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ABOUT BFF EXCHANGE
Born in 2012, the BFF EXCHANGE was created to connect Brooklyn filmmakers with each other and the larger New York film community. In our relatively short history, Exchange projects have already gone on to premiere here at the Brooklyn Film Festival as well as HotDocs, SXSW and Tribeca. We're always looking for more projects - drop us a line at the address below and let us know what you're working on!


2017 BFF EXCHANGE
Join us for the afternoon of June 10 at Kickstarter's beautiful theater at 58 Kent Street (that’s Kent STREET, not Kent AVENUE!), Brooklyn, for an afternoon of informative and interesting panels for of, by, and for filmmakers. We’ll close out the afternoon with a happy hour sponsored by Stella Artois! All free of charge.





WHEN Saturday June 10, 2017
This event is presented in collaboration with





WHERE Kickstarter Headquarters
58 Kent St, Brooklyn, NY 11222  directions


LINEUP

11:00 am # 10 Reasons Why You Want To Work with Kickstarter (apart from the $$$)
We all know Kickstarter's GREAT for funding. But Elise McCave, Director of Narrative Film at Kickstarter, will run you through all the other reasons why you should be working with Kickstarter on your next project.

12:00 pm # Working in Nonfiction Television
It’s well known that NYC is a major center of TV production, especially in the nonfiction realm. Many documentary filmmakers are also working in television to support themselves in addition to their doc projects. Unscripted television jobs in NYC are out there, and the skills required obviously overlap with those used in documentary storytelling in general. Hear our panel discuss their experiences working in television while balancing their work on their passion projects.
Panelists: Steve Rivo (CNN, Nat Geo, PBS), David Van Taylor (CNN, ITVS), Jess Beck (TruTV, CNN), and Jonah Kaplan (Vice)..

1:00 pm # Documentary Production: Creative Partnerships and Artistic Vision
A good working relationship between directors and producers is crucial to getting a great project completed. Our panel of filmmakers talk about what it takes to make this relationship thrive, and the importance of a great producer to your director-driven project.
Panelists: Julie Bridgham, Moderator (BFF Documentary Programmer, “Sari Soldiers”), Rebecca Dreyfus (“On Meditation,” “Stolen”), Susannah Ludwig (“On Meditation,” “Boomtown”), Lisa Ferri (ABC News), Kweighbaye Kotee (“Bushwick Diaries”).

1:00 pm # Lunching with Lawyers
Join our experienced entertainment attorneys for a 15-minute individual consultation about a legal topic of your choice. It can be an issue you’re having with a production, intellectual property concerns, or employment challenges. Let us try to help you out! Email exchange@wbff.org to sign up for a time slot, or even better, show up in person to guarantee a spot!
Entertainment attorneys: Innes Smolansky - David Morrison - Laverne Berry - Matt Rogers

2:00 pm # The Future of Independent Film in the Americas
Join the Young Professionals of the Americas Society for an afternoon with BFF narrative feature programmer Emilia Ferreira and Rodrigo Brandao, VP of Marketing and Publicity at Kino Lorber, as they discuss independent film in Latin America and the US. In an increasingly connected and multi-lingual world, what does it mean for a film to be from “the Americas” and how important is this for festival programmers? We’ll also hear from BFF 2017 directors Catherine Eaton (The Sounding), David Bly (Sweet Parents), Rodrigo Reyes (Lupe Under the Sun), and Fernando Frahia (El Revenge) for their perspectives on this cultural intersection, as well as their plans for their films next steps.

3:00 pm # Documentary Film Pitch Session
Back by popular demand, our exciting pitch session offers filmmakers a showcase and valuable feedback for their works in progress. Past pitch session films have gone on to screen at Brooklyn Film Festival, Full Frame, DOC NYC, BAM CinemaFest, Tribeca Film Festival, HotDocs and more. Each filmmaker pitches their film to a panel of experts, showing a brief excerpt and presenting a verbal pitch. Then each receives valuable feedback from our panel about the pitch and next steps for the project.
Panelists: Tony Gerber (“Notorious Mr Bout”), Erika Howard Director of Audience Engagement and Special Projects @ POV (TBD), Deb McClutchy (Oscilloscope), Elise McCave (Kickstarter), Heidi Reinberg (Documentary Producer “93Queen” and winner of HotDocs Forum Pitch Session 2017).

5:00 pm # Happy Hour! Sponsored by Stella Artois
Join us in Kickstarter’s lovely space for networking, conversation, and Stella. Snacks offered by the Young Professionals of the Americas Society.



ABOUT BFF EXCHANGE
Born in 2012, the BFF EXCHANGE was created to connect Brooklyn filmmakers with each other and the larger New York film community. In our relatively short history, Exchange projects have already gone on to premiere here at the Brooklyn Film Festival as well as HotDocs, SXSW and Tribeca. We're always looking for more projects - drop us a line at the address below and let us know what you're working on!

2016 BFF EXCHANGE
Brooklyn Film Festival Exchange returned to BRIC House, 647 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, on June 11, from 11 am to 5 pm. All free of charge.




WHEN Saturday June 11, 2016
from 11:00 am to 5pm.

This event is offered free of charge. Please register for the event here



WHERE BRIC Arts/Media House
647 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY, 11217  directions


LINEUP & SCHEDULE

11:00 am # Fair Use for Filmmakers: Fair Use as a Creative Tool
Peter Decherney, Professor of Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, will present a talk about how you can creatively use the fair use doctrine to provide valuable copyrighted footage for your documentary project. He’ll break down the history of fair use and show you examples of how the doctrine has provided another creative tool in filmmakers’ toolbox through examples in recent films. We’ll have a question and answer session at the end. It’s going to be very informative and helpful for your next project.
Panelists: Peter Decherney

12:00 pm # Lunching with Lawyers
Join experienced entertainment attorneys for a 15-minute individual consultation about a legal topic of your choice. It can be an issue you’re having with a production, intellectual property concerns, or employment challenges. Let us try to help you out! Email exchange@wbff.org to sign up for a time slot between 12 and 1PM.
Entertainment attorneys: Innes Smolansky - David Morrison - Laverne Berry - Matt Rogers

1:00 pm # Today's Digital Content Commissioners: Who are they and how do they work?
Short form video content is exploding online but who are the commissioners and how can you put your filmmaking skills to work for them?
Panelists: Valerie Lapinski, Head of Video/Guardian US; Susie Banikarim, SVP, Audience and Content Strategy/Vocativ; Grant Jones, General Manager/The Kicker

2:00 pm # Virtual Reality: A Practical Look
We’ll take a look at the current state of filmmaking in virtual reality. We’ll have an incredible panel break down topics of interest about VR filmmaking for filmmakers and audience members who are interested in looking behind the headsets. We are thrilled to have three filmmakers to share their experience on VR projects, but we are also excited to have a distribution lens trained on the topic from Jenna Pirog, VR Editor for the NY Times Magazine. Specific topics to be discussed: narrative possibilities in VR; distribution for VR projects; producing branded content/advertising in VR; the future of VR filmmaking; what a set on a VR film looks like with a discussion of the techniques and equipment involved. Panel to last an hour with time built in for questions from the audience.
Panelists: Eliza McNitt - Jenna Pirog - Ted Youngs

3:00 pm # Documentary Film Pitch Session
Back by popular demand, our exciting pitch session offers filmmakers a showcase and valuable feedback for their works in progress. Past pitch session films have gone on to screen at Brooklyn Film Festival, Full Frame, DOC NYC, BAM CinemaFest, Tribeca Film Festival and more. Each filmmaker pitches their film to a panel of experts, showing a brief excerpt and presenting a verbal pitch. Then each receives valuable feedback from our panel
Panelists: Tony Gerber - Award-winning documentary filmmaker; Innbo Shim - Head of Production, The Documentary Group; Aubrey Gallegos - Community Engagement and Education Manager/POV; Stephanie Carter - Supervising producer for the Documentaries and Development unit at THIRTEEN/WNET.

4:30 pm # Happy Hour!
Join the BFFX team and panelists for a happy hour sponsored by Heineken, official beer of the Brooklyn Film Festival.



      






2015 EXCHANGE PROGRAM





WHEN Saturday June 6, 2015
from 11:00 am to 6pm. This event is offered free of charge.


WHERE BRIC Arts/Media House
647 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY, 11217  directions


LINEUP & SCHEDULE

11:00 am # Digital Storytelling/Branded Content
Filmmakers have been collaborating with brands throughout the history of film, but the explosion of digital distribution and media channels have opened the doors for a wide range of creative branded content. This discussion will encompass using the digital realm to create compelling stories in the service of brands, as well as using digital storytelling for message films for organizations and non-profits. Participants from a wide variety of branded content producers will be participating. Keep in touch for details as the day approaches.
Panelists: Ethan Goldwater -- Steve Rivo -- Cathryne Czubek -- Radiclani Clytus

1:00 pm # Legal Help for Documentary Filmmakers
Join the BFFX, Peter Decherney (professor of Cinema Studies at the University of Pennsylvania), and law faculty members from Cardozo, American, Suffolk, and UPenn as they discuss fair use, copyright, and a range of legal issues facing filmmakers today. They will also address the kinds of free services available at law clinics around the country.
Moderator: Peter Decherney -- Panelists: Faculty from Cardozo -- American U -- University of Pennsylvania -- Suffolk Law Schools

2:00 pm # Funding Your Film and Developing Partnerships:
Untapped Resources

We know how hard it is to finance film projects. We’re assembling an incredible group to help you find the resources to fund your next project, including production partners who can help you beyond the financing stage. Join Impact Partners and others for a discussion and Q&A.
Panelists: Lisa Dent, Creative Capital -- Iyabo Boyd, Chicken and Egg -- Jenny Raskin, Impact Partners -- George Schmalz, Kickstarter -- Aziz Isham, BRIC

3:30 pm # Pitch Panel
It’s the 4th year for our documentary pitch session! Our panel of experts will help your film project get to the next stage. There’s still time to submit your documentary in production – prep a 5 minute or less clip to show the panel, and pitch your project for their feedback. It’s great practice and the advice you’ll get is invaluable. Contact exchange@wbff.org and we’ll start the process.
Panelists: Aubrey Gallegos/POV -- Filmmaker Tony Gerber (The Notorious Mr Bout) -- Filmmaker Amy Finkel (Furever) -- Filmmaker Kelly Anderson (My Brooklyn) -- Lindsay Carlson (SnagFilms)

5:00 pm # BFF Exchange Happy Hour
Come talk with our panelists and filmmakers! Refreshments provided by our sponsor Beaujolais.


             


Additional information regarding the Legal Services and Fundraising panels:

Links to the legal clinics that presented at the 2015 BFF Exchange:

Brandon Butler - American University - www.ipclinic.org
David Morrison - Cardozo - www.cardozo.yu.edu
Cynthia Dahl - University of Pennsylvania - www.law.upenn.edu
Jessica Silbey - Suffolk University - www.suffolk.edu


Links to help find potentially overlooked financial resources for your next filmmaking venture:

The Film Collaborative: www.thefilmcollaborative.org
Creative Capital: www.creative-capital.org
Impact Partners: www.impactpartnersfilm.com





2014 EXCHANGE PROGRAM




MEET, GREET & SEEK
Join the Brooklyn Film Festival at the third annual BFF Exchange on June 7, 2014 for an afternoon of conversation and connections. Participate in one of our panel discussions, drop in on our pitch session, or stay for the whole day. All events to be held at the screening room in Windmill Studios, 287 Kent Avenue (at South 4th Street), in Williamsburg.

BFF Exchange will choose one lucky filmmaker at random to pitch his/her project to industry experts on Saturday at Windmill Studios NYC during the Pitch Session starting at 1pm. To be considered, bring 5 minutes of footage on DVD. Email exchange@wbff.org for more details.


WHEN
Saturday June 7, 2014

WHERE
Windmill Studios NYC
Address: 287 Kent Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211 map directions

SCHEDULE

11:00 am: Creating and Curating Films for the Web
Hear from BFF filmmakers who are producing unique online content, including short documentaries and narrative films, which are being seen by millions of internet viewers, and talk with the people behind the online platforms that produce and host them. Featuring Stephen Greenwood, the Associate Creative Director at Vox Media and director of Tunnel Vision (BFF 2014), which was originally created for The Verge website, Nick Weissman, director of The Diamond Cutter (BFF 2014), which was originally created for The New Yorker website, award-winning New York Times videojournalist Shayla Harris, Documentary filmmaker from Fallout Pictures Bret Sigler, and Ed Urgola, Director of Marketing for Upworthy. George Schmalz, Community Manager for Film at Kickstarter, will moderate the discussion.


12:30: Coffee Break


1:00 pm: Pitch Session
Watch and learn as Brooklyn filmmakers present their works in progress to a panel of industry insiders and receive valuable feedback to help them complete their films. This information is invaluable to the participating filmmakers as well as to those filmmakers viewing from the audience - past participants have gone on to premiere films at the Brooklyn Film Festival, HotDocs and Tribeca film fests. Panelists Mary Kerr (Former Director of SilverDocs and the Flaherty Film Seminar, Producer of One Cut, One Life), Tony Gerber (Director, Full Battle Rattle, The Notorious Mr. Bout), Eliza Licht (POV), Debra McClutchy (Oscilloscope) and Lesley Norman (Production Executive, WNET). Films to be announced.


2:45 pm Collaborative Filmmaking - Lessons from the Field
Join BFF filmmakers from the Brooklyn Filmmaker's Collective (Alex Mallis, Iva Radivojevic), Film Fatales (Leah Meyerhoff, Merete Meuller), UnionDocs (Beyza Boyacioglu, Sebastian Diaz, Maria Badia), and a representative from Meerkat Media (Zara Serabian-Arthur) for a discussion of film collectives and collaborative filmmaking in Brooklyn. Learn the ins and outs of what a collective is, how it benefits filmmakers, how you can get involved (or even form your own), and how making work in a collaborative setting might work for you. Discussion moderated by BFF Director of Programming Nathan Kensinger.

Special thanks to Alex Mallis of the Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective for coordinating and envisioning this discussion.

                    


4:30 pm - BFF Exchange Happy Hour
Come talk with our panelists and filmmakers! Refreshments provided by Sierra Nevada and Dark Horse Winery.




2013 EXCHANGE PROGRAM




MEET, GREET & SEEK
We are excited to announce the second edition of the Brooklyn Film Festival Exchange. As the Brooklyn Film Festival has grown over the past decade, we have been continually impressed with the variety and quality of work being created by Brooklyn filmmakers. Brooklyn is now a veritable hotbed of creative activity and BFF wishes to provide an outlet for these filmmakers, and others who wish to be a part of the Brooklyn film community.


WHEN
Saturday June 8, 2013


WHERE
indieScreen and Windmill Studios NYC
Breakfast, Kickstarter presentation, documentary pitch session and lunch at indieScreen. All afternoon panels next door at Windmill Studios NYC. Happy hour at indieScreen.
Address: 287 & 289 Kent Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211 map directions


SCHEDULE

9:30 - Meet and greet
Coffee and bagels will be served.


10:00 - Kickstarter University
Elisabeth Holm, director of Kickstarter's film program, will give us lots of insider information about how to use this amazing funding platform.


10:30 - Documentary film pitch session
Five documentary works-in-progress will pitch their films to a panel of industry insiders and receive valuable feedback. Each film will present 5 min. of footage and a 5 min. verbal pitch. This will be followed by 10 min. of feedback from our panel. This year's panelists are Andrew Catauro (POV), Basil Tsiokos (Programmer for Sundance and DOC NYC/Consultant), Tracie Holder (Women Make Movies/Producer/Director) and Mat Levy (Passion River Films).

HOTLINE by Tony Shaff - A documentary about the intense connections that are made between strangers over the telephone, and explores these anonymous conversations people are often too hesitant to have with the people closest to them. Tony Shaff is the director and producer of Hotline. He recently directed for the docu-reality show Teen Mom 2 and is a Student Academy Award nominee. Bryce J. Renninger is a producer of Hotline. He is also the Filmmaker Toolkit Editor at Indiewire and is a Ph.D. candidate in the Media Studies department of Rutgers University. MORE INFO

DECADE OF FIRE: HOW THE SOUTH BRONX WAS BURNED by Vivian Vazquez - A documentary film about a child of the Bronx who returns to find out why her neighborhood burned down in the 1970s. Vivian Vazquez is Nuyorican and grew up in the South Bronx during the time of the fires. She left in 1980 but returned there to raise her own family. This is her first film project. MORE INFO

THE FAITHFUL by Annie Berman - The Faithful is a feature documentary that explores pop-iconography, through the images and representations of Elvis Presley, Pope John Paul II, and Princess Diana. Filmed over a decade, The Faithful interweaves trips to Graceland, the Vatican, and Kensington Palace and reveals the conflicting relationship between art, religion, expression, and the law. Annie Berman is an interdisciplinary media artist whose background in photography and psychology inspires work about visual culture, religion, and the changing media landscape. Past President of the board of Women in Film and Video New England, and founder of Fish in the Hand Productions, Annie's credits include Director of Of Birds and Boundaries and Associate Producer of Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters. She is currently a MFA candidate in Advanced Studies in Nonfiction Media Making at Hunter College, and a member of the Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective. MORE INFO


AMAZONIA by Juan Vallejo - A documentary that focuses on on the current clash between preservation and development in the South American rainforest, offering a series of four vignettes on four rivers of the Amazon River Basin. Juan Vallejo is a U.S.-born, Colombian-raised filmmaker. He studied Architecture in Bogotá, Colombia, and Film Direction at Purchase College (SUNY) in New York. He obtained an MFA in Photography, Video and Related Media from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Amazonia is his second feature-length documentary. Lewis Manalo (producer) is a writer and filmmaker. His film "The Unlikely Mind of Howard Nimh" won the Neo Sci-Fi award at the ConCarolina's Short Film Festival in 2012. A screenplay based on his graphic novel "Metamorphosis" was optioned earlier this year. His short fiction has appeared in Guernica Magazine and other publications. MORE INFO

REVOLUTION OF THE PRESENT by Marc Lafia - An extraordinary array of contemporary mathematicians, engineers, scholars, scientists, venture capitalists, artists, historians and critics give description to our condition through the lens of networks. Revolution of the Present probes deeply into questions of how to map the present and invites us to radically think and re-think our presumptions and narratives about the individual and society, the local and global, our politics and technology. Marc Lafia works as an artist, filmmaker and information architect. Trained as a filmmaker with studies in philosophy, art history and criticism, his work extends across varied disciplines. His feature films, commissioned and online work, and multi-screen computational installations have been exhibited and shown worldwide. He was recently honored with a solo show at the Misheng Museum of Art in Shanghai. Three of Marc's films are in the Tribeca reframe collection. "Revolution of the Present" is his first feature length documentary film. MORE INFO

12:00 - Informal lunch/meet and greet time


1:00 - BFF alumni distribution panel
Brooklyn Film Festival alumni Kelly Anderson (My Brooklyn), Michael Galinsky (The Battle for Brooklyn), Christopher Nizza (Dear Mandela), and Katie Dellamaggiore (Brooklyn Castle) discuss how screening at the festival helped launch their films and walk us through the ins and outs of the distribution process, offering their advice to filmmakers about to embark on distribution of their own films.

2:30 - Short film distribution discussion
Roberto Barrueco of the Mecal Film Festival leads a discussion about how to get your short film seen on the festival circuit and beyond.


3:30 - Microcinema in Brooklyn
Some of our favorite boutique film screening venues come together for a discussion of how their operations work, their criteria for programming films, who their target audience is and more. Featuring representatives from indieScreen, reRun, UnionDocs, Nitehawk and more.

4:30 - Happy hour
Please join us at indieScreen as we close the Exchange with this opportunity to mingle with filmmakers and other members of the industry in a casual setting.







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