2014 QUEENS WORLD FILM FESTIVAL
QWFF screens innovative and challenging films from around the world and around the corner and includes an annual festival, industry panels, special 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 and Sunnyside.
We are looking for content that strikes a brave chord. We recognize craftsmanship and applaud risk. We support edge and appreciate intelligence. We can get behind a kitschy, bawdy piece of filmmaking as well. So bring it on. Send us the best you’ve got. We can take it.
SUBMIT A FILM
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 will convene to program the festival. Some of the 2013 themes included: Off the Beaten Path, Men Are Dogs, A Fork In The Reality, Tales of Peace.
This year’s themes will be driven by the selected films and will be announced when the schedule is revealed in January.
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.
The 2013 festival venues were: Museum of the Moving Image, The Jackson Triplex in Jackson Heights, The Secret Theatre in Long Island City, The Renaissance Charter School, and PS 69.
We are currently planning some very special Pre-Festival events including a party at Café Bar (January) to announce the 2014 schedule; our very popular Filmmaker’s Mixer (February) and our Local Filmmaker Trailer Fest at Espresso 77 (March).
Ever year our Opening Night at MoMI is followed by a gathering at Studio Square where filmmakers and film lovers have the chance to mingle and make plans for the coming week. Each evening of the festival concludes with a designated gathering spot and closing night is usually a pretty big blow out party and we think everyone deserves it!
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 a screening event that is free to our more seasoned audience members, that is to say, Senior Citizens. We mix it up with vintage films, international docs and edgy films they would never get the opportunity to see otherwise. This four hour event includes lunch, visits from special guests and other nice surprises for our guests.
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: A CONVERSATION WITH SANDRA SCHULBER, MARC JACOBSON AND ADELINE MONZIER. TOPIC: THE BUSINESS OF SHOW
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? 2013 panelists:
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.
MARC JACOBSON is the Founding Chairman of the NYS Bar Association Section on Entertainment Arts & Sports Law, testified before Congress and WIPO regarding the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, and was Adjunct Professor of Entertainment Law at Fordham University Law School, CUNY Law School and The New School.
ADELINE MONZIER joined DIRE, a French syndicate comprising 9 independent distributors -- and created Europa Distribution, a network of independent European distributors, which she now manages. In august 2013, Adeline Monzier became the new U.S. N.Y.-based representative of Unifrance the promotion agency for French cinema abroad.