New York, being one of the great film capitals of the world, is host to an amazing amount of independent film festivals all year round. It seems as though there is literally a film festival for everything and everybody. We have the Tribeca Film Festival in April, easily the most prestigious, but then others like the Architecture and Design Film Festival in October and the Queens World Film Festival this month.
The Queens World Film Festival is back and kicks off tonight, March 15, 2016, at the Museum of the Moving Image (36-01 35th Ave, New York, NY 11106) and at other venues all across Queens. Produced by Katha and Don Cato, and running from March 15 to the 20, the festival will showcase 80 to 100 independent films, curated into different program blocks with titles such as “Roots Matter,” “Tales of Connectedness,” “LGBT Stack,” “Community Building,” “The Art Within” and many others (full schedule here).
There are also fantastic festival after-parties:
Tonight is the Opening Night Party down the street at Studio Square (35-37 36th St. #4, Astoria, NY 11106). 1/2 price drinks and 30% off food for those wearing festival wristbands (wristbands can be purchased at the Museum of the Moving Image and at the door at Studio Square).
Wednesday, March 16, 2016, is Dinner and Movie, beginning first at Armondo’s Italian Restaurant (7316 Northern Blvd. Jackson Heights, NY 11372) and then ending with a film screening at PS 69, starting 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 19, 2016 is the Awards and Closing Night Party at the swanky Mundo restaurant and lounge inside the Paper Factory Hotel. Party kicks off at 9pm and goes till late with Mundo’s excellent global food menu, free entry, drink specials, and DJing by Adam Garsh.
Other venues in Queens have also partnered with the QWFF to offer food and drink specials to filmgoers. Full list here.
Over the years I have attended numerous Queens World Film Festivals and can attest that it is a well-organized, informative, fun, and great cultural experience. The festival offers something for everybody: For film buffs and critics, you can view some of the most creative filmmaking around and have the chance to talk to and network with the filmmakers directly; for travelers it is a chance to get out of your hotel and experience the rich cultural and artistic offerings of this special city (the festival is also a great place to bring a date).
See you tonight!
For ticket sales to the festival’s many films, click here.
Directions to the Museum of the Moving Image (36-01 35th Ave, New York, NY 11106): Take M or R subway trains to the Steinway Street stop. Gett or Lyft black car services are also an affordable way to get out to the festival.