Interview with Festival Director Justin Timms (Brooklyn Horror Film Festival)

The 2016 Brooklyn Horror Film Festival (BHFF) will be held the weekend of October 14, 2016. The BHFF is a must for established and up-and-coming filmmakers who have created short and feature films that instill fright, dread, panic and all around weirdness. In addition to the screenings, we will have Q&A’s with filmmakers, panels, games, food & drinks and more. The directors of the BHFF are committed to celebrating the art of horror filmmaking.

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Interview with Justin Timms:

Matthew Toffolo: What is your Film Festival succeeding at doing for filmmakers?

Justin Timms: Well, this is actually the first year of the BHFF so I can speak to our goals as a festival and give filmmakers and idea of what they can expect. Aside from having a space for filmmakers to show their work to an audience, we’re also striving to build a creative, social and fun event that is unlike your standard regional film festival.

MT: What would you expect to experience if you attend the festival this year (2016)?

JT: Filmmakers & audience members can expect to see nothing short of the best in independent genre film. In addition to these screenings we’ll have a lot of fun events and parties. We haven’t officially announced these just yet but stay tuned!

MT: What are the qualifications for the selected films?

JT: We don’t have any specific criteria that we’re looking for. We are going to put together a cohesive program that showcases the best independent talent. We’re looking at horror films, sure, but we’re also looking at documentaries, weird comedies and really any kind of fantastic indie film.

MT: Do you think that some films really don’t get a fair shake from film festivals? And if so, why?

JT: Hard to say, but at BHFF we’re currently accepting submissions and there’s so much time and thought that goes into programming and we’re absolutely taking every submission into consideration.

MT: What motivates you and your team to do this festival?

JT: It sounds cliche but we love horror films, it just doesn’t feel like work for us. Every time something falls into place for the festival it’s exciting.

MT: How has the festival changed since its inception?

JT: This is our first time around, we’ll let you know next year.

MT: Where do you see the festival by 2020?

JT: We want this to grow into the premier east coast industry event for any genre filmmaker. We love watching movies, but come on, let’s move past sitting in the theater for 10 hours and doing q&a’s all day, we want to show films but also have a great time. Let’s check out some rad films and then get together and discuss them over a nice cocktail.

MT: What film have you seen the most times in your life?

JT: That’s a good question. I’m not the type of person who re-watches films a lot. Usually I’ll watch a film in theaters and if I really loved it I’ll buy the Blu-Ray. But honestly I think I might have seen Rocky 4-5 times, that might be the winner right there.

MT: In one sentence, what makes a great film?

JT: I can do it in a word – story.

MT: How is the film scene in your city?

JT: Brooklyn is one of the top markets for artists to share their work. We have some of the best audiences in the country, people that really appreciate the art of filmmaking.


Interviewer Matthew Toffolo is currently the CEO of the WILDsound FEEDBACK Film & Writing Festival. The festival that showcases 10-20 screenplay and story readings performed by professional actors every month. And the FEEDBACK Monthly Fesival held in downtown Toronto on the last Thursday of every single month. Go to for more information and to submit your work to the festival.

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