**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 14th 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 60 countries, providing a platform for diverse stories. 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 14 years 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!

Please watch this video for a brief history of BFF presented by the festival founder Kweighbaye Kotee: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PotHEje5aZ4

Also below are few press quotes:

“BFF gives, directors, cinematographers, and actors from around the world a platform to shine On" – PopSugar

“The Bushwick Film Festival shines a light on indie filmmakers and diversity in the film industry.”– NBC

“This is the moment that Brooklyn film buffs have been waiting for.” – News 12

"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

“In one of the premier arts communities of Brooklyn, the Bushwick Film Festival provides a unique opportunity to explore diverse New York voices alongside those from abroad, to both celebrate the beauty, the absurdity, and even the difficulty of life while pushing to increase our awareness and inclusion of worldviews outside our own.” -Bklyner

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

The Bushwick Film Festival presents awards in the following categories:
Best Narrative Feature
Best Documentary Feature
Best Short Film Narrative
Best Short Film Doc
Best Web Series
Best Screenplay
Best Actor / Outstanding Performance
Special Jury Prizes in all categories
Honorable Mention in all categories
Programmers Choice Award in all categories

Bushwick Film Festival Terms of Entry:

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

The Bushwick Film Festival accepts 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.

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.

The Bushwick Film Festival will not return or refund a submission fee after a film has been submitted.

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 film's official presentation, without our approval.

If chosen as an official selection, Bushwick Film Festival is granted the permission to exhibit the film at the 2021 (14th 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.

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 the 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 2021 Festival will result in the disqualification of the film.

Overall Rating
  • Mojo Lorwin

    Very classy festival. Exciting screening, even during COVID.

    March 2021
  • Washington Kirk

    Great festival. Period. If you're at all wavering whether it's worth the submission, don't! Wonderful selection of projects (an honor to be included), team was professional and super responsive despite all my frivolous requests and questions. An aesthetically pleasing experience to boot. My only wish is that I could've "attended" during non-pandemic times. Hear Brooklyn's a good hang.

    November 2020
  • Sideways Smile

    Amazing festival. Super communicative! Such wonderful people and a wonderful festival to be a part of.

    November 2020
  • Mariel Sosa

    Bushwick Film Festival was an amazing experience. I was able to make real connections and be part of industry events. The organizers were very helpful throughout the whole process. Can't wait to go back next year!

    November 2020
  • Per Wichmann

    I am so happy that my film was shown on Bushwick film festival. Really a professional arrangement with a lot of interesting films. Thank you for accepting my film. Regards from Pelle Wichmann in Sweden

    November 2020