Brooklyn Film Festival Announces In-Person and Virtual Screenings for its 25th Edition: Unthinkable
150 film premieres will screen from June 3-12
BROOKLYN, NEW YORK, April 12, 2022 – Brooklyn Film Festival (BFF), New York’s longest running international-competitive film festival, is proud to announce its 25th edition, Unthinkable. BFF, a Canadian Screen Award qualifying festival, received 2,694 films from 91 Countries for its 25th edition, and will program the selected film premieres into 35 two-hour program blocks.
This year, BFF will be staged from June 3-12, online via the festival website, as well as in-person at Windmill Studios in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, with select programs also showing at Union Docs in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The video server will once again be hosted by Cinesend. Along with the film screenings, BFF is planning to bring back the BFF Exchange, a day dedicated to panels, pitch sessions and a happy hour (venue TBA). The 2022 film lineup will include approximately 150 film premieres, and all details will be announced soon on the festival’s website.
BFF divides all films into six categories: Feature Narrative, Documentary Feature, Short Narrative, Short Documentary, Experimental, and Animation. BFF’s selection criteria, a 25-year-old set of rules, constitute the true festival’s trademark: participating films cannot be older than two years; films are selected from submissions only; all films in the festival participate in the awards competition. Even the smallest film can win the top festival award: the Grand Chameleon.
BFF Executive Director Marco Ursino said of 25th BFF, themed Unthinkable, “It is undeniable that we are living in divisive times, where every political and social current creates and follows its own fabricated truth. In such a world, any profound statement is destined to please some, while it offends others. What we used to define reality, has been carefully hidden, to the point that it has become almost unthinkable. With our 25th edition, BFF wants to reignite the audience’s imagination, offer an opportunity to revisit reality, and reinforce the Unthinkable, by presenting 150, uncensored film projects from every corner of the world.”
The 2022 advertising campaign will be created by MullenLowe New York. The Executive Creative Director, Ricard Valero, said of the partnership, “We are huge supporters and fans of independent film. It is imperative to help BFF position indie filmmaking as the cultural necessity it is, and spotlight the power of truth-telling in film today. We support their ambitions, champion the opportunities they provide to the community, and respect their creative bravery.” He further said about the campaign, “Independent cinema opens an honest conversation about everything around us. That’s why the Brooklyn Film Festival invites us to leave our preconceived notions at the metaphorical door, and experience something from a different perspective. Our campaign will try to inspire people to be open, curious, and be pushed.”
BFF is also happy to announce that the 18th Annual KidsFilmFest will also be staged online for the entire 10-day festival, and at Windmill Studios on Saturday, June 4 starting at 1pm. KidsFilmFest this year will present two programs of films, tailored for young viewers: age 3 to 7, and 8 to 15. The films are all rated “G” and consists of numerous animated shorts, documentaries and live-action films.
BFF’s list of sponsors for 2022 include: WNET’s All Arts, Brooklyn Film Society, Windmill Studios, Cinelease, Herc, Upper Market Gallery, Quebec Government, PRG, Xeno Lights, AbelCine, Be Electric, Sixpoint, Final Draft, MPE, Big Screen Plaza, Broadway Stages, Media Services, Yelp, Lentini Communications, The Pod, Papapietro Perry, and Noble Jewelry.