The Bridgeport Film Fest

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Bold. Diverse. Empowering. Captivating. These are just a few words that encompass the type of films we will curate for our audiences in our second year! The Bridgeport Film Fest is making “philanthropy through film” a priority in Bridgeport, CT. This nonprofit initiative is dedicated to the discovery, championing, and development of independent filmmakers and audiences. Through various programming, the festival seeks to showcase, guide, and inspire independent filmmakers from the Bridgeport community and beyond, worldwide. Local audiences will be enriched by the films, workshops, panel discussions, and other forms of artistic expression curated by the festival team. Submissions for the second annual Bridgeport Film Fest will open on Monday, October 4, 2021, here on FilmFreeway. We are accepting short films and original content with a running time of 25 minutes or under including: Narrative Short Films Documentary Short Films Web series Episodes Experimental Short Films Student Short Films Music Videos Environmental Films Animated Shorts Super Shorts (films 2 minutes and under) Connecticut Short Film (films shot in Connecticut) "The Lock Down Diaries" (films produced during quarantine) We are also accepting short film screenplays and web series pilots for the first time! The winning screenplays will receive a table read at the festival with professional actors and a modest cash prize, among other prizes. Any genre will be accepted, but the MAX page length is 16 pages, not including the title page. The second annual Bridgeport Film Fest will take place July 22-24, 2022 in the historic city of Bridgeport, CT. Due to the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, we will follow up with these adjusted details in early 2022. Over the course of the weekend, we will have multiple short film screenings, filmmaker Q+A's, workshops, panel discussions, live music events, a VIP gala, and an awards ceremony! Our 2022 Jury will be announced soon! OUR 2021 JURY INCLUDED: AJ Mattioli: Director, Producer, and Founder of Mattioli Productions Bobby Yan: Six-Time Emmy Award-Winning Director Emory Parker: Director, Writer, Actress, and Co-Founder Blue Slate Films Eugen Bräunig: Director, Writer, Editor and Co-Founder Macrofilm Jeremiah Kipp: Award-Winning Director, Writer, and Producer and Founder of Kipp Films Natalia Bougadellis: Director and Cinematographer, Blue Slate Films Patrick Wimp: Director, Writer, and Co-Founder Digital Hydra Rob Alicea: Writer, Producer & Founder of Leaving Normal Productions Robin Cloud: Award-Winning Writer & Director Sarah Ann Masse: Award-Winning Writer, Director, and Actress Sara Newens: Emmy Award-winning Editor and FIlmmaker Shaunya Thomas: Founder of the Melanin Pride Film Festival LOCATION The Klein Memorial Auditorium: a 1,447-seat performing arts center that serves as a hub for Bridgeport and surrounding communities. Built in 1940, it is one of only 7 Broadway-sized stages remaining in Connecticut. ABOUT BRIDGEPORT, CT Bridgeport is not only the fifth-largest city in New England but a historic coastal city with a growing art community. We are a smooth and scenic 85-minute train ride from New York City on the Metro-North train line. Plus we are less than a three-hour drive from Boston, MA, and less than two hours from Providence Rhode Island. There are many attractions and cultural institutions to check out while you are here! You can tour the Housatonic Museum of Art, visit the Barnum Museum, and learn with hands-on exhibits at the Discovery Museum and Planetarium. Feel free to walk along Captain's Cove Seaport where you will find a selection of shops, eateries, and beautiful views of the Long Island Sound. Plus you can visit the famous Beardsley Zoo, the only zoo in the state. Last but not least you can stroll through the many art galleries downtown or take a visit to the Knowlton Walls and see incredible murals by global artists! We look forward to you submitting and joining us!

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