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, FilmFestivalFlix.com, 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.
FilmFestivalFlix.com 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.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF ENTRY
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.
SELECTION & NOTIFICATION GUIDE
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: ProRes.mov or H264.
For virtual screenings: Mpg4.
WE WILL NOT SCREEN Mpg4 IN A LIVE THEATRE.
The deadline to submit your screening material is March 4.
WITHDRAWING YOUR FILM
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.