Filmmakers selected to showcase their work during the 8th iteration of the Bushwick Film Festival, this October, received a special welcoming ceremony courtesy of Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, Thursday night, at his offices in Downtown Brooklyn.
Over the course of the evening, Adams spoke about the growth of arts in the borough and how the Bushwick Film Festival had played a major role in the rejuvenation of the filmmaking community in the borough.
Adams particularly praised the organizers for their support of young, aspiring filmmakers. His son, Jordan, is currently enrolled at the American University where he is studying to be a filmmaker himself.
“Brooklyn is the center of the artistic universe, and this October, the spotlight will shine brightest on Bushwick for its one-of-a-kind celebration of independent and innovative cinema,” said Adams. “As the father of a young filmmaker, I am truly proud to partner with the Bushwick Film Festival and help cultivate the next generation of storytellers.”
The event featured two panel discussion – one on “The Economic Impact of Brooklyn Film Festivals,” and the other on “Building Communities Through Ethical Development.”
Speakers included Councilmember Antonio Reynoso, and representatives from Brooklyn Film Festival, Northside Film Festival, Greenpoint Film Festival, and the Slate Property Group.
The Bushwick Film Festival was founded in 2007. From its inception, it has championed independent filmmakers in the city. Today, it runs a series of classes, workshops, and provides digital content throughout the year.
The festival itself takes place over a four-day period in October.
“This is such an exciting time for us,” said the founder of the Festival, Kweighbaye Kotee. “To have the Borough President’s Office open its doors to the festival and its filmmakers is truly a dream come true. This marks a new stage of growth for BFF.”