2018-08-22 / Features

Queens World Film Festival In Top 100, Above Cannes, Toronto, Sundance

Film Freeway, a global platform for submitting independent films, recently ranked Queens World Film Festival in the Top 100, out of over 7,000 contestants, ranking higher than well-established operations such as Cannes, Sundance, Tribeca, and festivals in Seattle and Los Angeles. In addition, it is the best-reviewed film festival in New York City.

City Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer, chair of Cultural Affairs, Libraries and International Intergroup Relations responded to the good news: “The Queens World Film Festival represents the best of the borough and our #Queensvalues. By welcoming filmmakers from around the world to tell their stories here, QWFF proves that all are welcome in Queens!”

The reviews provided by filmmakers worldwide are stellar.

“Can’t say enough about this excellent festival: the screenings and venues are of the highest quality, the audiences were impressive, the myriad of events afforded great opportunities for discussion, networking, collaboration, etc. and, perhaps most significantly, the degree of engagement with my film was through the roof.” —Adam Clayton Smith (30 Rock, Flight of the Conchords, and Louie)

“With no doubt, the best independent film festival in New York area!”—Spanish filmmaker Alex Lora (winner of two New York Emmys, and a finalist for the Oscars Student Academy Awards.)

“The curating was awesome. So many good films packed into such well thought out blocks!” —local filmmaker Timothy Offer (films have screened in the Harlem International Film Festival, Big Bear Lake International Film Festival, Project Catalyst, Cannes, and the Palm Springs Shorts Fest)

“At our festival, the films are the stars,” said Artistic Director Don Cato. “We curate the festival thematically, putting likeminded films together in themed blocks. That makes it easy to find the right audience, the right host, the right sponsors for every screening. That matters to us because it matters to the filmmakers.”

You can read more of the reviews at filmfreeway.com/QueensWorldFilmFestival.

Submissions for Queens World Film Festival 2019 are open until November 26, 2018.

QWFF will return to the Museum of the Moving Image and Kaufman Astoria Studios from March 21-31, 2019, welcoming the world to Queens.

The 8th Annual Queens World Film Festival by the numbers:

March 15-25, 2018: QWFF screened 189 films from 36 nations, 31 from Queens, 65 by women, 14 by filmmakers under the age of 14. Attendance was up 21% and for 11 days, they screened the best of truly independent cinema from around the world and around the corner. For more information, visit www.queensworldfilmfestival.com.

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