#PickoftheWeek | Queens World Film Festival to Stream Live
BY QEDC It's In Queens
The shows must go on!
In light of the global health pandemic, the 10th Annual Queens World Film Festival will stream live, starting on Thursday, March 19, on DISCOVERED.TV.
As planned, it will screen 220 films from 32 nations.
A modified Opening Night ceremony will begin on March 19 at 7 pm. Entitled “Tales of Connectedness,” the on-line event will show six shorts from Iran to Brooklyn that demonstrate how humans are interconnected—whether we like it or not.
QWFF is programmed thematically in blocks, grouping similar pieces together for a specific cinematic experience. Block titles include “Women’s Voices,” “Twisted Love Stories,” and “Kid’s Corner” with three segments dedicated to LGBTQA issues.
Attendees can simply choose the blocks they want to watch. They average about 2.5 hours each. Click here for QWFF’s website.
After reviewing almost 800 films entered from 61 nations, organizers selected 220 works from 32 nations. This includes 43 pieces by Asian filmmakers, 84 by women, 24 from Queens, 26 from Brooklyn, and 10 by children in QWFF’s education program.
“We selected 200+ incredible films. We literally have something for everyone,” QWFF Artistic Director Don Cato explained. “Expect to be delighted by cinematic treasures presented in thematic blocks from filmmakers residing from all over the globe—yet all engaged in similar conversations.”
“From the beginning of time, humans have gathered together around the flickering lights in our darkened caves to share our stories. Although the flickering lights have become zeros and ones, we’ve changed the nature of our caves, but the impulse to gather endures,” stated QWFF Executive Director Katha Cato. “In these times of crisis, it is even more important that we gather around the humanity provided in film. We are grateful to DISCOVERED.TV for providing its free online platform to make our film screenings possible and for making the 10th Annual Queens World Film Festival the first International Film Festival to screen on their site.”
Over the last nine years, QWFF has shared more than 1,000 films from more than 70 nations, while attracting an estimated 10,000 attendees.