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Spirit of Queens Honorees
The Queens World Film Festival honors maverick filmmakers who pioneered Indie filmmaking, community members who have displayed great leadership with its “Spirit of Queens Award”. Members of the press who have made outstanding contributions to our communities are also recognized at our “freedom of Expression’ screening during the festival.


2019: Nancy Kelly and Kenji Yamamoto



2019: David Schwartz



2018: Jan Oxenberg



2017: Julie Dash



2017: Vincent Gagliostro



2016: Melvin Van Peebles



2016: Susan Seidleman



2015: Leon Ichaso



2014: Hal Hartley



2014: Carl Goodman



2013: Karen Black



2013: New York City Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer, District #26



2012: Lloyd Kaufman



2012: New York City Council Member Daniel Dromm, District #25

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