AWARDS

Through the resources of industry-related sponsors, the Brooklyn Film Festival awarded winners receive more than $50,000 in prizes (cash, products, services).

PRIZES SPONSORED BY: WNET, REEL 13, BE ELECTRIC, ABELCINE, XENO LIGHTS, MPE, FINAL DRAFT, LENTINI COMMUNICATIONS, MEDIA SERVICES, PAPAPIETRO PERRY WINERY, BROOKLYN FILM SOCIETY, NOBLE JEWELRY.


AWARD DECIDERS

Three groups select the winners among the 140 participating filmmakers.
1) Panels of External Judges – select the best in each of the 6 categories in competition.
2) The Festival (Board of Directors) selects the Spirit Award in each category (six in total)
3) BFF Audience – selects the winners among the six BFF categories plus KidsFilmFest. (seven in total)


AWARDING SCHEDULE

For this year’s festival, we have decided to also re-invent the award ceremony and its dispensing schedule. Essentially, we divided all the awards in three categories. Most awards fall into Category 1: Awards chosen by panels of external judges. Basically they are all the awards listed below (22 in total), with the exception of the BFF’s 7 Audience Awards (includes KidsFilmFest) and the Grand Chameleon Award. These Awards with their relative prizes will be announced at different times on June 5. Category 2: Audience Awards. Voting will stop at noon (EST) on June 6. These awards (7 in total, including KidsFilmFest‘s Award) will be announced by 1:30pm (EST) on June 6. Category 3: Social Media competitions. Assuming that we will still have some competition results pending, they will be announced on the morning of June 7 (EST), the day after the end of festival.


GRAND CHAMELEON AWARD

This Award is intended to reward the film that best represents the current BFF Edition’s Theme
Besides the prizes associated with this award, the diector of the winning film project will also receive BFF’s Chameleon Statuette
Eligibility: All the films in the competition are eligible for this award regardless of their length, category, or format
Jury: This award is assigned by the Board of Directors of the Festival and chosen among the winners of “Best in Category”

BEST IN CATEGORY AWARD

Assigned to the best film in each category
Eligibility: Feature Narrative, Feature Documentary, Short Narrative, Short Documentary, Animation, and Experimental films in competition (all categories are eligible)
Jury: Assigned by the panels of Judge

BEST NEW DIRECTOR

Assigned to the best upcoming director 
Eligibility: All filmmakers in competition are eligible
Jury: Assigned by the panels of Judges.

BEST BROOKLYN PROJECT

Assigned to the best project by a Brooklyn director or shot in Brooklyn
Eligibility: All Brooklyn filmmakers and all films shot in Brooklyn are eligible
Jury: Assigned by the Board of Directors of the Festival.

SPIRIT AWARD

Films in which the festival recognizes its own spirit
Spirit Awards are assigned in each category
Eligibility: All films in competition are eligible
Jury: Spirit Awards are assigned by the Board of Directors of the Festival.

CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE

Certificates are assigned for outstanding achievement in the following categories: Production, Screenwriting, Cinematography, Editing, Style, Original Score, Acting (female), Acting (male).
Eligibility: All films in competition are eligible
Jury: Certificates of Award are assigned by external panels of Judges

AUDIENCE AWARD

Audience Awards are assigned in each category as follows: Feature Narrative, Documentary Feature, Short Narrative, Short Doc, Animation, and Experimental.
This year, there will be an additional Audience Award selected among the films playing in the KidsFilmFest program.
Eligibility: All films in competition are eligible.
Jury: Festival Audience.