Lit On Film

From the stacks at Strand to the screen at Nitehawk, we invite you to reinvent the classics!

Strand Book Store and Nitehawk Cinema (Williamsburg) are launching our first-ever film festival, and we want to see your literary adaptations. You're invited to submit an original 10-minute short film, adapted from a written work, to this debut festival in Brooklyn.

Your film will be reviewed and ranked by a panel of expert judges from the entertainment industry. Ten (10) finalists will be selected to share their creations on the big screen at Nitehawk Cinema on August 16th at 7pm. Following the screenings, five (5) awards will be presented in select categories (see below) at an awards ceremony and conversation hour where you can also mix and mingle with your fellow film lovers!

One Winner Will Be Awarded Per Category:

Best Screenplay
Best Director
Best Editor
Best Actor (all genders)
Best Film

Official Submission Rules Submit Your Film
Five (5) winners will be selected from ten (10) finalists by our panel of judges. Winners will receive a prize of one $25 gift card to Strand and a tote bag of bookish goods. There is no submission fee.

Submissions are due June 30th.



Meet the Judges

Hari Kondabolu is a comedian, writer & podcaster based in Brooklyn, NY. He has been described by The NY Times as “one of the most exciting political comics in stand-up today.” He has released two comedy albums, “Waiting for 2042” & “Mainstream American Comic” with the legendary indie rock label Kill Rock Stars. His Netflix standup special “Warn Your Relatives” is currently streaming on Netflix.

Uma Kondabolu was born and raised in Southern India and has been a Queens resident for over 25 years. She works in a hospital and has 2 children (3, if you count her husband). Her oldest son Hari is a standup comic & her youngest son was formerly the hype man in a rap group. Despite this, she is considered to be an excellent mother.

Florencia Varela is the Film Campaign Manager at Peace is Loud, a non-profit organization that supports women peace-builders around the world, where she manages the impact work for the organization's documentary slate. Prior to Peace is Loud, Florencia worked at various arts and literary organizations in NYC, including Nitehawk Cinema, where she managed special screening events and partnerships. Florencia is also a published poet, and completed her MFA at Columbia University. There are very few things in life that Florencia likes more than the crossroads between films and books, other than old-fashioned's paired with films and books.

Questions? Contact events+filmfest@strandbooks.com