Submissions ARE NOW OPEN and will close on Nov. 26, 2019.
QWFF is about heart, guts, commitment. It is a dynamic time on our planet. As storytellers who hold the mirror up to show us who we are, now is not the time to back off. Bring on your craft and your heart. Let's see what you got. Challenge norms, spill your guts, twist perceptions or scare us silly. We love horror, we love documentaries, the seriously funny and the uber real.
We want to thank you in advance for sharing your work with us. You can enter any of thousands of festivals. When you choose us, we don't take that lightly and we will give your film all of our attention in the screening process.
If selected, you will be invited to the annual Festival Kick-Off event, the Press Conference at MoMI, the all hands on deck Trailer Party, publicity stunts, flash mobs, TV and radio interviews.
We program in thematic BLOCKS, grouping films together to like-minded films together to create a specific cinematic experience. Each BLOCK has a theme, a host, a Q&A and receives targeted marketing to make sure the films are accessible to an interested and eager audience. We are located in Queens, ‘The World’s Borough’ and with 165 nationalities, we have an audience for your film
We pride ourselves on curating an exciting festival, featuring international and local filmmakers, seasoned professionals, first time directors and everything in between. We are especially interested in maverick filmmakers of any orientation, ethnicity, country or region.
2019 QWFF Submission and Screening Statistics
- 814 submissions from 41 Nations, 47 from Queens and 48 alumni.
- 200 acceptances from 31 Nations, 18 from Queens and 30 alumni.
- 79 films by women - 23% of the submissions, yet 39% of the selections.
- 48 films by POC - 11% of the submissions, yet 24% of the selections.
- 2 screens at the Museum of the Moving Image and 1 screen at Kaufman Astoria Studios
- 61 BLOCKS of incredible films serving 4,216 attendees.
All films are screened by multiple members of our screening committee, using a score sheet that assess craft, technique, execution, material, originality and overall professionalism. High scoring films are moved into the Jury process which involves re-screenings and re-scorings. We will announce in early January.
Films in competition may win ‘Best of’ in each category and there are several awards for special achievements: Emerging Filmmaker, Audience Awards, Unique Vision and others. BEST SCREENPLAY WINNERS will receive an InkTip Script Listing to promote themselves and their scripts to InkTip’s entire network of producers, managers, and agents.
BEST SCREENPLAY WINNERS will receive an InkTip Script Listing to promote themselves and their scripts to InkTip’s entire network of producers, managers, and agents.
InkTip: Where producers go for scripts and writers.
Companies who are InkTip members include: ABC, Anonymous Content, APA, CBS Films, HBO Films, ICM, Paradigm, Paramount Pictures, Hallmark Channel, FX, Universal, WME, Echo Lake, Zero Gravity, Bad Robot, 20th Century Fox, and many more.
Producers have made more than 315 films from scripts and writers found through InkTip.
-- Opening Date: June 1, 2019
-- Early Bird Deadline: July 8, 2019
-- Regular Deadline: September 9, 2019
-- Late Deadline: October 15, 2019
-- Extended Deadline: November 11, 2019
-- Notification Date: January 10, 2020
-- Event Date: March 19 – 29, 2020
ANIMATION (Shorts: under 30 minutes, Features: between 50 and 120 minutes)
Move the inanimate, make it interesting, make it engaging, dig into the craft and go out as far as you dare because we're game to see it.
DOCUMENTARY (Shorts: under 30 minutes, Features: between 50 and 120 minutes)
A documentary film is a piece of work that delivers a clear picture of the topic, not propaganda. Shine the light on something, nudge the rock aside, let's take a look.
NARRATIVE (Shorts: under 30 minutes, Features: between 50 and 120 minutes)
Narrative films should be quite simply: a sequence of fictional events. Tell us a good story and do it with everything you've got. Bring on your craft, use your imagination, show us something, we want you to send us work that you are proud of.
FAMILY FILM (Shorts: under 30 minutes, Features: between 50 and 120 minutes)
We are looking for Indie films that families can enjoy together and we love giving them the opportunity to see something other than an extremely noisy franchise.
EXPERIMENTAL (Shorts: under 30 minutes)
Are you coloring outside of the lines? Is your work experimental? Mixed media? New media? Webbish? Bring it.