Honorable Tom Bates receives a special award for his service to BFF. click to view

BFF 2017 grant winners honored.
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Calling All Filmmakers in the East Bay!

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2019 BFF GRANT CYCLE IS NOW CLOSED!

Thank you to everyone who applied in 2019.

NEWSLETTER – SPRING 2019

To date, the BFF has awarded over $1.5 million to 120 filmmakers and 36 student filmmakers. The BFF focuses on supporting social, historical and innovative documentary and dramatic works. Many of our grant winners have gone on to screen at U.S. and international film festivals, been recognized with prestigious awards, received television broadcasts, and are making a difference around the world. You can be one of them! > Read the Newsletter

MAY 2: PERFECTING YOUR PITCH

Before a film, documentary or mini-series makes it to your local theater or to Netflix or HBO, it was presented in a pitch meeting. These meetings, often years in the making, allow Hollywood screenwriters, independent filmmakers, and producers between three to five minutes to propose their idea to an investor or co-producer. Ironically it often takes only about 45 seconds for investors or studio reps to know if they are interested or not, and 98% of the time they are not. Join us at our pitching workshop – to learn to not only how you can improve the way you present or pitch your ideas – but also to gain a better understanding what financiers and studios are looking for in you.  > Tickets & More Info HERE

2019 UPCOMING SCREENINGS

exiledJune 4th @ 7PM
The New Parkway Theater
Exiled and
Futbolistas 4 Life

EXILED | 2017 | 30 minute documentary Directed and produced by Mike Seely Edited and co-produced by John Kane. Two military veterans, both green card immigrants willing to die for their country, find themselves deported and are now fighting to be heard. A persuasive and intimate look at the human consequences of current U.S. immigration policy …

FUBOLISTAS 4 LIFE, Directed by Jun Stinson, 39 minutes. Futbolistas 4 Life is about teens from Latinx immigrant families caught in the crosshairs of federal immigration policy. They take solace in the game of soccer, which lets them, if only for a moment, put their worries on the sidelines.

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WORKSHOP: OCT. 25, 2018

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WORKSHOP: MAY 16, 2018

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PSA: RIDING MY WAY BACK

PSA: NO ONE BUT LYDIA