Monday, July 22, 2019

21st Bridge Film Festival Entry Deadline Announced!

March 13th

The submission deadline for entries into the 21st Bridge Film Festival is midnight Friday the 13, 2020. All K-12 Friends school students and students of the Quaker faith are eligible to submit films to the Bridge Film Festival. Entry form and rules and regulations have been updated and are available here:

Friday, May 10, 2019

A Cinematic Night to Remember

The “Future of Quaker Education” Turns 20

by Paul Romano

On Friday, May 3, 2019 Brooklyn Friends School hosted the 20th Annual Bridge Film Festival. The three big events of the festival were screenings of this year’s entrees, a pizza party, and an awards ceremony held in the Pearl Street Meeting House. The evening was a cinematic night to remember!

The awards show opened by harkening back to the festival’s inaugural year via a spectacular Panthers Supreme dance performance set to Prince’s hit “1999,” and choreographed by Jamara Hill ’10. The host of the show was rising 11th grader and budding stand-up comedian, Alexei Brusiloff. Alexei was as gracious as he was funny, and went above and beyond his hosting duties when he extemporaneously named the Oscar-like awards ceremony, “The Georgies.”

Alexei said his inspiration for dubbing the awards “Georgies” was George Fox, founder of the Religious Society of Friends. However, it turned out to be a prescient nickname, as George School would end up taking four out five of the statuettes. Friends Academy took the prize for Narrative Film, while George School received the awards for Documentary, PSA, New Media, and the coveted Spirit of the Festival award. This year’s Spirit award went to the student filmmakers behind “Rodney’s Whisper,” a film that highlights the social justice mission of educator and activist Rodney Glasgow.

Another highlight of the night was a visit by special guest speaker Drew Smith, Director of the Friends Council on Education. In a moving speech, he declared of the Bridge Film Festival, “In my opinion, this kind of collaboration is the future of Quaker Education, connecting students, faculty members, and boards across our geographic divides.” He also recognized the festival’s founder, BFS’s own Director of Media Services, Andy Cohen “as an extra early adopter of all the important trends that are coming, using technology to connect us and especially to connect our hearts and minds, to change the world through the power of Quaker education.” Drew ended his brief discourse with this special note of gratitude and support: “Thank you to Andy Cohen. You’re everything that Quaker education is about.”

The festival closed with Andy at the microphone, making his signature call for students to continue to “Let your film speak!”

Here’s to 20 more years.

Monday, May 6, 2019

George School Dominates the 20th Bridge Film Festival!

The Results Are In!

Judges' Choice Awards 2019

Documentary AwardPeace Together, George School

Narrative Award: Oblivion, Friends Academy

New Media Award: IntegrityGeorge School

Public Service Announcement Award: Simplicity, George School

Spirit of the Festival Award: Rodney's WhisperGeorge School

Entries are evaluated on communication skill, creativity, technical quality, quaker relevancy and originality. The Spirit of the Festival award goes to the entry that best exemplifies the mission of the festival.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

And the Nominees Are...

The judges have completed their evaluations and the top three entries in each category are nominated for a Judges' Choice Award. Winners will be announced at the Judges' Choice Awards on Friday May 3, 2019. Registrations for the 20th Bridge Film Festival Screening Event is now open!

Awards Categories:

  • Documentary
    • Descendants of Tosni - Germantown Friends School
    • Peace Together - George School
    • What's Up Quakers - Moses Brown School
  • Narrative
    • Conflict on the Kickball Field - Frankford Friends School
    • Oblivion - Friends Academy
    • Rodney's Whisper - George School
  • New Media: 
    • Friend Not Foe - Brooklyn Friends School
    • Integrity - George School
    • SPICES - Friends Meeting School
  • Public Service Announcement
    • Be A Buddy Not a Bully - Friends Central School
    • Don't Be the Next One - New Garden Friends School
    • Simplicity - George School

    Monday, April 8, 2019

    Save the DATE! - Screening Event Announcement!

    This year marks the 20th anniversary of our film festival! To celebrate this auspicious occasion, Brooklyn Friends School will host a Film Festival Screening Event in the Spring, on the evening of Friday May 3, 2019. All are invited! Save the date and mark your calendar now. Please fill out the registration information before Friday April 26, 2019. If you intend on bringing a group larger than 20, please contact