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9th Annual Queens World Film Festival (QWFF) Announces 2019 Line up
March 21 @ 7:00 pm - March 31 @ 10:00 pm
We are so excited about the 9th Annual Queens World Film Festival9th Annual Queens World Film Festival, which recently announced the full line-up. This year’s “Spirit of Queens” Award winners along with Sandra Schulberg of IndieCollect, the Festival Directors, joined by over 50 filmmakers from this year’s festival and Sponsor reps will be in attendance.
This year the Festival has an extended schedule to run for 11 days March 21-31, 2019. Don Cato states that “This year’s submissions increased by 34% and QWFF programmers screened 814 films from 55 nations. We selected 200+ incredible films from 31 nations with 16 world premieres. There are films from 4 of our great boroughs and a ground breaking 79 films by women. We are also screening 14 LGBTQ themed films and 15 films by Asian filmmakers and 6 films by kids for kids – we literally have something for everyone.”
Each year, the Queens World Film Festival pays tribute to outstanding filmmakers or community members for their contributions to their field and their body of work. This year we have three “Spirit of Queens” Award Honorees. Two are going to filmmakers Nancy Kelly and her partner Kenji Yamamoto – we are screening their restored 1991 film Thousand Pieces of Gold on Tuesday, March 26th, starring Rosalind Chao, Chris Cooper, Michael Paul Chan, Dennis Dun. Rosalind Chao and Michael Paul Chan will also be attending the festival. Our third honoree is David Schwartz, former Chief Curator at MoMI for 33 years.David has championed indie films and interviewed literally everyone from Glenn Close to Robert Altman and has chosen to screen another film lovingly restored by IndieCollect: Sundance 1992 winner – In the Soup at MoMI on Thursday March 28 with the filmmaker Alexandre Rockwell in attendance for a post screening Q&A.
The official QWFF app, Event Meow – sponsored by Singlecut Beersmiths will also be revealed where our audiences can interact with filmmakers, festival personnel and sponsors. We are going paperless and encouraging everyone to try out the app. We chose the app because the ease of interface and how we can customize it to suit our festival. Now, everyone will be able to interact with our filmmakers and festival personnel in real time.
The Opening Night event for the Ninth Annual Queens World Film Festival will be presented by Investors Bank and will be held on Thursday, March 21, 2019, beginning at 7 p.m. at the Museum of the Moving Image, located at 36-01 35th Avenue in Astoria, Queens. The evening’s program will feature a block of seven, short films grouped under the title of Worldly Vision. The curation of opening night is sure to raise a few eyebrows with some incredible content and the added bonus of featuring Marguerite, recently nominated for a 2019 Academy Award in the Live Action Short Category.
On March 31, ‘Best of’ Awards’ will be given in each category including Best Feature, Best Director, etc. with Honorable Mention awards in many categories along with special awards from our partners at INKTIP who are giving out free memberships to selected winners and Brooklyn Fire Proof Studios who are awarding a filmmaker with a full day a sound studio and a complete lighting package.