Queens World Film Festival Launches 13th Annual Event with Unforgettable Welcoming and Opening Nights

Queens World Film Festival Launches 13th Annual Event with Unforgettable Welcoming and Opening Nights
Live Broadcast and Powerful Films Set the Stage for a Remarkable Festival

Queens, NY – April 2, 2024 – The 13th Annual Queens World Film Festival (QWFF) is set to captivate audiences from the very beginning with its Welcoming Night live broadcast on April 16 and an inspiring Opening Night screening on April 17.

Welcoming Night, held at Sac’s Place in Astoria, will celebrate the festival’s global reach and the power of storytelling. Hosted by the QWFF Founders and Directors, the event will feature a live interactive Zoom session with filmmakers from around the world who cannot attend the festival in person. This unique opportunity allows attendees to connect with creators from Italy, Nepal, Spain, Ukraine, and beyond, reinforcing the festival’s commitment to bringing the world to Queens.

“Our Welcoming Night is a testament to the unifying force of cinema,” said Katha Cato, Executive Director of QWFF. “By bringing together filmmakers and audiences from across the globe, we create a sense of community and shared experience that transcends borders.”

The excitement continues on Opening Night, April 17, at the Museum of the Moving Image with a powerful lineup of films that refuse to back down. The festival will pay tribute to Yance Ford, the 2024 Spirit of Queens Honoree, an Oscar-nominated director known for his groundbreaking documentaries, including the Emmy-winning Strong Island.

The Opening Night screening will feature a carefully curated selection of seven films that explore the complexities of the human experience. From a short film highlighting the impossible decisions faced by parents in war-torn regions to a thought-provoking piece on self-presentation, these films will challenge audiences to celebrate the resilience of the human spirit.

“We are honored to recognize Yance Ford as our Spirit of Queens Honoree this year,” said Donald Preston Cato, Artistic Director of QWFF. “His unwavering commitment to authenticity and his ability to give voice to the marginalized make him a true inspiration to filmmakers everywhere.”

With an impressive lineup of 152 films from 19 nations, the 13th Annual Queens World Film Festival promises to be an unforgettable experience. More information at queensworldfilmfestival.org – tickets are available on Eventbrite.com. Don’t miss this chance to be a part of this extraordinary celebration of storytelling and community.


Katha Cato

Executive Director, Queens World Film Festival



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