You are reading

Queens World Film Festival Returns Next Month, Screenings At Theaters Across The Borough

A film festival featuring nearly 160 movies from across the globe will return next month and the screenings will take place at theaters around the borough (Photo: Facebook)

Oct. 12, 2022 By Michael Dorgan

A film festival featuring nearly 160 movies from across the globe will return next month and the screenings will take place at theaters around the borough.

The festival, called The Queens World Film Festival, will run from Nov. 1 through Nov. 6 and will include 29 movies created by Queens-based filmmakers.

Now in its 12th year, the Queens World Film Festival will screen a mix of feature-length movies and shorts — all of which are independently made.

Cinema lovers can look forward to movies from countries such as Ukraine, Iran, Canada, India and Spain. There will also be three movies from Asia.

The movies will be screened at five Queens venues including Flushing Town Hall, The Museum Of Moving Image (MoMI), The Local, Kaufman Astoria Studios and the Queens Theatre.

Tickets for live screenings are on sale through Brown Paper Tickets at $15 per movie.

There will also be a virtual component to the festival which will run from Nov. 20 through Dec. 4. Film buffs will be able to stream all the in-person screenings via the Film Festival Flix app.

The festival’s opening night will kick off on Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. with the screenings of six short films at the Queens Theatre. The theme of the shorts will be “films to remind us that we never know what’s next.” There will also be an after-party event where more than 50 filmmakers will be in attendance.

Katha Cato, who co-founded the festival with her husband Don, said that the festival offers budding filmmakers an opportunity to showcase their work in prestigious settings.

Katha and Don Cato, who founded the festival (Photo: Facebook)

“Our filmmakers know that their work is appreciated and they’re receiving the world-class screening that films deserve.”

The movies and shorts at the festival will be categorized into 35 different themes known as “blocks,” with headings such as “what went wrong?” “messing with reality,” flirting with love,” “why we keep going,” “remarkable women,” “our New York home” and “stories of healing.”

A must-see documentary Cato is urging people to watch is “Real Fur,” a Canadian-produced movie that investigates the fur farming industry in Canada.

“This is an unflinching look at the fur factory – you will never look at fur the same way again,” Cato said.

The festival also highlights local talent and there will be 64 films made by filmmakers based throughout the five boroughs. Queens will have the greatest representation with 29 films.

Highlights from Queens include Shannon Ayala’s documentary detailing last year’s election race for the District 26th City Council seat called “District 26: A New York Election Story

There is also a documentary from Rockaway-based filmmaker PJ Landers called “Rockaway Sunset” about a woman’s battle with cancer. Cato, who has overcome health challenges in the past, said that the film was particularly striking for her.

“It’s really important to me that we celebrate what we’ve come through and that we dedicate a block of stories that are about getting through it, rising up, surviving and being resilient,” Cato said.

Posters for the documentaries “Rockaway Sunset” (L) and “District 26: A New York Election Story” (R) (Photos: The Queens World Film Festival website)

There will also be movies by up-and-coming Queens-based filmmakers Patrick Chen and Anne Hu — who are of Asian descent, Cato said.

Chen’s short, which is called “A Fathers Son,” is based on a gang turf war in Manhattan’s Chinatown while Hu’s short, called “Lunchbox” examines anti-Asian racism and its effects on a mother and daughter.

“These two young people quickly come up through the ranks and have built an incredible growth arc, you can see the promise in them,” Cato said.

Meanwhile, five women will receive the 2022 Spirit of Queens Award at the festival.

The first four women will be honored on Nov. 2 for their various work helping the community before, during, and after the pandemic lockdowns. The honorees include Taryn Sacramone, Executive Director of Queens Theatre; Sade Lythcott, CEO of the National Black Theatre; Lucy Sexton, Executive Director of New Yorkers for Culture & Arts and Ellen Kodadek, Executive and Artistic Director of Flushing Town Hall.

Sandra Schulberg, the president of IndieCollect, will receive her award on Nov. 3 in recognition of her contributions to American independent cinema. IndieCollect is a non-profit organization which digitizes and restores American independent movies in order to preserve them for future generations.

The presentation will be followed by a screening of “Filmmakers For The Prosecution” which Schulberg co-produced. It tells the story of a thrilling search for film evidence that was used to convict the Nazi high command at the Nuremberg trial. Schulberg’s father and uncle were among the investigators.

The full schedule for live and virtual screenings can be found here.

Tickets for in-person and online screenings can be purchased here.

email the author: news@queenspost.com
No comments yet

Leave a Comment
Reply to this Comment

All comments are subject to moderation before being posted.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Recent News

Urgent manhunt underway for ‘animal’ who allegedly raped a 13-year-old girl in Flushing park on Thursday: NYPD

The NYPD announced a $10,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to the arrest of a Hispanic man who allegedly raped a 13-year-old girl in a wooded area of Kissena Corridor Park on Thursday afternoon.

More than sixty investigators were at the crime scene late into the night. During a press briefing by NYPD brass on Friday, Chief of Department Jeffrey Maddrey said that the manhunt was expanded city-wide and that the department would spare no expense until the suspect was apprehended.

Southeast Queens man arraigned on weapons charges after cops search his ‘ghost car’ near LaGuardia Airport: DA

A Hollis man was criminally charged after police discovered a cache of weapons in his vehicle during a traffic stop. He was pulled over for driving a “ghost car” with obscured license plates in East Elmhurst near LaGuardia Airport during the early morning hours of June 12.

Judd Sanson, 27, of Jamaica Avenue, was ordered held without bail after he was arraigned in Queens Criminal Court on Thursday afternoon on a criminal complaint charging him with multiple counts of weapons possession, unlawful possession of pistol or revolver ammunition, and unlawful use of a police uniform or emblem and other crimes after the arsenal was found in his SUV.

Man sought for raping 13-year-old girl in Flushing park in broad daylight Thursday: NYPD

An urgent manhunt is underway in Northeast Queens after a Hispanic man allegedly raped a 13-year-old girl at knifepoint in Kissena Corridor Park in broad daylight on Thursday afternoon.

Police from the 109th Precinct in Flushing reported that the youngster was with a 13-year-old boy in the park near Kalmia Avenue and Colden Street at around 3:30 p.m. when a stranger approached and threatened them with a knife, forcing them both into a wooded section where he tied them up. The perpetrator proceeded to forcibly remove their cell phones before sexually assaulting the girl, police said, adding that he fled in an unknown direction.