Twenty years ago, Brooklyn Friends became one of the first schools to establish a youth film festival when Andy Cohen (BFS Director of Media Services) founded the BRIDGE FILM FESTIVAL for students from Quaker Schools and Meetings around the world. On Friday May 3, starting at 3:45pm, everyone is invited to celebrate the festival’s 20th anniversary with a pizza party, film screenings and a “Judges’ Choice Awards” presentation, which will be introduced with a performance by the Panthers Supreme. Admission is free but sign up is required.
The 25 entries in the 2019 Festival were produced by 12 Friends’ schools and include: 6 documentary, 7 narrative, 5 public service announcements and 7 new media productions. This year, BFS congratulates sixth graders Devra G, Miranda F, Nora J, and Gabrielle L, who entered their short film, “Friend Not Foe,” into the festival and who are finalists in the new media category. View their film HERE.
The titles of the finalist films and the schools represented are listed below:
- Descendants of Tosni – Germantown Friends School
- Peace Together – George School
- What’s Up Quakers – Moses Brown School
- Conflict on the Kickball Field – Frankford Friends School
- Oblivion – Friends Academy
- Rodney’s Whisper – George School
- 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
The Bridge Film Festival provides a forum for dialog, learning, and exchange of ideas of commonality and diversity. Serving student filmmakers across an international network of Quaker educational institutions, the festival is committed to nurturing purposeful filmmaking that communicates messages of conscience. Guided by the Quaker principles of truth, community, equality and peace, the festival gives voice to student expression and recognizes creative achievement.