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.

SUBMISSION GUIDE
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.

SELECTION & NOTIFICATION GUIDE
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.

SHIPPING GUIDE
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.

OUR ATTORNEY MADE US POST THIS
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.

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  • Natalie Johnson

    I loved participating in this festival. This festival is the definition of Indie filmmaking at it's best! Katha Cato is a champion of indie filmmakers, and goes above and beyond to accommodate, promote and connect with the filmmaker. While this festival moved onto the online format due to the Covid pandemic, the level of communication and care that went into making this happen was impressive. Opportunities for networking were abundant and the atmosphere was warm and inviting. I highly recommend this festival.

    May 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much for your participation and for sharing your work with us. We try not to think about how excited we all were and concentrate instead on the wider audiences we were able to engage and how wonderful all of the films were. Thank you so much for being with us.

  • Patrick Devaney

    You are going to be extremely hard pressed to find any festival who cares more for the filmmakers and their work than this one. I have had two films play here in the last three years and I cannot say enough good things about the people who curate this event.

    And during this pandemic, the grace and care they put into making sure the last-minute online version was unmatched. They worked day and night to ensure it happened. They know films, love films, understand the artists, and what could you possibly ask for after that?

    Submit your film here, and you are guaranteed to have your work respectfully and fairly reviewed.

    May 2020
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    Response from festival:

    We are so appreciative of your support and your belief in us. We are committed to making sure that we keep focused on developing the community that will move everyone forward and we are thankful that you are such a strong presence here as well.

  • Donna Wheeler

    Sad that we had to go virutal/online due to Covid19, but a wonderful, wonderful experience nonetheless with the Fest and the general public and enthusiasm. Thank you, Queens World!

    April 2020
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    Response from festival:

    We thank you for your work, your energy, your commitment and your support. Here's to whatever is next and getting there together.

  • Richard Vetere

    It was professional and so much fun despite the virus

    April 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you sir!!! Until we meet againn.

  • Serena Ryen

    I can't say enough about this special festival and about Katha & Don's passionate hustle. We felt included and supported as filmmakers, artists, and fellow humans every step of the way. Don & Katha's love and respect for telling important stories and making QWFF one of the best festivals in New York never ceases to come through.

    April 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much for all you brought to the experience. It was a joy to work with you and we appreciate how supportive you were to everyone. We look forward to seeing what you do next.