The Bushwick Film Festival (BFF) has announced its return to all live screenings only, reports The Film Industry Network. Beginning November 1st and going through November 7th, the festival will feature over 100 independent films from Brooklyn and around the world.

For its latest edition, the Bushwick Film Festival has formed a new partnership with Williamsburg Cinemas where all festival films will be screened from November 1st through the 7th. In addition to screenings, the festival will also host special events including its Opening Night Red carpet Reception on November 1st at the acclaimed Lot 45.

“After having the experience of going fully virtual in 2020 and hybrid in 2021, we realized that we prefer to focus on live screenings which is what makes film festivals so special. It was great to find new ways to connect with audiences over the last two years, but connecting with filmmakers and our audiences in real life is really where our heart is,” reflected festival founder Kweighbaye Kotee.

Other live festival events taking place this year include an industry panel and networking event at Circa Brewing Co. in downtown Brooklyn, a screenplay reading selected from its best screenplay submissions, and a closing night awards ceremony.

The BFF Metaverse experience, presented by Lowkeygiant also returns for the duration of the festival week. Audiences will be able to beam into the Metaverse where they will find an exotic virtual world filled with whimsical avatars, NFT art shows and videos, events and digital media content.

Over the last 15 years, BFF has screened the works of nearly 1000 independent filmmakers from Brooklyn and over 50 different countries. It has grown into one of the most anticipated cinematic events in Brooklyn and is recognized for its contribution to the borough’s artistic, cultural, and economic growth.

Out of the over 100 films that will be included in this year’s programming, Approximately 10 filmmakers will walk away with awards in categories such as Best Feature (Narrative/Doc), Best Short (Doc /Narrative), Best Web Series, and more, joining the ranks of BFF alumni such as Marcus Reinaldo Greene, Dawn Porter, Adepero Oduye, Stefon Bristol, Shaka King, Alexander Dinelaris, Bradford Young, Katori Hall, Kitty Green and many more.

Film programming highlights can be found below, as well as on the official film festival website.

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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