The Bushwick Film Festival is an Arts Organization with a mission to provide a unique platform for independent filmmakers and artists to present their work to an ever-growing and enthusiastic audience. In addition we support and empower the Bushwick community by organizing film screenings and implementing media literacy and film education programs.
The Bushwick Film Festival is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Fractured Atlas receives monetary and in-kind donations on behalf of The Bushwick Film Festival, provide oversight to ensure that donated funds are used in accordance with agreements and provide reports as required by the donors. All donations are tax-deductible.
Our vision to become a pillar of the community continues to guide our organizations direction. This year, we will offer personal and cultural enrichment opportunities for Bushwick residents and implement film and media education programs for all ages. We hope to better serve not only the artist but the entire community!
YOUTH FILM PROGRAM (YFP)
The BFF Youth Film Program is a six week program designed to educate students in the art of filmmaking. The purpose of this program is to advocate the importance of film in fostering well-rounded youth communities. Over the weeks, students will participate in script writing, learn to use film specific software, and work as a production team to develop the skills to create their own films! By the end of the program, students will get to showcase their work and celebrate the visions of their peers.
INDIE FILM SCHOOL (IFS)
The BFF Indie Film School is an ongoing program designed to shed light on the art of Independent films. Throughout the program, we will examine the entire spectrum of creating a film from script writing and editing to cinematography and color correction. People of all ages are welcome to participate in this program.
MEDIA LITERACY FOR LOCAL RESIDENTS (MLFLR)
The BFF Media Literacy for Local Residents program is designed to bring the Bushwick community up to speed with the rising trend of media usage. The course of this program will cover social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Tumblr. The point is to engage the community in connecting with not only their interests, but communicating with their loved ones as well.
MEDIA TRAINING FOR LOCAL BUSINESSES (MTFLB)
The BFF Media Training for Local Businesses program is designed to educate small business owners in the professional uses of social media. This program will cover marketing, customer service, and information benefits of sites such as Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and LinkedIn. By the end of the program, Bushwick businesses will have the tools necessary to thrive in an ever-growing social society.
• The winners of the Best Film Category are awarded with an independent plan for cinematic
development which includes press particulars, website design and a marketing plan to help them become more attractive to distributors
• In 2009 we donated a percentage of our ticket sales to go to Dr. Sharad Kumar. Dr. Sharad Kumar at 72 years old, has provided a future to thousands of children suffering from various deformities like cleft lip, cleft palates and other deformities. Till date, Dr. Sharad has conducted 65,000 operations in India.
• In 2010 we partnered with a Bushwick based organization called New Children/ New York that was created to reveal the stories of Latin-American immigrants in New York City from the perspective of their children. We dedicated a day of the festival to the children and their stories.
• In 2012 We donated a percentage of our ticket sales to an organization called ONE Liberia. With the donations, ONE Liberia created The Bushwick Film Festival Scholarship award, providing 4 scholarships to students pursuing a career in Media Studies at the University of Liberia.
5 REASONS WHY WE HAVE THE FILM FESTIVAL
1-To provide a platform for filmmakers and artists to showcase their work and to provide a space for people to experience great film, art and music.
3-To give back to the local community through provision of film education and media literacy programs.
4-To give back to the international community by donating a percentage of ticket sales to an organization that positively impacts the international community.5-To make film and art easily accessible and help keep the industry diverse and balanced.