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17th annual Brooklyn Film Festival announces award winners

The 17th annual Brooklyn Film Festival wrapped up its cinema fest with their annual awards ceremony Sunday night, June 8th, at the indiescreen theatre in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

All images were documented by Sopi Photography during the 17th annual Brooklyn Film Festival. 
VICTORIANA cast & crew l to r - director/actor - Jadrien Steele, Cinematographer: Naje Lattaillade
All images were documented by Sopi Photography during the 17th annual Brooklyn Film Festival. VICTORIANA cast & crew l to r - director/actor - Jadrien Steele, Cinematographer: Naje Lattaillade
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The Brooklyn Film Festival

BFF is the largest and longest running festival in Brooklyn and the oldest international competitive festival in New York. The festival theme this year was titled (Formula) and the 107 domestic and international films selected from over two thousand submissions from 34 countries proved to be the right filmmaking mixture.

The festival ran from May 30 through June 8 in Williamsburg at indieScreen (289 Kent Avenue) and Windmill Studios NYC (287 Kent Avenue).

The festival drew thousands of independent film enthusiasts, students and aspiring film makers from several parts of the world to preview upcoming thought-provoking independent cinema.

BFF awarded the winners with prizes totaling over $50,000 in film services and products. Prizes include a seven-day theatrical release at indieScreen for the Best

Narrative Feature and Best Documentary award winners. Winners of the Best Narrative Short, Best Documentary Short, Best Animation and Best Experimental

Film will be given a 7 day run at the indieScreen for the first time this year.
The room was filled with creative energy and anticipation. All of the actors,

directors, producers, screenwriters and film crews clinked glasses and waited patiently to see who would receive the evening’s prestigious awards. Although there

were several films that merited but didn’t get the big nod, the ones that did win were well deserved. BFF’s top awards went to the following winners.

The Brooklyn Film Festival’s Grand Chameleon Award and Best Narrative Feature went to Jadrien Steele’s Victoriana, a dark unpretentious tale about a young couple

who invests in a brownstone in Ft. Greene, Brooklyn and is faced with unexpected tenant problems from hell.

Best Documentary Feature went to Nima Sarvestani for the riveting No Burqas Behind Bars- the story about Takhar Prison, one of the world's most restricted

environments: an Afghan women's prison. It imprisons 40 women and 34 children in four cells. This documentary tells the prisoners' stories about how moral crimes are used to control women in post-Taliban Afghanistan.

The evocative Sci-fi thriller Movement and Location took home 3 awards Sunday night. The Audience Award (Narrative Feature) went to director/cinematographer

Alexis Boling, his wife and partner Actor/screenwriter Bodine Boling snagged the Best Screenplay award and Dan Tepfer won for Best Original Score.

Directors David Beilinson, Michael Galinsky and Suki Hawley won the Audience Award (Documentary Feature), for the compelling and thought provoking film, Who Took Johnny.

Who took Johnny examines the 30 year old cold case file on the disappearance of Iowa paperboy Johnny Gosch, the first missing child to appear on a milk carton.

This unforgettable documentary captures the secrecy and conspiracy theories that has surrounded this unsolved case for over thirty years.

Best New Director went to the brilliant and passionate director Matan Guggenheim for Paradise Cruise. Guggenheim’s Paradise Cruise is a tragic and torrid love story centered in the belly of the ongoing Israeli and Palestinian war. It is a stunning piece of cinema not to be missed.

New comer director and writer Fernando Frias took home the Spirit Award for (Narrative Feature) and actress Reseta Veliu won for Best Actor (Female) - for Rezeta, the romantic tale of a full of life 21 year old Serbian/Albanian model who is assigned to a modeling job in Mexico. while she is working in mexico she meets her love Alex, a tattooed Punk rock drummer. Once the two get together they take each other on a journey of complicated sex, love, and sacrifice.

The rest of the winners went as follows:

Narrative Short – Mauricio Osaki for My Father’s Truck - 7-day release at indieScreen Documentary Short – Anthony Simon for Third Shift-7-day release at indieScreen Animation - Uri Kranot & Michelle Kranot for Hollow Land-7-day release at indieScreen Experimental - Charles Griffin Gibson for The Meteor-7-day release at indieScreen

Narrative Short - Jacob Kindlon for Vocabulary of the Mysteries, Documentary Short - Thomas Wood for LA Miner, Animation - Rick Manlapig for Fakie, Experimental - Augusto Giachino for Third Sister.

Best Producer - Christophe Nick and Victor Ede for Boy Saloum, Best Screenplay - Best Cinematography - Franz Dude for My Blind Heart, Best Editing - T.J. Misny for Intimate Semaphores, , Best Actor (Male) - Christos Haas for My Blind Heart

Beyza Boyacioglu & Sebastian Diaz Aguirre for Toñita's

Narrative Short - Peter Vack for Send, Documentary Short - Stephen Greenwood for Tunnel Vision Experimental - Miriam Harris & Juliet Palner for Warsaw, January 2011, Animation - Catya Plate for Hanging By a Thread. Documentary Feature - Mladen Kovacevic for Unplugged

All prizes were sponsored by: Panavision, indieScreen, AbelCine, Xeno Lights, Media Services, Avid Technologies, Film Friends, Cinecall Soundtracks and Windmill Studios.

Once again the Brooklyn Film Festival engaged thousands of film lovers from all over the world for 10 exciting days of upcoming extraordinary cinema. BFF provided a networking forum for aspiring and accomplished directors, actors, musicians and students to express/swap ideas, and to obtain information about the how/why’s in independent cinema.

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