Welcome to Queens World

Expect the unexpected.

For 13 years, the Queens World Film Festival has brought the world to Queens and Queens to the world with 1,817 films from 92 nations, including 289 filmmakers from Queens. Our last three festivals were “pandemic specials”. In fact, we are proud to be the first festival in the world to transition to virtual screenings on March 19, 2020 in response to the pandemic, and in 2021 we were one of the few festivals in NYC to host a massive live & in-person/in-theatre event alongside a vast virtual festival. Quite a feat!

As we all continue to face huge challenges on our little planet, we want to remind you: NOW IS NOT THE TIME TO PUT YOUR CAMERAS DOWN.

Now is the time to bring your vision forward and share it with the world.
We want to hear your story. Bring it.
We want to see your craft. Bring it.
We want to see what you see. Bring it.
We want to see the best you have….so bring it.

We are set to open at the Museum of the Moving Image on April 16, 2024 to launch a season of screenings at MoMI and other Queens Venues for our loyal audience and new guests.

With our signature thematic curation, we create blocks of films focused on themes that are of interest to our audience including but not limited to:
Immigration and Immigrants rights
The environment
Strong documentaries about everything and anything
Relationships: twisted and otherwise
Horror AND Dance AND Animation (extra points for an animated horrific dance film)
Conflict Resolution and Social Justice
Experimental work, Music Videos, Web Series Pilots
Freedom of Expression
Stories of Hope and Resilience
The women in our lives

Show us what you see, tell us what you know, share what you have experienced, and if your work is selected, we will do everything we can to make sure that your screening is full with an audience interested in the themes you are working with.

We will see you in Queens.
PS. BRING IT.

We designate awards in every category, including Acting, Writing, Directing, Cinematography to recognize 'Outstanding Achievements'. If there is work that deserves special attention, it will be awarded a Jury Prize to recognize that filmmaker's accomplishment.

There is also an InkTip prize package for three (3) film festival participants. Winners will receive a 4-month InkTip Pro Membership. As an InkTip Pro Member, thousands of filmmakers can find and read your scripts, and you'll be able to pitch directly to production companies every week. With over 3,000 options and 400 movies made, InkTip is the place for independent film.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF ENTRY
ONCE YOUR FILM HAS BEEN ACCEPTED/SCHEDULED INTO QUEENS WORLD, YOU MAY NOT WITHDRAW YOUR FILM. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE CONSIDER ANY POTENTIAL CONFLICTS WITH OTHER FESTIVALS BEFORE SUBMITTING TO QUEENS WORLD.

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 and the promotion of 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.

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS
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. We will use the email you provided in your application. When the schedule is on our website, each film will have a page created for them based on the materials in your application.

SCREENING MATERIALS
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.

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

SCREENING FEES
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
Quality
Value
Communication
Hospitality
Networking
  • Carl Kelsch

    The Queens World team has a knack for making filmmakers feel seen in a way that sets them apart from the average festival.

    2024’s two main venues—Museum of the Moving Image and Kaufman Astoria Studios—have top notch projection and sound and made for a memorable NYC premiere for my short Scammers.

    The film blocs are curated so thoughtfully that you will see your own work in a new way. I met filmmakers from around the world, and many of them return to Queens World again and again, which says it all.

    The well-attended mixers and after parties were abuzz with the positive energy that festival heads Katha and Don Cato establish with their effusive passion and enthusiasm for filmmaking.

    I saw a lot of unforgettable films here, presented in the best light possible due to the special context that the festival creates. Highly recommended.

    May 2024
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you for allllllll of that. We try to achieve what you noted. It is part of what we are trying to do: Create a place where filmmakers can broaden their network and expand their reach and develop their voice. Thank you so much for being part of that and for helping to make it happen again this year.

  • Emma Grosklos

    Queen’s world was a fantastic experience. The communication was top notch, the programming was strong, and being able to play in the redstone was an amazing experience. Lastly thank you for awarding our lead actress with the award for best actress in a short film. I sincerely hope to play again in the future.

    May 2024
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    Response from festival:

    We were thrilled to have you with us. We wish you continued success, it is deserved.

  • Thiele Brothers

    QWFF is a great festival with big heart. The team there was very helpful and passionate about film. We definitely recommend.

    May 2024
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    Response from festival:

    It was our honor to have you!!!! We are excited to see what happens next for you and your team.

  • Great communication, very profesional, a great experience overall.

    May 2024
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    Response from festival:

    We are so appreciative for you and your work. Here's to whatever is next and may it be wonderful for all of us.

  • Jingwen Zhao

    Great film festival, thank you for selecting my film. Can’t wait to come back again

    May 2024
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    Response from festival:

    Thankyou so much for sharing your work with us. We wish you the best and can't wait to see what you come up with next!