusion in the Annual Bushwick Film Festival Short Film DVD Collection. By agreeing to inclusion, producer maintains copyright ownership, but allows Bushwick Film Festival to distribute the Production in the annual Bushwick Film Festival Short Film DVD Collection. Films are selected at the discretion of the BFF programmers. Distribution in the short film collection is done so with permission of the filmmaker, and the understanding that there will be no compensation.

Although every precaution will be taken to prevent loss or damage to materials while in the possession of the festival, The Bushwick Film Festival is not responsible should any materials be damaged while in transit to or from, or while in the possession of the Bushwick Film Festival.

I hold The Bushwick Film Festival, its management, juries, subsidiaries, agents, sponsors, affiliates, and etc. harmless from any and all claims of liability resulting from entry. I certify that I have full rights to the use of the music in the Production.

Producer will indemnify the organizers of the Festival against all claims, demands, costs, damages, expenses (including legal fees), proceedings and losses resulting from the screening of the film at the Festival or from claims by any third parties.

Producer/Filmmaker must own all copyrights; must be able to provide model/actor release verification if requested; must be able to provide music, product and other copyright licensing verification if requested. Producer agrees to take on all copyright liability in regard to submitted film.

I have read, understand and fully comply with all submission eligibility, submission guidelines, Terms and Conditions of Entry and Entry Eligibility requirements

To the best of my knowledge, all of the statements in my submission application are true. I understand that any failure to follow and adhere to the Rules and Regulations of the 2019 Festival will result in the disqualification of the film.

Overall Rating
  • Andrew Leibman

    Great people and a great fest in Bushwick. Highly recommend.

    October 2018
  • Ian Adelson

    Truly one of the best festivals. The team curates and puts blocks together perfectly, communicated very regularly and offer a number of interesting panels/parties that give you opportunities to meet other filmmakers and learn more about the industry. Set in Bushwick, the whole team is right at the forefront of all things latest and greatest in the independent film world - highly recommended.

    October 2018
  • Josh ethan Johnson

    Nothing but the highest of praises for the BFF. Right away, they reached out to walk me through what was going down during the fest. There were dozens of well organized events all well attended. They got tons of local sponsors so the venues we're hip but not pretentious like the croud.

    I participated in several radio shows surrounding the fest which was fun. I met very cool filmmakers, editors, etc from all over the globe. Will definitely stay in touch.

    Overall, Kweighbaye and Joseph run a fun festival and curate an international roster of filmmakers. They watch all of the submissions which says it all.

    October 2018
  • Tyler Rabinowitz

    Bushwick Film Festival is one you absolutely must apply to. I feel humbled to have had a short there this year and last, because the curation of the festival is truly phenomenal. The community, the programming, the peers you'll meet and the conversations you'll have...this is a festival you want to be apart of.

    October 2018
  • Thank you Bushwick Film Festival you took us and Wiki by storm! We will definitively be coming back to this amazing city and fantastic film festival - which showcased great films from all around the World! The whole team behind Bushwick was super friendly, well organized and helped out greatly with media contacts and promotion! Beautifully programmed film sections and fun special evening events. Festival dreams do come true! Keep up the good work and cannot wait to submit future work to your amazing festival!

    October 2018