The Brooklyn Film Festival (BFF) is now in full force with an incredible film lineup for its 25th edition, themed “Unthinkable.”

BFF opens with the world premiere screening of the powerful and nuanced coming of age crime drama-thriller, “Signs of Love” written and directed by Clarence Fuller and produced by David Michaels, starring Hopper Jack Penn (“Flag Day”), Dylan Penn (“Flag Day,” “Elvis & Nixon”), Zoë Bleu, Rosanna Arquette (“The L Word,” “Ratched,” “Crash”), Cree Kawa, and Wass Stevens. All of the key cast and crew, as well as the writer and director, Clarence Fuller, will be in attendance Friday night.

Over the course of the 10-day festival, BFF will present 35 two-hour film programs online via the festival website, and the same 35 programs will be shown in person at Windmill Studios in Greenpoint, with select programs at UnionDocs in Williamsburg. The online lineup will be available 24/7 for the entire 10 festival days. The indoor event will feature five programs a day on weekends, and three programs a day on weekdays. Each program is two hours long. To find out more in-depth how the 25th BFF is going to work, both online and at our indoor venues, check the BFF’s website.

Along with the film screenings, BFF will offer events on social media, such as pre-recorded filmmaker introductions and Q&A sessions on the festival website. The video server will once again be hosted by Cinesend. Through the resources of our sponsors, BFF will assign to the winning filmmakers $50,000 in total prizes (cash, products, and services). BFF’s list of sponsors for 2022 includes WNET’s All Arts, Brooklyn Film Society, Windmill Studios, Cinelease, Herc, Upper Market Gallery, Quebec Government, PRG, Xeno Lights, AbelCine, Be Electric, Sixpoint, Final Draft, MPE, Big Screen Plaza, Broadway Stages, Media Services, Yelp, Lentini Communications, The Pod, Papapietro Perry, Blue Table Post, and Noble Jewelry.

For the first time working with BFF, the 2022 advertising campaign created by MullenLowe New York invites people to keep an open mind and consider thoughts, ideas, and nuances that don’t align with their own. If art is raw and unadulterated, and honesty has become offensive, then the Brooklyn Film Festival has something to offend everyone.

Promotional spots can be seen here. For further info on all the films, passes, and tickets, visit ​​
Here are some of our selections for the BFF film festival:

The World Premiere of “Signs Of Love” (OPENING NIGHT FILM)—Dir: Clarence Filler
“Signs Of Love” takes place in the Port Richmond section of Philadelphia, a tough neighborhood where cultures mix but the law of the streets still rules. Hopper Jack Penn stars as Frankie, a young man from north Philly who dreams of a better life.

World Premiere of “The United States Of Fashion Designer Elie Tahari”—Dir: David Serero, United States, 65 min, 2021, Documentary Feature
Fashion designer and mogul Elie Tahari has been living the American Dream for more than 50 years. He came to New York in 1971 with less than $100 in his pocket, slept on benches in Central Park, and went on to build a billion-dollar fashion empire.

East Coast Premiere of “Wake Up, Leonard”—Dir: Kat Mills Martin, US , 73 min, 2021, Narrative Feature
Part comedy, part self-help nightmare, “Wake Up, Leonard” follows one man’s quest for wellness while failing miserably to stay on his vibe. This is the story of a broken-hearted seeker with a tenuous grasp on his mental health, but an admirable faith in the Universe.

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