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About

   The Crown Heights Film Festival is a not-for-profit organization that brings together local NYC residents and global filmmakers of diverse backgrounds for in-person short film screenings.

 

   Whenever possible we host post-screening panel discussions with the featured filmmakers and actors. The events are always free admission to the public, ensuring anyone is able to enjoy the original and always impactful visual experience.

   Writers, directors, editors, actors, producers and cinematographers get their work seen by New York City audiences that would otherwise be unlikely to see Indie short films from places like Iran, Argentina, France and, indeed, Crown Heights itself.

 

   We also offer low submission fees to filmmakers who, if selected, gain a new audience for their work. We believe that our relatively small festival delivers a big creative impact to our community, with lasting connections between filmmakers and creatives alike being forged at our events.

History

   The Crown Heights Film Festival was founded in 2009 to bring the community together as it was rapidly changing due to gentrification. 

   Nine years later, the tradition continues every October.  We attract large, enthusiastic audiences here in Crown Heights, one of Brooklyn's most beautiful and diverse neighborhoods.

Who

   Cynthia Chatman has organized the Crown Heights Film Festival since 2016. She is an award-winning screenwriter (Scriptapalooza International Screenwriters Contest, 3rd place) and has written, directed, and produced six short films, five of which were shot in Crown Heights.

 

   Giovanni Rivera has helped air the show as the tech personnel since 2018, and is now the president. He is trained as a professional architect and pursues a relentless study of wooden furniture details in his Brooklyn Woodshop.

 

   Ira Regina has been handling the behind the scenes work for the festival such as bookkeeping and accounting, as well as the first iterations of our beautiful website.

  Joining the team since 2021 we have Ma'moon Tobbo, Ruby Lindsey and George Simonds

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