The 11th Annual Queens World Film Festival ran June 23 - July 3 2021 as a sprawling hybrid event featuring 198 films from 31 nations screening online with 142 of those films also screening in-person in 5 venues across Queens.

We returned with our signature thematic programming, grouping films that are exploring similar themes together to create specific cinematic experiences followed by a Q&A after every screening. This practice promises that first time audiences can find the themes and films they are interested in easily.

Our 2021 theme of HOPE (Healing Opportunities Promote Equity) resonated with our audiences and the reunions of team members and families in the venue lobbies were a vital element of our live experience. We were thrilled to gather together, finally, again.

Thanks to our streaming partners,, all of our Spirit of Queens Honorees at Elmhurst Hospital Center were provided a free all access festival pass to the virtual festival. We will continue to honor these 'Heroes of Elmhurst' with ongoing free screenings at the hospital with our lunchtime Movies on the Menu program. provided a unique viewing experience to patrons from 39 nations. We found their attention to detail and customer support to be incredible as we navigated our way through a gigantic hybrid event. We are excited to move into the next phase of our relationship with FFF which includes creating a streaming channel for our Alumni.

Traditionally, Queens World includes a well-attended multi-day annual film festival, year-round screening opportunities for QWFF alumni, special events to bring the Indie film community together and an educational initiative for youth and seniors.

However, the landscape changes daily.

While we figure out OUR next move, please stay focused on what you are passionate about. This is a tough time on our planet, now is not the time to put your cameras down, nor is it the time to stop supporting our storytellers. We value all of you.

Be well and we will see you in Queens.

We designate awards 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 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.

By submitting material to the Queens World Film Festival you and all others associated with the submission attest to the possession of the rights to all images, sound, music, interviews, promotional materials, third party images and all other materials involved in the film. If your film is accepted for screening during the Festival then you attest to the right for the Festival to use any portion of the film in promotion of the Festival in all media in perpetuity.

All submissions must be an online screener and if there is an issue playing the material, we will give you every opportunity to get us a playable submission. Foreign language work must be dubbed or subtitled in English.

All films are screened by multiple members of our screening committee who 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.

Those who will not be screening with us are notified first, followed by notifications to those who will be screening with us. The schedule will be on our website and app. Each film will have a page created for them on our website.

If selected you must supply us with your materials in one of the following formats:
For live screenings: or H264.
For virtual screenings: Mpg4.
The deadline to submit your screening material is March 4.

Once your film has been accepted/scheduled into our festival, you may not withdraw your film. So please consider any potential conflicts with other festivals BEFORE submitting to QWFF.

QWFF cannot accept responsibility for drives damaged or lost during shipping.

The festival does not pay rental fees or screening fees for submitted work.

The opinion(s) expressed in the film are those of the filmmakers not the Queens World Film Festival, its Board or its associates.

Overall Rating
  • Rebecca Goyette

    Queens World Festival was a great experience. The organizers were gracious, the venue my film was shown in was perfect, fitting to my work. The festivals took over prominent arts venues throughout Queens, and mine was shown at Culture Lab in Long Island City, a performance art/music venue overlooking the East River. The program of films was strong, and it was good to get to know the other filmmakers and participate in a Q & A afterwards.

    July 2021
    Response from festival:

    Bringing this work to our audiences was an incredible opportunity, thank you so much for being an artist that remains true to her vision and makes sure that every inch of the frame literally screams out in support of your film. Thank you for being with us this year.

  • Ellen Boscov

    Queen's World is a warm and caring festival that does a great job of promoting film. Our short animation, FIRST LIGHT, was screened in the beautiful and very large Queen's Theatre. It was shown with an excellent selection of short films. The question and answer session afterwards was run very well. I had a wonderful time at this film festival.

    July 2021
    Response from festival:

    We are so happy that you are happy with your experience with us. So many challenges for everyone and we are so proud that of everyone that participated, so we thank you again for being with us.

  • It was an amazing experience. Can’t wait for next year.

    July 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for being with us. We are so appreciative of what you brough to us and look forward to whatever you do next.

  • Edith Goldenhar

    Proud to be QWFF alumna in 2021! Gratitude to Katha & Preston Cato, festival directors who bring passion, professional chops, and personal attention to every film (even my 2 micros < 2 mins). They are larger than life and will make you feel the same. Seeing THE CLAPPING on the Queens big screen was amazing!

    July 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much for bringing your work to us. We are so honored that you continue to trust us with your visions and we love working with you.

  • QWFF was such a great experience! Being able to see my flick on the big screen at the beautiful Queens Theatre was out of this world. Katha was such a great host and always quick to answer any Qs I had. Definitely submitting again!

    July 2021
    Response from festival:

    It was great to have you with us and such a privilege to share your work in that space. It is always wonderful to work with professionals who bring everything and leave it on the field. Thank you so much for bing with us.