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CITIZEN JANE FILM FESTIVAL

10/28/17

In 2007, Kweighbaye Kotee, founded The Bushwick Film Festival, which celebrates independent film and provides chances for diverse filmmakers to exhibit their work […]

 

Bushwick Film Festival Celebrates Milestone 10th Anniversary This Fall

INDIENYC

10/27/17

Bushwick Film Festival has showcased the work of over 300 filmmakers, most of them Brooklyn and New York-based, as well as international films from 30 countries […]

 

Review: Bushwick Film Festival Opening Night’s “In Case of Emergency”

GREENPOINTERS.COM

10/24/17

In Case of Emergency is a feminist female comedy—one which I greatly enjoyed. It was one of the first films I’ve seen where the women were not only the leads but also the protagonists and the comedians […]

 

On The Scene: 10th Annual Bushwick Film Festival

NXTstyle

10/19/17

The women shared stories of their experience on how they made it in the business as females and the challenges they currently face. One similarity between the panelists was their path […]

 

(PHOTO) Cast & crew on the Red Carpet @ Bushwick Film Festival

FIREBALL FILMS

10/16/17

Ridgewood Times Newpaper Photo.

 

Interview: Bushwick Film Festival Founder

BLACK GIRL NERDS

10/13/17

I had the pleasure of interviewing the founder and CEO of BFF, Kweighbaye Kotee. Here’s what the filmmaker and entrepreneur had to say about her creative process, the festival, and the industry as a whole […]

 

The 10th Annual Bushwick Film Festival Dazzles on the Red Carpet at House of Yes

QNS

10/13/17

The 10th Annual Bushwick Film Festival (BFF) took over House of Yes on Thursday night with a fabulous red carpet event before the debut of the night’s featured film, “In Case of Emergency” […]

 

7 Movies to Go See This Weekend During Bushwick Film Festival

BUSHWICK DAILY

10/13/17

Bushwick Film Festival usually rolls out in October without a warning (okay, I admit they do a lot of marketing before the festival, it’s just me who doesn’t seem to see it), and offers so so much good stuff, it puts one in a massive FOMO frenzy […]

 

Bushwick Film Festival Promises Funny Actors, Alt-Horror Stars, and Lots of Parties

GREENPOINTERS.COM

10/12/17

The Bushwick Film Festival is here with a mix of screenings and panel discussions built around themes like Funny People, Alt-Horror, and Breaking into Hollywood […]

 

Bushwick Film Festival

INVITED NYC

10/12/17

Kicking off with the 2017 Bushwick Film Festival opening night party and viewing at House of Yes just over the Ridgewood border in Bushwick on Thursday night […]

 

[The Daily] Goings On: Collins, Fassbinder, and More

THE CRITERION COLLECTION

10/12/17

The tenth annual Bushwick Film Festival runs from Thursday through Sunday […]

 

Cheers to Great Films with Bushwick Film Fest and Cutty Sark

BROKELYN

10/12/17

Industry panels will cover everything from the behind-the-scenes of filmmaking to women in film. Make sure to let loose after a day of screenings by attending the afterparties […]

 

2017 Bushwick Film Festival

NIFTY NYC

10/11/17

Info & Schedule […]

 

Your Guide to the 10th Annual Bushwick Film Festival

BKLYNER

10/10/17

Thursday marks the start of the 10th Annual Bushwick Film Festival, which promises to deliver a host of exciting new films and documentaries from a diverse set of voices and viewpoints […]

 

Bushwick Film Festival Celebrates its 10th Anniversary with World Premiere at House of Yes

QNS

10/10/17

The festival will feature the world premiere of “In Case of Emergency,” a film directed by Stefanie Sparks. “In Case of Emergency” is described as a “humorous, gross-out look at the pains we take to fit in and the pointlessness of perfection.” […]

 

 

Gay New York

DAILY XTRA TRAVEL

10/9/17

A decade of presenting independent films in Bushwick! […]

 

 

(VIDEO) Positively Black: Bushwick Film Festival

NBC/POSITIVELY BLACK

10/8/17

Kweighbaye Kotee talks to Tracie Strahan about the Bushwick Film Festival, which she started while she was still in college.

 
 
 

The October Calendar. 2017

COFFEETOGRAPHER

10/7/17

Ten is a solid number. It’s when numbers grow up and enter the double digits. It’s also when a film festival from Bushwick, The Bushwick Film Festival celebrates ten years […]

 

 

#Bushwick10 Film Festival is Oct. 12 – 15

GREENROOM NEW YORK

10/4/17

Liberian-born Kweighbaye Kotee founded the festival. You may recognize her as host/creator of Indie Cinema New York on BRIC TV […]

 
 
 
 

Women-Directed and Women-Centric Films at 2017 Bushwick Film Festival

BITCH FLICKS

10/3/17

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 […]

 
 
 
 

Brilliant Things to do in October

AnOther MAGAZINE

10/2/17

The Brooklyn-based festival will screen documentaries, short films and feature-lengths, each as enthralling and innovative as the next, by up and coming filmmakers from both Brooklyn and abroad […]

 

 

October Events in Brooklyn

EXPLORE BROOKLYN

9/29/17

Filmmakers and film lovers will be able to connect with each other, boost their networks and mingle with people from all backgrounds […]

 
 
 
 

‘Get Out’ Hits the Oscar Campaign Trail With a Timely Hamptons Event

INDIEWIRE

9/22/17

Collaborate in an eclectic and open-minded atmosphere to form new alliances, expand horizons and share common passion for independent film.[…]

 
 
 

The 10th Annual Bushwick Film Festival Announces Full Program

FILMFESTIVALS.COM

9/21/17

Located in Bushwick, the bustling center of Brooklyn’s artistic and cultural community, the festival encourages filmmakers, industry professionals and audiences to engage, share and collaborate in an eclectic and open-minded atmosphere […]

 
 

Check Out The Full Program for the 10th Annual Bushwick Film Festival Here!

MADNESS TO CREATION

9/20/17

The Bushwick Film Festival (BFF) has officially announced the full program of screenings, panels, workshops, parties and networking opportunities for its 10th anniversary, taking place from October 12th through October 15th […]

The Bushwick Film Festival

INDIE ENTERTAINMENT MAGAZINE

9/20/17

Kicking off on Thursday, October 12th, BFF will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a Red Carpet Reception at House of Yes, featuring the world premiere of In Case of Emergency, directed by Stefanie Sparks. The festivities will continue throughout the weekend […]

Bushwick Film Festival

THE ENTERTAINMENT MAGAZINE

9/19/17

BFF is thrilled to announce the critically acclaimed and Oscar winning and nominated filmmakers that will comprise its jury. This year’s jury proves to be especially exciting, as it is comprised of distinguished filmmakers who have been making compelling films about the social and political climate of the country […]

The 10th Annual Bushwick Film Festival Set to Take Place October 12-15

FILMFESTIVALS.COM

9/15/17

After receiving over 600 submissions, BFF looks forward to supporting and sharing the stories of emerging filmmakers and inspiring the audiences who view their films […]

The 10th Annual Bushwick Film Festival to Take Place October 12th-15th

MADNESS TO CREATION

9/14/17

The festivities will continue throughout the weekend with events ranging from feature screenings and short screenings to networking parties and panels […]

How One Woman is Rewriting the Script For Female Filmmakers

POPSUGAR / DELTA

08/15/17

Among the top 500 box-office films, only one has been produced by a woman of color. Let that sink in for a minute. In an effort to make the faces, creative visions, and incredible work of diverse female filmmakers come to life, Kweighbaye Kotee founded the Bushwick Film Festival […]

 
 

Call for Entries: 10th Annual Bushwick Film Festival

SMS NEWS

6/6/17

The Bushwick Film festival […] wants to continue to consciously make room for young artists by providing affordable and discounted submission fees […]

The Bushwick Film Festival Announces Monthly Short Film Screening Series

HORROR WORLD

5/17/17

The Bushwick Film Festival is gearing up for its tenth anniversary and has partnered with Guadalupe Inn in Bushwick to host a monthly short film screening series […]

Two Micro Film Fests That Don’t Cost Big Bucks

BEDFORD + BOWERY

4/4/17

The folks at BFF promise the flicks will be “quirky, sweet, humorous, and sometimes flat-out weird.” Bushwick only has one dine-in movie theater (we’re looking at you, Syndicate), so take advantage of this makeshift one […]

Full Moon Market, Bushwick Book Club, and More Fantastic Events for Every Day of the Week!

BUSHWICK DAILY

4/3/17

If you’re having hard time waiting until October for Bushwick Film Festival to arrive, this Tuesday head to Guadalupe Inn for a screening of quirky, sweet, humorous, and sometimes flat-out weird short films from the BFF archives […]

Lithuania: Country Report 2016

FILM NEW EUROPE

2/27/17

Romas Zabarauska’ queer road movie You Can’t Escape Lithuania / Nuo Lietuvos nepabėgsi was awarded best narrative feature at the Bushwick Film Festival […]

Bushwick Film Festival Celebrates 10 Years of Grit

HUFFINGTON POST

1/16/17

The Bushwick Film Festival, turns 10 this year. What started out as a small community event in Brooklyn New York, is now an established film festival. […]

 

How Kweighbaye Kotee is Changing Bushwick Forever

NEW WOMEN NEW YORKERS

12/17/16

On a Thursday evening in November as I was trying to find shelter from a persistent rain in a rustic and industrial street of Bushwick, I came across an entrance to a parking lot that was decorated and lit up more than the usual lot would be. I stepped inside and was greeted by a gentleman who seemed to be used to seeing many confused faces […]

 
 
 
 

Local Filmmakers to Showcase Nominated Short Films

MACAU DAILY TIMES

11/17/16

Cinema Alegria and Association Audio-Visual CUT will co-present a ‘Local Young Filmmakers Showcase and Sharing’ on November 23, screening three short films from Macau, which are “Come, The Light,” “Tricycle Thief,” and “Crash.” […]

 
 
 
 

Hit Web Series ‘Period Piece’ Returns For Season 2

CURVE MAGAZINE

11/16/16

The hit comedic web series Period Piece is returning for a second season. Each video depicts women in different periods of history…having their periods. The first season had over one million views on YouTube and was chosen as a 2016 Official Selection by the Bushwick Film Festival. […]

 
 
 
 

Audience Gasps at Film Editied by Cyprian at Buswick Film Festival

THE NATIONAL HERALD

10/9/16

Running simultaneously with the 10th Annual New York City Greek Film Festival was the Bushwick Film Festival, which, although not predominantly Greek, did feature one film edited and produced by a Cypriot during its Short Film Program 4: Survival at the House of Yes on October 2, 2016 […]

 
 
 

Bushwick Film Festival to Premiere Film on Pioneering Experiential Disabilities Course

PR NEWSWIRE

9/30/16

NYU Tandon School of Engineering Senior Lecturer Allan B. Goldstein’s Disabilities Studies course, where engineering students and self-advocates with cerebral palsy explore how to communicate, connect, and cultivate their abilities by making movies, will be featured in the new documentary “The Ability Exchange” […]

 
 
 
 

4 films to get excited about at this year’s Bushwick Film Festival

BROKELYN

9/28/16

For a while there, Bushwick’s reputation as a Brooklyn neighborhood was mostly infamous, its personality largely reduced to reports of cultural appropriation and brutally unfunny SNL skits. But that game has tired, and so Bushwick has made it out of the (Heavy) woods of Brooklyn-mocking to reemerge in its pupal form as a hub for creativity and culture […]

 
 
 

Film Festival to Bring 70 Directors to Bushwick

DNA INFO

9/22/16

A film festival is bringing about 70 directors from across the world to Bushwick next week. The ninth annual Bushwick Film Festival will put a special focus on the work by women directors and that which highlights the immigrant experience, said founder Kweighbaye Kotee […]

 
 
 

Ninth Annual Bushwick Film Festival to Take Place Later This Month

RESPECT MAGAZINE

9/18/16

The ninth annual Bushwick Film Festival is set to take place September 29 – October 2nd. Founded in 2007 by Liberian born Kweighbaye Kotee, the festival has developed into a cultural leader for independent film, gaining the attention of major news outlets and industry executives alike […]

 
 
 

The Bushwick Film Fest’s Star Powered Red Carpet Opening Night Approaches!

BUSHWICK DAILY

9/14/16

Make sure to pick up your black tie best from the dry cleaners, Bushwick. The 9th annual Bushwick Film Festival is right around the corner, and on Thursday, September 29th, the fest kicks off at Wyckoff Avenue’s House of Yes with a star studded red carpet screening […]

 
 
 

The Best of The Bushwick Film Festival 2016

NIFTY NYC

7/8/16

The Bushwick Film Festival (BFF) is excited to present a special night of its award-winning films! To get Bushwick excited for its 9th Edition, scheduled from Sept 29 – Oct 2nd, the festival will be showcasing several of its award-winning shorts as well as one of its Best Picture winners. Audiences can expect a night of both daring and entertaining independent films that capture the human spirit and experience in unique ways […]

 
 
 

9th Annual Bushwick Film Festival Now Accepting Submissions!

SMS NEWS

6/14/16

Founded in 2007, The Bushwick Film Festival has evolved from a local NYC festival to an international festival, hailed as “one of Brooklyn’s most celebrated cinematic events,” by Fox News, Tribeca Film and the Brooklyn Borough’s President. We love daring, independent filmmakers and boast an enthusiastic, forward-thinking audience […]

 
 
 
 

Call for Entries: 10th Annual Bushwick Film Festival

SMS NEWS

6/6/16

Over the last 10 years, The Bushwick Film festival has become a premier voice for independent cinema in Brooklyn by offering a platform to established as well as up-and-coming filmmakers from all backgrounds. In this tradition, the festival wants to continue to consciously make room for young artists by providing affordable and discounted submission fees […]

 
 
 
 

(VIDEO) Bushwick Film Festival and Visit Films on Summer Film Festivals

BRIC / BK LIVE

6/2/16

Kweighbaye Kotee, Bushwick Film Festival Founder and indie film enthusiast, gives an update on summer film festivals in NYC and talks with Lorna-Lee Sagebiel, Director of Sales and Marketing at Visit Films […]

 
 
 

Bushwick Film Fest & BRICFLIX Collaborate To Spotlight LGBT Film

QUEERMINDED RADIO

5/24/16

An upcoming Brooklyn event created through partnership between Bushwick Film Festival and BRIC Arts Media House, LGBT Spotlight, plans to feature voices and works of LGBTQ filmmakers and artists in a screening and panel discussion coming this Wednesday, May 25th […]

 
 
 

(VIDEO) Life-Work Integration

NEW YORK REAL

1/10/16

My guest in this New York Real episode is Kweighbaye Kotee. She is a Liberian born, NYC raised entrepreneur, talkshow host, writer and filmmaker. She started her first company, The Bushwick Film Festival (BFF) in 2007 and developed her second company, Slate Property […]

 
 

(RADIO) Bushwick Film Festival a very special edition

RADIO FREE BROOKLYN

10/3/2015

In this very special edition of Bushwick Garage (usually hosted by Rob Prichard,) Radio Free Brooklyn co-founder Tom Tenney conducts live interviews with filmmakers from the 8th Annual Bushwick Film Festival, which opened on Thursday 10/1 and concludes on Sunday,[…]

Move over L.A.: Bushwick is the epicenter of the independent movie scene

THE BROOKLYN SPECTATOR

10/2/2015

Move over L.A.: Bushwick is the epicenter of the independent movie scene this weekend. The eighth annual Bushwick Film Festival (BFF) kicked off on Thursday night at LightSpace Studios with a red carpet reception and the screening of opening night film, “Wallabout.”[…]

Get To Know NYC’s Next Filmmaking Generation at The Bushwick Film Festival

TRIBECA FILM

10/1/2015

If you’re looking for Oscar hopefuls and prestige dramas, there’s no better option this weekend than the New York Film Festival, which is currently underway and star-packed. But films like Steve Jobs and Carol will open theatrically nationwide in mere weeks. Why not instead seek out smaller, […]

Dominican Film, “Sand Dollars” to Screen at Bushwick Film Festival

HUFFINGTON POST

09/23/2015

A friend of mine recently returned from a trip to the Dominican Republic and found herself en amores with a young man from her youth whom she had reconnected with. She told me it wasn’t serious, but they were chatting 24/7. She was shopping for clothes to send him and making plans to go back — next time for longer.[…]

9 Types of Love You’ll Encounter at the 2015 Bushwick Film Festival

BEDFORD BOWERY

09/15/2015

“It’s better to have loved and lost than to have never loved at all” always struck me as a pretty shitty consolation. I guess it depends on who’s doing the losing part, right? Love looks a lot rosier from the side of the jilter than the jilt-ee. […]

Kweighbaye Kotee, Bushwick Film Festival, Woman Entrepreneur

GOTHAM GAL

09/14/2015

Someone from the Bushwick Film Festival sent an email to WeFestival about Kweighbaye. It was forwarded to me and I was intrigued. Starting a film festival is not easy work and I was curious about the festival. Truthfully starting anything is not easy work. I reached out to Kweighbaye to talk about her path […]

19 Young Brooklyn Filmmakers Toasted by BP Adams

THE GREEN POINT GAZETTE

08/19/2015

Filmmakers selected to showcase their work during the 8th iteration of the Bushwick Film Festival, this October, received a special welcoming ceremony courtesy of Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, Thursday night, at his offices in Downtown Brooklyn. Over the course of the evening, Adams spoke about the growth of arts in the borough […]

Brooklyn Developer Gives 80k Grants to Local Artists

DNAinfo

08/25/2015

Bushwick artist Jins paints a wall on Troutman Street. A developer and local resident have teamed up to start a fund that will offer $80,000 in grants for qualifying local artists. Bushwick artist Jins paints a wall on Troutman Street. A developer and local resident have teamed up to start a fund that will offer $80,000 in grants for qualifying local artists […]

Bushwick Film Festival Previewed at Borough Hall

TIMES NEWSWEEKLY

08/27/2015

Lights, camera, action—for Brooklyn. Filmmakers hit a different sort of set at Brooklyn Borough Hall on Thursday, Aug. 13, as part of a welcoming cocktail reception ahead of the 2015 Bushwick Film Festival. The festival’s reception led into two panels that debated how to prevent developers from forcing filmmakers out of the borough, as well as the economic benefits local film festivals provide.[…]

 
 

The Bushwick Film Festival’s Kweighbaye Kotee Talks About Horror Films, Paris & Following your Dreams in Brooklyn.

BROOKLYN MAGAZINE

06/22/2015

Kweighbaye Kotee has a life that could rightly be described as cinematic: Born in Monrovia, Liberia, and only a child when members of her father’s ethnic group began to be persecuted by the government, Kotee’s family was granted political asylum by the United States and quickly uprooted to New Jersey shortly before the First Liberian Civil War broke out.[…]

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