SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW CLOSEDBFF prefers paperless entries submitted via Withoutabox.com or FilmFreeway.com. Both platforms provide cost-saving, online entry to major film festivals throughout the U.S. with one master entry form, allowing you and us to enter your film more quickly and with greater accuracy. This method is free and easy.
SUBMISSIONS WILL OPEN ON JULY 1 FOR THE 2019 EDITION
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW CLOSED!
2018 Edition SUBMISSIONS are NOW CLOSED!
Final Submission deadline was March 7
The next Brooklyn Film Festival will take place June 1-10, 2018.
Filmmakers selected for the festival will be notified via email by May 12th, 2018. Not selected films will be notified via WITHOUTABOX or FilmFreeway when the full lineup is complete and confirmed (around May 18th).
WHEN IS THE NEXT FESTIVAL?
The next Brooklyn Film Festival will take place June 1-10 2018.
WHEN WILL I BE NOTIFIED IF MY FILM HAS BEEN ACCEPTED?
Filmmakers selected for the festival will be notified via email by May 12th. Not selected films will be notified via WITHOUTABOX or FilmFreeway when the full lineup is complete and confirmed (around May 18th).
IN WHICH FILM CATEGORIES DO YOU ACCEPT SUBMISSIONS?
Categories: Narrative Feature, Documentary Feature, Narrative Short, Documentary Short, Experimental, Animation. + View categories and rules
IS THE FESTIVAL COMPETITIVE?
YES. Through the resources of industry-related sponsors, the festival awards the winners with a total of approximately US $60,000 in prizes, film services, and cash. + AWARDS
WILL I RECEIVE FEEDBACK OR COMMENTS ON MY FILM?
NO. Due to the high volume of submissions we receive, we are unable to provide feedback on your film.
HOW MANY FILMS DO YOU ACCEPT IN THE FESTIVAL?
For the 2017 edition the festival’s film lineup included 130 films.
SCREENING FORMAT FOR SELECTED FILMS:
The projects selected for the Festival will be projected in HDCam, Blu-Ray, and APPLE PRO RES 422 (1920X1080). We accept both NTSC and PAL. The festival supports 5.1 surround, but encourages to submit a stereo backup as well.
WHAT IS THE KIDSFILMFEST?
KidsFilmFest is an exciting initiative of the Brooklyn Film Festival. The festival takes place annually in June. Rolling Submissions are open through WAB (Without a Box). For further information visit www.kidsfilmfest.org
ARE THERE ANY TIME RESTRICTIONS?
Narrative Features must be no less than 60 minutes, Narrative Short films no longer than 60 minutes. Documentary Features must be no less than 50 minutes, Documentary Shorts no longer than 50 minutes. Animation and Experimental categories have no time restrictions.
CAN I RELEASE MY FILM THEATRICALLY OR ON BROADCAST TELEVISION BEFORE THE FESTIVAL?
Entries cannot have a theatrical run (commercial release) or be broadcast (TV) anywhere in the US before the last day of the festival. Previous screenings at other film festivals, as well as private, industry, and press screenings are OK. Although the "New York Premiere" status is not mandatory to be selected by the festival, it is required to enter BFF Competition.
CAN I SUBMIT MY FILM IF PREVIOUSLY SCREENED AT OTHER FESTIVALS?
YES. There is no maximum number of festivals at which the film may be screened however the "New York Premiere" status is required to be selected for the competition.
I SUBMITTED MY FILM LAST YEAR BUT IT WAS NOT SELECTED. CAN I RESUBMIT MY FILM?
We allow it, but we don't encourage it... To resubmit a film, the film must be significantly re-edited. A film may be resubmitted more than once if it has been worked on in the last year.
WHAT IS THE SHIPPING ADDRESS FOR PACKAGES?
Mail your complete submission packages to:
Brooklyn Film Festival
180 South 4th Street, Suite 2 South
Brooklyn, New York, 11211 - USA
CAN I SUBMIT A WORK-IN-PROGRESS OR "ROUGH CUT"?
Works-in-progress are considered only if submitted during the LATE SUBMISSION DEADLINES ("Late" and "Extended" deadlines). Filmmakers might submit a Work-in-progress only if the film is scheduled to be completed at least 3 weeks before the beginning of the festival (June). Please list which elements of your film are missing.
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