Calling All Children (10 yrs. through 17 yrs.) & Adults for the 1st Ever International Black History Month Film Festival and next Red Carpet Extravaganza! Not a contest, but an exciting and vibrant showcase of cinematic talent exploring the Past, Present and Future.

One day for the Adult Festival and another whole day for the Young Peoples Festival, both with Live Performances (Email for Performance Registration Information). Vendors and Sponsors also email:

Submit your project specifically relating to Black History for the Past, Present & Future. (you do not have to be a black person to submit).


Movie Short
Stage Play (as a video movie short)
Music Video
Poetry Video
Dance Video
Comedy Video
Web Series Episode
Podcast / Radio Show Episode (as a video)
Small Business, Organization or Club Commercial
Organization or Group PSA

LARGE BUSINESSES / CORPORATIONS or "Made for" large businesses, associations, institutions, organizations, retail chains, franchises, agencies, programs, schools, hospitals, etc. may submit movie short, video, episode, demonstration, documentary, show of support and/or a commercial, video ad and/or music video. (Learning more about large companies and/or their mission, employees, practices, new products, charitable and social cause efforts is such a great idea).

Clips and "movie posters" from selected Projects Will Be Promoted on Instagram, Facebook, Youtube: Queens Underground 718 and potentially aired on our Queens Access Public Television (QPTV) - monthly show.

Screenings and receptions will be held in Queens, NY (Home to historical creative legends such as Count Basie, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Lena Horne, LL Cool J, Run DMC, Keith Murray, A Tribe Called Quest, 50 Cent, Salt & Peppa, Al Roker, and so many more!

THEME: Past, Present, Future

GENRES: Drama, Mystery, Educational, Abstract, Animated, Comedic, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Thriller, Fringe Horror, Action, Adventure, Family, Documentary, Romantic, Indie, and/or Historical.

Submit several entries or submit to several categories by following the requirements and submitting within the deadlines.

Primary Requirements:
-Movie (Must be under 30 minutes)
-Performance Video (Singers, Poets, Dancers, Musical Bands - must be under five (5) minutes)
-Small Business Commercial (qualified as under 10 employees - must be under 2 minutes)
-Web Series Episode (Must be under 30 minutes) and have all of the qualities of "TV Show".

From Ages 10 and up, Filmmakers may submit from anywhere in the world. Non-English Audio Must have English Subtitles. You can submit as an individual, group, organization, club, program, institution, or small business.

All submissions must meet the deadline and all other requirements.

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Certificates for the top 5 projects in each category
Special Laurels for the top 2 projects in each category

Submit for Categories for Children/Youth and Adults:

Saturday, February 22, 2020
*Please Note: If there are too many projects to screen on Feb.22nd, those projects which will not be screened will receive an alternate date by email, most likely April 24, 2020 and discount tickets to still attend on February 22nd.

Quality Of Projects: No worries, we do not expect everyone to have access to "movie quality" cameras. Consumer cameras and cell phones may be used to film - for this film festival -the focus is on the story and creativity. All of the other requirements must still be met.

1. MOVIE SHORTS (MOVIE, STAGE PLAY): From 5 minutes to 30 minutes; (please note that any films which were submitted prior to the ten (10) minute minimum length will still be accepted and judged as all other entries).

2. MUSIC, POETRY, DANCE, COMEDY VIDEO (poets, comedians, singers, dancers, musicians, writers, songwriters, rappers) from 1 to 5 minutes.

3. WEB SERIES EPISODE / PODCAST /RADIO: may be submitted with episode time under 30 minutes.

4. Business, Group, Club, Organization Commercial or PSA: may not be longer than 5 minutes.

5. STUDENT PROJECTS: Must have be produced and directed by student between the ages of 10 yrs through 17 yrs when submitted using any student discount waivers. Any projects not meeting the criteria will have to be re-submitted at full fee or will not be screened.

All Projects will be reviewed by the Committee and as long as the projects fulfill the deadlines and requirements- will be screened during the Film Festival.

Films, Performance Videos (Singers, Rappers, Poets, Musicians, and Storytellers), and Small Business Commercials (with under 10 employees) may be submitted from anywhere in the world.

If the audio is not English, accurate subtitling in English must be included for all characters and sounds.

Filmmakers may submit several movies, videos, or commercials per category and/or submit works for 1, 2, or 3 categories - each submission requires a separate application.

You understand and agree that your work is original and not copy written by any other individual or group. Your work may include whole or part of any works that are classified as Public Domain in the United States Of America.

By submitting your film, video, small business commercial, photo’s, short bio and synopsis (required) you are giving us full permission to use any or all of the materials to promote, advertise, market, and screen publicly.

Submissions may not contain any or suggest any content that is violent, racist, libelous, defamatory, obscene, pornographic, hateful, sexual, culturally, or ethnically offensive in any way.

Queens Underground 718 reserves the right, to remove or delete your submission without notice and without limitations where any instances of non-compliance have occurred.

Entry does not guarantee acceptance into the film festival, all requirements must be met.

Scheduling of screenings will be organized by Queens Underground 718. You will receive noticed of approximate time that your project will be screened, we will not be able to give you the exact hour and second.

Rough cuts and incomplete projects may not be selected for public screening.

Full credit for all participants must be included.

All deadlines an other requirements must be met, including submitting a downloadable file and professional "movie" type poster.
You agree and understand that you are expected to promote an tag Queens Underground 718 once you receive notice that your project has been accepted. You may also send us a promotional Drop or short video announcing your participation via Googledrive or similar method. We encourage active and creative marketing strategies to generate a buzz to see your project - thereby - creating what may very well become "unexpected opportunities".

If you are in the New York area and/or plan to attend, please notify us in advance so that we may schedule a professional interview and if time allows, a formal introduction on stage. You will receive 1 free ticket and discounts based on the number of tickets requested. VIP seating will also be available - detailed information will be on the Website.

With your submission you are hereby agreeing to indemnify and hold completely harmless the Queens Underground 718 International Film Festival, Queens Center Of The Arts, its management, juries, subsidiaries, agents, sponsors, affiliates, etc. from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney’s fees, and all court costs/fees) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of, or damage to, the screening videos entered.

You understand that No materials will be returned.

You understand that If entries exceed the expected amount, the dates for screenings and announcement of winner may be extended.

You will be notified of any changes for dates, policies, and pricing.

The winners may be chosen on the last night and may be announced live prior to notifying individual winners.

If you do not read or speak English - you are responsible to find and utilize a translator or translation App. All communication with the Festival Team must be in English. Queens Underground does not accept responsibility for any Non-English miscommunications.

Translations for your submissions must be accurate and exact. Any entry with misrepresented subtitles will be removed immediately and further action may be taken.

Entry fees and other fees are non-refundable. Cash prizes, if any, will be sent in US dollars and only transferred through standard online business Apps, such as PayPal, CashApp, Zelle or similar payment transfer system.

In the event that your project is not selected for screening, you may request an email explaining the reasons. In some instances, the project may be great, but not appropriate for mixed or young audiences. In some cases, a project such as this may be screened on another date with an adult-only audience.

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Overall Rating
  • Thank you for all! Well organised festival...

    November 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much, it was a pleasure hosting your project! Hope you'll submit again next October, if not before!

  • Bryan Whorton

    While we were unable to attend the festival, we were honored to have our World Premiere at this festival! The communication was fantastic and hope to be involved in it again in the future.

    November 2019
    Response from festival:

    Very touching movie short. Thanks again for submitting with us!

  • Fantastic Festival. Great communication. Definitely recommend!

    December 2019
  • Brigitte James

    The Queens Underground Film Fest was a great networking experience.

    November 2019
  • One of the best film festivals that i have submitted.. Thanks a lot for selecting my works

    November 2019