The Bushwick Film Festival is now online. Photo Credit: FLICKR

The Bushwick Film Festival, one of Brooklyn’s most exciting cultural attractions, will present its 13th edition virtually from October 21-25, 2020, Broadway World reports.

The theme for this year’s festival is transformation and it has chosen a symbol that truly embodies the word: A butterfly.

“Our butterfly glows and emerges from the electricity surrounding it, symbolizing profound transformation and honoring the energy it has to manifest to get there,” Festival Director Kweighbaye Kotee said.

“We have had to endure many challenges this year: COVID-19, loss of Black lives at the hands of police, the passing of beloved heroes, climate change wildfires, devastation in Beirut. It feels like the lines between our own reality and a movie have become blurry and the comfort we enjoyed surrendering when we watch films on-screen is now a reminder of the loss of control in our own lives.”

Led by the theme of transformation, the vision for the Bushwick Film Festival is to use the current landscape as an opportunity to unite more people through film than it had ever done before. The symbolic butterfly represented how periods of darkness could lead to brighter outcomes, and perseverance was necessary on the long journey to the end of the tunnel, Kotee said.

For the first time, the festival is virtually accessible to everyone. Panels and conversations, and the festival itself, will shown on a secure streaming platform sponsored by Spectrum. In addition, opening night and the awards ceremony will be produced in partnership with Chemistry Creative and will be broadcast online and with partner platforms.

Select passes to the Bushwick Film Festival are now available and individual tickets will go on sale on September 15. For notifications about ticket sales and to receive festival updates, please visit

Kimberlean Donis

Kimberlean Donis is a freelance journalist based in Brooklyn. She is a student at both London City University and Williams College majoring in Political Science, Art History, and Africana Studies.

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