2021 Queens World Film Festival Nominees, Winners, and Honorees

We are proud of all of the 2021 QWFF filmmakers who shared their work with Queens. We are also proud of those filmmakers who rose to the top of their categories and are recognized for their accomplishments. There are several awards that are special Jury Awards that single out work for special notice and acknowledgment. To all filmmakers, now is not the time to put your cameras down. Continue to tell your stories and share them with the world. You are our storytellers. You are vital to all of us.


For pursuing unique and compelling visions.

Catya Plate will receive the award for her work in sculpture, painting, drawing, installation, artist books and stop-motion animation. She has recently been added to the prestigious GREAT WOMEN ANIMATORS list, and in 2008, her work was selected for permanent inclusion in the Art Base of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum.


For creating pathways and opening doors.

Opal Hope Bennett has created career paths and opportunities for many young women who are now developing unique and maverick programming. Her vast experience and keen eye have helped to distinguish her in the world of curation and programming.