Brooklyn Film Festival Turns 21 in June
By Kimberly Burke
Brooklyn Film Festival 2018 edition: THRESHOLD has closed submissions. The festival received 2,584 films from 120 countries and will narrow that down to 130 film premieres to be announced in May. Six categories: Features Narratives. Feature Doc, Short Narrative, Short Doc. Experimental and Animation will be presented at the 2018 festival.
The BFF has been using the same criteria for film selection for 21 years. Films cannot be older than two years old, selected from submissions only, films will be shown twice, will participate in the competition, and the smallest film can win the top festival award: The Grand Chameleon.
BFF Executive Director Marco Ursino said of the 2018 edition, "This will be a special year: we are finally 21! We start seeing things for what they really are, although it doesn't take a genius to see that we are living in pretty challenging times! Division, bigotry, the wall, Trump... but luckily, some great things usually come from bad times. For example, the Spanish Civil War gave us the Guernica; the NYC defaults in the 70's gave us the best graffiti in the world. Even the Great Depression gave us swing dancing. It doesn't matter how bad it looks, art always wins. And this year's festival is not going to be the exception. In the middle of this undeniably appalling time in American history, directors, actors, producers and the festival want their voices heard. Bad times make great art. And if so, this year's Brooklyn Film Festival should be amazing."
The festival is scheduled to run June 1-10 at the Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg and Windmill Studios in Greenpoint. Additional programming will take place at Syndicated in Bushwick, Union Docs in Williamsburg, and the Made in NY Media Center by IFP in DUMBO. Two events will be hosted by Kickstarter in Greenpoint and Alamo Draft House in Downtown, Brooklyn.
Programmers for the BFF 2018 THRESHOLD edition include:
Feature Narratives - Jason Stefaniak
Feature Documentary - Julie Bridgham
Short Narratives - Natalie Gee
Short Documentary - Brandon Harrison
Experimental - Melanie Abramov
Animation - Julia Cowle
Follow more updates about the festival here: www.brooklynfilmfestival.org
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