15th Annual Bushwick Film Festival Starts November 1st

Beloved Film Festival Returns for 5 days of Live Screenings, Special Events, and Metaverse Experiences

The Bushwick Film Festival (BFF) returns with in-person screenings only. Beginning November 1st and going through November 7th, the festival will feature over 100 independent films from Brooklyn and around the world.

“After having the experience of going fully virtual in 2020 and hybrid in 2021, we realized that we prefer to focus on live screenings which is what makes film festivals so special. It was great to find new ways to connect with audiences over the last two years, but connecting with filmmakers and our audiences in real life is really where our heart is” says festival founder Kweighbaye Kotee.

The festival is excited to form a new partnership with Williamsburg Cinemas where all festival films will screen. In addition to screenings, the festival will also host special events including its Opening Night Redcarpet Reception presented by Spectrum on November 1st at Lot 45.

The opening night reception will feature specialty cocktails by Johnnie Walker Blended Scotch Whisky, returning for another year as the official spirits sponsor of the BFF. As a fierce supporter of trailblazing women, Johnnie Walker looks forward to raising a toast to the festival for 15 years of empowering women & diverse filmmakers.

Other live festival events include an industry panel and networking event at Circa Brewing Co. in downtown Brooklyn, a screenplay reading selected from its best screenplay submissions, and a closing night awards ceremony. The BFF Metaverse experience, presented by Lowkey Giant also returns for the duration of the festival week. Audiences will be able to beam into the BFF Metaverse where they will find an exotic virtual world filled with whimsical avatars, NFT art shows and videos, events, and digital media content.

Over the last 15 years, BFF has screened the works of nearly 1000 independent filmmakers from Brooklyn and over 50 different countries. The BFF has grown into one of the most anticipated cinematic events in Brooklyn and is recognized for its contribution to the borough’s artistic, cultural, and economic growth. Out of the over 100 films that will be included in this year’s programming, Approximately 10 filmmakers will walk away with awards in categories such as Best Feature (Narrative/Doc), Best Short (Doc /Narrative), Best Web Series, and more, joining the ranks of incredible BFF alumni such as Marcus Reinaldo Greene, Dawn Porter, Adepero Oduye, Stefon Bristol, Shaka King, Alexander Dinelaris, Bradford Young, Katori Hall, Kitty Green and many more.

For festival programming and ticket information visit their website, www.bushwickfilmfestival.com

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