Queens, NY January 31, 2011 Attention film lovers from Queens and beyond: Filmmakers and festival veterans Don Cato and Katha Cato, of Jackson Heights, will screen over 100 independent shorts and features at the Queens World Film Festival scheduled for March 3-6 2011. QWFF will fill 2 locations, 3 days and 5 screens with shorts, docs and features from Israel, Germany, Spain, Canada, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Australia, China and the US with several notable submissions from Queens too.

Locations are in the heart of Jackson Heights and accessible by the 7 train and the Q32 bus:

The Jackson Heights Cineplex - 82nd and Roosevelt Ave. Three screens will be given over to the Festival for the weekend and will be the location of the opening night ceremonies.

The Renaissance Charter School - 81st street and 37th Ave. The fest will use the auditorium, a multi-media classroom and a large lounge area for our hospitality center and our panels.

After-Parties and QWFF deals at restaurants will be available throughout the neighborhood.

Opening night:

March 3, 7:00 pm featuring 2 shorts from Queens Filmmakers, local politicians and a world premier of The Shepherds of Helmand about the compelling story of the most decorated National Guard unit from Tigard Oregon. (separate press release on it’s way)

There will be BLOCK programming for films that focus on common themes for example:

Quirky Short Stack (Off beat short program)

GLOBALLY QUEER (the diverse lives and experiences of LGBT people and the communities they represent.) Presented in collaboration with CINEMAROSA -queens only queer film series.

Gang Busters (gangsters and such)

Love and Other Dangerous Games (shorts with a twisted heart)

Old Spice (Shorts for Seniors)

To Your Health (Dr Gary Null and Death by Medicine)

Go Green (Recycling and forests stories)

Mostly By Youth, Mostly For Youth (films mostly for and mostly by teens)

Feb 20: Tickets will be on sale via pay pal on the QWFF website

(Tickets will also be available at either box office at the time of the screenings.)

Two interesting and relevant panels will be presented:

So your child wants to be a filmmaker….DON’T PANIC a panel for young filmmakers and their families featuring industry professionals, young artists and educators ready to share their expertise, experience, enthusiasm and advice on how best to support and nurture their child’s creative impulse.

Film Finance in the New Market:  For first time filmmakers and seasoned professionals, this panel focuses on new markets, tax rebates, grant opportunities, the new business plan and the old hustle.

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Don Cato Katha Cato

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