BFF EXCHANGE ARCHIVES
2017 BFF EXCHANGEJoin 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
11:00 am # 10 Reasons Why You Want To Work with Kickstarter (apart from the $$$)
12:00 pm # Working in Nonfiction Television
1:00 pm # Documentary Production: Creative Partnerships and Artistic Vision
1:00 pm # Lunching with Lawyers
2:00 pm # The Future of Independent Film in the Americas
5:00 pm # Happy Hour! Sponsored by Stella Artois
2016 BFF EXCHANGEBrooklyn 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
12:00 pm # Lunching with Lawyers
1:00 pm # Today's Digital Content Commissioners: Who are they and how do they work?
2:00 pm # Virtual Reality: A Practical Look
3:00 pm # Documentary Film Pitch Session
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
1:00 pm # Legal Help for Documentary Filmmakers
2:00 pm # Funding Your Film and Developing Partnerships:
3:30 pm # Pitch Panel
5:00 pm # BFF Exchange Happy Hour
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 email@example.com for more details.
Saturday June 7, 2014
Windmill Studios NYC
Address: 287 Kent Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211 map directions
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.
Saturday June 8, 2013
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
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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