Founded in 2010 and nurtured into existence by Queens residents/filmmakers Don and Katha Cato, QWFF became a 501c3 non-profit in 2014. In 2019, the organization’s live festival, multiple Encore Screenings and media events designed to promote community engagements served over 11,000 participants with 65% of those coming from outside the Borough of Queens.
The 10th Annual QWFF was set to run March 19 – 29, 2020 when cultural organizations across the city were closed on March 16 due to the pandemic.
Queens World opened on time and online on March 19 with 191 films from 31 nations, 28 from Queens, 81 by women, 11 by young people under the age of 11 and garnered over 30,000 views. Queens World brought the world together through the tradition of storytelling via the moving image.
From May to September, Queens World produced a weekly live broadcast – Wednesday Nights @9 – to celebrate local organizations providing services to community members in need and raised funds, awareness, and volunteers for 20 non-profit organizations.
Scheduled for June 23 – July 3rd 11th annual Queens World Film Festival is poised to once again to bring voices forward to help us heal and move forward together. We will see you in Queens!