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The Bushwick Film Festival

For 13 years, we have supported emerging & diverse filmmakers and have been the change we want to see in the film & entertainment industry.

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Hi everyone, 

Kweighbaye here. Big news! Jane Walker by Johnnie Walker partnered with IFundWomen and Icons including Lucy Liu, Halle Berry, and Billie Jean King to launch its First Women Grant Program, celebrating the achievements of women and their boundary-breaking moments on their journey towards a monumental first.

I am so proud to have been selected by the one and only Lucy Liu for my ground-breaking work in Film & Entertainment through The Bushwick Film Festival!

Through this program, 15 groundbreaking women-owned businesses were selected across the music, sports, journalism, hospitality, and entertainment & film industries to receive a $10,000 grant plus one-year of business coaching.

The full list of icons involved in hand-selecting the First Women grant recipients include: Lucy Liu, Halle Berry, Billie Jean King, Salt-N-Pepa, Elizabeth Banks, Katie Couric, Elaine Welteroth, Katie Sowers, Lilly Singh and Rita Moreno!

ICONIC Women

 

It is an honor to join a network of trailblazing First Women! It’s awards like this that give women like me the fuel to keep going, and reminds me that our work is important. 

To match the grant, we launched this campaign in order to support our 2021 season.  Please help us reach our goal by making a donation in any amount that you can. If a donation is not possible at this time, we would really appreciate a social share! Here is a folder withs uggested text, images, and video: http://bit.ly/36TEeY4

Please join Jane Walker, IFundWomen, and a network of incredible icons to help the Bushwick Film Festival break more boundaries.  
 
Now more than ever, it is imortant to support cultural institutions with diverse leadership. 
 

Thank you for your continued support and be sure to follow us on instagram or facebook for more campaign videos this month!

About The Bushwick Film Festival

The Bushwick Film Festival (BFF) is an MWBE certified independent film, media, and event production company in Brooklyn, NY. Our annual festival attracts over 3500 attendees, as well as more than 1500 film submissions from 60 countries around the world, contributing to the Borough's cultural and economic growth. The festival is committed to providing a platform for emerging and underrepresented storytellers and believes in equal representation in front of and behind the camera. Our year-round programming includes free public screenings and events, hands-on film production workshops, and career training for young adults so that they have the tools to enter a successful career in the media industry.

The Problem

Since 2016, over 70,000 jobs have been created in the film industry with over $12 billion spent in New York alone. Yet many women, people of color, and working-class neighborhoods such as Bushwick, miss out on these opportunities. This is often due to the lack of guidance, access, or information. Furthermore, the high cost of professional video equipment, plus the financial strains of many public arts and AV programs, often put filmmaking beyond the reach of many people in low-income areas like Bushwick. The result is a disparity at an early stage in the number of under-represented people working in media and entertainment. 

Films create powerful mental associations that influence how we perceive each other and the world around us. They have the power to make people see the humanity in others, or the power to objectify and dehumanize. So we have to work hard to ensure image-makers are unbiased and diverse. 

How We Help

For 13 years, we have worked tirelessly to support the independent filmmaking community and be the change we want to see in the film and entertainment industry. The festival and our programming give underserved communities access to watch independent films, celebrate local filmmakers and storytellers, and contribute to Brooklyn’s artistic, cultural, and economic growth. We provide a platform for emerging and underrepresented filmmakers outside of the studio system, create job opportunities for the community, and create financial opportunities for local businesses.

Why We Need Your Support

As we recover from the impact of a global pandemic, we are reconciling with the impact of systemic inequality. The fact that our company is one of the very few media and entertainment organizations with a woman of the color founder, shows that many more opportunities are desperately needed. The festival is seen as a symbol of light that represents hope, possibility, and inspiration to the next generation of storytellers. 

That said, now more than ever, supporting MWBE media and entertainment organizations like the Bushwick Film Festival is critical.  Not only has our annual festival become a community staple, but the BFF itself is an important cultural institution with diverse leadership. Our work continues to build bridges, push boundaries, and inspire change.

Your support will enable us to support our incredibly passionate staff of diverse filmmakers and artists, fill the gap for revenue lost due to our industry being severely impacted by COVID, and purchase necessary safety supplies and equipment as we work towards restarting business and producing our upcoming festival in October and our events in the fall. 

Thank you so much for reading our campaign and for your support! Every contribution is so much appreciated and will go a long way. 

Updates

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Elissa Sanders
04/26/2021
2 tix to 14th Annual Bushwick Film Fest
$50
Toni Perling
03/08/2021
Thank you post card in the mail!
$25
Kelley Parker
03/08/2021
Monetary Contribution
$50
Mark A Perro
03/08/2021
4 tix to 14th Annual Bushwick Film Fest!
$100
Jen Durbin
02/24/2021
4 tix to 14th Annual Bushwick Film Fest!
$100
Nancy McGraw
02/10/2021
4 tix to 14th Annual Bushwick Film Fest!
$100
Elissa Dauria Smith
01/28/2021
Thank you post card in the mail!
$25
Maria Bowditch
01/26/2021
Thank you post card in the mail!
$25
Jennifer Gandia
01/25/2021
2 tix to 14th Annual Bushwick Film Fest
$50
Jane Walker First Women Grant Program
01/07/2021
Monetary Contribution
$10,000
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