Brooklyn Film Festival (BFF), is an International, competitive festival. BFF’s mission is to provide a public forum in Brooklyn in order to advance public interest in films and the independent production of films. To draw worldwide attention to Brooklyn as a center for cinema. To encourage the rights of all Brooklyn residents to access and experience the power of independent filmmaking, and to promote artistic excellence and the creative freedom of artists without censure. BFF, inc. is a not-for-profit organization.

The festival is for and by independent filmmakers. The organizers of BFF bring 21 years of festival experience to this annual event. BFF accepts submissions in six categories: Narrative Features, Documentary Features, Short Narrative, Short Documentary, Experimental, and Animation. Submissions are open from July to March of the following year, the final selection of 150+ films is announced in May, and the film festival takes place in June. Selected films in each category are eligible for several awards. In addition to our lineup of films, the festival also hosts multiple filmmaker parties and networking events at venues around Brooklyn and New York City.

Many of the award-winning films from the Brooklyn Film Festival have gone on to have theatrical releases, to have nationwide broadcasts on PBS and HBO, and to be nominated and awarded at both the British and the American Academy Awards.

Through the resources of our sponsors, BFF offers prizes totaling over $50,000 in film services and products. Our industry sponsors include NYC CAMERA COMPANY, ABELCINE, XENO LIGHTS, MEDIA SERVICES, CINECALL SOUNDTRACKS, NOBLE JEWELRY, BROOKLYN FILM SOCIETY, BLUETABLEPOST, SOBREVISTA RESORT, MPE, BE ELECTRIC, BRIC

List of Awards:

GRAND CHAMELEON AWARD
This Award is intended to reward the film that best represents the festival theme.
Eligibility: chosen among the 6 winners of the 6 BFF film categories. Often called improperly Best Film of the Year, the Grand Chameleon is picked regardless of its length, category, or format.
Jury: This award is assigned by the Board of Directors of the Festival.
Prizes: Sponsored by Cinecall Soundtrack - Xeno Lights - Be Electric – Chameleon Statuette - Value $10,500

BEST IN CATEGORY AWARD
Assigned to the best film in each category
Eligibility: All films in competition
Feature Narrative - Prize: Sponsored by AbelCine ($5,000 service) + Jewel by uRSiNo Jewelry ($500)
Feature Documentary - Prize: Sponsored by Media Services ($300 service) - $2,500 credit towards camera rental at NYC Camera Co. + Jewel by uRSiNo Jewelry ($500)
Short Narrative - $2,500 credit towards camera rental at NYC Camera Co. & Media Services ($300 service) + Jewel by uRSiNo Jewelry ($500)
Short Documentary - $200 Cash Offered by Brooklyn Film Society + Jewel by uRSiNo Jewelry ($500)
Animation - $200 Cash Offered by Brooklyn Film Society + Jewel by uRSiNo Jewelry ($500)
Experimental - $200 Cash Offered by Brooklyn Film Society + Jewel by uRSiNo Jewelry ($500)
Jury: Assigned by the panels of Judges.

BEST BROOKLYN PROJECT
Assigned to the best film shot in Brooklyn or by a Brooklyn director
Eligibility: All films shot in Brooklyn or by a Brooklyn director are eligible
Jury: Assigned by the BFF's Board of Directors
Prize: – $3,000 credit towards post-production equipment rental at MPE.

BEST PITCH AT BFF EXCHANGE
Assigned to the Director/Writer who offered the best content and performed the best pitch during the Pitch segment of BFFX
Eligibility: All films in competition are eligible. Submissions are open to all.
Jury: BFFX Producers
Prize: 10 hours with a Sound Editor and 10 hours with a Colorist at bluetablepost. Value $8,000 + Two $50 certificates offered by BRIC to be used for their classes.
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BEST NEW DIRECTOR
Assigned to the best upcoming director
Eligibility: All filmmakers in competition are eligible
Jury: Assigned by the panels of Judges.
Prize: $200 Cash Offered by Brooklyn Film Society

SPIRIT AWARD
Films in which the festival recognizes its own spirit
Spirit Awards are assigned in each category
Eligibility: All films in competition are eligible
Jury: Spirit Awards are assigned by BFF's Board of Directors

CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE
Certificates are assigned for outstanding achievement in the following categories:
Production - Prize: $200 Cash Offered by Brooklyn Film Society
Screenwriting – Prize: $200 Cash Offered by Brooklyn Film Society
Cinematography - Prize: $200 Offered by Brooklyn Film Society
Editing - Prize: $200 Cash Offered by Brooklyn Film Society
Style/Wardrobe - Prize: Sponsored by G-Star Raw ($1,000 products)
Original Score - Prize: $200 Cash Offered by Brooklyn Film Society
Acting (female) -
Acting (male) -
Eligibility: All films in competition are eligible
Jury: Certificate Awards are assigned by the panels of Judges

AUDIENCE AWARD
Audience Awards are assigned in each category as follows:
Feature
Documentary
Short Subject
Animation
Experimental.
Eligibility: All films in competition are eligible.
Jury: Festival Audience.

DEADLINES
BFF 2019 Edition submissions OPEN ON June 15, 2018

Deadlines are as follows:
Earlybird deadline: Postmarked by November 30, 2018
Regular deadline: Postmarked by January 28, 2019
Late deadline: Postmarked by February 19, 2019
Extended deadline: Postmarked by March 11, 2019

Postmarked by = Submission packages can be mailed until the day of the deadline.

CATEGORIES
We accept submissions of Feature Narrative, Short Narrative, Feature Documentary, Short Documentary, Animation, and Experimental

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
Language:
All films must be in English or with English subtitles.

Screening or Rental Fees:
BFF does NOT CONSIDER films that require SCREENING/RENTAL FEES.

Duration/Running Time:
Feature Narrative: No less than 60 minutes
Short Narrative: Less than 60 minutes
Feature Documentary: No Less than 50 minutes
Short Documentary: Less than 50 minutes
Animation and Experimental: no limitations

Prior Screenings:
Entries can not have a theatrical run (commercial release) or be broadcast (TV) anywhere in the U.S.A. before June 11, 2018. Previous screenings at other film festivals, as well as private, industry, and press screenings are OK. The "New York Premiere" status is preferred, but not mandatory.

Completion Date:
Projects submitted to the Festival must have been completed after June 12, 2017. Works-In-Progress are considered only during the final submission deadline and if the film will be completed by May 8, 2019 .

Independent Production:
Films produced, financed, or initiated by a major motion picture studio are not eligible for the competition.

Overall Rating
Quality
Value
Communication
Hospitality
Networking
  • Lorenzo Monti

    Incredible energy, communication and programming! Bravo and thank you to all the organizers and filmmakers who made this experience seamless and unforgettable.

    June 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Lorenzo! It was a great pleasure to host you and your film at the 21st BFF.

  • Kamelya Alexan

    Fantastic festival! Cant wait to go back next year.

    June 2018
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    Response from festival:

    We look forward to reviewing your next movie. Keep in mind that alumni do not pay entry fees.

  • Natalia Zakharova

    Wonderful festival, very well organized by a group of talented professionals, was a pleasure to present the film there!
    Thank you!

    June 2018
  • Daniel Anguiano Zúñiga

    I didn't have the chance to assist to the Festival but the communication with the Festival staff was amazing. Thank you!!

    June 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks Daniel!

  • A great festival, excellent communication and support for independent film makers both new and established. Highly recommended. 10/10

    June 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much Stuart!