Since its creation in May 2018, The Bush Films has exemplified inclusivity, safety, and representation for queer women and trans and non-binary people. The Bush Films is the only consistent monthly queer film series in New York that focuses exclusively on films for, about, and by queer women, trans, and non-binary people. We understand that our community craves representation in cinema, and we’re dedicated to making such films more accessible.

The Bush Films is a monthly film series. We are community bred and oriented, which means that, at present, our grassroots beginnings don’t enable us to have a monetary prize for selected films. We’re about art for the sake of the act (and for representation and community).

We often collaborate and curate at other festivals and organizations, such as SAGE and CLAGS. We also participated in a screening in Venice, Italy, which opens doors internationally. Meaning, if your film is selected by The Bush Films, there’s a chance it can also screen at other festivals we work with. However, the folks we have at our Brooklyn screenings are NYC-based. The Bush Films also hosts weekly L Word screenings, which boast an audience of 100-500 people.

Overall, The Bush Films believes that quality representation and inclusive, safe spaces are imperative. We began in a backyard and have grown far beyond initial expectations. The Bush Films is proud to represent films about queer women, trans, and non-binary and the folks that create them.

We welcome short documentaries and fictional films. All films with a principal queer, trans, or non-binary storyline, or which address the LBTQ+ community’s experience, are welcome. All films not in English must be accompanied by English subtitles, and directors of selected films will be invited to discuss their work with the audience in open sessions between showings. We ask that films are no longer than 20 minutes.

The Bush Films used to do on-site screenings in different locations in New York City, but given Covid-19, we decided to do virtual live screenings and keep supporting Queer Cinema and filmmakers.

We screen short films about:
- Queer women
- Lesbians
- Bisexual +
- Trans women
- Trans men
- Non-binary people.
- Feminism

Every film needs to have English captions.

Short films no longer than 20 minutes.

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  • Lauren Sevigny

    The Bush Films was a great festival experience! They really welcome new filmmakers and voices and have created such an awesome space for their community on their platform. The creative team is extremely professional and on top of everything. I'm so thankful to have been selected to screen in their festival.

    July 2020
  • This is a great festival! It was amazing to find a group of people so passionate about giving queer filmmakers a platform. Our film "Wake Me Up" was screened virtually (because of the pandemic) alongside many other awesome queer films from all over. I feel proud to have been included. Submit to The Bush Films!

    July 2020
  • Morgan Sullivan

    I LOVE THE BUSH FILMS!!! Our film, "Here With You" played as part of their Pride edition last month, and Kaina and the entire team were SO welcoming and wonderful. Truly an amazing community to be found here, we even were asked to do a Q&A after the screening, which helped us connect with other queer/trans people in Brooklyn and beyond! Would absolutely recommend The Bush Films to anyone looking for a quality screening and community experience!!

    July 2020
  • Alessandra Lacorazza

    My film played at the first virtual screening for The Bush films. I wasn't sure how it was going to be but it was SUCH a wonderful experience. We had around 150 people watching from all over the world. It was so powerful to see my film play for a queer audience.

    Kania and her team made the whole process super easy. Her communication was clear and prompt. It was also one of my favorite Q&A's.

    Can't wait to show my films there again!

    June 2020
  • Alexandra Kirsch

    I can’t say enough wonderful things about Kaina and The Bush Films. The ease of the submission process all the way to the screening was smooth and enjoyable. Their communication was clear and friendly and I thoroughly enjoyed working with the team.

    More importantly, The Bush Films has created both a platform and a space for queer filmmakers and queer stories for the world to watch. Their programming is diverse, smart, and thematic.

    It’s a young festival that clearly has momentum, growth, and a lot of potential. Submit your work to them and keep an eye out as the festival will no doubt gain influence and prestige in no time.

    June 2020