BFD Productions runs The Lower East Film Festival each year in Manhattan's Lower East Side! 2017 marks the 7th year of the downtown fest.
In its inaugural year, the L.E.S. crew turned a Lower East Side pop-up space into a unique and intimate "theater" that featured (for 22 BYOB Sold Out screenings) amazing films and awesome Q&As. Since then, the festival has been featured in New York magazine's Approval Matrix (under "Highbrow/ Brilliant"), expanded to bigger venues (the famous Sunshine Cinema, Anthology Film Archives, Crosby St. Hotel), and secured distribution for its up and coming independent filmmakers.
Past Lower East Side Film Festival Judges and talent have included SUSAN SARANDON, WILLEM DAFOE, DOLLY PARTON, IILANA GLAZER, OLIVIA MUNN, LIZZY CAPLAN, AMY SMART, AMY ARBUS, JUSTIN BOND, NICK KROLL, T.J. MILLER, ANNA FRIEL, GEORGE TAKEI, JON HEDER, and many more.
In spite of the awesome and famous talent that has passed through our festival, L.E.S. will always seek out the unsung and underdog filmmakers who know that huge budgets do not equal a great film. Great films are made with creativity, innovation, and heart.