2013-02-27 / Features

Independent Film Fest Coming To Queens

Queens World Film Festival (QWFF), which celebrates independent filmmaking, opens in less than two weeks, from March 5 until March 10. Festival Co-Directors Katha and Don Cato have selected over 100 independent films made in locations from Australia to New York. For the third consecutive year, Amalgamated Bank is providing many resources that will help make the QWFF, which celebrates the spirit of independent filmmaking, a roaring success.

The films are showcased in thematic blocks with titles that include: Off the Beaten Path; Bitter Sweet; Men are Dogs; Sound of Music; It’s All About Women; Around the Corner with Local Filmmakers.

In addition to the traditional viewing locations in Astoria, Jackson Heights and Elmhurst, the festival is expanding its screenings to include Long Island City. The gala opening night on March 5 will be at the Museum of the Moving Image, at 36-01 35th Ave. in Astoria.

During the opening celebration, the festival will recognize two Spirit of Queens honorees: Academy Award-nominated actress and 1970s icon Karen Black and Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer who is also chair of the Council’s Committee on Cultural Affairs.

QWFF concludes on Sunday, March 10 with a special showcase of the festival’s winning films at the Secret Theatre in Long Island City. This year, the best films will be eligible for encore screenings as part of the extremely popular Long Island City Arts Open. Also, LGBT films will be featured in an encore screening during the Queens Pride free film series.

The festival also includes industry panels, special screening events, and the popular, youth-oriented workshops with award-winning director Don Cato. For highlights, show times, film listings, ticket information, and more visit www.queensworldfilmfestival.com.

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