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Event Date: March 15-25, 2018

 

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8th Annual Queens World Film Festival returns to the Museum of the Moving Image and Kaufman Astoria Studios, Astoria, NY

 

New York, NY -- The 8th Annual Queens World Film Festival (QWFF) returns to the Museum of the Moving Image and Kaufman Astoria Studios for an expanded two week run March 15-25, 2018. QWFF returns with 160 exciting, topical, bold and entertaining Indie films.

 

Event locations are: Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35 Ave, Astoria, NY 11106; Kaufman Astoria Studios; 34-12 36th Street, Astoria, NY.

 

Opening Night is Thursday, March 15 at MoMI, doors open at 7pm for networking and photo ops with an 8pm curtain for a program of incredible short films from Germany, New Jersey, Australia and Astoria that start with a bang and end with a bug and are certain to give the audience a taste of the excitement to come during the remaining 10 days of the festival.

 

On March 25, at the Astor room, ‘Best of' Awards’ will be given in each category including Best Feature, Best Director, etc. Also presented will be the Honorable Mention awards in many categories along with two special awards from the new partners, The KODAK AWARD and The inktip AWARD.


Eastman Kodak Company, QWFF, is awarding The Kodak Product Prize for Best Motion Picture Shot on Film. Don Cato, will nominate three motion pictures of any genre and any length for Eastman Kodak to select from. The winner will receive $1000 worth of S16MM or 35MM Film Stock and/or Kodak Lab Processing at the New York, Atlanta or London Kodak facilities. New partners inkTIP are awarding free year-long memberships to three Outstanding Screenplay Winners at this year’s festival.

 

TICKETS: Tickets go on sale the first week in February via queensworldfilmfestival.com.

 

SINGLE PROGRAM TICKETS:

Single program tickets are $15.

Single program tickets online sales are available from the SHOWTIMES and FILMS pages.

You can also purchase tickets directly at the Festival Venues during the Event.

 

FULL FESTIVAL PASS PRESALE:

FULL FESTIVAL PASS - $100/$200

$100 = 10 tickets ($50 saving)

$200 = 20 tickets ($100 saving)

 

The full festival schedule is at www.queensworldfilmfestival.com


“This festival challenges whatever notions of provinciality that exists for a festival in the “outer boroughs” of NYC with a commitment to ideas. The films are the stars.” says Artistic Director Don Cato. “This expanded 2018 edition promises an exciting and provocative line-up with films from all genres and topical themes including the environment, LBGTQ, horror, fantasy, immigration, activism, family, relationships, racial profiling, with 53 blocks of films, there is something for everyone (and family friendly)."


QWFF is dedicated to creating an engaging and inclusive arts experience with dynamic thematic programming, hosted screening events, engaging talk-backs, relevant networking opportunities and maximum access to filmmakers.
This year’s submissions increased by 43% and programmers screened 611 films from across the globe—including Spain, Argentina, Canada, German, Iran, Japan, Switzerland, Ireland, France, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, India, Iran, Ireland, Dominican Republic, Italy, Australia, Nepal, Netherlands, Turkey, UK and the US - with 37 submissions from Queens.

 

QWFF has also expanded their partnership with IndieCollect to include two “Spirit of Queens” events for the 2018 honorees Jan Oxenberg and Vincent Gagliostro, along with screenings of both filmmakers’ memorable works.
On March 20, QWFF will bestow the “Spirit of Queens” Award on Jan Oxenberg and screen her genre-busting Thank You and Good Night in a dazzling new 4K restoration at the Museum of the Moving Image. The restoration was completed by IndieCollect and supervised by the filmmaker. Oxenberg is a Queens native and grew up in Bell Park Gardens in Bayside, where the neighbors included Richard Dreyfuss and Estelle Getty.
 
On March 21, QWFF will give another 2018 “Spirit of Queens” Award to Artist, Activist, Filmmaker Vincent Gagliostro, not only for his insightful and riveting After Louie, starring the stunning Alan Cummings, but for the actions he has continuously taken on behalf of so many in the artistic community.  His call to turning fear into action, beginning in his early teens and continuing through his work today clearly resonates as a message that is timely. The Annual QWFF Presser is February 14th at MOMI when QWFF Artistic Director Don Cato will welcome more than 50 of this year’s filmmakers, Jan Oxenberg, IndieCollect Executive Director Sandra Schulberg, elected officials, sponsors and partners for coffee, conversation and a sneak peek at the QWFF sizzle reel.


QWFF launched in 2011 and the organization received its 501(c)(3) designation in 2014 and currently offers varied programs in addition to the annual festival including the Young Filmmakers Program for school-aged children and Encore Screenings. In FY2017 over 12,000 people of all ages and backgrounds attended QWFI events and programs.
The QWFI leadership team is integral to its success. Artistic Director Don Cato began his filmmaking career in 1975 and has made over 125 films, including two features. Since 2004, Don has taught Advanced Directing, Screenwriting and Documentary Film Making at the Digital Film Academy in NYC. He is responsible for the aesthetic of the festival’s signature thematic programming and is the driving force behind the Young Filmmakers Program.


Executive Director Katha Cato holds an MFA in Theatre and won two Backstage Magazine Bistro Awards and a Manhattan Association of Cabaret Award. Katha transitioned into the non-profit sector 22 years ago at the Henry Street Settlement where she served as the Director of After-School and Camp Services, overseeing six after-school sites and three day camps. In 2006, she was named an After-School Champion by NYSE and in 2015 recognized as a PASE setter for her innovative leadership.
 
The QWFF audience is as diverse as the borough of Queens whose citizenry represent 150 various ethnic backgrounds and speak 138 documented languages and dialects. QWFI utilizes outreach activities that complement the demographics of each of its featured films, and therefore, has developed relationships with varied ethnic enclaves across New York City.
 
To date, QWFI filmmakers represent 64 countries. The 2017 festival hosted audiences from all five boroughs, as well as guests from Spain, Canada, Germany, Vermont, Colombia, California, Nepal, The Philippines, Italy, and all over the US. According to information collected through surveys and online analytics 30% of the festival’s audiences are between the ages of 25 and 34, 41% are between the ages of 35 and 55, and 67% of our audiences spend additional time in the borough for the screenings. Alumni are not automatically accepted, and names are no guarantee either. The real stars of the festival are the films.
 
“It’s about surrendering to the films, without looking for familiar names, titles, scores. It’s about creating the right context for personal, intimate films grouped together for a cinematic experience you will not get anywhere else on the planet,” states Cato. 
 
The Festival’s Executive Director, Katha Cato, defines the ethos that makes QWFF so compelling: “From the beginning of time we have gathered in darkened caves around flickering lights to share our stories. We’ve upgraded the caves, the flickering lights are now zeroes and ones, but the impulse to gather, to tell our stories, remains. When we look at a QWFF film, we see that artists and audiences all over the globe are finding exciting ways to tell stories, both old and new. We are proud to be part of that conversation.”
 
Festival Sponsors include Investors Bank, Kaufman Astoria Studios, Queens Council on the arts, New York Community Bank, Investors Bank Foundation, Queens Tourism. This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralized Program, a re-grant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Queens Council on the Arts.

The full festival schedule is at www.queensworldfilmfestival.com

 


                                   

 

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Condensed Version:

 

8th Annual Queens World Film Festival returns to the Museum of the Moving Image and Kaufman Astoria Studios, Astoria, NY
 
New York, NY -- The 8th Annual Queens World Film Festival (QWFF) returns to the Museum of the Moving Image and Kaufman Astoria Studios for an expanded two week run March 15-25, 2018. QWFF returns with 160 exciting, topical, bold and entertaining Indie films. Event locations are: Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35 Ave, Astoria, NY 11106; Kaufman Astoria Studios; 34-12 36th Street, Astoria, NY. Opening Night is Thursday, March 15 at MoMI, doors open at 7pm for networking and photo ops with an 8pm curtain for a program of incredible short films from Germany, New Jersey, Australia and Astoria that start with a bang and end with a bug and are certain to give the audience a taste of the excitement to come during the remaining 10 days of the festival. On March 25, at the Astor room, ‘Best of' Awards’ will be given in each category including Best Feature, Best Director, etc. Eastman Kodak Company, QWFF, is awarding The Kodak Product Prize for Best Motion Picture Shot on Film. Don Cato, will nominate three motion pictures of any genre and any length for Eastman Kodak to select from.  

TICKETS: Tickets go on sale the first week in February via queensworldfilmfestival.com. 

SINGLE PROGRAM TICKETS: Single program tickets are $15.00; Single program tickets online sales are available from the SHOWTIMES and FILMS pages. You can also purchase tickets directly at the Festival Venues during the Event. 

FULL FESTIVAL PASS PRESALE: FULL FESTIVAL PASS - $100/$200, $100 = 10 tickets ($50 saving), $200 = 20 tickets ($100 saving) 

The full festival schedule is at www.queensworldfilmfestival.com