Queens World Film Festival
Film Festival Makes Its Debut In Jackson Heights
March 2, 2011 / Jackson Heights / Queens Buzz. Thursday, March 3rd, the Queens World Film Festival opens at the Jackson Heights Cinema on 82nd Street just south of Roosevelt [see map link below], with a reception beginning at 6.30 pm. The Jackson Heights Cinema is a classic 1920's movie theater that has been remarkably well preserved on the interior. We visited it some time ago and were given permission to shoot photos, one of which is shown below.
Queens World Film Festival Opens Thursday March 3rd
Opening remarks will be followed by a block of three films, two of which will be shorts by Queens film makers and one of which will be a documentary about Afghanistan running nearly hour and a half. The films will be followed by Q&A. There will be an after party at the La Pequena Restaurant on Roosevelt and 84th.
Queens World Film Festival Runs March 3rd Through March 6th
On Friday the Queens World Film Festival opens at both of its film showing locations [the second of which is the Renaissance Charter School at 81st Street near 37th Avenue - see map link below]. There's a schedule of events on the Queens World Film Festival website and it provides lists of movies being shown, the times, and the viewing costs.
Tickets cost $6 for adults, and $3 for children. On Friday the shows run from 6 pm until 11 pm at which time there will be a party at Novo on 37th Avenue. On Saturday the shows begin at 11 am and run until about 10 pm at which time there will be another party, back at La Pequena. On Sunday the shows begin at 10.30 am and end around 10.30 pm after which there will be a final party at La Pequena.
Click this link to go to the Queens World Film Festival website.
Queens World Film Festival Organizers
The Queens World Film Festival was founded and organized by a husband and wife team Don and Katha Cato. I had the opportunity to meet Don and spokeswoman Celeste Balducci at the screening of Julio Of Jackson Heights, where I queried Don a bit about the planning for the Queens World Film Festival.
He told me that they had begun the planning about a year ago. He and his wife, Katha, sent out a call for film submissions, screened most of the films themselves, and culled them down to a little over one hundred films. Many of the films are shorts, but the list also includes feature length films and provides a wide selection from dramas and comedies to documentaries and kids films.
Queens World Film Festival Locations & Maps
Click the following links to view maps showing locations of the Queens World Film Festival. The Jackson Heights Cinema is located at 82nd Street just off Roosevelt Avenue and the Renaissance Charter School is located at 81st Street just off 37th Avenue - both in Jackson Heights.
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