Bushwick Film Festival Celebrated 10th Anniversary With 109 Films & 3000+ Attendees

Bushwick Film Festival Celebrated 10th Anniversary With 109 Films & 3000+ Attendees


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“The Bushwick Film Festival shines a light on indie filmmakers and diversity in the film industry.”


“The event brings together filmmakers, artists, and creative thinkers.”

— Fox News

“Get to know NYC’s next filmmaking generation at the Bushwick Film Festival.”

— Tribeca Film

“An opportunity to see amazing films that you won’t find in regular U.S. cinemas.

They are true gems!”

— Indiewire


Brooklyn, NY – October 26, 2017The Bushwick Film Festival (BFF) celebrated its 10th anniversary earlier this month, with 109 films, 11 panels and events, and over 3000 registered attendees! Four exceptional filmmakers were chosen by BFF’s critically acclaimed and Oscar-winning and -nominated jury to accept awards for Best Narrative Feature, Best Documentary Feature, Best Short Film and Best Web Series. Winners include:


BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE: Pretty Far From Okay | Helena Hufnagel




BEST SHORT FILM: Arkabutla | Katori Hall


BEST WEB SERIES: Best Thing You’ll Ever Do | Catherine Fordham


Runners-Up: Tormenting The Hen (Theodore Collatos | Narrative Feature), We Are Mary (Julie Wiles | Documentary Feature), See You Yesterday (Stefon Bristol | Short Film), and The Feels (Tim Manley and Naje Lataillade | Web Series).


Programmer’s Choice Award: Sea to Shining Sea (Maximón Monihan | Feature Film), Coach Jake (Ian Phillips | Documentary Feature), and White Face (Mtume Gant | Short Film).


Honorable Mentions: Nowhere, Michigan (Robert Vornkahl | Narrative Feature), Black People Are Dangerous (Donaldo Prescod | Short Film), I Am Your Friend (Nicholas Santos | Short Film), Syskon (Aurora Alänge | Short Film), and I Am Her (Sasha Pezenik | Short Film).


Surrounding this celebratory anniversary, BFF presented the first ever Rising Star Award to BFF alum and actress/filmmaker Diarra Kilpatrick. The Rising Star Award was created to acknowledge Bushwick Film Festival alumni who have broken new ground in the film industry and are achieving notable levels of success. It’s a testament to the recipient’s hard work and to the festival’s continued commitment to give incredibly talented filmmakers and creators a spotlight. The festival screened Kilpatrick’s newest series American Koko, which is produced by Viola Davis and distributed by ABC. Currently, Kilpatrick is working on a new series for Amazon called The Climb.


BFF’s critically acclaimed and Oscar-winning and -nominated jury includes:




Caroline Waterlow

Oscar Winner, ‘O.J.: Made in America’ // Producer


Sam Pollard

Oscar Nominee, ‘4 Little Girls’ // Director, Producer, Editor


Heidi Ewing

Oscar Nominee, ‘Jesus Camp’ // Director // Co-Owner of Loki Films


José Rodriguez

Director of Documentary Programs, Tribeca Film Institute // Writer, Director




Adam Kersh

Marketing and Publicity Strategist and Co-Founder of Brigade


Delena Turner

Multi-Platform Producer and Content Creator, ESPN


Molly O’Keefe

Senior Director of Artists Programs, Tribeca Film Institute




Jacquelyn Lobel

Emmy-Award Winning Producer & Director // Senior Producer, PopSugar


A.V Rockwell

Award-Winning Screenwriter and Director


Elizabeth J. Theis

Post-Production Coordinator, Viceland


Chung Tsang

Festival Director, KAFFNY Infinite Cinema


Kristian Mercado

Award-Winning Artist & Filmmaker


Sponsors for BFF 2017 include: 100 Bogart, Chemistry Creative, MCCG, Node, City Fresh Market, Brooklyn Fire Proof, Cutty Sark Whisky, Bruce Cost Ginger Ale, Braven Brewing Company, The Rookery, Montana’s Trail House, Lot 45, Terra Firma, Bushwick Daily, Radio Free Brooklyn, Explore Brooklyn, Backstage, QNS, Times News Weekly, Brokelyn, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, Sebastian Printing, Syndicated Movie Theater, LightSpace Studios, House of Yes, Fine & Raw Chocolate, Zico, Bushwick Collective, Brooklyn Oenology, and McCarren Hotel & Pool.


Keep an eye out for BFF 2018! For more information, please visit www.bushwickfilmfestival.com




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About Founder, CEO Kweighbaye Kotee

Kweighbaye Kotee is an entrepreneur, filmmaker, writer and TV host. Over the past 10 years, she has developed creative ways to use the power of media, culture and arts to bridge communities. In 2007, she founded The Bushwick Film Festival (BFF). The Festival celebrates independent film, provides chances for diverse filmmakers to exhibit their work and creates spaces where audiences can gather and enjoy independent cinema. In 2015, Kotee founded Media Culture & Communications Group (MCCG). MCCG works in tandem with companies and rapidly changing neighborhoods to help open lines of communication and create opportunities that support artistic sustainability and preserve long-standing cultural landscapes in various ways. Dedicated to her community and the arts, she is the Executive Director of two Brooklyn-based non-profit organizations and is a Bushwick Community Board member serving on the Arts & Culture and Land Use Committees.


Born in Liberia, she and her family immigrated to the U.S. at the brink of the Liberian Civil war. Kotee attended public school in Newark, NJ where she was awarded a scholarship from the Wight Foundation to attend Blair Academy. She moved on to receive her B.S in Media, Culture and Communications from New York University. Currently, Kweighbaye lives in Bushwick, Brooklyn.  


About the Bushwick Film Festival

Founded in 2007, The Bushwick Film Festival (BFF) is a leading independent film and media company in Brooklyn. A decade into its mission, BFF is hailed as one of Brooklyn’s most influential cinematic events for its contribution to the borough’s artistic, cultural, and economic growth. The festival attracts film and entertainment industry leaders at national and international levels and showcases films created by the best emerging independent filmmakers in Brooklyn, including the works of international filmmakers from over 30 different countries. In addition, BFF proudly shines a spotlight on diverse filmmakers. Its mission is to inspire filmmakers to harness the spirit of entrepreneurship, give them a platform to grow an audience, help strengthen their networks, increase their chances to connect with industry professionals, and present them opportunities to make a living doing what they love. Its mission to its audiences is to provide spaces where people from all backgrounds can gather and enjoy new and exciting niche films that are not typically made available and/or accessible to them, along with opportunities to attend educational and cultural events.


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