Since 2014, Picture Farm Film Fest has grown into an annual celebration of dialogue and craft. Screening a mix of topical and fanciful films across many genres, the festival has become a platform to celebrate emerging voices, inclusivity and the joy of the creative forum. Ultimately, the goal is to share films that exhibit diversity both in front of and behind the camera, and foster meaningful conversations long after each screening.
The festival developed as an organic outgrowth of Picture Farm Production, a commercial film and photo production and post production company with offices in Brooklyn, London, Berlin and Barcelona. Organized and produced by Picture Farm employees themselves, the event is a yearly labor of love, passion and dedication; a platform for making, doing, telling and showing.
Initially operating out of Picture Farm’s Williamsburg headquarters- which at the time doubled as an art gallery – the event moved venue up the street to the Wythe Hotel, who have generously hosted the event for the last two years.
2019’s edition saw continued growth, with 114 submitted films whittled down to 28 short-form pieces presented in three blocks over the weekend of June 14th & 15th. The showcase sold out all three blocks of short films, presenting varied and ambitious work from innovative and up-and-coming voices to our professional and neighborhood community alike.
Picture Farm Director Mentorship 2019
As part of the Film Fest, Picture Farm offers an applicant with the PF Director Mentorship, a year long deep-dive into the ins and outs of commercial production. We are proud to announce Grace Kim as this year’s selected mentorship recipient.
Read more about it, and her, here!
As mentioned, the PFFF is a collaborative effort organized by people who have a passion for the conversation where filmmaking, voice and enfranchisement intersect. It is a completely non-profit, volunteer-run event and depends wholly on the people who make it happen. Picture Farm is proud of this fact, and even more proud to be associated with the incredibly dedicated people who make it happen. Winnie Cheung, Jamie Lansdowne, Leslie Yoon, Claudia Perez, Katrina Bayoneto, Regina Spurlock and Stephanie Palumbo all went above and beyond this year in different roles. And there were so many more who made it possible with time and energy.
We are also indebted to the Wythe Hotel, Gilded Audio, and Endcrawl for their sponsorship and collaboration with the festival. Without individuals and companies like these, the neighborhood conversation simply wouldn’t be as interesting.
This year’s edition kicked off on Friday, June 14th with an Opening Night offering starting at at 7:30 PM, followed by an after-party at 10pm at The Gutter (featuring DJ Sunny Cheeba.) The festivus continued (after a pause for sleep and brunch) on Saturday with short film blocks In Hopes Of at 1 PM, and Stone Zone at 7 PM.
Tickets for all blocks were sold out!
The program of films from this year can be found below: