Named #1 of A.R.T.S.Y. Magazine's Top 7 Film Festivals
Founded in 2011, the Art of Brooklyn is the only international festival
in the world where every film has a real connection to Brooklyn.
We represent every neighborhood and every community.
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Founded in 2011, The Art of Brooklyn is a not-for-profit organization that curates a conversation between the new, Brooklyn-based art community, immigrants, transplants and those born and raised in the borough.
Tax-deductible donations can be made through The Field, our fiscal sponsor. Click HERE for our profile page and to donate.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: JOSEPH SHAHADI
Joseph Shahadi has had a long nonprofit career, notably at the W.T. Grant Foundation, The Green Circle Program and the World Game Institute. Most recently he was Festival Coordinator for the DUMBO Dance Festival, where he curated and produced its first ever site-specific works, staged along the Brooklyn waterfront. Joseph also served on the DUMBO Dance Festival Board of Directors. He earned a Ph.D. in Performance Studies from New York University where he was awarded the Corrigan Doctoral Fellowship and the Performance Studies Award. He contributed a chapter to the book Doomed By Hope: Essays on the Theatre and his scholarship appears in TDR (The Drama Review), the Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism—in a special section he also co-edited—and the Journal of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics. Joseph is also a Brooklyn-based interdisciplinary artist, director and dramaturg. He makes live art, photographs, video, installations and works on paper. His work appears in several private collections and has been exhibited in New York, regionally in the United States and internationally in Europe.
FESTIVAL DIRECTOR: JASON CUSATO
Jason Cusato is a native of Brooklyn, which is a major influence on his work as an award-winning independent filmmaker. His film “When Broomsticks Were King” (2001) won the Independent Features Film Festival Buzz Award and Rochester International Film Festival’s Shoe String Award. His latest feature, "Apostles of Park Slope", won Best Comedy Feature at the 2010 Manhattan Film Festival and Outstanding Feature at the 2010 Atlantic City International Film Festival. Jason brings his skills in producing and community fundraising as well as his love of independent film to The Art of Brooklyn, where he is excited to be an ambassador for Brooklyn filmmakers. He has received attention for his work from Denis Hamill of the New York Daily News, Huffington Post, The Park Slope Courier and News 12 Brooklyn.
DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS: ANTHONY DEVITO
Anthony DeVito has over 20 years experience in the world of advertising and marketing as an art director, copywriter and creative director, working on ads and campaigns for television, print, interactive and social media. He is also a SAG-AFTRA actor and comedian and a native Brooklynite. He writes comedy for TV, stage, film and the web. His acting credits include HBO's Boardwalk Empire, Rescue Me with Denis Leary on F/X, NBC's Late Night With Conan O'Brien, Best Week Ever with Paul F. Tompkins, independent films Apostles of Park Slope and A Box Came To Brooklyn and national commercials.
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Art of Brooklyn Film Festival
AoBFF RULES AND REGULATIONS
1) If you are a filmmaker who can demonstrate a connection between your film and Brooklyn, you are welcome to submit. For example:
In the past we have screened a documentary by an Italian filmmaker about a Hassidic Brooklyn rapper, a horror film by a Brooklyn-born filmmaker who now lives in Australia, Canadian and Japanese films that were shot in Brooklyn, and a Turkish film directly inspired by Brooklyn’s diversity.
If you have questions about eligibility, please see our FAQs
2) The Art of Brooklyn Film Festival programs all genres including comedy, drama, documentary, animation, horror, sci-fi, music video and experimental. Our Film Screening Panel—led by our Festival Director—views all submissions and selects the films we program. We guarantee that all films submitted will be viewed up until midnight of the final day of submissions. A Judging Panel of industry professionals selects award-winning films in each category.
3) Submission to the Art of Brooklyn Film Festival includes free optional submission to Brooklyn On Demand, the only streaming on-demand channel dedicated to the Brooklyn indie film scene, curated by AoBFF. For more information about Brooklyn On Demand: (Link Here)
4) We will accept submissions until February 28, 2015. Our Extended Deadline for Withoutabox users is March 15, 2015.
5) The Art of Brooklyn Film Festival strongly prefers to program premiers but will consider all films submitted. Misrepresenting your film’s premier status or screening history can be affect your eligibility for AoBFF.
6) All films submitted must be completed by April 1, 2015.
7) All submissions must include 2 DVD screeners in NTSC format or an online screener. All DVD's must include film title, Director’s name and your Withoutabox tracking number.
8) All filmmakers must have an exhibition format available on DVD or QuickTime.
9) If you film is accepted, entrants will be solely responsible for delivering exhibition video materials to and from the festival venue. The Art of Brooklyn cannot be held liable for exhibition print/video materials that are lost or damaged.
10) If your film is accepted AoBFF will send an online form for promotional information and images, which must be filled out and returned within five days. EMAILED DOCS, PDFs, HARD COPIES OR SCANS OF TEXT WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
11) Payment made by credit card through Withoutabox.com is preferred. Checks or money orders included in submissions will be accepted.
Checks or Money Orders must be made out to: The Art of Brooklyn Festival.
Send all materials care of:
St Francis College & The Art of Brooklyn Film Festival
180 Remsen Street, Brooklyn N.Y. 11201
ATTN: Robert Oliva - Director of Special Events
All submission fees must be paid via credit card, PayPal, check, or money order. Festival dates are subject to change.
ALL SUBMISSION FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE.
By submitting my film, I allow it to be screened at The Art of Brooklyn Film Festival if accepted.
The Art of Brooklyn Film Festival is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any accepted film for any promotional purposes. (Print, press, online.)
The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.
The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless The Art of Brooklyn from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.
By entering (submitting to) The Art of Brooklyn Film Festival, entrants release and hold the The Art of Brooklyn, its Board of Directors, Officers, Staff and Volunteers harmless from and against all losses, damages, rights, claims and actions of any kind arising in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from participation with the competition or participation in any competition related activity.
By entering (submitting to) to The Art of Brooklyn Festival you are granting the right for The Art of Brooklyn to screen your film publicly one to two times in the next twelve months (depending on the festival entered).
By entering (submitting to) The Art of Brooklyn Festival you are admitting that you have read, understood and agreed to follow our Rules and Regulations for festival submission and to abide by our Terms and Conditions of service and our general festival Rules and Regulations.
Failure to comply with The Art of Brooklyn guidelines, rules, regulations, or eligibility will be cause for disqualification and can result in having your film pulled from screening or competition.
All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply.
"[The Art of Brooklyn Film Festival] was explosively popular, attracting professional actors and community members alike in support of the mission of its parent nonprofit, Art of Brooklyn, which cultivates a forum through which young artists can express themselves."
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