The 24th annual Brooklyn Film Festival (BFF) is officially coming back this June. Themed "The Clearing," the 2021 installment will include both virtual and in-person components. Expect 140 film premieres that will actually be viewable online 24/7 and a shorter lineup that New Yorkers can catch in-person at Windmill Studios in Greenpoint.
As usual, considered films cannot be over two years old and can only be selected via submissions. The highlighted categories are also the same as they always have been: animation, documentary feature, experimental, feature narrative, short documentary and short narrative.
"New York residents are getting vaccinated in large numbers and are diligently observing the city rules regarding safe distancing and mask wearing. Cinemas are re-opening with new, safer policies and criteria. Because of this, we feel a sweet sense of optimism, as if we were experiencing a slow awakening from a one-year hibernation," said Marco Ursino, the festival's executive director, in an official statement about the event. "That is why BFF is ready to show indie films to live audiences. 'The Clearing' is [also] about safe distancing from all accumulated pain and anger of the past year, and is about getting re-acquainted with life's important values."
The official film lineup will be announced later this month. You'll find it right here.