2018-02-14 / Front Page

Queens World Film Festival Returns To MMI and Kaufman Astoria Studios

“Impervia” (US; 34 min.) About a poor, interracial family living at the border of the wealthy city they used to be a part of.“Impervia” (US; 34 min.) About a poor, interracial family living at the border of the wealthy city they used to be a part of.The 8th Annual Queens World Film Festival (QWFF) is being held at the Museum of the Moving Image (36-01 35 Ave, Astoria) and Kaufman Astoria Studios (34-12 36th Street, Astoria) for an expanded two-week run March 15-25. QWFF returns with 160 exciting, topical, bold and entertaining indie films.

Opening Night is Thursday, March 15 at MMI. Doors open at 7 pm for networking and photo ops with an 8 pm curtain for a program of incredible short films from Germany, New Jersey, Australia and Astoria that start with a bang and end with a bug and are certain to give the audience a taste of the excitement to come during the remaining 10 days of the festival.

On March 25, at the Astor Room in Kaufman Astoria Studios (35-11 35th Ave, Astoria), “Best “Giant of Garmeh” (Australia/Iran; 12 min.) Iranian fairy tale about a giant that has magical powers! He can slay mighty dragons and evil monsters, just by the cadence of his wonderful music.

“Giant of Garmeh” (Australia/Iran; 12 min.) Iranian fairy tale about a giant that has magical powers! He can slay mighty dragons and evil monsters, just by the cadence of his wonderful music. of” awards will be given in each category including Best Feature, Best Director, etc. Also presented will be the Honorable Mention awards in many categories along with two special awards from the new partners, The Kodak Award and the InkTip Award.

Eastman Kodak Company and QWFF are awarding the Kodak Product Prize for Best Motion Picture Shot on Film. New partners InkTIP are awarding free year-long memberships to three Outstanding Screenplay Winners at this year’s festival.

“Maximon—Devil or Saint” (Guatemala; 66 min.) is a documentary about the controversial Maya deity, also known as the drinking and smoking saint of Guatemala.“Maximon—Devil or Saint” (Guatemala; 66 min.) is a documentary about the controversial Maya deity, also known as the drinking and smoking saint of Guatemala.“This festival challenges whatever notions of provinciality that exist for a festival in the ‘outer boroughs’ of NYC with a commitment to ideas. The films are the stars,” says Artistic Director Don Cato. “This expanded 2018 edition promises an exciting and provocative line-up with films from all genres and topical themes including the environment, LBGTQ, horror, fantasy, immigration, activism, family, relationships, racial profiling. With 53 blocks of films, there is something for everyone, and family-friendly.”

“Terraza 7” (US; 12 min.) A documentary about a bar that serves as a cultural and activist nexus while also featuring top Latin and jazz musicians, poetry, paintings and film. Terraza 7 is struggling to remain in the midst of development in Jackson Heights.

“Terraza 7” (US; 12 min.) A documentary about a bar that serves as a cultural and activist nexus while also featuring top Latin and jazz musicians, poetry, paintings and film. Terraza 7 is struggling to remain in the midst of development in Jackson Heights. This year’s submissions increased by 43 percent and programmers screened 611 films from across the globe—including Argentina, Australia, Canada, Dominican Republic, Egypt, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, India, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Nepal, Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, UK and the US—with 37 submissions from Queens.
Tickets go on sale the first week in February via www.queensworldfilmfestival.com.

Single Program tickets are $15.00 are available online on the showtimes and films pages. “Halim” (Australia; 30 mins.) A shy boy befriends quirky artist Halim, in spite of his mother’s disapproval. The unusual relationship comes to an abrupt end as Halim suddenly has to flee and it seems as though there is nothing Elias can do to help. But the refugee has left the boy a valuable gift.“Halim” (Australia; 30 mins.) A shy boy befriends quirky artist Halim, in spite of his mother’s disapproval. The unusual relationship comes to an abrupt end as Halim suddenly has to flee and it seems as though there is nothing Elias can do to help. But the refugee has left the boy a valuable gift.
You can also purchase tickets directly at the festival venues during the event.
Full Festival Pass Presale: $100/$200
$100 = 10 tickets ($50 off single price)
$200 = 20 tickets ($100 off single price)
The full festival schedule is at www.queensworldfilmfestival.com

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