The festival’s 21st edition will take place between June 1st and June 10th under the theme of “Threshold.”
“Division, bigotry, the wall, Trump. WTF? But luckily, some great things usually come from bad times,” said Brooklyn Film Festival Executive Director Marco Ursino. “The Spanish Civil War gave us the Guernica; the NYC defaults in the 70’s gave us the best graffiti in the world.
“Even the Great Depression gave us swing dancing,” said Ursino. “It doesn’t matter how bad it looks, art always wins. In the middle of this undeniably appalling time in American history, Brooklyn Film Festival aims to amplify the voices of its films and filmmakers by shedding light, spreading love and celebrating diversity.”
This year’s festival is comprised of approximately 125 features and shorts from 30 countries spread over all continents, except Antarctica. The lineup includes 19 world premieres, 21 USA bows, 37 east coast debuts and 30 first-time screenings in the city. The festival will present 36 short narrative films, 16 short documentary films, 25 animated films and 20 experimental films.
Over the course of the 10 days, the Brooklyn Film Festival will screen film programs at Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg, nearby returning venue Windmill Studios in Greenpoint, and five more screening venues throughout Brooklyn including in Dumbo and Bushwick.
On June 4, Brooklyn Film Festival welcomes CUNY’s Graduate School of Journalism with a block of short documentaries at the Alamo Theater in Downtown Brooklyn. The evening starts at 6 p.m. with a special presentation and mixer on the Alamo’s rooftop deck for filmmakers and audience members interested in learning more about the documentary program at CUNY.
Showtime starts at 8:30 p.m. with a special screening of student work from CUNY followed by the block of short documentaries curated by Brooklyn Film Festival Short Doc Programmer Brandon Harrison. Stick around after the screening for the presentation of the inaugural CUNY Best Short Doc Award.
On June 9, the 7th annual BFF Exchange (BFFX) program will be hosted at Kickstarter in Greenpoint. The afternoon will consist of informative and interesting panels of, by and for filmmakers.
This year, Brooklyn Film Festival will also feature a number of special events and networking parties.
For more information and film lineup, visit www.brooklynfilmfestival.org/.
Highlights from the festival include: “Are You Glad I'm Here” - New York Premiere
Dir. Noor Gharzeddine, Lebanon, 85 min.
A millennial American girl befriends a Lebanese housewife and disrupts her ordered life; one night they become accidental partners-in crime.
“Birds Without Feathers” - New York Premiere
2018 Slamdance Film Festival, Spirit Award Winner
Dir. Wendy McColm, USA, 92 min.
Unable to make a human connection, six broken individuals will give everything away in an attempt to receive love.
“My Country” - East Coast Premiere
2017 Route 66 Film Festival Audience Award Winner
Dir. Giancarlo Iannotta, USA/Italy, 78 min.
Two brothers - one American, one Italian who've never met - take a road trip from Rome to the unknown picturesque region of Molise on a journey to spread the ashes of their late father in the small town where he was born.
Dir. Darien Sills-Evans, USA, 83 min.
Writer-director Darien Sills-Evans combines humor and drama to create a portrait of a relationship at the end of its journey. Set in a gentrifying Brooklyn neighborhood, and told through vivid flashbacks, the audience is taken through the whirlwind tale of Melissa and Nate’s courtship. Melissa and Nate have been through a lot together, but sometimes Black Love gets broken.