THE KEW GARDENS
FESTIVAL OF CINEMA
Queens, New York - USA
August 4 to 13, 2017
In the Spotlight today is the inaugural Kew Gardens Fesitval of Cinema, bringing independent cinema to the Queens neighborhood in New York City with screenings hosted at the historic Kew Gardens Cinemas, a historical art house venue opened in the 1930s. The festival has already garnered attention from the Wall Street Journal and has received coverage from The Huffington Post proving that the festival is dedicated to accelerating the exposure of exceptional independent films that may have been overlooked.
Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema was founded by three local independent filmmakers with a passion to get movies made and to expand the reach of artists' work. Recognizing the challenge of the visibility of independent film, the Festival's aim is to establish a presence in and spread awareness of cinematic creativity throughout Kew Gardens and its vibrant and culturally diverse neighboring communities including Forest Hills, Rego Park, Woodhaven and Glendale. Not only is Kew Gardens known as the neighborhood that raised comedians Rodney Dangerfield and Ray Romano, but just a few minutes away is the recently built Broadway Stages. This area of Queens has now been featured in several blockbuster Hollywood films like The Babysitter, Goodfellas and Spider-man as well as major network TV shows including Daredevil, The Good Wife, Blue Bloods, and SNL.
As a competitive festival, the program will run for 10 days and consist of more than 100 remarkable short- and feature-length films from all genres, including categories such as documentary, horror, comedy, animation and experimental. Each film will be judged in its respective category by the Festival's specially selected jury of industry professionals, renowned for their work with Sundance, Woodstock and Sarasota Film Festivals to name a few. In addition all films selected will have the opportunity to transfer their film onto DCP at a remarkable discount being provided by Simple DCP. Winners for every category will also receive a personally engraved unique statuette at the Grand Awards Gala on the final night of the Festival to take place on the rooftop penthouse of the world-famous Terrace on the Park, built for the New York World's Fair in 1964.
MISSION AND OBJECTIVE
The Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema is a non-profit organization established to support the development of Independent Filmmakers and help expand the audiences of independent cinema from around the globe.
MORE ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
Along with filmmaker Q&A's after each screening, the festival will also hold industry panels featuring some of the best names in independent cinema discussing their strategies, their struggles and how they broke into the film business. Other panels will consist of conversations with independent producers, casting directors and distributors. Joe Minion, known for writing the Martin Scorsese cult hit After Hours and the Nicolas Cage favorite Vampire's Kiss, will be presenting his never before seen feature film, Trafficking.
Features and Shorts from filmmakers around the world are now being considered - qualify your film today!