According to founder Rosa Valado, the response this year brought in nearly double the submissions from last year, with 200 shorts, documentaries, experimental and animated films. The first year of the festival saw just 75 submissions.
“We got more than twice the films than we did last year,” Valado said.
Judges this year included Jeremy Kipp Walker, director and producer for the New York-based Journeyman Pictures; playwright, short film maker and Greenpoint film enthusiast Keith R. Higgons; Michael Sayers, owner of Photoplay Video and DVD; Brooklyn filmmaker Rachael Guma; and artist and filmmaker Tom Jarmusch.
With themes like the new micro-budget section, which focuses on how technology has changed the face of modern film, and environmental impact, the festival has managed to evolve into something fresh that focuses what is happening now in the community.
“We thought we would pay attention to the needs of the times,” Valado said. “It’s really time to launch something that’s celebratory and in a forum to give a voice to this new kind of thinking.”
Films will be screened at 67 West St., a space donated by From the Source home furnishing store next door. There will also be some screenings at 200 N. 14th St.
Festival volunteer coordinator Amanda Robertson said she is anticipating well over 100 people at the festival.
“We’re building a base here in Greenpoint and Williamsburg and we’re creating that loyalty in people who will talk about it and get excited about it and tell people in other boroughs,” Robertson said.
The opening reception for the 2013 Greenpoint Film Festival is on Thursday September, 19 at 6 p.m. at 67 West St., followed by the beginning of the Environmental Program, Part 1 and the documentary, “At The Corner of 3rd and 3rd, The Hill.”
Fornino Pizza, The Garden Food Market, Pauli Gee’s pizza and Lure Fishbar donated food for the festival. Fiona’s Bar and Restaurant and Ryan Maguires donated the alcohol and dessert.
“A lot of the preparation involves making opening night exciting,” said event coordinator Bethany Jurewicz.