WHAT PEOPLE SAY ABOUT US
"So happy we did this festival! A total gem tucked away in the heart of Queens. Great programming, great parties, great venues, great audiences - the festival creates a very warm and welcoming community with the films always at the center. Brava to Katha and Don Cato for creating this amazing festival, and to all the rockstar staff and volunteers who make it happen. I hope to be back!"
Anne de Mare, Emmy Award-winning Director (2019)
"Thank you so much for recognizing Restraint and for all of your hard work with the festival! I had such a great time meeting you guys and the other filmmakers and seeing as many screenings as I could catch. This was my favorite screening of all the ones I've attended for Restraint. I will definitely be recommending this festival to any filmmakers/film enthusiasts I interact with in the future. And I hope to be involved with a film that screens there again soon! Keep up the amazing work!!! "
Rosie Nakamura (2018)
"Queens World is all about community, and that's a big part of why I love it. Katha and Don (the lovely festival directors) curate content that reflects the diverse voices and stories in Queens (and thus from around the world), and they make it a point to get the local community involved through a variety of events surrounding the screenings. They have so much heart and integrity; it's clear that they care about every film and filmmaker that's part of the festival. Don shows such thoughtful nuance in his programming and Katha makes every filmmaker feel seen and appreciated. Katha's positive energy and passion for community, in particular, inspire me. She's a big part of why I submit my work every year. I find that other local festivals were created to make money off filmmakers or for self-promotion, but Queens World is for the filmmakers and the audiences. They put together thought-provoking thematic blocks and create an abundance of opportunities for the filmmakers to meet and champion each other. Katha and Don have set a precedent that I hold other festivals to, and which no others have matched."
Christina Raia Enough, Arm Bar (2018)
"The QWFF is simply, New York’s premier film festival. Your films will screen at venues that will make them look and sound the best they ever will. Your time meeting and talking to a plethora of talented filmmakers from around the world, who share in your dream, will inspire you. Your communication emails from passionate festival directors Katha and Don Cato, will be very clear and concise on what is expected, as well as any questions answered. Your experience with the professional QWFF staff of volunteers will make you proud that you’re a filmmaker, because they acknowledge and respect all the time and effort you invested in your project. If all of this sounds too good to be true, it’s not. Why, because I’m one of those respected filmmakers that was lucky enough to take part in this unforgettable experience that is called, The Queens World Film Festival. Give it a shot and submit. You too will then see why QWFF is New York’s premier film festival. Good luck!"
Philip Curcuru/AAP Music Group (2018)
"It was an absolute pleasure to get to know you and Don over the last couple of months! Thank you so much for an amazing experience at QWFF and for the invaluable validation and support of me as a filmmaker. I cannot thank you enough. I look forward to keeping in touch in the future and seeing you at many other editions of the fest!"
Orges Bakalli (2018)
"Thank you Katha! And thank you for making QWFF such a wonderful experience! Not only was it super exciting to see my film on the big screen, I also met so many new filmmaker friends, saw fantastic movies (I'm still taking about 'Elisabeth' to everyone I see :-) and learned about how to promote and talk about film. Congrats to you and Don and the entire team!"
Eva Depoorter (2018)
"I was fortunate to participate in the 2017 Queens World Film Festival with two dramatic shorts. Together with the talented filmmakers, local viewers and the legendary Katha and Don, presenting our two films at the historic Museum of the Moving Image was an extraordinary experience. Katha and Don are some of the most kind-hearted and generous Festival Directors you will ever meet. Get prepared to warm your hands by the fire of their stories!"
Michael Taylor Jackson - BRIAN MICKLER (2017) & CRISSCROSS (2017)
"Katha and Don are the two most extraordinary, warmest, kindest people I've ever met. They also put on a festival with great purpose and structure. Other festivals need to take notes from this festival to see how it's supposed to be really done."
Pat Camp - SWISS CHEEZ BRAIN (2017)
"Our cast and crew were exceptionally honored to have our feature documentary selected to screen in NYC on St. Patrick's Day for the Queens World Film Festival. Much praise is due to the extraordinary festival team of Katha and Don for crafting a truly memorable experience for film enthusiasts in such spectacular venues as Kaufman Astoria Studios and Museum of the Moving Image.”
Camille Wainer - Thou Art: Dublin (2017)
"HUGE THANK YOU to you and Don and the entire staff of the QWFF for pulling off an amazing festival! What a wonderful way for me to get initiated into the festival world. Everyone was so helpful, professional, knowledgeable, kind and sharing. That goes for all the other filmmakers too; there was a real spirit of cooperation, sharing and support instead of competition. The whole experience made me feel very welcomed, like I was already a part of a huge family. I wasn't kidding when I said I was speechless when "Undocumented" received the Honorable Mention award. I truly was not expecting anything as I was in shock. It was one of the best nights of my life!"
Patricia Sheh - UNDOCUMENTED- (2017)
"I am truly grateful that I was one of the filmmakers selected to screen with Queens World Film Festival. QWFF held our work in high regards, showed us great respect as artists and worked hard to ensure that the screening was a celebration of our efforts. Every artist left feeling like a winner. It’s the kind of experience that every filmmaker should seek out. I wish Don and Katha the best in all of their endeavors and the continued growth of QWFF!"
Shauntay Cherry, JUST ANOTHER PART OF ME (2013)
"My experience at the Queen's World Film Festival has immensely inspired me as a filmmaker to go beyond the ambitions of the norm. It really is Queen's one and true film festival. "
Benjamin Tran, DUALITY (2011) - Winner Best Young Filmmaker
"The Queens World Film Festival is a filmmakers festival. Don and Katha Cato pride themselves on making your experience at QWFF unique and meaningful. They've created an atmosphere where filmmakers of all types can come together, learn from each other and expand their networks. And on top of that they work hard to program your film into thematic blocks that really capture the true nature of your work. QWFF is not a festival to miss!"
Andrew Cannizzaro - A GIRL AND HER GUARDIAN (2013)
"The Queens World Film Festival shows an amount of love for film makers which is unrivaled."
Faiyaz Jafri -PLANET UTERO (2013)
"There's much more great work for you to do in the coming years, you've already made such an impression and affected the world of film/humanity in a profound way, providing an effective channel for artists' ideas and ambitions by ripping them out of their fear and insecurities and giving them the confidence and perspective they need to move on and up."
Devereux Milburn - STAYED FOR (2012)
"I've been meaning to email you regarding the QWFF. I think you should change the name of the festival to The Queens World CLASS Film Festival! Your attention to detail, style and class really sets your festival apart allowing for an very impressive, and unforgettable film festival experience. It really was rewarding to be treated with such respect after working so hard to produce our film."
Jon Sajetowski - SHARP LOVE, SHARP KITTENS (2013)
"QWFF showcases true independence in cinema. You will never feel rushed, lost, or as if you've fallen through the cracks at QWFF."
Brian Smolensky - THE GADARENE SWINE (2011)
"The communication, support and level of professionalism before, during and after the festival was truly remarkable."
Justin K. Staley - WYLDFLOWER (2011)
"They have a tangible love for the art and craft of filmmaking and especially for the artists."
Daniel Jordano - FROG DREAMS (2011)
"The intellectual and aesthetic rigor with which the films were programmed was quite impressive."
Farzin Farzaneh - DRAT (2011)
"They created a mood that really helped us network with the media and other film makers."
Dan Brennan - MAGGIE MARVEL (2011)
"Katha and Don Cato are the real thing. They have a true knack for producing a film festival that is at once local and worldwide. I've had the pleasure of going to a number of Queens World Film Festival events and look forward to attending many more in the years to come. I'm proud to be from Queens and to be part of the indie film movement that is thriving in the boroughs, in part thanks to the work they are doing with QWFF."
Adam Schartoff, Programmer & Host of Filmwax Radio
"Queens is home for me, Katha and Don are family and the Queens Film Festival will always hold a special place in my heart! It's such an incredible feeling to see how far Queens has come in paving the way for filmmakers to showcase their craft in the heart of Queens. Thank you Katha and Don for being phenomenal and for all of the hard work you put into the festival."
Mike Dusi, MIKEY BOY, (2013)