Queens World Film Festival 2016

Young Filmmakers Program

Since 2008, QWFF Artistic Director and FIlmmaker Don Cato has coordinated the Young Filmmakers Program which brings filmmakers and industry professionals into PS 69 to produce narrative short films with a 5th grade  class.

The QWFF team immerses children in a film production experience that takes them from original pitch to production of theme based original short films. Students rotate through production roles and it is the goal of the program to make sure that every student is able to fully participate in the collaborative nature of film making.

The theme of this year’s films is ‘Character’ and each of the 5 groups produced very personal and original screenplays based on an essay assignment that asked them to recount a moment or experience that taught them a character lesson. As the 5th graders begin to set their sights on transitioning into middle school, this project encourages them to explore their own character while providing them with the opportunity to contribute to something bigger than themselves.

2016 Filmmaker Mentors include: Don Cato, Patti Lowenhaupt, Richard Calvache, Omchand Kevin Gee, Emilie McDonald and Katha Cato. We don’t do this alone and are so appreciative of the the school, Principal Martha Vazquez, Assitant Principal Ms. Voula Lekas-Wells Classroom teachers Ms. AnnaMaria Kazeros, Ms. Akane Merlo, Ms. Virginia Monaco. Our supreme gratitude belongs to Ms. Debbie Cregan, the school’s Arts Teacher Specialist and Liaison who makes it possible for us all to participate.

The films are finished and will premier at a mauve carpet event at PS 69, 77-02 37th Ave, Jackson Heights, NY 11372, Thursday March 17 at 8:45am.

Fifth Grade Filmmakers Get Red Carpet Treatment as Their Movies Debut

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Student Films Coming Soon!


Queens World Film Festival 2015