Short Film Program

This is What We Mean by Short Films: Opening Night 2023

For 27 years, Rooftop has celebrated the start of the summer with the best shorts of the past year. Come party with us at the cemetery!


Thu May 25 7:45 PM

The Film

This is What We Mean by Short Films: Opening Night 2023

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Join us as we kick off our 27th Summer Series with an opening night celebration in Green-Wood! Featuring live pre-show music, some of the best new short films of the year, and an after-party in the cemetery, we plan to start the summer—as always—in the grandest of fashions.

Stay tuned for our programming announcement: we're incredibly excited about the line-up, but are keeping it our own little secret for a while longer...


New Rooftop members get two free tickets to Opening Night! Join or renew by Wednesday, February 1st, to unlock the offer and receive your code.

Already a member? You can either buy your tickets now, use your yearly free ticket allotment for Opening Night, or save it for another show!

    • To buy tickets, click here, "Get tickets", insert your unique member code in the "Promo Code" box, press "Apply", and continue on with checkout.
    • To use your yearly free ticket allotment, click here, "Get tickets", insert your unique member ticket code (ending in "-TIX") in the "Promo Code" box, press "Apply", and continue on with checkout.
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Event Details

7:45 PM
Doors Open
8:15 PM
Live Music
9:00 PM
Films Begin
10:30 PM
Q&A with Filmmakers
10:40 PM

Can I bring food and drinks?

No outside alcoholic beverages are allowed. Feel free to bring snacks and non-alcoholic beverages!

Do I need to wear a mask?

Masks are encouraged while interacting with staff outdoors.

Where will the screening take place within Green-Wood Cemetery?

Check in will be at the main entrance on 25th Street and 5th Avenue, but the screening location will be about a 5-6 minute walk up a relatively steep, paved hill from there. Please contact us if someone in your party will need assistance getting to the location.

Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

Rooftop Films are open to all ages, but ID and proof of age is required for entry. You must be 21+ to attend the after party.

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

For a full list of Rooftop Films venues and directions, click here.

I am a Rooftop Films member. How do I use my member benefits?

Upon joining as a member you received a unique member ticket code. Click on "tickets" on this page and then "enter promo code". Enter your unique member code and press "apply". Interested in becoming a member? Learn more here.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No need to bring your ticket! Just give your name / name of the ticket holder at the door for entry.

You didn't answer my questions!

Sorry about that! Give us a call at 718-417-7362 or click the "contact us" button below.


Green-Wood Cemetery

500 25th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11232

venue on Google Map

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