QUEENS WORLD FILM FESTIVAL
2014 FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS
The 4th Annual Queens World Film Festival ran March 4-9, 2014. We opened at the Museum of the Moving Image where we honored maverick filmmaker Hal Hartley and MoMI Executive Director with our Spirit of Queens Award. Over the next several days we rolled out to multiple venues in Jackson Heights and Long Island City with 127 films.
PROGRAMMING & THEMES
The screening committee, under the direction of QWFF Programmer and award winning Filmmaker Don Cato screened and rated almost 400 films and ultimately programmed the festival in thematic BLOCKS, maximizing each film's audience potential.
INDUSTRY PANEL 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. INDUSTRY PANEL
CENTER PIECE FILM: THE ACT OF KILLING
QWFF screened the World Premiere of the 159-minute Director's Cut of The Act of Killing on Thursday, March 6 at 7:30pm. The critically praised and 2013 Academy Award nominated documentary played at the 400-seat auditorium at Jackson Height's P.S. 69.
CENTER PIECE FILM
DINNER AND A MOVIE
Savvy film/food lovers gathered for our popular 'Dinner and a Movie'. The evening included a cocktail, appetizer, entrée, coffee, dessert and QWFF 2014 Best Narrative Winner TU SERAS UN HOMME (YOU'LL BE A MAN) and two outstanding short films titled THANKS and SARDINES.
DINNER AND A MOVIE
YOUNG FILMMAKERS PROGRAM
Students at 69Q, an Arts Magnate School in Queens benefited from a free filmmaking bootcamp staffed by QWFF alumni and local filmmakers. Under the guidance of Don Cato, the students were required to display proficiency in at least 2 crew positions and their films premiered at a standing room only 'Vaugely Pink Construction Paper' event at the school March 6 where we honored NY Councilman Danny Dromm who chairs the NYC Education Committee. YOUNG FILMMAKERS
Our annual Filmmakers Mixer on Feb 22 helped launch the QWFF bringing Filmmakers, Sponsors, Festival Associates, VIPS and others together for at the unofficial launch of the festival. On February 25 we gathered again for the Local Filmmaker Trailer Party at Espresso 77 (www.espresso77.com/). Opening Night and Closing Night parties bookended the festival with multiple restaurants and bars offering specials for festival attendees.
Old Spice is our Senior Services Screenings Series which brings the festival films to Senior Centers in our community free of charge. Festival Directors, filmmakers and staff visited centers with the films to provide our more seasoned audiences an opportunity to experience the festival closer to home.
After our annual event in March, we scheduled 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. FLIC NIC