Janet S. Kim, Shannon Morrall, Stacey Maltin, and MARS named Guest Festival Directors for the 2023 Art of Brooklyn Film Festival
Every year the Art of Brooklyn Film Festival invites a different filmmaker to be our Guest Festival Director to ensure that no single POV dominates our curation. Women are always on our shortlist, and two female filmmakers have taken the position, Victoria Negri (2017) and Christie Conochalla (2021)-- but that isn't enough. Over the years we have produced events with women-led organizations like New York Women in Film and Television, Alliance of Women Directors and the streaming platform Lesflicks, and one of the recurring themes in those conversations is simple parity.
So for our Lucky 13th season we're doing something different: The 2023 Art of Brooklyn Film Festival will be curated by three women and a non-binary filmmaker, working in tandem. Any one of these filmmakers would make a great Guest Festival Director, so we are thrilled they've agreed to work together to curate the 2023 AoBFF.
We are happy to announce that Janet S Kim (she/her) will curate Documentaries, Shannon Morrall (she/her) will curate Narrative Shorts and the filmmaking team of Stacey Maltin (she/her) and Margarita "MARS" Zhitnikova (they/them) will curate Narrative Features.
ABOUT OUR 2023 GUEST FESTIVAL DIRECTORS:
JANET S. KIM is an award-nominated Filmmaker based out of New York City. She specializes in finding stories that reflect experiences from unexpected spaces. Most recently documentary short Feeling Asian American will be premiering at this year's Philadelphia Asian American Film festival and her narrative work has screened a film festivals worldwide. She's directed and produced commercials for numerous clients, including Verizon, Petco, Samsung, Amazon, Starbucks, AT&T, Addidas, Chipotle, Mandalay Bay and many many more.
She was instrumental in helping to produce the 2021 Emmy-nominated Sesame Street special “See Us Come Together” that brought a star- studded cast of celebrities and guests to celebrate the diversity of the AAPI community, as well as introduce Sesame Street’s first Asian American Muppet, Ji-Young.
SHANNON MORRALL is a filmmaker and actor currently pursuing an MFA in Film Production at USC's School of Cinematic Arts. Prior to enrolling she served as the Multi-Media Producer for the Cinema Life Film Festival Collective's inaugural season. Her stories tend to explore human connection, joy, and play, often through the escapism of grand adventure genres.
As a writer, her work has garnered recognition from Sundance (Ignite), ISA, and the Catalyst Content Festival. As a Director, she was recently awarded the $25,000 Natural Florida Film Grant to direct her first documentary film, which will premiere at the Oscar Qualifying AmDocs this spring. Her narrative shorts have screened and taken home awards at film festivals nationwide. As an actor, she trained at the American Conservatory Theater (SF) and the Stella Adler Studio (NY), with appearances Off-Broadway and on screen with independent short and feature films.
Beyond her artistic pursuits, Shannon worked as a women's rights representative at the United Nations and has a Bachelor's degree in International Politics and Mandarin Chinese from Fordham University.
MARS (they/them) is a non-binary performer, writer and producer. Born in Stalingrad, Russia, MARS came to America with their family as Jewish refugees when they were six. They found acting and creating to be a salvation of sorts, to see the world from many angles and to figure out what drives their characters. MARS is passionate about leaving the world better than they found it, for everyone. Through their art they strive to cultivate empathy and action. MARS Co-Founded BMM to tackle their mission from all sides. Most recently MARS appeared on the final season of NBC’s acclaimed show New Amsterdam and as a lead character in the award-winning feature film Triple Threat, distributed by Gravitas Ventures. Zasha, the screenplay they co-wrote was a finalist for the Sundance Development Track in 2022. MASHED, a digital series, which they performed in and produced with their partners at BMM has won awards at Bushwick FF, Nashville FF, and Buffalo FF. They have also served as a judge for Revolution Me FF and Run & Gun FF.
STACEY MALTIN (she/her) is an award-winning filmmaker and performer. She has been creating antics on stage since she was eight and after graduating NYU Tisch School of the Arts, she realized that she wanted to create new and authentic stories from the ground up. After a stint living in Tel Aviv, she became immersed in the film world and became passionate about directing gritty and entertaining projects. Through her work she strives to show that humanity is nuanced and empathy is universal. Stacey Directed, wrote, and starred in the feature film Triple Threat which, after winning several awards on the festival circuit, was distributed by Gravitas Ventures in 2022. She Directed the mini-series MASHED which has won awards at Series Fest, Nashville FF, Bushwick FF, and Buffalo FF. Her first feature film Landing Up, was a finalist for the Tribeca All Access Grant and was distributed by The Orchard. Her feature script The Other Side, was produced as a radio play by The Black List starring Darren Criss. On the acting front, she can be seen in the newest season of The L Word: Generation Q. She is a proud member of Film Fatales.
Margarita Zhitnikova (they/them) & Stacey Maltin (she/her)
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The Art of Brooklyn’s signature Guest Festival Director program is the reason our curation is exceptionally creative year after year— and the industry has noticed. Over the past 12 seasons 17 of our premieres have gotten distribution, and one became an HBO series. We can't wait to see the program this exciting group of filmmakers select for our 13th season.
Submissions for films, series, and screenplays are open now.
CLICK HERE for guidelines, fees, and deadlines.
Celebrating Indies, Brooklyn style! The Winners of the 2022 Art of Bklyn Film Festival
The 12th Annual Art of Brooklyn Film Festival marked our return to a full slate of in-person screenings — and what a slate it was! Over 70 new films from Brooklyn and around the world, screening in venues across the borough (including opening night in Cobble Hill Cinemas.) Special events like our legendary Launch Party, filmmaker workshops, and
our first-ever live music/film event (featuring an original score for the 90th anniversary of Jean Cocteau's landmark silent film The Blood Of A Poet) marked just some of our 2022 highlights.
Enthusiastic audiences and filmmakers were thrilled to meet each other face to face again, and we loved the supportive energy each event generated. To increase the accessibility of our 2022 selections, we used our state-of-the-art virtual platform to screen encores of all our films that streamed across the globe.
We want to thank all our filmmakers, volunteers, partners, and guests for making our 12th edition extra special. See you next year!
The Winners of the 2022 AoBFF
BREAKFAST AT THE BODEGA
Directed by Marina Barham
Directed by Cat Tassini
Mike Enright for NIGHT AT DOWNTOWN BEIRUT
Outstanding Musical Score:
Hope For Agoldensummer for FISH STORY
Outstanding Ensemble Performance:
Nicolas Calero, Shah Motia, Adrienne Lauren in THE GAME
Outstanding Performance in a Narrative Short:
Katie Vincent in HOMEBOUND
Outstanding Performance in a Narrative Feature:
West Liang in SILENT RIVER
CHILLY & MILLY Directed by Will Caballero
The Dark Side Award:
DARK TALES FROM CHANNEL X
Directed by Manny Serrano and Lindsay Serrano
The Vanguard Award:
BEATINGS OF THE DEVIL
Directed by Bradly Dever Treadaway
Directed by Leah Shore
Directed by Ana Moioli and Ryan Cairns
Outstanding Short Documentary:
JUST A BROADWAY BABY: MARY ELLEN ASHLEY
Directed by Patrick A Riviere
Outstanding Feature Documentary:
MORE THAN ACADEMICS
Directed by Elizabeth Mealey and Dejinay Reed
Outstanding Director of a Narrative Short:
Shannon Morrall for BRIDGE
Outstanding Director of a Narrative Feature:
Nick Thompson for SKAGIT
Outstanding Narrative Short:
I’M FINE Directed by Justin Ho
Outstanding Narrative Feature:
SILENT RIVER Directed by Chris Chan Lee
PICK written by Bernhard Riedhammer
SHAMROCKS Directed by Greg Lofrano
The 12th Annual Art of Brooklyn Film Festival returns June 1-12, with a full schedule of over 70 new films at in-person screenings across the Borough... and with virtual premieres and encore screenings that can be watched anywhere!
We are especially excited to come back to Bay Ridge. We've been proud to have a festival night at the Mary White Ovington school since 2014. We had to go online f0r '20 and '21, but 2022 is live and in person!
AoBFF co-founder Anthony DeVito says "I'm so happy we're back at Mary White Ovington this year. Not just because I only live 4 blocks away, but because audiences in 11209 are great, and they come out to support young filmmakers. It's always a really fun night."
We've scheduled a block of new, short documentaries at 7PM and a comedy block at 9PM. Each block includes a Q&A session with the filmmakers, and of course photos in front of our festival backdrop.
And we have created a special discount code: Use inperson22 at checkout for 25% off all tickets!
Full schedule, film guide, tickets and passes HERE
Friday June 10 - 7PM