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21-Apr-2014 12:10am PDT  


The Art of Brooklyn Film Festival

4 Annual May 07, 2014 to May 11, 2014

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St Francis College
180 Remsen Street
Brooklyn NY 11201

DECISIONS ALREADY MADE • This event has already made decisions and notified submitters for the current cycle. Submissions are no longer being accepted.

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.

The Art of Brooklyn Film Festival is the only independent international film festival for, by and about the Brooklyn indie film scene. The AoBFF screens work by Brooklyn-born, Brooklyn-based and Brooklyn-centric filmmakers. That is, those who live or work in the borough; were born, raised and/or spent significant time here (no matter where they live now); and international films that were inspired by Brooklyn.

We are unique in that every film we show has a connection to Brooklyn’s indie film scene — in the borough and around the world.

The Art of Brooklyn Film Festival is an annual, international film festival produced by The Art of Brooklyn, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the art and culture of the borough.

View our FAQ page on our website at:!submit/c1p3k

A Film Screening Panel under the direction of Festival Director Jason Cusato curates film selections. A panel of Judges of industry professionals chooses award winners. Past judges have included actor Eric Mabius, director Elliot Lester, producer Demian Lichtenstein and actor Annabella Sciorra.

Centrally located in downtown Brooklyn at Founders Hall Theater in St. Francis College and select locations around the borough.

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


- Annabella Sciorra, Actor, native Brooklynite and 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.”

- Eric Mabius, Film and Television 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.”

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

- Elliott Lester, Film & Commercial director, AoBFF Judge:
“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.”

- The New York Times:
“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.”

- Time Out NY:
“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.”

- Brooklyn Based:
“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.”

Alfred Accettura (Program Manager) ; Anthony DeVito (Director of Marketing & Communications ) ; Derek Primont (President of Film Screening Panel) ; Jason Cusato (Festival Director) ; Joseph Shahadi (Executive Director/The Art of Brooklyn)


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

For example:
– You live and/or work in Brooklyn or have spent significant time here
– You were born and raised in Brooklyn and live elsewhere
– Your film was shot in Brooklyn
– Your cast or crew are from Brooklyn
– Brooklyn played a significant part in the creation of your film

In the past, in addition to Brooklyn-born/based filmmakers, we have screened a documentary by an Italian filmmaker about a Hassidic Brooklyn rapper, a Turkish film inspired by Brooklyn’s diversity, a claymation short by a young animator who was born and raised in Brooklyn, Australia, and a horror film by a director who was born and raised in Brooklyn but now lives in Sydney.

If you have questions about eligibility, please see FAQs on our festival website:!submit/c1p3k

2) The Art of Brooklyn Film Festival considers and programs from all genres including comedy, drama, documentary, animation, horror, sci-fi, experimental and avant-garde. Our Film Screening panel watches every submission and and selects films in conjunction with our Festival Director. Our Judges panel selects the winning film in each category.

3) We will accept submissions until April, 3rd 2014.

4) The Art of Brooklyn Film Festival strongly prefers to program premieres but we consider all films submitted. Please note the screening history of your film in your application and let us know if the version you're entering is substantially different from one that has screened previously.

5) All films submitted must be completed by April, 3rd 2014.

6) All submissions must include 2 DVD screeners in NTSC format or an online screener. All DVD's must include film title, Director’s name and your Withoutabox tracking number.

7) All filmmakers must have an exhibition format available on DVD or QuickTime.

8) If you film is accepted, entrants will be solely responsible for delivering exhibition video materials to and from the festival venue. The Art of Brooklyn cannot be held liable for exhibition print/video materials that are lost or damaged.

9) Complete electronic press kits are required within 5 business days after acceptance. Filmmakers will be provided with a link to an online form to enter press kit information and attach images. EMAILED DOCS, PDFs, HARD COPIES OR SCANS OF TEXT WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

10) Payment made by credit card through is preferred. Checks or money orders included in submissions will be accepted. 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

All submission fees must be paid via credit card, PayPal, check, or money order.

Festival dates are subject to change.



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 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.