Queens World Film Festival will stream live due to coronavirus outbreak

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The Queens World Film Festival, which was set to launch its 10th anniversary run on Thursday at the now-closed Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, will stream live online with screenings from March 19-29.

The festival was set to screen more than 200 films from around the world, as well as many that were created here in Queens, at several locations around the borough. Now those films can be watched in the comfort of your own home on DISCOVERED.TV with a schedule at the festival’s website here.

“From the beginning of time, we have gathered together around the flickering lights in our darkened caves to share our stories,” Queens World Film Festival Director Katha Cato said. “Although the flickering lights have become zeros and ones, we’ve changed the nature of our caves, but the impulse to gather endures. In these times of crisis, it is even more important that we gather around the humanity provided in film. We are grateful to DISCOVERED.TV for providing their free online platform to make our film screenings possible, and for making the 10th Annual Queens World Film Festival, the first international film festival to screen on their site.”

To virtually attend the Queens World Film Festival go to DISCOVER.TV’s website here.

“We developed DISCOVERED.TV to give creators a global alternative distribution source for music, film and TV,” DISCOVERED.TV Co-Founder Charles Pankey said. “We are delighted to launch the DISCOVERED Film Festival channel with the Queens World Film Festival in a way that enables them to celebrate their 10th anniversary through our platform. This pioneering effort will set a new standard for film festivals worldwide.”

Festival artistic director Don Cato reviewed nearly 800 films that were submitted from 61 nations selecting 220 from 32 nations, 24 of them from Queens and 26 from Brooklyn, and 10 by children participating in the festival’s education program.

“We selected 200-plus incredible films from around the globe,” he said. “We literally have something for everyone. Expect to be delighted by cinematic treasures presented in thematic blocks from filmmakers residing from all over the globe, yet all engaged in similar conversations.”

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