Bushwick Film Festival Celebrated 10th Anniversary With 109 Films & 3000+ Attendees


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“The Bushwick Film Festival shines a light on indie filmmakers and diversity in the film industry.”


“The event brings together filmmakers, artists, and creative thinkers.”

— Fox News

“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

Brooklyn, NY – October 26, 2017 – The Bushwick Film Festival (BFF) celebrated its 10th anniversary earlier this month, with 109 films, 11 panels and events, and over 3000 registered attendees! Four exceptional filmmakers were chosen by BFF’s critically acclaimed and Oscar-winning and -nominated jury to accept awards for Best Narrative Feature, Best Documentary Feature, Best Short Film and Best Web Series. Winners include:

BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE: Pretty Far From Okay | Helena Hufnagel


BEST SHORT FILM: Arkabutla | Katori Hall

BEST WEB SERIES: Best Thing You’ll Ever Do | Catherine Fordham

Runners-Up: Tormenting The Hen (Theodore Collatos | Narrative Feature), We Are Mary (Julie Wiles | Documentary Feature), See You Yesterday(Stefon Bristol | Short Film), and The Feels (Tim Manley and Naje Lataillade | Web Series).

Programmer’s Choice Award: Sea to Shining Sea (Maximón Monihan | Feature Film), Coach Jake (Ian Phillips | Documentary Feature), and White Face (Mtume Gant | Short Film).

Honorable Mentions: Nowhere, Michigan (Robert Vornkahl | Narrative Feature), Black People Are Dangerous (Donaldo Prescod | Short Film), I Am Your Friend (Nicholas Santos | Short Film), Syskon (Aurora Alänge | Short Film), and I Am Her (Sasha Pezenik | Short Film).

Surrounding this celebratory anniversary, BFF presented the first ever Rising Star Award to BFF alum and actress/filmmaker Diarra Kilpatrick. The Rising Star Award was created to acknowledge Bushwick Film Festival alumni who have broken new ground in the film industry and are achieving notable levels of success. It’s a testament to the recipient’s hard work and to the festival’s continued commitment to give incredibly talented filmmakers and creators a spotlight. The festival screened Kilpatrick’s newest series American Kokowhich is produced by Viola Davis and distributed by ABC. Currently, Kilpatrick is working on a new series for Amazon called The Climb.

BFF’s critically acclaimed and Oscar-winning and -nominated jury includes:


Caroline Waterlow

Oscar Winner, ‘O.J.: Made in America’ // Producer

Sam Pollard

Oscar Nominee, ‘4 Little Girls’ // Director, Producer, Editor

Heidi Ewing

Oscar Nominee, ‘Jesus Camp’ // Director // Co-Owner of Loki Films

José Rodriguez

Director of Documentary Programs, Tribeca Film Institute // Writer, Director


Adam Kersh

Marketing and Publicity Strategist and Co-Founder of Brigade

Delena Turner

Multi-Platform Producer and Content Creator, ESPN

Molly O’Keefe

Senior Director of Artists Programs, Tribeca Film Institute


Jacquelyn Lobel

Emmy-Award Winning Producer & Director // Senior Producer, PopSugar

A.V Rockwell

Award-Winning Screenwriter and Director

Elizabeth J. Theis

Post-Production Coordinator, Viceland

Chung Tsang

Festival Director, KAFFNY Infinite Cinema

Kristian Mercado

Award-Winning Artist & Filmmaker

Sponsors for BFF 2017 include: 100 Bogart, Chemistry Creative, MCCG, Node, City Fresh Market, Brooklyn Fire Proof, Cutty Sark Whisky, Bruce Cost Ginger Ale, Braven Brewing Company, The Rookery, Montana’s Trail House, Lot 45, Terra Firma, Bushwick Daily, Radio Free Brooklyn, Explore Brooklyn, Backstage, QNS, Times News Weekly, Brokelyn, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, Sebastian Printing, Syndicated Movie Theater, LightSpace Studios, House of Yes, Fine & Raw Chocolate, Zico, Bushwick Collective, Brooklyn Oenology, and McCarren Hotel & Pool.

Keep an eye out for BFF 2018! For more information, please visit www.bushwickfilmfestival.com


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