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
  • Scott T. Hinson

    I can't say enough good things about QWFF. What a cool group of people and what a range of cinema they present. There are numerous opportunities presented to filmmakers to mix and mingle (well in advance of the actual festival AND during) which is exciting to be a part of.

    You really get the feeling the producers care about cinema and about community.

    It was exciting for MICHAEL JOSEPH JASON JOHN to have been selected for the 2019 festival!

    We love you Queens World!

    October 2019
  • Markus Kaatsch

    The Queens festival is a true home coming for filmmakers from all walks of life.
    Films are being shown in spectacular cinemas and all are treated equally. The organisation of the festival is unique. We were mostly inspired by it’s true queen Katha who’s a brilliant story teller and who never missed an opportunity to give the younger filmmakers welcome advice.
    Our film was given a special award by the festival jury. This prize is incredibly dear to us because it awards the essence of why we wanted to tell this story and make this film.
    We can only hope to be featured on the Queens festival again in the future,
    Thank you dearly,
    ,,The Little Fish and the Crocodile’’ Stefanie Plattner & Eva Vonk

    June 2019
    Response from festival:

    Humbled and appreciative. Your work inspired all of us.

  • Sarah Kambara

    Had a wonderful time participating in the Queens World Film Festival! The festival team was one of the most communicative and involved team we've seen. So thankful we could take part and that they could bring such talent together for the festival. Highly recommend applying to this festival as it's a very pleasant experience throughout.

    May 2019
    Response from festival:

    We are so thankful for your work and we know that you will continue to bring great work to the world. We look forward to seeing what you get up to next.

  • Adonis Williams

    Thank you to founders Katha & Don for creating such a well organized event. Their passion for filmmakers was definitely felt. Well organized and full of great energy.

    May 2019
    Response from festival:

    It has been great watching you take your great energy everywhere you go. Thank you for sharing it and your work with us!

  • Ismael Martin

    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.