Now in its 10th 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 30 countries, providing a platform for diverse stories from all people, especially women, people of color and the LGBT community. Located in Bushwick, the bustling center of Brooklyn’s artistic and cultural community, the festival offers four days full of screenings, panels, workshops, 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!

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

“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

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

“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

**Please note that productions shot in Bushwick and/or filmmakers who are residents of Bushwick, are eligible for a discount. For more information email us.

Awards & Prizes

The Bushwick Film Festival presents awards in four categories: Best Feature, Best Documentary, Best Short Film and Best Web Series.

Last year’s winning films won a total of $6,000 in production grants from LightHouse Films and each winning filmmaker received mentorship opportunities with Tribeca Film Institute.

Rules & Terms

Bushwick Film Festival Terms of Entry:

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

SUBMISSIONS:
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.

**Please note that productions shot in Bushwick and/or filmmakers who are residents of Bushwick, are eligible for a discount. For more information email us.

EXHIBITION & SCREENING:
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 2015 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.

THE BFF SHORT FILM COLLECTION:
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.

LOSS OR DAMAGE:
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.

ENTRY LIABILITY:
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.

OWNERSHIP & COPYRIGHT:
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.

AGREEMENT:
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 2016 of the Festival will result in the disqualification of the film.

18 Reviews

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    Moritz Rechenberg

    Our film I Am Gangster was the 2016 festival opener and ended up winning the best feature narrative category, so yes, we had a thoroughly positive experience here! It's a fest with a heart and a soul, run by people passionate about cinema, the quality content universe as a whole, the furthering of social justice and bringing people together that are active in those fields. Glad to be part of the family.

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    Response from festival:

    Moritz,

    Thank you for those thoughtful words about the festival. We are so happy that you and your family journeyed from L.A. to Bushwick to celebrate the screening of I Am Gangster with us! It was a fantastic weekend and we look forward to seeing more of your creative endeavors in the future.

    -BFF Team

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    Michael Jackson

    An engaging experience of indie cinema set in venues within walking distance.

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    Response from festival:

    Michael,

    Thank you so much for sharing your film with us and our audience, and for being part of the Q&A. CRISSCROSS is a gorgeous film and we are definitely interested in whatever you are up to next!

    -BFF Team

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    Clara Ritger

    Overall I thought the festival was great! All of the films I saw were very good quality, so the team does a great job curating the selection. In particular, I thought the panels were extremely beneficial. Perhaps not super enlightening information-wise, but the ability to make connections with the folks on their respective panels was very valuable. I also appreciated the filmmaker happy hours throughout the weekend and the free drinks! All in all, they do a great job supporting filmmakers.

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    Response from festival:

    Clara,

    We appreciate the kind words and were lucky to have you at our festival! Your documentary series floored us and we hope you continue to do enlightening creative work.

    -BFF Team

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    Mark Perro

    My film Suburban Jungle screened at this past year's festival - we had a great time and the screening was great.... beautiful setting, in a series of other really wonderful shorts. all the staff was super helpful and we were all super pumped with how everything turned out. will attend next year, with or without a film

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    Response from festival:

    Mark,

    Thank you for sharing your film Suburban Jungle with our audience. It is a powerful and unique film viewing experience and we are glad that you had fun showing it at Bushwick.

    See you next October, with or without a film!

    -BFF Team

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    LILI LOPEZ

    My experience with the Bushwick Film Festival was amazing from start to end : A very professional, committed and friendly team....An amazing roster of selected films.....And had the opportunity to meet (and learn from) talented filmmakers and people in the industry through the panels and networking events
    Very happy to have screened my first project there and to have received my first award from this festival.

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    Response from festival:

    Lili,

    It pleases us to know that you had such a good experience at the festival. Thank you for sharing your first project with us, and we hope to see more beautiful work from you in the near future.

    See you at the festival, if not sooner!

    -BFF Team