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. Just like everyone else, we are keeping it fluid and responding to the needs of the Indie Film community.

The 10th Annual Fest was scheduled to March 19 - 29, 2020 at the Museum of Moving Image and the Zukor Theater at Kaufman-Astoria Studios. Due to the pandemic we needed to develop an alternate way to screen the films. And that is exactly what we did. We opened on time - online - with 191 films from 30 nations which garnered over 30,000 views.

After the festival, Queens World produced Wednesday Nights @9, a live weekly broadcast that identified individuals and organizations as our Heroes of the Week. In their honor, we curated a block of films by filmmakers working in similar themes. On Wednesday nights we gathered the Heroes and the Filmmakers of the Week to discuss their work. The series wrapped at the end of September and received over 19,000 views.

In preparation for Q11, we are working with our venues and our partners to maximize all available resources for the festival. We will use our signature thematic programming, grouping films together to create specific cinematic experiences and each screening event will be accompanied by Filmmaker Q&As. Our plans for June 2021 include both a virtual and a live event with some very exciting global elements that we will share with you at a later date.

While this is a tough time on our planet, now is not the time to stop communicating, to stop looking for what will heal us, or to stop gathering. Queens World remains focused on ideas, stories with heart, films with a point of view and artists who challenge.

This year we are concentrating on HOPE as our theme.
H - Healing
O - Opportunities
P - Promote
E - Equity

We are interested in films that examine, explore, defy, contradict and support our theme. The very act of making and completing a film is hopeful.

Show us what you believe in.
Bring your craft and let's see what you got.
Bring it.

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: ProRes.mov 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.