Queens World Film Festival discovers exciting and innovative films from around the world and around the corner and shares them with an extremely supportive, loyal and enthusiastic audience.

take a look at a little something from our ED: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENGmDsfJhfY

Located in the most diverse community on the planet that boasts 165 nationalities, we are especially interested in maverick filmmakers of any sex, orientation, ethnicity, country or region. We have an audience for your film here in the 'World's Borough".

For us, the festival is all about heart, guts, commitment, endurance and we LOVE a film that has a point of view and doesn't back off. It is a dynamic time on our planet and we are interested in the currently relevant as well as the enduring themes including:

What is funny?
Spiritual vs Religious
Civil/Human Rights
Understanding the 'other'
The twists that bind our families
Love and all it's messy, gooey, wonderful foibles
Coming together and blowing apart
Who are we to each other?
The horror

So take a stand. Show us something you believe in. As storytellers, as those who hold the mirror up to show us who we are, now is not the time to back off. Bring on your craft and your heart let's see what you got. Bring it.

We are expanding our run from 6 days to 2 weeks to give films two screenings at either the prestigious Museum of the Moving Image or next door at the historic Kaufman Astoria Studios. With strong political and community support QWFF will build community around you and your work with numerous pre-festival events, extensive press coverage and targeted outreach.

We program the festival in thematic blocks with provocative titles grouping complimentary films together to create a specific and unique cinematic experience. Every BLOCK has a title, a theme, a moderator, a facebook event page and a Q&A.

And most importantly: An Audience.

You have the opportunity to enter any festival, there are thousands out there. 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 look forward to seeing your work and have reduced the fees. It's just the right thing to do. We wanted to be more accessible and level the playing field

And finally, if your film is selected, we will do everything we can to develop the perfect screening experience for you AND your work.


Thanks to the Eastman Kodak Company, the 8th Annual Queens World Film Festival is thrilled to announce: The Kodak Product Prize for Best Motion Picture Shot on Film

This special jury prize will go to the filmmaker who makes the most outstanding use of motion picture film in their submission. QWFF Artistic Director Don Cato will nominate three motion pictures shot on film from this year's submissions, of any genre and of any length, to be submitted to Eastman Kodak for selection of the final winner. The winner will be announced on closing night of the festival and will receive the KODAK PRODUCT PRIZE: a $1000 total value of S16MM or 35MM Film Stock and/or Kodak Lab Processing at the New York, Atlanta or London Kodak Labs.

We award 'Best of' and 'Honorable Mention' in every category, we include Best of Fest, Founders' Choice, Emerging Filmmaker and Unique Vision in our recognition. If there is a film of special note that doesn't fit nicely into a category, often we design a special award to recognize that filmmaker's accomplishments.

Entries may be entered as an on-line screener.
Entries must be a Queens premier.
Foreign language work must be dubbed or subtitled in English.
No paper press kits or any other print materials are required until requested by the festival. Have good stills and a good press release ready.

We will not return screener materials, drives, promotional mateirials without a prepaid mailer from the filmmaker. That's just crazy talk otherwise.

If you submit the film and it is accepted, the filmmaker may not withdraw the film.
However, we will never stand in the way of a life changing opportunity for a filmmaker - even if it wrecks havoc on our schedule and makes it challenging for other filmmakers. So please map out the festival life of your film carefully.

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.

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.
We post official selections on our website and notify official selections by email.
We will notify you if you are not accepted as well.
Once scheduled, you may not withdraw from the festival.
If selected we will notify you as to the screening requirements.

Although due care will be exercised by QWFF and its associates, friends and relatives, QWFF cannot accept responsibility for lost or damaged DVD's or other materials and that is certainly true for damage or loss during transit. The festival does not pay any rental fees for submitted work.

Overall Rating
  • Aaron Lehmann

    A great festival with a truly communal spirit. A ton of opportunities to meet talented filmmakers and to get the word out on your project.

    May 2018
  • Eva Depoorter

    What a wonderful experience it was to be part of Queens World Film Festival! Don and Katha did an amazing job: not only did they select an array of fantastic films and documentaries, they were also very helpful, hospitable and 100% dedicated. Besides the screenings, there were also lots of opportunities to mingle with other filmmakers and actors in a very casual and relaxed way. Queens World Film Festival is a festival 'from the heart'. And I am so honored to have witnessed it very closely.

    April 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank you! It is our privilege and honor to screen the work of such a progressive and commanding filmmaker. The work that you create opens eyes and challenges boundaries and we were thrilled to include it in our 2018 lineup. Thank you!!!

  • Shawn Whitney

    The communication from QWFF was impeccable. They were organized, helpful and friendly and made us feel very welcome. They curated a great selection of films, that I felt privileged to get to see, in their beautiful venues. I did feel a little disconnected as, other than opening and closing nights, there didn't seem to be any organized social events to network with other filmmakers (I totally get the limited resources of smaller film festivals). Nonetheless, I would love to return in the future - and would make sure that I came earlier or stayed longer so that I could make the organized social events.

    May 2018
  • The Queens World Film Festival was such an amazing experience. Don and Katha Cato are wunderkinds for what they are doing for the borough and for New York City. I am deeply humbled and appreciative to have screened with them and met them. They are exceptional human beings!

    April 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank you! We are the lucky ones. Every year, it is incredible to find out how many more great human beings there are out there making art. It is our honor, completely our honor Orges!

  • Adam Vincent Wright

    Had the honor of screening at this festival two years in a row. Our screening was sold out and the opening night affair was a blast! Katha and Don work really hard to put together a first class festivital and it shows! So grateful and looking forward to visiting again!

    April 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much for your work, your trust and your talent. We look forward to seeing what you come up with next!