2018-01-31 / Features

Annual Queens World Film Fest To Screen Local, International Films


Filmmakers from across New York City attended the recent Kick-Off event for the Eighth Annual Queens World Film Festival (QWFF). Seen here are some of filmmakers who attended the Kick- Off at the Astor Room in Kaufman Astoria Studios. Filmmakers from across New York City attended the recent Kick-Off event for the Eighth Annual Queens World Film Festival (QWFF). Seen here are some of filmmakers who attended the Kick- Off at the Astor Room in Kaufman Astoria Studios. Due to the success of the 2017 QWFF, organizers Don and Katha Cato have expanded this year’s festival, which will run from March 15-25. The 2018 QWFF’s opening night celebration, film screenings, special events, and networking opportunities will be held at the Museum of the Moving Image and the Zukor Theater at Kaufman Astoria Studios.

The 2018 Queens World Film Festival (QWFF) will bring over 180 locally and globally sourced independent films to audiences in New York City’s most diverse borough. Investors Bank is a lead sponsor of the Eighth Annual QWFF, along with the Queens Council on the Arts.

This year’s QWFF is developing a dynamic program that includes feature-length movies, short narratives, documentaries and animation films, as well as interactive experiences with participating filmmakers. The programming, which is grouped in thematic blocks to create specific impact, presents original content created by filmmakers from across New York City and 36 nations. Out of 605 submissions, 180 films were chosen, 60 of which have been produced by filmmakers from the New York area. Also, 65 films were created by women and 26 of the filmmakers are from Queens.


The Eighth Annual Queens World Film Festival will bring over 180 locally and globally sourced independent films to audiences in the city’s most diverse borough from March 15-25. Investors Bank is a lead sponsor of the Eighth Annual QWFF, along with the Queens Council on the Arts. The Eighth Annual Queens World Film Festival will bring over 180 locally and globally sourced independent films to audiences in the city’s most diverse borough from March 15-25. Investors Bank is a lead sponsor of the Eighth Annual QWFF, along with the Queens Council on the Arts. The gala Opening Night event for the Eighth Annual Queens World Film Festival, presented by Investors Bank, will be held on Thursday, March 15, at 7 pm at the Museum of the Moving Image (36-01 35th Avenue in Astoria). The evening’s program will feature a block of stirring short films grouped under the heading, “Emotional Punch.”

Prior to the screenings, QWFF Artistic Director Don Cato and Board Member Sandra Schulberg, who organized IndieCollect to preserve American independent films, are presenting the Spirit of Queens honors. The honor will celebrate the achievements of Jan Oxenberg, who directed the landmark “Thank You and Good Night,” and her body of work as a film editor, producer and scenarist. Also, QWFF is recognizing Vincent Gagliostro, who directed “After Louie,” starring Alan Cummings.

The Festival is programmed in thematic blocks with evocative titles. Each program is followed by a post-screening dialogue to engage audiences from the demographically diverse communities that comprise the borough of Queens.

The QWFF is an annual multi-day/multi-venue event, with youth-oriented educational initiatives, and year-round screening opportunities for QWFF filmmakers, past and present.

Before the opening night program starts, guests can meet the filmmakers, directors, producers, actors and actresses, as well as editors and production teams. Tickets to the Opening Night event and the entire festival can be purchase online from Brown Paper Tickets.

For more details about the 2018 QWFF visit www.queensworldfilmfestival.com.

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