5th Annual

Scene: Brooklyn presented by Brooklyn Arts Council

October 26, 2013 to October 29, 2013

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Scene: Brooklyn, a program of Brooklyn Arts Council, is dedicated to presenting and supporting the tremendous range of filmmakers and media artists working in Brooklyn. Scene: Brooklyn includes a flagship series of screenings presented in partnership with venues throughout Brooklyn each year, special screenings and media arts events throughout the year, professional development seminars for film and media artists, and filmmaker meet-ups. Brooklyn Arts Council also supports film and media artists and organizations through grants, fiscal sponsorship and its online registry and directory.


Now in its fifth year, Scene: Brooklyn features screenings of films by Brooklyn based artists as well as panels, talks, workshops and parties at venues across the borough.

Scene: Brooklyn gives local filmmakers a chance to have their work seen in professional venues by New York audiences, and promoted through extensive marketing and press outreach. Scene: Brooklyn screening venues have included BAMcinématek, UnionDocs, Galapagos Art Space, The Bell House, reRun Theater, and these and other sites are being considered for our fall 2013 series. Scene: Brooklyn presents prizes for Audience Award winners, as well as panels and parties. In addition to the fall 2013 flagship series, Scene: Brooklyn presents screenings throughout the year in partnership with local venues.

This year, BAC will be dedicating the series to the anniversary of Superstorm Sandy and will be giving preference to films by Brooklyn filmmakers or films primarily shot in the borough with relevant themes that may include but are not limited to the storm’s destruction, the rebuilding and the resilience of our people, direct responses to Hurricane Sandy, films inspired by Hurricane Sandy, community responses to the storm, climate change, waterfront development, disaster relief and issues of equity and the role of Government as it relates to natural disasters like Hurricane Sandy.

Professional and amateur filmmakers working in all aesthetic disciplines and genres including narrative, documentary, animation and experimental filmmaking are welcome to submit.


Melissa Estro (Finance Associate)


Scene: Brooklyn seeks short and feature narrative films, short and feature length documentaries, animations, and video art from Brooklyn based filmmakers and artists.

Films to be screened in the flagship spring series are to be submitted no later than August 10th, 2013. Films submitted prior to that date will be considered for the fall series, as well as for the seasonal screenings at venues throughout Brooklyn.


Please read carefully. Brooklyn Arts Council will only consider films that meet the following qualifications:
• Films by film and media artists (director, producer, or screenwriter), who are based in Brooklyn are eligible (all subject areas).
• Films shot in or about Brooklyn by non-Brooklyn residents will also be accepted (all subject areas).
• To reiterate – Only films by Brooklyn based filmmakers (director, producer or screenwriter) or films shot in Brooklyn or about the borough will be considered. Films shot elsewhere by non-Brooklyn residents will not be considered and no refunds will be given.

Entries must be complete works no longer than 120 minutes in length. They must have been completed on or after June 1, 2011. Industrial or instructional works and those previously submitted to the Film Festival are not eligible. All films and videos in a language other than English must be subtitled in English for Festival presentation. All entrants must complete the online application form and mail or hand-deliver a DVD for jury screening.

There is no limit to the number of entries each applicant may submit. Please submit a separate entry form and a separate DVD for each entry.

All tapes must be labeled with the following information:
1. Film Title, total running time, and category (narrative; experimental; documentary; animation.)
2. Shipper’s name and email address.
3. Withoutabox tracking number.

Entries may be disqualified if they are not properly labeled.

Films and videotapes must be shipped in a padded envelope.

Please include a self-addressed stamped envelope if you would like us to return your DVD. Be sure to indicate that you would like your preview screener returned; we will not do so unless you indicate for us to do so on your application form.

Judging will take place August - September 2013 and filmmakers will be notified by mid-September.


I have read, understood and complied with all eligibility requirements of the categories for which I would like this film to be considered; To the best of my knowledge, all statements on this document are true; my film is not subject to litigation nor is threatened by any litigation. I am duly authorized to submit this film to Scene: Brooklyn, presented by Brooklyn Arts Council ("Festival") and its Competition, if applicable; I hold the Festival and the BAC harmless from damage to or loss of the print en route or otherwise during the course of the Festival's possession of the film; should this film win any award at the Festival, I, the Director, am authorized and/or empowered by all parties legally representing this film to receive all prizes and awards.