Film buffs rejoice.
Although movie theatres might be closed for the foreseeable future, the team behind the Bushwick Film Festival has found new doors to open to make sure movie lovers from Brooklyn and beyond can get their fix by moving the festival online.
And with the recent programming announcement of more than 100 independent films from more than 30 different countries, the annual film festival – running from Oct. 21-25 – will have something for everyone.
During its 13 year run, the Bushwick Film Festival has screened the work of nearly 500 independent filmmakers from Brooklyn and over 50 different countries and has shone a light on womxn and diverse filmmakers.
Festival director Kweighbaye Kotee said after 13 years, she still gets extremely excited when the festival rolls around.
“Working with my team to present the festival this year despite all the challenges, is a testament to our collective love and commitment to storytelling,” she said. “We have an incredible lineup of films and great conversations in store.”
This year’s festival theme is transformation and is represented by the butterfly motif. Kotee said the festival celebrated not only filmmakers for always reminding us of our inherent courage and perseverance through their characters, “but also how much we continue to transform as a better global community.”
In addition to the films, the festival features a 2-day movie industry conference with notable speakers, screenplay readings, industry mixers, movie trivia nights and a series of filmmaker Q&As.
Opening night and the awards ceremony will be presented in partnership with Chemistry Creative, Liman Video Rental and BRIC. The show will feature messages from local celebrities and elected officials including Congresswoman Nydia Velasquez, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, Council Member Antonio Reynoso and more.
The festival will kick off at 8 p.m. on Oct. 21 with the opening night show. The opening night show and the awards ceremony will be free to watch and broadcasted on Facebook Live and other streaming platforms.
For a full line up of movies, schedule of events and to buy tickets watch.bushwickfilmfestival.com.