Tribeca Film Institute® Partners with The 9th Annual Bushwick Film Festival

Tribeca Film Institute® Partners with The 9th Annual Bushwick Film Festival

[Brooklyn, New York (September 22, 2016)] - Today the Bushwick Film Festival announced a partnership with Tribeca Film Institute® (TFI) for the 2016 festival. Both organizations are driven by their support and celebration of independent filmmakers, and this joint effort will serve to further inspire the talents of the indie film community.

This relationship will encompass a number of collaborations. TFI will present a featured panel at the 2016 Bushwick Film Festival on Sunday, October 2nd during the festival’sIndustry Series. The Industry Series is a short series of panels for emerging industry professionals searching for opportunities to take their careers to the next level. Tickets to the event can be found here:

TFI’s panel will include Molly O’Keefe, Director, Scripted Programs; Vee Bravo, Vice President, Education Programs; and Zeina Abi Assy, Coordinator, Interactive Programs. Amy Hobby, Vice President, Artist Programs at TFI, will be the moderator. Ms. Hobby has more than 20 years of experience as an award-winning feature and documentary film producer. Her work spans across a broad range, including feature-length dramas starring A-list Hollywood stars, documentaries, international features, television pilots, and webisodes. Ms. Hobby personifies the fully diverse producer, with producing projects that include SecretaryHamlet(with Ethan Hawke), and What Happened, Miss Simone?, for which she won both a Peabody Award and an Emmy Award.

In addition to the panel, TFI will be awarding a mentorship opportunity to the winning filmmakers of the 2016 Bushwick Film Festival, in the categories of feature narrative and feature documentary. The winning filmmakers will also be considered for future funding in one of TFI’s programs.

“We are proud to be partnering with the Bushwick Film Festival to support their excellent programming in their ninth year,” said Amy Hobby, VP of Artist Programs at TFI. “Our mission to champion storytellers from a variety of backgrounds directly aligns with Bushwick Film Festival’s mission, and we are excited to collaborate on the Industry Series panel and more.”

“This partnership is a big step forward for us. Tribeca Film Festival is what inspired me to start the Bushwick Film Festival. In addition, after working at the Tribeca Film Institute® during its 2013 Festival season, I had the opportunity to learn more about the importance of film education in schools, and now we are currently developing a Youth Film Program in Bushwick!” said Kweighbaye Kotee, Bushwick Film Festival Founder & Director.

The Bushwick Film Festival is scheduled from Sept 29th - Oct 2nd in Bushwick, Brooklyn. For tickets and a full program to the festival, including its Industry Series featuring Tribeca Film Institute®, please visit the festival’s website at

The 9th Annual Bushwick Film Festival has been made possible by the generosity of our sponsors and partners: Sebastian Printing, Bushwick Car Service, Brooklyn Fire Proof, NYU Tandon School of Engineering, Slate Property Group, CSI Rentals, Queens Brewery, BRIC, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, LightHouse Films, Fine & Raw Chocolate, Bruce Cost Ginger Ale, Braven Brewery, Terra Firma, Montana’s Trail House, The Rookery, House of Yes, Syndicated, Lot 45, InLove Magazine, Bushwick Daily, QNS, and Times News Weekly.

About Tribeca Film Institute®
Tribeca Film Institute® champions storytellers to be catalysts for change in their communities and around the world.  Through grants and professional development programs, TFI supports a diverse, exceptional group of filmmakers and media artists, providing them resources needed to fully realize their stories and connect with audiences.  The Institute’s educational programming leverages an extensive film community network to help underserved New York City students learn filmmaking and gain the media skills necessary to be productive citizens and creative individuals in the 21st century.  Featuring hands-on training and exposure to socially relevant films, the Institute administers programs to more than 25,000 students annually.  TFI was founded by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, and Craig Hatkoff in the wake of September 11, 2001 and is a 501(c)(3) year-round nonprofit arts organization.

About the Bushwick Film Festival
Founded in 2007, The Bushwick Film Festival exhibits independent film and media in the heart of New York City’s new locus of eclectic creativity and contemporary culture: Bushwick. Our programming runs year-round with classes, workshops, and content open to the community and distributed via digital and broadcast networks. Our competition, now in its ninth year, attracts industry leaders, submissions of international note, and culminates in a four-day festival of screenings and events.

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