Friday, March 17, 2017

2017 Entries Are Here!

Share the Truth!

The Bridge Film Festival 2017 is proud to present to you this year's finalist films. The 19 entries are from 3 countries and 9 schools. The films include: 4 documentary, 7 narrative, 3 public service announcements and 5 new media productions.

The Bridge Film Festival, "On-Line" Judges will now begin evaluations to determine award nominees and award winners. The award winners will be announce in April. BFF Screening Event Committees may now select appropriate films to meet the needs of their own events. The spreadsheet below includes audience recommendation by division.

Congratulations to all the student filmmakers from:

Brooklyn Friends School, Delaware Valley Friends School, Friends School Mullica Hill, George School, Germantown Friends SchoolNewtown School Waterford, Olney Friends School, Sidcot School, Tandem Friends School

Monday, March 6, 2017

All Entries Playlist 2017

As the 2017 entries are submitted and approved, they are added to the Bridge Film Festival All Entries playlist for all to enjoy. The deadline this year is March 15, 2017. 

Saturday, February 25, 2017

"Quaker Film Course"

The first two entries into the Bridge Film Festival 2017 have arrived from Friends School Mullica Hill. Jared Valdez, Director of Communications and Marketing sent the following note:

Thanks, Andy! This has been a really rewarding process with these kids. We turned a 7th Grade Quaker Studies course into a "Quaker Film Course" and studied technique... they did storyboarding, scriptwriting, we held a mini-film festival in class where we watch Bridge Film Festival entries. Students led the entire process and they loved it so much that they would come in during recess/lunch and film and tinker -- even after the class semester was over. This is such a cool thing you've put together here -- thanks so much for all you do. 

And thank you Jared and all the BFF film advisors for all you do for your students and the Festival.

Deadline for entry is March 15, 2017

Sunday, February 12, 2017

QYLC 2017 Recap

By Tanya Pinto

This month’s Quaker Youth Leadership Conference (QYLC) hosted by Brooklyn Friends School and Mary McDowell Friends School, was yet again a successful, enlightening and memorable experience.  This year’s theme was Bridging Communities. On Thursday, February 2nd thru Saturday, February 4th 2017, 140 Students and 45 Faculty from 21 Friends Schools from around the country and Ontario gathered together for 3 days of learning, service, worship and fun. The students participated in field trips around New York City, such as visits to The 9/11 Memorial and Tribute Center, The Brooklyn Historical Society, The New York City Transit Museum, The Museum of Jewish Heritage and The Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts just to name a few. 

A significant part of the QYLC involves community service outreach. In a diverse city like New York, students were able to participate in an array of Community outreach efforts including programs that address the environment, like the Gowanus Canal Conservancy; gun control, like Moms Against Gun Violence; protecting the LGBT community, with a visit to the Brooklyn Pride Center; the rights of the poor, with visits to Equality for Flatbush and The Metropolitan Council on Housing, among other service programs.

It was such an honor to be present for Niyonu Spann who was this year’s Keynote speaker. Ms. Spann is a compelling and sought-after speaker at conferences and commencement ceremonies. She has a gift for engaging her audience and started us off with teaching us a song about seeing through illusions. What an icebreaker! Connecting with the conference theme, she made us think about how we can help bridge that gap. Please click the link to learn more about Niyonu Spann and her many accomplishments. 

Later that evening Andy Cohen, Director and Founder of the Bridge Film Festival presented to two short films from former Bridge Film festival winners who have gone on to become professional filmmakers, recognized by the Industry. Garrett Bradley, who entered the BFF in 2001 and won the Judges Choice Award for her film, “Be-Bop Fidelity.” Also, recent Emmy Award winner and former BFS alum, Matthew Gentile, who entered the BFF in 2008 with his film, “Twenty-Four-Hundred.” The QYLC were treated to “Field of Vision - Like” and “Heart of Sword” respectively and both short films were well received by all in attendance.

For more information about the QYLC2017 watch this BFS ENEWS Podcast (enhanced)

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Quaker Youth Leadership Conference 2017

For the fourth year in a row the Bridge Film Festival will be presenting films at the Quaker Youth Leadership Conference in Brooklyn New York on Friday, February 3rd at 7:30PM. 

This year the conference is hosted by Brooklyn Friends School and Mary McDowell Friends School. The theme of the conference this year will be Bridging Communities. How appropriate!  A selection of films, reflective of the conference theme will be chosen from the Bridge Film Festival YouTube Channel and screened at the event.

Since 1999 the Quaker Youth Leadership Conference has invited six upper school students and two faculty members from Friends Schools worldwide to a three-day gathering of learning, service, worship and fun. Although the name of the conference is a bit of a misnomer because the vast majority of attendees are not of the Quaker faith, I consider the QYLC to be the preeminent gathering in Friends education.

Each school selects their students in their own unique way. While the students may come from very diverse places, at the conference there is an notable atmosphere of respect and celebration of the individual as well as of our shared values
. If your upper school has not attended this extraordinary event in the past, there is never a better time than now to sign up and join this celebration of community!