The festival will feature more than 100 short- and feature-length films, including categories such as documentary, horror, comedy, animation and experimental. Each film will be screened at the historic Kew Gardens Cinemas, which originally opened in the 1930s and is located at 81-05 Lefferts Boulevard.
“We aspire to draw not only artists and filmmakers from around New York City, but from all over the world,” said festival founder Jayson Simba. “We are giving the residents of Kew Gardens and its surrounding neighborhoods the opportunity to experience Hollywood in their own backyard.
Films will be judged by a specially selected jury of industry professionals. Winners will be honored at an awards gala at Terrace on the Park on the final night of the festival.
Besides screenings, the festival will hold other activities related to the movie business. Producers, casting directors and distributors will discuss their strategies, their struggles, and how they broke into the film business.
“What makes our festival stand out is that we are focusing on the truly independent film,” Simba said. “We want to see the work of filmmakers and their teams who have poured their blood, sweat and tears into making their vision come to life.
“Our goal is to remind people why film festivals exist in the first place,” he added. “To give otherwise unknown filmmakers the opportunity to screen their film in front of large audiences and have their work seen.”
Submissions for Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema are open, and entry rules can be found at kewgardensfestivalofcinema.com.