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The Art of Brooklyn Film Festival

From Boerum Hill to Bergen Beach. Fort Greene to Flatlands. Cobble Hill to Canarsie.
It's only Brooklyn when you count every neighborhood and every community.

We founded the Art of Brooklyn Film Festival (AoBFF) in 2011 because Brooklyn needs a major independent film festival. While there are several niche festivals in our borough, they're based around individual neighborhoods and are limited in scope. Founded and run by Brooklyn-born and based working artists, the AoBFFcreates the first large-scale, borough-wide platform for independent film.


The AoBFF is the only independent, international film festival built entirely around Brooklyn, a local independent scene with global influence. We focus on Brooklyn‐born, Brooklyn-based and Brooklyn-centric films and filmmakers and we screen work from all over the world whose creators live, work in, or are inspired by Brooklyn's indie film scene.


We conceived the AoBFF as a festival that speaks to Brooklyn as a whole, where many demographics overlap. We bring the new, artist-centric Brooklyn community together with "Classic Brooklyn" – natives and immigrant communities at a single event. We are as diverse, vital and international as the borough itself. And everyone is invited to our party.

Films are screened at 300-seat Founders Hall Theater at St. Francis College in Brooklyn Heights, 300-seat Kumble Theater at LIU Brooklyn and select locations around the borough.

The AoBFF is the only festival in Brooklyn to screen films as part of ExChange, a network of film festivals in the US and Europe. This exclusive partnership gives our filmmakers a chance to screen at RxSM Film Expo in Austin, TX. 


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.

Napa Valley Film Festival 2014


The Napa Valley Film Festival 

The ultimate celebration of film, food and wine, the Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) lights up the picturesque towns of Napa, Yountville, St. Helena and Calistoga at the most colorful time of year, November 12-16, 2014. NVFF features over 100 new independent films and studio sneak previews screening in 12 beautiful venues throughout the four walkable villages, as 300 visiting filmmakers and celebrities interact with audiences at screenings and intimate events. Attendees enjoy film panels & culinary demonstrations, wine tasting pavilions, the spectacular Festival Gala, Celebrity Tributes, Awards Ceremony, and an array of parties, VIP receptions and winemaker dinners and more. Visit to buy Passes and for more information, or call 707.226.7500. Advance lodging reservations are recommended as hotels and inns will sell out. The Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) is a registered 501c3 non-profit organization headquartered in Napa, California.

Check out 2013 NVFF Highlights here!


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Jaxon Film Fest opts for digital submissions, waives all fees

As the Jaxon Film Fest enters its third year it has expanded its focus.  It now supports and celebrates the art and entertainment of film in all its forms. Through screenings and associated events, the festival aims to present a wide spectrum of filmmaking – feature films, documentaries, animation, short films, experimental, student work, big budget, micro-budget, trailers.

The Jaxon Film Fest offers filmmakers the opportunity to learn, grow and exhibit their films and bring audiences and filmmakers together to better enjoy the art and fun of filmmaking. The festival will offer attendees quality films expanding their knowledge of cinema and enhancing their appreciation of the filmmaking process. Film professionals and the interested public will have the opportunity to gain industry knowledge through interaction within a festival environment. For more information visit:

This year's themes will be the universal LOVE, REDEMPTION and SALVATION.  Although it would be great to see a film encompass all three themes,  to qualify for selection a single film need only one.  This can be of any genre.

To become more accommodating, and more democratic in our approach, we have waived all fees for submitting filmmakers.  That's correct!  It is now FREE! to submit your films.  In fact, in an attempt to eliminate postage costs--and for international filmmakers--tariffs,  we are encouraging filmmakers to submit as or Vimeo links.   As there are no fees, there is but one deadline.  That is September 30, 2014    Our festival this year is November 1 & 2.

Are you a filmmaker of some recognition.  We are looking for special guests for our festival.  Email us.   jaxonfilmfest (at) gmail (dot) com.

Grenada AfterGlow Film Festival


The Grenada AfterGlow Film Fest brings art and culture to beautiful historic downtown Grenada, Mississippi. 


Independent filmmakers from around the state and around the world can submit their entries.  Our spotlight category is the “Feel Good” category. 

We want viewers to be moved to feel the “AfterGlow” of the festival and of the small town atmosphere in Grenada. 


 Along with the films, there will be music, food and fun.  Please come join us on October 18th, 2014.  Let’s light up Grenada with the Grenada AfterGlow Film Fest and enjoy this family friendly event together.

Austin Film Festival

I just wanted to make sure everybody was aware that Austin Film Festival has already begun accepting submissions for this year’s film program. My name is Hatley Moore and I work as an intern in the Film Department and I am happy to answer any questions you may have about submitting your film to us. Last year we received more entries than ever before and this year we are already on a record pace.*Our Earlybird deadline is almost two months away, April 30, until which the submission fee is only $50.* If you submit online through our website (not Withoutabox) you will receive $5 off:

Known as “The Writer’s Festival” since its inception 21 years ago, Austin Film Festival celebrates films built on strong storytelling. *AFF recognizes the importance of the creator at the core of filmmaking and screens the highest caliber narrative, documentary, and animated films — all of which demonstrate the power of a well-told story.

AFF provides filmmakers an invaluable platform among industry professionals and film-lovers. *Offering A-list jurors, amazing venues, and an opportunity to network and learn, Austin Film Festival is the place to be this October. *As AFF embarks on its 21st Anniversary, everything about the Festival & Conference will be bigger and brighter (or darker if it is more appropriate).* A new COMEDY VANGUARD competition category has been added to highlight horror films. *All of AFF’s juried categories—Narrative Features, Documentary Features, Narrative Shorts, Student Shorts, Animated Shorts and Documentary Shorts—have increased cash awards.* In addition to the competitions, all submissions will be eligible to screen out-of-competition in special sections such as Comedy Vanguard or the Texas Independents Series. *On top of all that, the winning films in the Narrative Short and Animated Short categories are Academy Award®-eligible!

Earlybird entry fee if postmarked by April 30, 2014 -- $50
Regular entry fee if postmarked by June 16, 2014 -- $60
Late entry fee if postmarked by July 15, 2014 -- $75

1st Place Winners in both the Narrative Feature Category and Documentary Feature Category receive a cash prize of $2,500; reimbursement (up to $500) of one round-trip airfare to Austin to attend the 2014 AFF; reimbursement (up to $500) for stay at an AFF hotel during the 2014 Festival; and the AFF Bronze Typewriter Award. The 1st Place Winner in the Dark Matters Feature Category receives a cash prize of $1,000; reimbursement (up to $500) of one round-trip airfare to Austin to attend the 2014 AFF; reimbursement (up to $500) for stay at an AFF hotel during the 2014 Festival; and the AFF Bronze Typewriter Award.

For Shorts, 1st Place Winners receive a cash prize of $1,000 (Narrative Short Category only) or $500 (Narrative Student Short, Documentary Short, Animated Short Categories); reimbursement (up to $500) of one round- trip air fare to Austin to attend the 2014 AFF; reimbursement (up to $500) for stay at an AFF hotel during the 2014 Festival; and the AFF Bronze Typewriter Award.

In addition, all films are eligible for the Audience Award in their respective categories.*

We look forward to receiving any entries you all want to send us. I’ll be checking this post frequently and I am happy to answer any questions or check out our FAQ:

(In)Justice for All Film Festival

In line with the vision of The Next Movement . . .

The U.S. justice system is inhumane and immoral, and can only be changed through the efforts of everyday people passionately working to educate and inform their communities. Core to our success is the conviction that America is committing an incredible injustice on entire populations of its own citizens, and that brought to light, average Americans will become allies in the fight for justice and human rights.

. . . the (In)Justice for All Film Festival (IFAFF) will bring to audiences films that explore our current criminal justice system – police, courts, and corrections – and the for-profit industries that feed at this trough of human misery. We will share the stories of the millions that are relegated to second-class citizenship under an unforgiving system.

We will show better ways that exist in other countries and even best practices right here in America. IFAFF will screen feature length documentaries, as well as topical shorts, with themes covering the following subjects:

  • The War on Drugs and its effect on individuals, families, and society

  • The science of addiction

  • The politicization of crime and punishment

  • Global alternatives to imprisonment

  • Incarceration’s impacts on men, women, and children (inside and out)

  • Restorative Justice – Restoring Community Health

  • Good Cop/Bad Cop – Discretionary Police Power

  • History of Incarceration

  • Mental Health in America

  • Immigration

  • The Gang Alternative

  • Prison Reform Movements

  • Politically Motivated Imprisonment

  • Prison Profiteers – The corporations that profit from prison growth

The power of film to educate and influence, to inspire and engage, and to ultimately exponentially grow the numbers of active allies in the fight to end the embarrassing injustice that mass incarceration represents, is the catalyst for the (In)Justice for All Film Festival.


The Festival welcomes submissions for feature films in narrative and documentary categories. All selected features will participate in the festival’s MAIN EVENT competition. We strongly believe that a film from any category could take the Festival’s 2014 Best Feature award, be it Darkest Before the Dawn, Cinema Mavericks, the Dockect or any category. Entering all films into the MAIN EVENT puts everyone on an even playing field in the completion and recognizes the best from across all different styles and genres in the independent film community.

In addition, however Mirage International Film Festival offers filmmakers several competitive sub-categories designed specifically to recognize excellence within various genres and help promote the various styles, methods and techniques that populate the ever expanding world of cinema.

  • Main Event  -  main competition program for all eligible feature-length films
  • Darkest Before the Dawn  -  dedicated to showcasing feature-length genre films
  • Cinema Mavericks  -  feature-length films with budgets less than $1.5 million USD
  • Newcomer  -  available exclusively for first-time, feature-length directors
  • WorldCine  -  feature-length films which were financed and filmed outside of North America
  • The Dockect  -  non-fiction feature-length documentary films

The Festival offers a robust competition program for short films, divided into institutional and non-institutional categories.

New Media Marvels Competition Category

Mirage International Film Festival's New Media Marvels competitive program is designed to bring attention to the emerging world of new media. With the growing prevalence and wide reach of online streaming video sites, the internet is providing filmmakers with an easy and affordable avenue to present their alternative media to a global audience.

New Media Marvels is designed to recognize and reward exceptional work in the expanding new media landscape. With the increasing number of success stories of TV series, films and documentaries being developed and produced based on new media content, the Festival's New Media Marvels program provides a solid forum for these new age filmmakers to showcase their stories and network with distributors, producers and industry executives.

Film Blueprint Competition Category

All epic projects start with a vision. And like the building of monolith skyscrapers that dot the city landscape, the first step in realizing that vision is putting your ideas on paper... as blueprints. This concept resonates strong in Mirage International Film Festival’s Original Screenwriting competition Film Blueprint.

We believe that all great films started as great scripts! Film Blueprint seeks to discover the next generation of great writers and provide a forum to highlight and recognize their scripts. This competitive category is judged by a distinguished panel comprised of top literary agents, screenwriters and development executives.

17th New York Sephardic Jewish Film Festival, March 13-20, 2014

Presented by the American Sephardi Federation the 17th New York Sephardic Jewish Film Festival is now the only annual festival of its kind. A banquet for filmgoers, this year’s festival will feature world renowned singer Enrico Macias on opening night and productions from France, Israel, Greece, Austria, and Spain.  Rarely seen in the United States, the 16 films will share unforgettable stories of Bukhari, Iraqi, Iranian, Moroccan, Algerian, Greek and Spanish Jews, along with a timely spotlight on the bifurcated lives of Jews displaced from their ruptured Arab homelands.

The festival will launch with an unprecedented appearance by legendary Sephardi entertainer Enrico Macias.  The subject of the dazzling opening-night film “Enrico Macias:  A Life in Music”, Macias will receive the American Sephardi Federation Pomegranate Lifetime Achievement Award at a gala benefit reception. 

“Dual identities, longing, and loss have defined the Sephardi experience, especially with turmoil in many of their homelands in recent years.  This year’s films reflect the complexity of their experience with humor, warmth, and intelligence,” said Lynne Winters, director of the American Sephardi Federation, presenter of the festival.

“It’s also exciting for us to shine a spotlight on some key figures in Sephardi history through this year’s program, including human-rights activist Dr. Vicki Shiran and a larger-than-life entertainer like Enrico Macias, who’ll receive the Pomegranate Award for Lifetime Achievement.” Winters said.

A full schedule for the 17th New York Sephardic Jewish Film Festival is available at

 Among the highlights:

-Enrico Macias: A Life in Song

A fascinating look at one of France’s most beloved entertainers.  Over the past 50 years, the Algerian-Jewish pied-noir musician has become the spokesman for the North African and Middle Eastern Jews who fled their homelands in the 1950’s and 1960’s.  Dir.:  Antoine Casubolo Ferro.  France, 2012.  52 mins. French w/English subtitles.  (Thurs. Mar. 13, 6:30pm)

-Stolen Documents? Franco and the Holocaust (Documentos robados? Franco y el Holocausto): US premiere of a revelatory documentary about Franco and the Jews during the Holocaust – including testimonials from Sephardic Jews in Spain today.  Dir.:  Yolanda Villaluenga.  Spain, 2012.  53 mins.  Spanish w/English subtitles.  (Weds. Mar. 19, 6:30pm)

-The Longest Journey: The Last Days of the Jewish Community of Rhodes The 2,000-year-old Jewish community of Rhodes was almost destroyed when residents were transported to Auschwitz in 1944.  This gripping film weaves testimonies of three survivors.  Dir.:  Ruggero Gabbai. Italy, 2012.  52 mins. Italian w/English subtitles. (Mon. Mar. 17, 6:30p).

Post-screening discussion with Stella Levi and Alessandro Cassin, Centro Primo Levi. 

Cinéma du réel

Since it was founded 36 years ago, the Cinéma du réel has become France’s foremost documentary film festival. Open to a diversity of writings, creative forms and ideas, the festival draws a large, faithful and curious audience.

The festival’s venues: Centre Pompidou, Centre Wallonie-Bruxelles, the Forum de Images, the Nouveau Latina, as well as several film theatres in the Ile-de-France area.










Could it be that night defies “realism”? From black to overly bright, from town to forest, from the beginnings of cinema to contemporary experiments, night escapes us, reveals itself or becomes transfigured. 

Proposed and programmed by Marie-Pierre Duhamel Muller

In partnership with the French Film Archives and the Centre Pompidou.


> Portugal, 25 APRIL 1974 – UMA TENTATIVA DE AMOR

For the 40th anniversary of the Carnation Revolution, an anthology of films shot during this enchanted interval, filled with hope, energy and freedom. With films by Rui Simões, João César Monteiro, António Campos, Robert Kramer, Pedro Costa and others.

Programme by Federico Rossin.

Partnered by the Cinemateca Portuguesa/Museu do Cinema and Apordoc, the Portuguese association for documentary film. With assistance of the Instituto Camões and the participation of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation France Delegation.



A full retrospective of the films by Carasco, who spent 20 years travelling through the lands of the Tarahumara Indians with her husband, the cameraman and editor, Régis Hébraud.

Programme by Nicole Brenez, together with Régis Hébraud.



For the 10th anniversary of the filmmaker’s death, Cinéma du réel proposes two journeys through his work:

- ethno-fiction: a two-session workshop to pay tribute to this pioneer of ethno-cinema.

- Parisian wanderings: following in the filmmaker’s footsteps through the streets of Paris.

Partnered by the French Film Archives, the Comité du film ethnographique and the Fondation Jean Rouch.



After Syria in 2012 and Iran in 2013, this year Arrested Cinema questions documentary production in Russia. Given the lack of funding and the non-diffusion of existing films, is self-censorship  a necessary alternative?

Partnered by Arte Actions culturelles



For the French re-edition of Another Way of Telling, a spotlight on the works of John Berger, with screenings of Ways of Listening by Colin MacCabe, where the writer talks with Tilda Swinton, and Timothy Neat’s Play me something.



- Joaquim Pinto: screening of E agora? Lembra me, awarded at the Locarno Festival and a master class at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.

- La Ultima Pelicula by Raya Martin and Mark Peranson.


>>> Cinéma du reel is also: discussions, workshops and professional round tables (including a guided tour of Claire Simon’s webdoc, Gare du Nord, a concert inspired by A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness by Ben Rivers and Ben Russel, “hors les murs” screenings in the Île de France area and beyond…”