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Kew Gardens Festival Of Cinema Returning For Second Annual Event, August 3-12, 2018; Film submissions now open!

Film Submissions Open November 1, 2017
The Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema announced that after the success of its inaugural event this past August, the festival is returning for year two, from August 3-12, 2018. Hailed by the Wall Street Journal as an event that New Yorkers are “taking note of,” and with coverage in major media including The New York Times, The Huffington Post and Time Out New York, the 10-day event will return to Kew Gardens Cinemas and Maple Grove Cemetery in Kew Gardens, and at the Queens Museum in nearby Flushing Meadows Corona Park. As a non-profit organization, Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema was established to support the development of, and help expand the audiences for independent cinema from around the globe. Filmmakers are welcome to submit their films for the 2018 Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema starting Nov. 1, 2017. For submission details, visit: http://www.kewgardensfestivalofcinema.com/#Submit

Offering incredible exposure to fantastic filmmakers, Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema is quickly becoming the festival to have one’s film recognized. In the festival’s first year, it received 400 submissions, both feature- and short-length films from around the world, of which 157 were carefully selected. Two feature films acquired a sales agent (and are on the fast track to a distribution deal), while two more features earned the attention of an independent film distributor in Los Angeles leading to acquisition interest.

Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema promises to offer as many promotional opportunities to its filmmakers by allowing them to participate on the KGFC Festival Talks Daily Podcasts. The festival also invites selected filmmakers to participate on the independent filmmakers panels. Both filmmakers and festival goers can also expect once again to have sponsor-hosted activities such as karaoke, movie trivia night, comedy night, an outdoor screening and after parties.

Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema accepts films all lengths and genres, and encourages filmmakers from around the globe to submit their work for a chance to have it screened at Kew Gardens Cinemas. Built in the 1930s, it is Queens’ oldest and only operating art house movie theater.

Returning sponsors for the festival’s second year include Queens Museum, which will once again be presenting free programming throughout the 10-day event, along with an outdoor screening in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Other returning sponsors include iPitch.tv, BlogTalkRadio, Maple Grove Cemetery and the Marriott New York Laguardia Airport. Soundview Media Partners will once again be offering a sales consultation to award winning filmmakers, while new sponsors like Seed & Spark will be hosting a free workshop open to the public. Submitting filmmakers will once again receive a one-year digital subscription to Videomaker Magazine, a leading subscription service that focuses on guiding independent filmmakers with online tutorials and publications (a $20 value). Another new sponsor, Big City Graphics will be offering amazing discounts on printing services to filmmakers.

New in 2018, Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema will be converting all selected films to Digital Cinema Package (DCP), which allows for an optimal viewing experience. In addition, all submitting filmmakers will also have the opportunity to have their films converted and available to them for an incredibly discounted rate.

Finally, to help launch the festival’s Nov. 1 submissions, Synimatica.com is offering all paid 2017 festival attendees a chance to once again watch over 20 festival favorite films. Included on the platform will be the 2017 opening night short film A MAN FULL OF TROUBLE, and the best animation winner, ONE WAY TOWN. The streaming platform will be available starting Nov. 8 for one week only.

“Because the festival takes place in a small town, we offer filmmakers a more intimate experience, allowing them to network with their audience and peers,” said Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema Founder and Executive Director Jayson Simba. “Year two promises the same amazing experience for everyone who attends, but will be even bigger and better. We can’t wait!”

About Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema

Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization fiscally sponsored by Fractured Atlas. The festival was founded by 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.

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