Film Festival in the Kaufman Arts District in Astoria NY
Films are screened in the famous Kaufman Astoria Studios, at Heart of Gold Bar in Astoria, and Online via the festival's YouTube Channel throughout the month of October 2021.
Includes the regular festival, a Halloween Horror Film Festival, a Dance Film Special Session, and the Astoria Youth Film Festival for filmmakers 18 & Under
In 2021, we are adding FEATURE FILMS & PODCASTS to the submissions
For more information visit astoriafilmfestival.org
The Zukor Award
(named after Kaufman Astoria Studios' founder, is awarded to a film that brings positive attention to an underrepresented topic or group)
Best Feature Film
Best Drama Short
Best Comedy Short
Best Documentary Short
Best Experimental Short
Best Dance Short
Best Horror Short
Best Quarantine Short
Best Youth Short (ages 14-18)
Best Drama Web Series
Best Comedy Web Series
Best Documentary Web Series
Audience Awards (4)
Honorable Mention (4)
Submissions for shorts no longer than 20 mins in length (30 mins for documentaries and 90 for features)
*To be sure that your films/web series are accessible to everyone, please include closed captioning.
For Web Series and Podcasts, please submit only ONE episode of the series that you think captures the essence of the series.
Drama Web Series
Comedy Web Series
Documentary Web Series
Experimental Web Series
Feature Films (all genres)
Response from festival:
Thank you so much Chase! Without filmmakers there would be no festival so we are very grateful for everyone who participates in the festival process. Your film is wonderful and we very much look forward to seeing more of your work and hopefully meeting you in person someday soon. In the meantime please stay safe and creative :) Thanks again!
Response from festival:
Thank you so much Nathalie!! It was such a pleasure to meet you in our zoom interviews and screen your film online and in person. I’m thrilled that you took part in all we had to offer - from the interview to our interactive online panels, to the in-person events, and now as part of our tv show on QPTV. I look forward to getting back to “normal” someday in the near future but definitely appreciate and plan to continue all the virtual events even then. They went a lot better than I even expected they would. Thank you again so much for being a part of Festival 2020!!