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:
614 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
  • Brian Elliott

    Perhaps the highest compliment I can pay the folks at Queens World is that you can tell they really, really care about the filmmakers, the films, and presenting them both in the best possible light. A massive thanks to Katha Cato and the entire Queens World team. Grateful to be included in their fest family!

    April 2020
  • Liz Ortiz

    From the notification of our film being selected to navigating a pandemic, I am eternally grateful to Katha & Preston Cato for their integrity, passionate support & grit. This is truly a festival for the people. I am honored to be part of the lore of QWFF 10.

    April 2020
  • i'm so proud to be involved in such a great an high qualified festival. and special thanks to dear Katha for her support and cooperation.

    April 2020
  • Jason Zavaleta

    This is one of the best festivals because of the two leaders of this festival. A dynamic duo that is: authentic, passionate, and committed to the art of independent filmmaking and its exhibition. In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, a WEEK BEFORE THE FESTIVAL, they were able to coordinate and move the whole festival online and still managed to get us more than a thousand viewers! AMAZING! An honor to be part of their 10th anniversary, and I couldn't recommend them more!

    April 2020
    Response from festival:

    We look forward to whatever is next from all of you brave and talented filmmakers. We are so appreciative that you have shared your work with us. We are a bit beat by how how much everyone is hurting, but we want you to keep envisioning, imagining and sharing what you see with the rest of us.

  • These are challenging times and things were moving very quickly in NYC during March of 2020. Katha and Preston had no intention of skipping their 10th anniversary year and immediately moved hundreds of films onto a streaming platform. No festival is as passionate about films and filmmaking. QWFF is a must for all filmmakers, whether a Queens native or anywhere else from around the world. We'll see you next year in Queens!

    April 2020
    Response from festival:

    We are so thankful for all of the many ways that you contributed to the success of this festival this year and we look so forward to getting back to building our relationship with you. We will indeed see you next year in Queens. Thank you so much for sharing your work with us all.