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The Bushwick Film Festival

Founded in 2007, The Bushwick Film Festival (BFF) is a leading independent film and media company in Brooklyn. The festival is hailed as one of Brooklyn’s most influential cinematic events for its contribution to the borough’s artistic, cultural, and economic growth. The festival attracts film and entertainment industry leaders at national and international levels; and showcases films created by the best and most diverse emerging independent filmmakers in Brooklyn and worldwide. BFF provides a platform for emerging filmmakers to share their stories and present opportunities for them to make a living doing what they love. BFF provides spaces for audiences from all backgrounds to connect and discover new independent movies and experience unique cultural events.


The Festival Team


Special Thanks to our Additional Film Screeners, Who Help Make The Program Compelling & Diverse:

  • Carrie Radigan
  • Savannah Magruder
  • Anaiis Cisco
  • Kira Boden-Gologorsky
  • Kevin D'Angelo
  • Teresa Lu
  • Aurora Alänge
  • Liliana Tandon
  • Nancy Asiamah-Yeboah
  • Rachel Garber Cole
  • Raul Rubio




Interested volunteers can apply here!

Calling all film lovers! The 12th Annual Bushwick Film Festival is just around the corner and we’re searching for outstanding volunteers to help in bringing this all around amazing event forward!

Now in its 12th year, The Bushwick Film Festival (BFF) is more than just a film festival – it’s a local and global community of passionate, creative and diverse voices that believe in the power of story to transform and connect people and communities.

Last year BFF received over 1300 film submissions from over 40 different countries; screened approximately 100 of the best & most diverse emerging films in Brooklyn & Worldwide; and welcomed over 3000 guests to Bushwick over the 5 day festival weekend!

This year’s festival dates are October 2-6 at participating venues throughout Bushwick. Like every year, we anticipate a bigger turn out!

5 Excellent Reasons to Join the BFF Planning Committee!

  1. 2 free passes to the 12th Annual Bushwick Film Festival.

  2. Give your time and experience to supporting a female-founded and community based festival that has positively impacted arts & culture in Brooklyn.

  3. Become a valued member of a rapidly growing creative community and establish long lasting relationships.

  4. Learn the ins and outs of film festival and live event production.

  5. Invitations to film/industry events in NYC and an opportunity to network with filmmakers and entertainment industry professionals.

*Food and drinks will be provided at every monthly committee meeting!


  • A FUN, can-do attitude

  • (1) committee meeting per month (1st Tuesday of each month. 6 meetings total)

  • (1) check in conference call a month (4th Wed. of each month. 6 calls total)

  • (2.5) hours a week (10 hours/month) dedicated to tasks assigned to you during committee/conference call meetings

  • Volunteer for 2 events during the 12th Annual Bushwick Film Festival

  • Strong organizational and communication skills – both written and verbal

  • Experience with Microsoft Office, spreadsheets and Google Docs a must

  • Must possess a laptop, tablet or other device that can be used to fulfill tasks

  • +21 years or older

Volunteers will be asked to select a subcommittee to join. We ask that you select the subcommittee which tasks you have the most experience doing.

Subcommittees & descriptions:


Works closely with Creative Director who creates all branding materials and other aesthetic components of the festival for social and print. Helps ensure all deliverables are available and designs meet deadlines.

Event Production

Assists in event planning, event production and logistics. Helps to think of ways to create a great BFF experience for attendees.  

Marketing Team  (Communications, Writing/Editorial, Promotions, PR, Ticketing)

Creates content/editorial pieces for blogs and social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram). Helps manage and update website. Helps distribute promotional material for festival (print and digital). Outreach to media/news regarding festival. Helps with setting up ticketing platform and editing ticket information.

Partnerships & Sponsorships

Helps with sponsor/partner outreach (emails and phone calls). Brainstorming great ideas on how to partner successfully.   

Programming (films, panels, special events)

Works with Director of Programming and Programmers to review and catalogue films, outreach to potential filmmakers, panelists, and guests. Think of cool ideas for special events and panels. Communicate with festival filmmakers and participants.

Video & Photography

Helps create video/photo content. Documents all festival events with photo/video. Also works with marketing team to ensure all visual content/materials are available in the correct format.

Interested volunteers can apply here!