Brooklyn 48 FILM FEST

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Brooklyn Artillery, Castle Braid Co., and Get Ahead are now accepting applications from independent filmmakers for the first official Brooklyn-48 Film Fest. Compete to win a free 6-month stay in a luxury 1-bedroom apartment at the new Castle Braid building (114 Troutman) in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

The competition will require filmmakers to create a short film of no longer than 7 minutes within 48 hours, starting at 9PM on FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23rd, 2009 within Castle Braid. All public areas (the roof, courtyard, gym, lobby, parking area, game rooms, empty apartments and the model room etc) will be made available to teams of aspiring and established filmmakers. Teams will have 48 hours to shoot and edit a film on the Castle Braid Premises and are responsible for providing all of their own equipment. While participants can leave Castle Braid to edit their work, all visual and audio included in the final project must be recorded within the Castle Braid building, courtyard, and immediate surrounding neighborhood between 9PM Friday and 9PM Sunday the 25h of October.

Application Process
Participants are invited to submit themselves for consideration at or by bringing a printed application to the front desk at Castle Braid (114 Troutman). Space in the event is limited and to aid the selection process applicants are encouraged to provide samples of their work in the form of earlier short films, photos etc. At the same time, prior work is not a requisite for application and first time film makers are strongly encouraged to apply. Deadline for application is 5pm on Saturday, October 17th, 2009.

The Film Making
Accepted film making teams will be notified five days in advance to the start of the event. Film making teams should consist of no more than four individuals, including talent. Check-in will begin at 6PM on Friday, October 23rd, concurrently with a meet-and-greet reception. The theme of the contest will be revealed upon check in. Filmmakers are encouraged to participate in each other’s projects and, with that goal in mind, each film must feature an individual from another team in some onscreen capacity. This can mean a part as an actor, a role on the soundtrack, an unknowing stolen shot, or any other possibility.

Starting at 9PM, teams will have 48 hours to shoot and edit a film of no longer than seven minutes. Teams are responsible for providing all of their own equipment. While participants can leave Castle Braid to edit their work, all visual and audio included in the final project must be recorded within the Castle Braid building, courtyard, or rooftop between 9PM Friday and 9PM Sunday, the 25th. Filmmakers must turn in a finalized copy of their film in DVD format or Mini DV by 9pm on Sunday, the 25th. Straying from any of these requirements will result in immediate disqualification.

Screening and Winner Selection
All of the completed films will be screened at a special reception at Castle Braid on Thursday, the 29th of October. The Grand Prize winner of the competition will be awarded a free 6-month lease on a deluxe one-bedroom apartment at the Castle Braid Building (114 Troutman, Bushwick). Second and third best films will be awarded a free pass for access to Castle Braid’s digital lab and screening room, for a limited period of time. Winners will be chosen by a preselected panel of judges. Films will be judged on creativity, overall quality, and adherence to / interpretation of theme.

Rules and Requirements
Dates & Deadlines
•Deadline for Application – 5pm Saturday, October 17th, 2009.
•Check-in and Welcome Reception – 6pm Friday, October 23rd
•Contest Hours – 9pm Friday, October 23rd – 9pm Sunday, October 25th
•Final film deadline – 9pm Sunday, October 25th
•Screening and Winner Announcement – 7:00pm Thursday, October 29th

Requirements for Entry
•Fully completed application listing each team member
•Signed contestant contract / release form (turned in at check in)
•Must meet all requirements for Grand Prize (see “Prize Stipulations” below)

Prize stipulations
In order to be eligible for the grand prize, each team must designate which representative(s) will sign as “tenant” on the lease. While the winner will not be responsible for any rent or security deposit for occupancy of the space, at least one chosen representative must be willing to submit to a credit
check and winners agree to assume responsibility for utilities (gas and electric).
The prize apartment is equipped with free cable and high-speed internet, and includes access to all facilities and amenities at Castle Braid including gym, screening room, media lab, recording studio, etc.

About Us

BROOKLYN ARTILLERY is our answer to the art fairs of Basel and Armory, but more than that – the name covers a cache of ongoing creative events and happenings that will take place throughout the
building and neighborhood in general. The galleries of the Williamsburg Gallery Association,
Greenpoint Open Studios, Chez Bushwick, and independent curations will populate the open
apartments and chic garden duplexes of Castle Braid with works by up-and-coming and established
artists.Yoga and dance workshops, film festivals in Castle Braid’s new mini-theater, screen-printing
parties and figure drawing sessions are just a few of the treats in store in the year to come.

The Get Ahead Festival is an ongoing film series that encourages established and first time filmmakers to create new work without direct economic incentive. The Festival takes place on the last Sunday of the month, each time with a different venue and theme. The “End Times” event (9/27) at St. Cecilia’s Convent in Greenpoint marked the end of the first cycle, which included the themes “Will Power” and “Cities”. Currently, Get Ahead is planning the second progression of events, to start November the 22nd, as well as a DVD release of the first wave’s greatest hits. For more information about attending or submitting work, email

Castle Braid Co., at 114 Troutman in Bushwick, isn’t just an apartment building – it’s a vision of a
seamless interplay between the individual and the vibrant collective they’ve helped to create. In a
world custom-built to enable the artist, you may finally be free to inhabit the role you’ve always known
was yours to play. Castle Braid Co. grows as you grow, reaching far beyond locality by allowing its well of creative energy to constantly regenerate and expand – living proof of the unimaginable power of our collective aspirations.

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