Welcome to Queens World!
Thank you to everyone who made the 12th Annual Queens World Film Festival (November 1-6, 2022) so successful! We proudly screened 157 films from 27 nations in-person at Queens Theatre, Flushing Town Hall, Museum of the Moving Image, Kaufman Astoria Studios, and The Local. We also shared the films with the world via FilmFestivalFlix.com (November 22 – December 4).
For 12 years, the Queens World Film Festival has brought the world to Queens and Queens to the world. The last three festivals were “pandemic specials!” In fact, we were proud to be the first festival in the world to transition to virtual screenings in 2020 in response to the pandemic, and in 2021 we were one of the few festivals to host in-person and virtual screenings, side by side. Quite a feat!
During these 12 years, Queens World screened 1,817 films from 92 nations, including 289 filmmakers from Queens and worked with hundreds of filmmakers at every stage of their careers. Plus, we mentored almost 300 interns, all eager to step into their own careers as filmmakers and programmers. More than 80,000 audience members have experienced truly Indie films in the U.S. and around the world through Queens World.
So much to celebrate! We aren’t taking these accomplishments lightly and we appreciate all the positive feedback and support we’ve received from you. Now we come to another crossroads.
In 2021, we moved our festival dates from our traditional March to June to be able to help NYC begin the great reopening. In 2022 we moved the event to November and produced another sprawling hybrid. For the 13th Festival, we want to reclaim our spring slot, so the next Queens World will be held in April 2024. Festival submissions will open in October 2023 and you can find us on FilmFreeway.com.
Meanwhile, we will devote the rest of 2023 to exciting programming:
- Works-in-Progress screenings for local filmmakers
- Encore Screenings for our alumni
- Passion in Action sessions for professional development
- Listening Tour segments for the Queens Memory Project….and more!
To keep current with our events, please subscribe, like and follow our youtube, Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter accounts and keep an eye on queensworldfilmfestival.org
One way or another, in person or on-screen, we will see you in Queens!
The Queens World Mission
Queens World advances public participation in film screenings by utilizing traditional and alternative screening locations and venues to screen independent cinema. Through the implementation of educational programs we provide opportunities for individuals to share ideas and develop analog, digital, visual, and performing arts projects.
The Queens World History
Founded in 2010 and nurtured into existence by Queens residents/filmmakers Donald Preston and Katha Cato, Queens World became a 501c3 non-profit in 2014. In 2019, the live festival, multiple Encore Screenings, and media events served over 11,000 participants with 65% of those coming from outside the Borough of Queens.
The 10th Annual Queens World was set to open on March 19, 2020, when the city was closed down and the festival became the first in the world to move online in response to COVID 19. Queens World ran March 19 – 29 on DiscoveredTV.com with 191 films from 31 nations and with 30,000 views we brought the world together in the first days of the pandemic. In May of 2020, Queens World launched Wednesday Nights @9 a weekly live broadcast that raised awareness and volunteers for 20 non-profit organizations.
In early 2021, Queens World was included in MovieMakerMagazine’s Top 50 Film Festivals Worth the Price of Submission. In June the 11th Annual Queens World Film Festival featured 198 films from around the world and around the corner. All the films ran on our streaming partner FilmFestivalFlix.com and 142 films were presented by BRG live at Queens Theatre in the Park, The Local, The Sherpa Association, Culture Lab, and The Museum of the Moving Image.
The festival was dedicated to all 5,977 staff members of Elmhurst Hospital Center for their tireless dedication to serving the health needs of Queens. The festival programmed free screenings for the staff and provided all of them with an all-festival pass for the virtual screenings. It was our 2nd festival during the pandemic and we are thankful to everyone that worked hard to make it possible.
In 2022, we returned with our signature thematic programming, grouping films together that are exploring similar themes to create specific cinematic experiences. Each screening was followed by a Q&A and there were many lively conversations. We proudly screened 157 films from 27 nations live and in-person at Queens Theatre, Flushing Town Hall, Museum of the Moving Image, Kaufman Astoria Studios, and The Local. We also shared the films with the world via FilmFestivalFlix.com (November 22 – December 4).
As we roll in 2023, we will be making some important announcements.