Queens World Film Festival Screening Works By 200+ Indie Moviemakers


Queens World Film Festival Screening Works
By 200+ Indie Moviemakers, March 19-29

Investors Bank Presents Opening Night Event at Museum of the Moving Image

Kari Pencek, Investors Bank                                              
973-924-5176, KPencek@investorsbank.com                 

Bob Rinklin, Essential Public
973.768.2425, Rinklin@comcast.net

Queens, New York (March 4, 2020) – The 10th annual Queens World Film Festival (QWFF) is bringing a diverse range of international and local filmmakers together. QWFF is presenting a total of more than 200 feature films, documentaries, short narratives, and animation to people who appreciate films that tell stories, convey messages and present new ways of thinking about life. The films are sorted into 61 “themed blocks,” including such categories as Queens Corner, Women’s Voices, Got Game, Northern Voices, Family Friendly, Hear Me Roar, and Step It Up.
The 2020 QWFF runs from March 19th to the 29th and all films will be screened in either Museum of the Moving Image or Kaufman Studios, which are both in Astoria, Queens.  For more details about QWFF’s special events, list of films, show times, tickets and the “Sizzle Reel” visit the website: https://www.queensworldfilmfestival.com.
On the occasion of its 10-year anniversary, QWFF Executive Director Katha Cato said: “At Queens World, we love maverick filmmakers of all orientation, ethnicity, countries and cultures. This is a tough time on and for our planet. For 10 years we have helped indie filmmakers hold up a mirror to show us who we are, what we have done and who we could be.
“It hasn’t been an easy go, but with the incredible support from Investors Bank, we are so proud to report that ideas, creative expression and a passion for truth is alive and well. At least in Queens,” Cato observed.
For the seventh year in a row, Investors Bank is presenting QWFF’s Opening Night Event at the Sumner Redstone Theater at the Museum of the Moving Image (MoMI), 36-01 35th Avenue, Astoria, N.Y. Before the film screenings, Michael Soloway, an internationally renowned digital accordion artist, will perform and his music bring new life to classic film clips. 
The theme for the six short films presented on opening night is “Tales of Connectedness, which “looks at how we come together,” according Ms. Cato.  Here’s the Opening Night cinema lineup:
“Embraces & The Touch of Skin” (animated), from Denmark, directed by Sara Koppel;
“Hard Shadow” (narrative), from Iran, directed by Neda Khanifar;
“Gold Star” (narrative), from the United Kingdom, directed by Paul Frankl;
“Retrieval” (narrative), from the United States, directed by Brady Morell;
“Zugzwang” (narrative), from the U.S., directed by Lars Fuchs; and
“Extended Stay” (narrative), from the U.S., directed by Paul Kim.
Also, the QWFF will announce the recipient of its 2020 Spirit of Queens award. This year’s honoree is Queens native Ray Romano, the stand-up comedian, TV and film star (Everyone Loves Raymond, Get Shorty, The Irishman) who has been a supporter of the festival for several years.
Doors open at 7 p.m. Admission is $22 per person.
Investor Bank’s sponsorship of Opening Night and the QWFF’s Young Filmmakers program (March 29 at noon in the Redstone Theater) helps the organizers create an international program that is welcoming and inclusive. The gala event at the MoMi sets the tone for the rest of the festival.
As in past years, QWFF is presenting interactive experiences with participating filmmakers. Film programming, grouped in thematic blocks, features 211 films from 32 countries – including a first-ever entry from Saudi Arabia.
Additional QWFF facts:
  • Of New Yorkers whose works are being shown, 25 are from Brooklyn, 24 from Queens, 23 from Manhattan and one from Staten Island.
  • Fifteen festival directors are from Los Angeles – “the biggest number we’ve ever had from L.A.,” said Cato.
  • Eighty-nine filmmakers are women.
Tickets to the Opening Night gig and the entire festival can be purchased online from Brown Paper Tickets.
About the 2020 Queens World Film Festival
The QWFF honors national and international productions and includes a multi-day/multi-venue event, educational initiatives, and year-round screening opportunities for participating filmmakers, past and present. For more details about the 2020 QWFF, visit https://www.queensworldfilmfestival.com.
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