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27-May-2015 12:49am PDT  



6 Annual March 15, 2016 to March 20, 2016

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74-15 35th Avenue
Jackson Heights NY 11372
Phone: 718-429-2579

DECISIONS ALREADY MADE • This event has already made decisions and notified submitters for the current cycle. Submissions are no longer being accepted.

Move the inanimate, make it interesting and go out as far as you dare because we're game to see it. If your piece of animation is under 30 minutes, enter it here. If it is over 50 minutes, enter it as a Narrative Feature.
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 films should be quite simply: a sequence of fictional events. Tell us a good story and do it with everything you've got.
LGBTQ of any form or genre is encouraged to submit. We are interested in the untold stories and the invisible citizens. If your film is over 50 minutes, please enter it as a Narrative Feature.
Family Friendly
We are looking for films that families can enjoy together. We want to make sure that families are learning about independent films and getting the opportunity to see something other than an extremely noisy studio film.. If your Family Friendly Film is longer than 50 minutes, please enter it as a Narrative Feature.

Queens World Film Festival screens challenging films from around the world and around the corner. We are especially interested in maverick filmmakers of any sex, orientation, ethnicity, country, region with a point of view and we don't want you to back off. Take a stand and show us something we have never seen before.

We want you to have time with your audience and we want to build community around you and your work. That is why there is a Q & A in every screening and why we re-screen films all year long in our very popular Encore Screening series.

You could go to any festival in the world, so when you choose us, we don't take that lightly.

Turning six in 2016, QWFF includes an annual multi day and multi venue festival, industry panels, special events, youth-oriented educational initiatives and year round screening opportunities for QWFF filmmakers, past and present.

2015 Statistics
SUBMISSIONS: 453 submissions, 41 from Queens
SCREENINGS: 117 films, 21 from Queens
PREMIERS: 15 World Premiers, 19 NY Premiers, 31 US Premiers.
VENUES: 6 days, 5 screens, 3 venues
EVENTS: 43 screening events, 11 sold out

SCREENING/SELECTION APPROACH: All films are pre-screened by the festival programmer and QWFF Screening Committe, using a score sheet that assesses technique, execution, material and originality. High scoring films are moved into the programming and Jury process which involves re-screenings and re-scorings.

PROGRAMMING APPROACH: The films are programmed in thematic blocks, grouping complimentary films together to maximize audience appeal and to create a specific experience. Each block has a host who conducts the Q&A with the filmmakers.

OPENING NIGHT 2015: Held at the Museum of the Moving Image ( with an after party at Studio Square ( 2015 Spirit of Queens Honoree: Legendary Cuban Director Leon Ichaso, Carl Goodman - Executive Dir. of The Museum of the Moving Image, Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer - Majority Leader and Chair of the Cultural Affairs and Libraries Committee; Manhattan Borough President Melinda Katz.

CLOSING NIGHT 2015 was held at Museum of the Moving Image with a screening of Dukhtar and an Awards Ceremony. After party was held at Mundo at the Paper Factory

SPONSORS: QWFF l is a recipient of a 2015 Queens
Council on the Arts /Department of Cultural Affairs grant and our other sponsors include: Kaufman Astoria Studios, Investor's Bank, The Courier and Manhattan Portage is our official bag.

We look forward to seeing your work and to seeing you in March 2016.

Donald Cato (Festival Programmer) ; Katha Cato (Festival Director) ; Mario Pegoraro (Webmaster)

Entries may be entered as an on-line screener or submitted on DVD NTSC.

Foreign language work must be dubbed or subtitled in English. Please do not send any paper press kits or any other print materials until they are requested by the festival.

The responsibility for the shipping cost of any and all material(s) is that of the entrant. All material(s) must be prepaid. Any and all C.O.D's will be refused. All DVDs must be labeled with the title of the work, run time and the name of the director.

If you are selected we will post it on our website and notify you by email. If selected we prefer blu ray or a downloadable file. We also strongly suggest that when you come to your screening you bring an extra copy of your film.....juuuuuuuust in case.

We will notify you if you are not accepted as well.

Awards for BEST in each category, "Spirit of Queens" and "Best of Festival" awards.

We will not return screener materials. That's crazy talk.

Although due care will be exercised by QWFF and its associates, friends and relatives, QWFF cannot accept responsibility for lost or damaged DVD's or other materials and that is certainly true for damage or loss during transit. The festival does not pay any rental fees for submitted work.


TERMS AND CONDITIONS Each and all festival entrant(s) must agree to the General Festival Rules, Terms and Conditions. Submission of your material to QWFF denotes full agreement. TO BE CLEAR: We have read all of the Queens World Film Festival (a.k.a. QWFF and/or Festival) rules. By submitting material to QWFF We understand and have complied with these rules. We warrant the submission of my/our original work and there are no disputes regarding the ownership of the submission. We also warrant the submitted material does not defame or invade the rights of any person living or dead and I/we fully indemnify QWFF against any claim made for such violations of law. To the best of my/our knowledge, all of the statements herein are true and correct. I/We understand that failure to adhere to QWFF rules will result in disqualification and forfeiture of entry fee. I/We agree to hold the Queens World Film Festival harmless from and defend them against all claims, demands, losses, damages, judgments, liabilities, and expenses (including attorney’s fees) arising out of or in connection with any and all claims of third parties, whether or not groundless, based on any film submitted to the Queens World Film Festival (a.k.a. QWFF and/or Festival).