8th Annual Queens World Film Festival Expands to Two Weeks


Queens World Film Festival will return for an 8th year

The 8th Annual Queens World Film Festival (QWFF) returns to the Museum of the Moving Image and Kaufman Astoria Studios for an expanded 2 week run March 15 – 25, 2018. 

Submissions opened July 15, 2017 and will remain open through Dec. 10, 2017. We have heard from Germany, Columbia, South Africa, Seattle, Brooklyn, Bronx and Astoria. These 25+ submissions are currently being reviewed by a screening committee led by QWFF‘s Artistic Director Don Cato. Full submission instructions can be found at the QWFF website: Queensworldfilmfestival.com.

It is of special note that Film Freeway, one of the top two submission platforms recently published the top 100 rated film festivals from a gene pool of 4,700 film festivals. QWFF scored in the top 2% with filmmakers citing communication, filmmaker support and audience attendance as strong elements.

Thanks to the Eastman Kodak Company, the 8th Annual Queens World Film Festival is thrilled to announce a brand-new award: The Kodak Product Prize for Best Motion Picture Shot on Film

This special jury prize will go to the filmmaker who makes the most outstanding use of motion picture film in their submission. QWFF Artistic Director Don Cato will nominate three motion pictures shot on film from this year’s submissions, of any genre and of any length, to be submitted to Eastman Kodak for selection of the final winner. The winner will be announced on closing night of the festival and will receive the KODAK PRODUCT PRIZE: a $1000 total value of S16MM or 35MM Film Stock and/or Kodak Lab Processing at the New York, Atlanta or London Kodak Labs.

New York Community Bank is returning as the Young Filmmakers Program Sponsor which will kick off in the fall at PS 69in Jackson Heights.

 PASTE Magazine included QWFF in their list of the 8 best North American vacation festivals saying that “Devoted programmers scour the globe to bring a range of films to this diverse borough, where art, not commerce, is the focus of this festival.”

A festival kick-off party is planned for January 19, when QWFF Artistic Director Don Cato will announce the final selections, the 2018 Honorees and other special guests and events.

Th 7th Annual QWFF (March 14 – 19, 2017) screened 135 films from 25 nations and by expanding the schedule at MoMI and KAS to two weeks for the 8th Annual QWFF, we expect to be able to present two screenings of each film.

QWFF FY2017 by the numbers:

  • 12,000+ annual attendees to a total of 113 screening events
  • 200% increase in press and social media impressions globally including Nepal, Iran, China, Spain, Philippines, LA, Germany, Canada and Manhattan and more
  • 19% increase in films by women and 72% increase in NYC premiers

The Queens World Film Initiative (QWFI) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization located in Queens, NY with the mission to provide multiple forums to advance public participation in film screenings by using traditional and alternative screening locations and venues, focusing on high quality Indie films that take on compelling themes. 

QWFF challenges whatever notions of provincialism that exists for a festival in the “outer boroughs” of NYC with a commitment to ideas. In 2014 the festival premiered the director’s cut of Josh Oppenheimer’s Oscar nominated The Act of Killing, in 2016 QWFF honored  Director Melvin Van Peebles and screened his film Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song‎,  in 2017 the festival honored Julie Dash and screened her ground breaking Daughters of the Dust.

Another distinguishing element of the festival is the curatorial practice of screening in thematic blocks with evocative titles and a host to facilitate post-show discussions. This engages audiences and allows them to enjoy the real stars of QWFF: The films. For everyone at QWFI, it’s about creating the right context for personal, intimate films grouped together for a cinematic experience that audiences will not get anywhere else on the planet.

To date Festival Sponsors include Kaufman Astoria Studio, Investors Bank Foundation, Eastman Kodak Company, New York Community Bank.

To submit a film and for more information, please visit: www.queensworldfilmfestival.com

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