Brooklyn Film Festival’s 26th Edition, “Human Times” Announces Award Winners

No Rest for the Weekend
2 min readJun 13, 2023


CIELA wins the Grand Chameleon Award
COYOTE wins Best Narrative Feature
SWEETHEART DEAL wins Best Documentary Feature

Brooklyn, NY (June 12, 2023) — Brooklyn Film Festival’s 26th edition, “Human Times,” which was staged both in person at Windmill Studios, the Wythe Hotel, The Center for Fiction, and online, wrapped up Sunday, June 11th, and has announced the winners of the festival’s awards. Three groups determined the winners: 1) The external panel of judges; 2) The festival Board of Directors; and 3) the Audience. Through the resources of industry-related sponsors, selected filmmakers are awarded prizes in cash, products and services. To learn more about the BFF selection process and check the full awards breakdown, visit here.

Ciela picked up the coveted Grand Chameleon and the Best Narrative Short awards. Coyote won Best Narrative Feature and Sweetheart Deal took home the award for Best Documentary Feature.

“The 26th edition of BFF was a wonderful journey, with a diverse and eccentric film program, curated by a group of programmers who made the 2023 fest, Human Times, a truly remarkable adventure. A quirky, but optimistic trajectory, in a world that struggles to find a balance,” said Marco Ursino, Brooklyn Film Festival Executive Director. “Thanks to the indie filmmakers for helping us reimagine a brand new world.”

For a complete list of award winners, visit the festival website. Coming up next week, we’ll take you to the opening night of the festival where we interviewed the producers of Sweetheart Deal, Peggy Case and Alan Pruzan along with award winners: James Biberi, the director of Forgive me Father which took home the Audience Award for Feature Narrative and director Alex Andre and actor Chloe Groussard from Pratfall.

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Originally published at on June 13, 2023.



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