The Art of Brooklyn Film Festival

The Art of Brooklyn Film Festival
The Art of Brooklyn Film Festival
145 72 Street, Suite A1
Brooklyn, United States

Festival Overview

The Art of Brooklyn Film Festival is the flagship indie film event of Brooklyn.

Founded in 2011, AoBFF is the ONLY international, independent festival in the world devoted to Brooklyn’s vibrant film and media scene. We accept films and screenplays from all over, as long as they are connected to the borough in some way (e.g. cast/crew, production, content, theme, setting, etc.)

We are also the only indie film festival to build and program our own video-on-demand streaming platform: Brooklyn On Demand, where we broadcast festival favorites, original series and more, online and on a Roku channel with over 16,000 subscribers, alongside Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime.

AoBFF is a creative hub, platform and showcase for independent film and media makers in Brooklyn and around the world. We partner with film distributors and media organizations, host world-class talkbacks, and create innovative programming for networking and skill building. And we screen in state-of-the-art theaters for enthusiastic audiences across Brooklyn.

We believe that film festivals exist for filmmakers, not the other way around.


The AoBFF will present awards to the following categories:
- Best Narrative Feature
- Best Narrative Short
- Best Documentary
- Best Short Documentary
- Audience Choice Award
- Vanguard Award (For Experimental/Non-Linear/Avant-Garde Films)
- Best Screenplay (receives staged reading and free post on


Action Adaptation Adventure Animation Art-house Asian Black Black Comedy Bollywood Bollywood Comedy Crime Documentary Drama Experimental Fantasy Foreign Language French Gay and Lesbian Historical Horror Independent Jewish Musical National Reality Religious Romance Science Fiction Short Silent Sport Student Thriller TV War Western Women

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Known festival contacts Contacts
Eden Seiferheld
Program Coordinator


Open to the public


>> PLEASE NOTE: When submitting a film, you MUST describe how it is connected to Brooklyn in order to be eligible. Yes, our submission guidelines are unique, but then again so are we.

1) If you are a filmmaker or screenwriter who can demonstrate a Brooklyn connection in your film or screenplay, you are welcome to submit. For example:
• Your film was shot or created in Brooklyn
• The subject of your documentary has a strong Brooklyn connection
• Your script features Brooklyn as a location, or features Brooklyn characters
• You live and/or work in Brooklyn or have spent formative time here
• You are from Brooklyn but now you live elsewhere
• Your cast, crew or production staff are from Brooklyn
• Brooklyn is a key inspiration in the creation of your film

If you have questions about eligibility, email us at

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 and screenplays submitted will be considered up until midnight of the final day of submissions. A Judging Panel of industry professionals selects award-winning films in each category and our winning screenplay.

3) We will accept submissions for the 2017 AoBFF until April 7, 2017.

4) The Art of Brooklyn Film Festival strongly prefers to program premieres, especially for features, but will consider all films submitted.

6) All films submitted must be completed by May 1, 2017.

7) All film submissions must include an online screener. Screenplays must be uploaded in PDF form only.

8) All filmmakers must have a screening-quality digital exhibition format available. We always screen directly from filmmakers' files. (No DVDs or Blu-Ray.)

9) If your film is accepted, you will be solely responsible for delivering exhibition materials to us and from the festival venue. The Art of Brooklyn cannot be held liable for any 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 via the online submission platform 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:

The Art of Brooklyn Film Festival
145 72 Street, Suite A1 Brooklyn NY 11209
Attn: Submissions

All submission fees must be paid via credit card, PayPal, check, or money order. Festival dates are subject to change.


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.


Screenplays cannot be submitted over 120 pages without festival permission. Screenplays can be in any format (Feature, TV, Short) as long as they do not exceed the page limit.
Screenplays submitted must not have been previously sold or produced unless said sale or production was completed with no financial gain to the writer.
All deadlines are at 11:59pm PST on the date listed. Any deadline alteration or promotion of any kind does not make any entry valid of a refund of any kind.
There are no refunds for any submitted screenplay. Coupons may not be applied to previously submitted scripts.
There is no limit on the number of scripts a writer or writing team may submit.
Prizes are award per script and teams of writers are expected to divide prizes on their own accord.
The decision of the judges will be final and cannot be contested in any manner. There is no score on a scorecard that guarantees advancement to the next level as advancement will be based on all score in the competition.
The contest reserves the right to delay announcements for any reason. Delay may last up to but never more than 90 days. While we never anticipate any delays, such delays will not alter the standing of any screenplay entry and will qualify no script for a refund under any circumstance.
By submitting to the contest you are releasing your script to the film festival and its partners, and holding harmless the festival or any affiliates from any claims, expenses, and liabilities, including but not limited to invasion of privacy, defamation, copyright, libel, trademark infringement, slander, personal property infringement, etc.


All films must be submitted with an online screener.






LATE DEADLINE: April 8, 2018




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