Welcome To The 5th Annual

Queens Underground International Black History Month Film Festival!
Submit Here for February and April 2023
The First Black History Month Film Festival in the World is Accepting Projects For All Genres and Categories.

It doesn't matter whether it's your first Film Festival or 10th, we're always excited to bring you to the forefront in one of the most Legendary areas in the world! From the Jazz Greats to Sports and Acting Legends, we're home to many of the most well known performers and this is why we offer so many categories and components to your Festival.

SCHEDULE:
-April In-Person - 4 days
-Murder Mystery Dinner
-Filmmakers Panels
-Filmmaker Only Events
-Special Screenings

In-Person includes Red Carpet with interviews, Panels & Guest Speakers

****Selectees are Notified Early and Submissions Are Accepted until the Final Deadline Date. ****

Email: QueensUnderground718@gmail.com
**Please Read the Rules and Terms before Submitting. We are no longer able to extend deadlines for incomplete or improper submissions.**
In Person Screenings and Receptions will be held in Queens, NY at 150-03 Jamaica Ave, Queens, NY 11432, King Manor Museum.
Submit several entries or submit to several categories by following the requirements and submitting within the deadlines.
WE'RE SO BOLD that we've changed Black History Month to Black and Brown History and then we changed the dates to 1 (one) day in February and several weekends in April when the weather is much nicer.
WE ARE OPEN TO ANYONE from Anywhere - this is where you can tell your Story, Sing Your Song, Dance Your Dance, Tell a Joke or Two, Demonstrate Your Talent, show us how You host your Talk Show / Podcast. Stop us in our tracks with Your Poetry, Music, by sharing information about your Organization, Club, Cause, Neighborhood, Family, Culture, Traditions, or ideas of what the Future will look like. Yes, Film that Stage Play, Cos Play Scene, Demo Reel, Bloopers, Behind The Scenes Footage.
WE AVERAGE 12 countries per season- this Season we’re up to 16 countries- and we're based in Queens, NY. Queens is both the largest borough in New York City and the most ethnically diverse urban area in the entire world, representing over 100 nationality and 138 different languages.
BE CREATIVE, BOLD, UNIQUE, TRADITIONAL OR UNCONVENTIONAL. What's Your Story? Share Your Story! We Want To See Your Story!
Break the Rules!! Break the 3rd Wall!!
Filmmakers may submit from anywhere in the world. Non-English Audio Must have English Subtitles. You can submit as an individual, group, organization, club, program, institution, or small business.
**All submissions must meet the deadline and all other requirements, including submitting mp4 or mov files only. We do not stream from other platforms. All Movie Posters must include a Title. A Trailer is highly recommended so that we can use it to promote your acceptance. Pay attention to the deadline dates, if your submission process incomplete by the final deadline, your project will not be added to the lineup.**
Follow Us On Instagram: @Queens_Underground_Film_Fest and @CulturalTVNetwork
Email: QueensUnderground718@gmail.com
Visit: QueensUnderground718.com to learn more and stay updated, enter, and purchase screening tickets.



Awards & Prizes
-Trophies For: .
-Best Short
-Best Full Length Feature Film
-Best Documentary
-Best Animation
-Best Music Video
-Best Poetry Video
-Best Dance Video
-Best Comedy Video
-Best Actress
-Best Actor

Post Festival Promotion
Additional Screenings in front of New Audiences

Note:
-If there are less than 3 projects for a Category, a winner may or may not be selected
-Filmmaker assumes the cost for International Shipping

Rules & Terms
WE'RE LOCAL, NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL!
Please read and re-read all of the Rules and Terms.
Filmmakers may submit from anywhere in the world. Non-English Audio Must have English Subtitles. You can submit as an individual, group, organization, club, program, institution, or small business.
**All submissions must meet the deadline and all other requirements, including submitting mp4 or mov files only.
We do not stream from other platforms.
All Movie Posters must include a Title. A Trailer is highly recommended so that we can use it to promote your acceptance.
Pay attention to the deadline dates, if your submission process is incomplete by the final deadline, your project will not be added to the lineup.**
Follow Us On Instagram: @Queens_Underground_Film_Fest
VISIT:
QueensUnderground718.com for more info, trailers, merchandise, discounts and Red Carpet Interviews.
In-Person and Virtual. Advance notice will be given. Free Access to the Virtual Film Festival.
No refunds are issued for any reason - make sure to follow the requirements, the most important of which are ensuring that your file (Project & Trailer) are Downloadable, submit a professional Movie-styled Poster, include your Instagram and Facebook information, we'll follow and tag you, please do the same, make sure all of the requirements are completed before the final Deadline dates.
1. Always check your Junk Mail, Social and Promotional Folders to make sure that you are receiving our emails via FilmFreeway.
2. All deadlines and other requirements must be met.
3. Your Project MUST BE DOWNLOADABLE in mp4 or mov file formats only, NOT STREAMED from platforms such as Youtube or Vimeo. You will receive one (1) request and if a downloadable file is not submitted by the deadline, unfortunately your project will not be screened; no refunds apply. We're mobile and do not rely on wifi at venues.
4. Ensure that you include a downloadable Movie Trailer.
5. A Movie Poster with a TITLE is mandatory. Please do not submit just a picture without a title. .
6. You may always start uploading now to take advantage of discounts and then complete all of the uploading before the deadline.
7. GOLD DISCOUNTS: You may only use one (1) of any Discount Code Per Entry. If you are a Gold Member, you may not use more than One (1) discount code per made.
8. Quality Of Projects: No worries, we do not expect everyone to have access to "movie quality" cameras and editing.
9. Should we experience an overflow of submissions for any festival, all projects will be viewed by the Panel and added to our Online Platform.
****SELECTED PROJECTS:
TAG Us: @Queens_Underground_Film_Fest @NYInternationalFilmFestival

CATEGORIES:
Rated "R" Projects:
We are now accepting Projects that include standard "Rated R" content, however, we will only screen tasteful projects where profanity and only "some" nudity is necessary to tell the story. Any projects with excessive use of certain words will not be screened publicly, may not be viewed by all of the judges and in some instances will not be added to the virtual platforms. This includes lyrics in projects and in music videos especially. If you are unsure, it is best to contact us first - refunds will not be issued. Absolutely No hate, no inflammatory nor discriminatory content accepted for visuals, verbalizations or lyrics.
1. MOVIE SHORTS (MOVIE, STAGE PLAY):
From 5 minutes to 20 minutes; (please note that any films which were submitted prior to the ten (10) minute minimum length will still be accepted and judged as all other entries).
2. MUSIC, POETRY, DANCE, COMEDY VIDEO
(poets, comedians, singers, dancers, musicians, writers, songwriters, rappers) from 1 to 5 minutes.
3. WEB SERIES EPISODE: may be submitted with episode time under 30 minutes.
PLEASE NOTE:
You may submit to any category or to as many categories as you wish.
If the audio is not English, accurate subtitling in English must be included for all characters and sounds.
Filmmakers may submit several movies, videos, or commercials per category and/or submit works for 1, 2, or 3 or more categories - each submission requires a separate registration and fee.
**You understand and agree that your work is original and not copy written by any other individual or group. Your work may include whole or part of any works that are classified as Public Domain in the United States Of America.
-By submitting your film, video, small business commercial, photo’s, short bio and synopsis (required) you are giving us full permission to use any or all of the materials to promote, advertise, market, and screen publicly before, during and after the Festival and on any or all of our media platforms.
-Submissions may not contain any or suggest any content that is violent, racist, libelous, defamatory, obscene, pornographic, hateful, overly sexual, culturally, or ethnically offensive in any way. Projects or posters submitted with cursing which are not considered necessary within the context of the story will not be Screened at the Film Festival. Projects with adult content, if selected, will be shown towards the end of the Festival. No refunds are issued.
-Queens Underground Reserves The Right, to remove or delete your submission without notice and without limitations where any instances of non-compliance have occurred. Make sure that you follow instructions, submit the required File Formats and meet all Deadlines. No refunds or credit are issued.
-Entry does not guarantee acceptance or screening at the film festival, nor does it guarantee Screening if the requirements have not been met. Refunds nor credit are issued.
-If your project is not downloadable, it will be viewed by the Panel, but will not be screened publicly at the Festival and all other rules apply.
-Student Discount: For Film Festivals with student projects, the student must be enrolled in a film, video or production program or completed a program within the last 6 months. Proof may be required and will have to be submitted by the requested deadline. Only one (1) discount may be used per entry.
-Tag Us: @Queens_Underground_Film_Fest @NYInternationalArtsFestival

Covid Restrictions will be in place if required by NYC for in-person events.
-With your submission you are hereby agreeing to indemnify and hold completely harmless the Queens Underground 718 International Film Festival, Queens Center Of The Arts, its management, juries, subsidiaries, agents, sponsors, partners, affiliates, staff and volunteers, etc. from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney’s fees, and all court costs/fees) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of, or damage to, the screening videos entered. You understand that submitting does not guarantee screening. You understand and agree that refunds are not issued. You understand and agree to meet the requirements and deadlines.
-You understand that No materials will be returned. Refunds are not issued.
-You understand that if entries exceed the expected amount, the dates for screenings may be extended. You will be notified in advance.
-You will also be notified of any changes for dates and policies - please make sure that you are receiving and checking junk and social email folders for notices.
-If you do not read or speak English - you are responsible to find and utilize a translator or translation App. All communication with the Festival Team must be in English. Queens Underground does not accept responsibility for any Non-English miscommunications.
-Translations for your submissions must be accurate and exact. Any entry with misrepresented subtitles will be removed immediately.
-Check for Updates at QueensUnderground718.com
-Email: QueensUnderground718@gmail.com

THANK YOU AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO SHARING YOUR PROJECT!!