The twelfth annual Queens World Movie Competition kicked off Wednesday, Nov. 2, with a pre-screening champagne toast at Queens Theatre in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
Opening night time started per week of screenings of 157 unbiased movies at Kaufman Astoria Studios, Flushing City Corridor, The Museum of the Transferring Picture, Queens Theatre and The Native in Lengthy Island Metropolis. The screenings will even be out there nearly on FilmFestivalFlix.com.
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“Opening night time was extremely particular as QWFF welcomed native and worldwide filmmakers to the fantastic Queens Theatre, the place we celebrated their accomplishments with reside inexperienced carpet interviews and a pre-show toast. The opening night time movies from Spain, Iran, Switzerland, California, and Queens, curated right into a block known as Now What?!, gave the excited viewers a style of what to anticipate this 12 months on the pageant,” QWFF Government Director Katha Cato stated. “It was a shocking opening night time, all the pieces we may hope for from the filmmakers. We kicked main ass at Queens Theatre on opening night time!”
Cato added that there are over 35 blocks of thematically programmed shorts and options.
“Prizes and awards will probably be given in quite a lot of classes, together with path, screenplay, performing, cinematography, and extra,” Cato stated. “Our filmmakers know that their work is appreciated they usually’re receiving the world-class screening that movies deserve.”
QWFF board members and workers joined greater than 100 particular friends for the champagne toast earlier than honoring 4 of this 12 months’s 5 Spirit of Queens Honorees: Taryn Sacramone, government director of Queens Theatre and chair of the Cultural Establishments Group; Sade Lythcott, CEO of the Nationwide Black Theatre and chair of the Coalition of Theatres of Shade; Lucy Sexton, government director of New Yorkers for Tradition & Arts; and Ellen Kodadek, government and creative director of Flushing City Corridor.
The honorees have been acknowledged for his or her tireless work earlier than, throughout and after the pandemic lockdown by establishing areas for cultural establishments to assemble on-line, and share sources, wants and help. The presentation was adopted by a curated block of brief movies known as “Outstanding Girls: Six brief movies about girls being who they’re,” QWFF Creative Director Don Preston Cato defined.
“Rave audiences have joined within the pageant as QWFF dives deeper into its signature thematic programming,” he stated.
Tickets for each the reside and digital festivals can be found right here.
Filmmaker and two-time Emmy winner Alex Lora had excessive reward for the Queens World Movie Competition.
“With little question, the perfect Impartial Movie Competition within the New York Space,” he stated. “Extraordinarily open to filmmakers and audiences, good venues, nice for networking and creating synergies for brand new initiatives. In abstract: all what an unbiased movie pageant ought to be!”