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27-May-2015 11:03pm PDT  

 

The Art of Brooklyn Film Festival

5 Annual May 13, 2015 to May 17, 2015

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St Francis College
180 Remsen Street
Brooklyn NY 11201
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filmfestival@theartofbrooklyn.org
http://www.aobff.org

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

The Art of Brooklyn Film Festival is the only independent, international festival for, by and about Brooklyn indie film —a local scene with global influence. Founded in 2011 by working artists, we screen films from all over the world whose creators are connected to Brooklyn’s diverse independent film community.

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 guarantee that every 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:

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

WHO:

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

WHERE:

Centrally located in downtown Brooklyn at Founders Hall Theater in St. Francis College and select 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:

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

- 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.”

ORGANIZERS
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)

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. Our Film Screening Panel—led by our Festival Director—views all submissions and selects the films we program. We guarantee that all films submitted will be viewed up until midnight of the final day of submissions. A Judging Panel of industry professionals selects award-winning films in each category.

3) Submission to the Art of Brooklyn Film Festival includes free optional submission to Brooklyn On Demand, the only streaming on-demand channel dedicated to the Brooklyn indie film scene, curated by AoBFF. For more information about Brooklyn On Demand: http://www.brooklynondemand.com/

4) We will accept submissions until March 18, 2015.

5) The Art of Brooklyn Film Festival strongly prefers to program premiers but will consider all films submitted. Misrepresenting your film’s premier status or screening history can be affect your eligibility for AoBFF.

6) All films submitted must be completed by April, 1st 2015.

7) 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.

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

9) 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.

10) If your film is accepted AoBFF will send an online form for promotional information and images, which must be filled out and returned within five days. EMAILED DOCS, PDFs, HARD COPIES OR SCANS OF TEXT WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

11) Payment made by credit card through Withoutabox.com 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.

ALL SUBMISSION FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE.

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 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.