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2014 QUEENS WORLD FILM FESTIVAL
QWFF screens innovative and challenging films from around the world and around the corner. Our programs include an annual festival, industry panels, special screening events, year round encore screening events and popular youth-oriented educational initiatives. 2014 categories include: Narrative Shorts and Features, Documentary Shorts and Features, Animated films and LGBTQ films of any length. Submissions are via Without A Box.
The 4th Annual Queens World Film Festival will run March 4-9, 2014. We will return to the Museum of the Moving Image for our opening night and over the next 5 days we will host screenings at venues in Jackson Heights, Long Island City.
PROGRAMMING & THEMES
We program our festival in thematic BLOCKS, which maximizes each film’s audience potential. Once submissions close, the screening committee, under the direction of QWFF Programmer and award winning Filmmaker Don Cato convened to screen, rate and program the festival. Some of the 2014 themes include: All About New York, Transmigrations, Community Collaborations and Real Grit.
When you purchase a ticket for a screening at QWFF, you are purchasing a ticket for the entire BLOCK, not an individual film. The scheduled time noted on the website or in our program is when the BLOCK will begin, not each individual film. Each BLOCK will be hosted by a QWFF Festival host who will welcome the guests, intro the films and host the Q&A that concludes each BLOCK.
Please note: Guests who arrive after the first film in the BLOCK has begun will not be allowed to enter until the next break between films and we strongly discourage guests from leaving before a BLOCK is concluded.
2014 FILM LINEUP
The 2014 festival venues are: Museum of the Moving Image, The Secret Theatre in Long Island City, The Nesva Hotel in Long Island City and PS 69 in Jackson Heights.
February 22 – Filmmakers Mixer: mingle with Filmmakers, Sponsors, Festival Associates, VIPS and others at the unofficial launch of the festival.
February 25 – Local Filmmaker Trailer Party at Espresso 77 (http://espresso77.com/)
YOUNG FILMMAKERS PROGRAM
Since 2011 students at PS 69Q, an Arts Magnate School in Queens have benefited from a free filmmaking bootcamp staffed by QWFF alumni and local filmmakers. The students write, story board and shoot their original short films based on selected theme. The students crew their films and must display proficiency in at least 2 crew positions. The films are then presented at a standing room only ‘Red Carpet’event at the school during the festival. This event is free and truly something to be seen. more info
Old Spice is our Senior Services Screenings Series which brings the festival films to Senior Centers in our community. Festival Directors, filmmakers and staff visit the centers with the films free of charge to provide our more seasoned audiences with an opportunity to experience the festival closer to home.
DINNER AND A MOVIE
Join other savvy film/food lovers at selected Queens eateries for our popular ‘Dinner and a Movie’. The evening includes a cocktail, appetizer, entrée, coffee, dessert and your movie pass to a block of QWFF Films at a nearby venue. This well attended event makes sure that filmmakers make connections with their audiences and it also ensures that local businesses benefit from the festival.
FREE ENCORE SCREENINGS
After our annual event in March, we will schedule free encore screenings of the 2014 festival films, giving the films more exposure and bringing indie films to audiences who might not be able to attend the actual festival. We screen in local theatres as well as alternative venues including closed play streets and the beaches of Rockaway.
INDUSTRY PANEL: DISTRIBUTION AND FINANCE WITH SANDRA SCHULBERG
Even though Youtube, Facebook and Kickstarter have dramatically changed the entertainment landscape, the same question needs to be answered: How does the Indie/Outsider filmmaker engage the right kind of legal support, the right producer, the right team?
SANDRA SCHULBERG spent seven years in Europe as a senior executive for American Playhouse/Playhouse International Pictures and she founded the Independent Feature Project and IFP Market; co-founded First Run Features; served as one of the first nominators to the Sundance Filmmakers Lab, and, for five years, as a member of the Sundance Film Festival Advisory Committee.