Artois is now the official beer of the festival ANNNNNDDD Gold Coast
Studios has stepped up and is an Official Sponsor of QWFF 2012!!!! This
incredible facility in Long Island New York that enables filmmakers to
take advantage of great tax credits and everyone should know about it.
Tell 'em QWFF sent you!
I posted the following questions to various sites, pages and agroups:What are the three most important things a festival should do/offerThe answers were all over the map, but the common and consistant items were: Free entry for shorts.Opportunities to meet your peers and those in the industry who are working more than you. Networking is what the gathering is about for most independent filmmakers.Q and A after every film/block - give the filmmaker time to speak about his films, developing more o...
Now that we are just a little over a three months away from opening night everything is heating up. Our contract is signed for the opening night, March 1, 2012 at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria Queens. This state of the art facility is going to make all of the films look BEAUTIFUL. I am so happy for the filmmakers who will get the chance to see their films there. We are happy to be able to do do this. It will be an incredible evening.
On this planet, there are voices that are silenced. Films that are banned. Filmmakers who are ucensored...or worse. We want to hear about them and we want to see their work.
For the rest of you, if your work is challenging, we want to see it.
We are open for submissions and you can visit us on Facebook, Twitter, Withoutabox and our webiste (www.queensworldfilmfestival.com). Our first year was great, 120 films, 4 screens 2 locations, 4 days, 2 panels and everynight lots of gatherings. We are always looking for challenging films from around the world and around the corner. The edgier the better. Challenge us, Please!!!! We look forward to hearing from you!
Last night we held the volunteer orientation and decided that volunteers, the backbone of a festival, the footsoldiers of the event need to be called
We have a great group and we love them.
I hope you get to meet them March 3,4,5,6 when you come to Queens, NY to see some of the 120 films that we are screening.
We are in love with this event. truly.
Lined up agains the windows are 5 boxes with color coded hanging files, submission forms, file tabs, screener rating forms and the ink on the tabs is even color coordinated.
We open the mailers, we log, we verify, we create the file and place it in by category, alphabetically and by length. We screen, we rate, we argue, we re-screen, we rate, we average and we log it on the master log.
We email, we facebook, we twitter...tweet...twit?...sometimes we even (gasp) pick up the actual p...
Where did the Queens World Film Festival come from?
For many years, we were volunteers with another festival, running their Youth Initiative providing filmmaking bootcamps to three local schools. The program was very successful with a growing reputation for excelence.
Last year, in it's 7th year the festival had grown and more than 400 films entered. We were working very hard on the Youth Initiative when disaster hit. Two days prior to the festival's opening we found out that t...
When we wake up we check withoutabox, facebook, twitter, myspace and every other portal we have signed up for and see the words from around the world. Filmmakers from villages, cities, universities, hamlets all reaching out with the desire to tell their stories. It is an honor to give them a platform. Around the world, around the keyboard...we have community.
Starting a festival is like juggling....a chainsaw, a kitten and a 25lb weight. It takes more than dexterity. I takes more than agility. It takes endurance and determination and unbelievable focus. The goal: everyone must have a great experience at the Queens World Film Festival. Period. Keep an eye on us. Keep telling stories....and making them move.