The 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 20 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 100+ 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.

Awards & Prizes

Through the resources of our sponsors, BFF offers prizes totaling over $50,000 in film services and products. Our industry sponsors include PANAVISION, ABELCINE, BLACK MAGIC DESIGN, XENO LIGHTS, MEDIA SERVICES, CINECALL SOUNDTRACKS, WINDMILL STUDIOS NYC, NOBLE JEWELRY, BROOKLYN DRONES, BROOKLYN FILM SOCIETY.

List of Awards:

This Award is intended to reward the best film of the year
Chameleon Statuette designed by Don Everhart II
Eligibility: All the films in the competition are eligible for this award regardless of their length, category, or format
Jury: This award is assigned by the Board of Directors of the Festival and chosen among the winners of the six "Best in Category"
Prizes: Sponsored by Panavision & Xeno Lights - Value $20,000

Assigned to the best film in each category
Eligibility: All films in competition
Feature Narrative - Prize: Sponsored by AbelCine ($5,000)
Feature Documentary - Prize: Sponsored by CineCall ($2,500)
Short Narrative - Prize: Sponsored by Windmill Studios ($5,000)
Short Documentary - Prize: Sponsored by BFS ($500)
Animation - Prize: Sponsored by Black Magic Design ($500).
Experimental - Prize: Sponsored by Media Services ($300)
Jury: Assigned by the panels of Judges.

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: Sponsored by BFS ($1,000)
Assigned to the best upcoming director
Eligibility: All filmmakers in competition are eligible
Jury: Assigned by the panels of Judges.
Prize: Sponsored by Brooklyn Drones NYC ($1,000).

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
Prizes: Sponsored by Noble Jewelry ($1,000)

Certificates are assigned for outstanding achievement in the following categories:
Production - Prize: Sponsored by Media Services ($300)
Cinematography - Prize: Sponsored by Black Magic Design ($1,000)
Editing - Prize: Sponsored by Black Magic Design ($500)
Original Score
Acting (female)
Acting (male).
Eligibility: All films in competition are eligible
Jury: Certificate Awards are assigned by the panels of Judges

Audience Awards are assigned in each category as follows:
Short Subject
Eligibility: All films in competition are eligible.
Jury: Festival Audience.

Rules & Terms

BFF 2017 Edition submissions OPEN ON JULY 1, 2016

Deadlines are as follows:
Earlybird deadline: Postmarked by November 30, 2016
Regular deadline: Postmarked by February 15, 2017
Late deadline: Postmarked by February 28, 2017
Extended deadline: Postmarked by March 10, 2017

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

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

All films must be in English or with English subtitles.

Screening or 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 12, 2017. 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 1, 2015. Works-In-Progress are considered only during the final submission deadline and if the film will be completed by May 8, 2017.

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

7 Reviews

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    Ingrid Nachstern

    Awe to the some! The Brooklyn Film Festival was a wonderful experience! I saw some amazing feature length and short films -and met a whole bunch of dedicated filmmakers from around the globe! Take a bow BFF!

    July 2016
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    Mel Hsieh

    A wonderful opportunity to showcase your film and great networking.

    June 2016
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    Behzad moloud

    The festival is good , selected film was excellent

    June 2016
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    Alicia Slimmer

    Amazing festival! Proud to be part of it...the roster of films were amazing. The staff were so friendly and supportive--I consider them friends now. The venues and events were amazing. Uber professional and dedicated. Very proud to have screened here.

    June 2016
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    Clayton Smith

    Having our world premiere at Brooklyn was an excellent experience. The venues and festival staff were wonderful, and the films the festival chose were exceptional. Proud to have been a part of it.

    June 2016