50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee in 2019

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Brooklyn Film Festival

Brooklyn, New York / May 31-June 9, 2019 / brooklynfilmfestival.org / V, P

With almost all programming coming from in-competition submissions, the Brooklyn Film Festival pays close attention to first and second-time filmmakers. The festival provides feedback for all submissions and attracts a herd of distributors, with 31 turning out for the 2018 festival, including reps from Oscilloscope, PBS, and HBO. Award winners receive products, services, and cash, which totaled around $50,000 in 2018 ($4,000 in cash awards). Pitch sessions let filmmakers make their cases to industry pros. The festival reports, “Virtually every film that is shown at our festival sooner or later gets offered some sort of a deal.” In 2018 Bram Schouw’s Brothers received its U.S. premiere at the festival and earned Schouw the Best New Director honor.

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Claudette Pombo (L), vocalist (voice) and Christopher Allan Thomas (R), director and narrator (voice) of Hi-Five The Cactus at the Wythe Hotel on opening night of Brooklyn Film Festival 2018. Photograph by Yuko Torihara, courtesy of Brooklyn Film Festival

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  1. Tommy

    April 25, 2019 at 11:13 am

    No film festivals of diversity, not event the American Black Film Festival? Disappointing!

  2. Lucifer

    April 24, 2019 at 4:11 pm

    SDUFF is the best!!!

  3. Ryan Betschart

    April 24, 2019 at 1:49 pm

    San Diego Underground Film Festival!!!!! YAY!!!

    • Ron Tucker

      April 24, 2019 at 2:33 pm

      I can assure you that the Beaufort International Film Festival held each February in Beaufort, SC is well worth the entry fee. See the recap here -https://vimeo.com/321820933

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