Turning 10 in 2020, QWFF includes a well attended popular multi-day annual film festival, year-round screening opportunities for QWFF alumni, special events to bring the Indie film community together, industry networking events and an educational initiative for youth and Seniors.

Our festival is about heart and guts. We LOVE a film that has a point of view and doesn't back off. This is a tough time on our planet and now is not the time to stop holding up the mirror and showing us who we are or what we have done or who we could be. We are committed to making sure that creative expression is alive and well in our country.

We are especially interested in maverick filmmakers of any orientation, ethnicity, country or region. Please challenge norms, take on systems, speak truth to power, spill your guts, twist perceptions or scare us silly. We love horror, the seriously funny and the uber real.

Ideas are welcome in Queens New York, and with 165 nationalities represented here, in the 'World's Borough', we have an audience for your film.

You can enter any of thousands of festivals. When you choose us, we don't take that lightly. 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 will build a community around you and your work.

So. Take a stand. Show us something you believe in. Bring on your craft and let's see what you got. Bring it.

2019 QWFF by the numbers:
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
1 screen at Kaufman Astoria Studios

61 BLOCKS of incredible films serving 4,216 attendees.

SELECTION PROCESS: 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.

PROGRAMMING: The festival is programmed by thematic BLOCKS with provocative titles, grouping complimentary films together to create specific cinematic experiences. Each BLOCK has a host and IS ALWAYS FOLLOWED BY A Q&A.

SPONSORS: QWFF is a 501c3 Non-Profit organization supported by City Council, Queens Council on the Arts / Department of Cultural Affairs grants, Investors Bank, Governor's Office of Film and Broadcasting, scores of local businesses and public donations.

We award 'BEST Of ' in every category, along with awards for excellence in Acting, Writing, Directing and Cinematography. There are 'Best of the Festival' and 'Founder's Choice' awards for outstanding achievements and if there is a film of special note that doesn't fit into a category, we design a special award to recognize that filmmaker's accomplishments.

Please read the submission information for your genre carefully.
All submissions must be an online screener.
We will watch your film. If there is an issue with your submission playing, we will notify you and give you every opportunity to get us a playable submission.
Foreign language work must be dubbed or subtitled in English.
Please do not send any paper press kits or any other print materials unless requested by the festival.

We notify those who will not be screening with us first.
Then we notify filmmakers who will be screening with us using the emails provided in the submission. The schedule will be posted on our website and each film screening with us will have a permanent page created for them on our website.

If selected you must supply us with your material on one of the following formats:
ProRes.mov or H264. We will not screen Mpg4 at the festival and the deadline to submit your screening material is Feb 1.

It is the filmmaker(s) responsibility to have all releases for any and all subject content. The opinion(s) expressed in the film are those of the filmmakers not the festival or it's associates.

Once your film has been accepted/scheduled into our festival, you may not withdraw your film. Our venues aren't cheap so please consider conflicts with other festivals BEFORE submitting to QWFF.

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.

Although due care will be exercised by QWFF and its associates, friends and relatives, QWFF cannot accept responsibility for drives damaged or lost during shipping. The festival does not pay any rental fees or screening fees for submitted work.

Overall Rating
  • Katha and Donald were the best hosts a fillm maker could ask for. The venues were amazing, staff professional and so many powerful films! They really put their heart and soul into getting the word out and supporting the artist. Thank you for screening Epigenetics. I will definitely submit future projects and support the future of this festival!

    April 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much for your work, for your support, for your energy, for your talent for all you bring to the table. Please let us know how we can help you as you continue to move forward.

  • Ismael Martin 34036374P

    Thank you so much for the Best Female Actor Narrative Short Award for my short film MASK OF SANITY.
    This is my second time in your film festival and it was a great pleasure. I received the Honorable Mention Narrative Short in 8th Queens World Film Festival in the last edition for my short film HAY ALGO EN LA OSCURIDAD (SOMETHING IN THE DARKNESS)
    Thanks a lot to the directors of the festival Katha Cato and Don Cato, for his great attention and kindness!
    I hope to have the opportunity again to be in the festival in the future.

    All my best wishes and greetings from Spain!
    Fran Casanova

    May 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much for your participation and for sharing your work. It has been a great working with you and being a part of the festival life of both films. We look forward to whatever comes next for you.

  • Fred Guerrier

    Fantastic Festival where film and filmmakers are celebrated. There were lots of great events leading up to the festival as well. I left feeling inspired. So glad I was able to screen there.

    May 2019
    Response from festival:

    It was our pleasure to have you with us this year! Thank you for bringing your brave work to us and for sharing it with our audiences. We look forward to seeing what that inspiration leads to!

  • Lana Taylor

    I'm thankful my film was selected by the Queens World Film Festival. Great event! This festival is special because you have a chance to really promote your film and get yourself out there. They will help you in any way that they can. The organizers were nice and really care about helping filmmakers connect and get their films out there. Thank you Katha for reaching out and talking to me! Thank you for selecting my film and for the opportunity!

    May 2019
    Response from festival:

    We are thrilled that you were with us this year. You are an astoundingly talented filmmaker and we look forward to watching you grow and develop into someone that everyone will be hoping to work with! Keep us posted as to your work!

  • Kevin Etherson

    The Queens World Film Festival is one of the best festivals around! The screenings always ran smoothly and were filled with terrific films. The staff was professional and extremely helpful. The folks who organize the festival are incredibly passionate about the films and make sure that the filmmakers get the most out of their experience! They work just as hard as we all worked on our films, and that’s something you don’t always see at festivals.

    April 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much for trusting us with your work and for all of your hard work to make the screening something special. We wish you the very best as you continue to create great work.