6th Annual

The Art of Brooklyn Film Festival

June 08, 2016 to June 12, 2016

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SPECIAL SUBMISSIONS ONLY • Final deadlines have passed. If you have a deadline waiver or special instructions from the event, select a Category of Entry to continue.

Feature Films
This category is for narrative feature films that are over 55 minutes in length. We consider and program from all genres.
Short Films
This category is for narrative short films that are between 11 & 55 minutes in length. We consider and program all genres.
Super Short Films
This category is for narrative short films that are 10 minutes or under in length. We consider and program all genres.
Feature Documentary Films
This category is for Feature Documentary Films that are over 55 minutes in length. We consider and program from all genres.
Short Documentary FIlms
This category is for Short Documentary Films that are under 55 minutes in length. We consider and program from all genres.
Film As Art (Experimental/Non-Linear)
This category is for avant-garde, experimental, non-linear and/or non-narrative films of any length. The AoBFF has created a space for work that is not easily categorized. Many submissions for Film As Art come from visual artists as well as filmmakers. We consider and program shorts (under 55 minutes) and/or feature length (over 55 minutes) in this category. The AoBFF gives its VANGUARD AWARD for outstanding work in this category
The Dark Side (Horror/Thriller/Noir)
This category is for horror, thriller or sci-fi narrative films of any length. We consider and program shorts (under 55 minutes) and/or feature length (over 55 minutes) in this category. The AoBFF gives its DARK SIDE AWARD for outstanding work in this category
Animation Film
This category is for Animation films of any length. We consider and program shorts (under 55 minutes) and/or feature length (over 55 minutes) in this category.
Music Videos
This category is for Muisc Videos of any length.

MISSION & OBJECTIVE

The Art of Brooklyn Film Festival is the world’s only independent, international festival for, by, and about the Brooklyn indie film scene—a local scene with global influence. We accept films from all over Brooklyn and the world, as long as their makers are connected to the borough in some way (i.e. through personnel, content, theme, setting, etc.).

We produce and curate our own streaming channel, Brooklyn On Demand (BKOD), featuring many former AoBFF films. BKOD launches on Roku in Fall 2015. For more information see brooklynondemand.com.

We focus on Brooklyn‐born, Brooklyn-based and Brooklyn-centric films and filmmakers.

We embrace every neighborhood and community in the borough. And beyond.

We work to keep submission and ticket prices reasonable to make participation in our festival possible for all.

We screen from digital files only, to present the highest-quality version of the films we accept. We only accept online submissions.

We prefer to screen premieres.

We guarantee that every single film submitted to us will be viewed by our Film Screening Panel, up until midnight on the final day of submissions.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

WHAT:

Founded in 2011, The Art of Brooklyn Film Festival is an annual, international film festival produced by The Art of Brooklyn, a nonprofit organization dedicated to independent film and media made in and about the borough.

View our FAQ page on our website at: http://www.theartofbrooklyn.org/submission-faqs.html

WHO:

Your film will be curated by a diverse Film Screening Panel of industry professionals under the direction of a Guest Festival Director (TBA). Using a panel and a rotating Guest Festival Director ensures that our festival doesn’t just reflect a single PoV or voice, which is important to our mission. A Judging Panel of industry professionals then selects award winners in each category. Our judges have included actors Annabella Sciorra and Eric Mabius, director Elliot Lester, producer Demian Lichtenstein.

WHERE:

We are centrally located in easily accessible downtown Brooklyn at Founders Hall Theater in St. Francis College and select screening locations around the borough.

WHY:

We formed the AoBFF in 2011 to create a large-scale platform for independent film in the borough because Brooklyn needed a major film festival that focused on its vital and diverse indie film scene.

QUOTES and PRESS:

Named #1 of A.R.T.S.Y. Magazine's Top 7 U.S. Film Festivals for 2013.

“The Brooklyn movie scene is certainly no small potato, with legendary filmmakers such as Spike Lee (who, though he moved from Brooklyn to the Upper East Side 15 years ago, still commutes to Fort Greene every day). But like many arts events in the borough, film festivals often hover over select neighborhoods and communities, giving filmgoers only the smallest taste of how diverse and varied Brooklyn truly is. The Art of Brooklyn Film Festival aims to change all that.”
- Brooklyn Based

“Major events mostly cluster around only a few north Brooklyn neighborhoods,” said Joseph Shahadi, the festival’s executive director. “Our innovation is simple: We include everyone, from Boerum Hill to Bergen Beach, Fort Greene to Flatlands.”
- The New York Times

"An indie gem that showcases the best of the Borough." - INDUSTRY MAGAZINE

"A film festival for Brooklyn, by Brooklyn and about Brooklyn." - THE L MAGAZINE

“Seeking to promote Kings County’s cinematic indie cred, the second season of this showcase features 54 independent filmmakers—both first-timers and Hollywood vets—who have lived and worked in the borough… Daily screenings throughout the event are grouped around themes such as documentaries directed by women, an experimental “Film on Canvas” series and “Brooklyn Laughs”, an evening devoted to comedy.”
- Time Out NY

“Brooklyn is long overdue for a major film festival. I heard about the AoBFF in LA from (producer) Dustin Williams and asked to be a judge. These guys are smart and well-connected, and I’m excited about this festival — it could be Brooklyn’s Tribeca.”
- Elliott Lester, Film director, AoBFF Judge

“I love what the Art of Brooklyn Film Festival is doing. Their mission to focus on Brooklyn films and filmmakers speaks to me because I was born and raised here and it influenced who I am as an artist. Hollywood has always had a love affair with Brooklyn, which now has a festival worthy of its incredibly diverse film scene.” - Annabella Sciorra, Actor, AoBFF Judge

“I have always loved Brooklyn. It is one of the most creative and productive environments in the world. These absolutely unique surroundings deserve to be celebrated with a festival possessing the Art of Brooklyn's kind of vision: to be a major industry event that gets everyone excited about the things we already know. The whole idea of bringing New and Classic Brooklyn together... nobody else is doing that, until NOW.”
- Eric Mabius, Actor, AoBFF Judge

"A fabulous place to see movies in the greatest borough of all!"
- Tony Timpone, Editor Emeritus, FANGORIA Magazine, guest host of the Dark Side screening at the 2013 AoBFF

ORGANIZERS

Joseph Shahadi (Co-Founder, Executive Director)
Anthony DeVito (Co-Founder, Communications Director)
Eden Seiferheld (Program Coordinator)
Monica Prestia (Manager, Corporate Partnerships; Planning Committee Chair)
Guest Festival Director (TBA)

ORGANIZERS

Anthony DeVito (Co-Founder/Director of Communications); Eden Seiferheld (Producer/ Programmer ); Joseph Shahadi (Executive Director/The Art of Brooklyn)

GENERAL RULES

THE ART OF BROOKLYN FILM FESTIVAL RULES AND REGULATIONS

1) If you are a filmmaker who can demonstrate a connection between your film and Brooklyn, you are welcome to submit.

For example:
– Your film was shot in Brooklyn
– You live and/or work in Brooklyn or have spent formative time here
– You are from Brooklyn but now you live elsewhere
-- Your cast, crew or production staff is from Brooklyn
-- Brooklyn is a key inspiration in the creation of your film

In the past we have screened a documentary by an Italian filmmaker about a Hassidic Brooklyn rapper, a horror film by a Brooklyn-born filmmaker who now lives in Australia, Canadian and Japanese films that were shot in Brooklyn, and a Turkish film directly inspired by Brooklyn’s diversity.

If you have questions about eligibility, please see the FAQs on our festival website:

http://www.theartofbrooklyn.org/submission-faqs.html

2) The Art of Brooklyn Film Festival programs all genres including comedy, drama, documentary, animation, horror, sci-fi, music video and experimental films. We guarantee that all films submitted will be viewed up until midnight of the final day of submissions. Our Film Screening Panel—led by our Festival Director—views all submissions and selects the films we program. A Judging Panel of industry professionals will then select award-winning films in each category.

3) We will accept submissions until April 22, 2016.

4) The Art of Brooklyn Film Festival strongly prefers to program premieres but will consider all films submitted. Misrepresenting your film’s premiere status or screening history can affect your eligibility for AoBFF. Be honest with us.

5) We accept works in progress but all films submitted must be completed by May 1, 2016.

6) All submissions must include an online screener via Withoutabox.

7) If your film is selected, you must have a Quicktime version of your film in exhibition format available for pre-screening. And entrants will be solely responsible for delivering exhibition materials to and from the screening location in advance of the festival. The Art of Brooklyn cannot be held liable for exhibition print/video materials that are lost or damaged.

8) All submission fees must be paid via credit card, PayPal, check, or money order.
Payment made by credit card through Withoutabox.com is strongly preferred. Checks or Money Orders must be made out to: The Art of Brooklyn Festival.

Send all materials care of:
St Francis College & The Art of Brooklyn Film Festival
ATTN: Robert Oliva
Director of Special Events
180 Remsen Street, Brooklyn N.Y. 11201

Festival dates are subject to change.

ALL SUBMISSION FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE.


TERMS AND CONDITIONS

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

By submitting my film, I allow it to be screened at The Art of Brooklyn Film Festival if accepted.

The Art of Brooklyn Film Festival is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any accepted film for any promotional purposes. (Print, press, online.)

The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.

The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless The Art of Brooklyn from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.

By entering (submitting to) The Art of Brooklyn Film Festival, entrants release and hold the Art of Brooklyn, its Board of Directors, Officers, Staff and Volunteers harmless from and against all losses, damages, rights, claims and actions of any kind arising in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from participation with the competition or participation in any competition related activity.

By entering (submitting to) to the Art of Brooklyn Film Festival you are granting the right for The Art of Brooklyn to screen your film publicly one to two times in the next twelve months (depending on the festival entered).

By entering (submitting to) the Art of Brooklyn Film Festival you are admitting that you have read, understood and agreed to follow our Rules and Regulations for festival submission and to abide by our Terms and Conditions of service and our general festival Rules and Regulations.

Failure to comply with The Art of Brooklyn guidelines, rules, regulations, or eligibility will be cause for disqualification and can result in having your film pulled from screening or competition.

All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply.

By submitting my film, I allow it to be screened at The Art of Brooklyn Film Festival if accepted.

The Art of Brooklyn Film Festival is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any accepted film for any promotional purposes. (Print, press, online.)

The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.

The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless The Art of Brooklyn from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.

By entering (submitting to) The Art of Brooklyn Film Festival, entrants release and hold the Art of Brooklyn, its Board of Directors, Officers, Staff and Volunteers harmless from and against all losses, damages, rights, claims and actions of any kind arising in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from participation with the competition or participation in any competition related activity.

By entering (submitting to) to The Art of Brooklyn Festival you are granting the right for The Art of Brooklyn to screen your film publicly one to two times in the next twelve months (depending on the festival entered).

By entering (submitting to) The Art of Brooklyn Festival you are admitting that you have read, understood and agreed to follow our Rules and Regulations for festival submission and to abide by our Terms and Conditions of service and our general festival Rules and Regulations.

Failure to comply with The Art of Brooklyn guidelines, rules, regulations, or eligibility will be cause for disqualification and can result in having your film pulled from screening or competition.

All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply.