Dear Filmmaker,

Welcome to the 2019 Festival of Cinema NYC (formally known as Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema)! The entire staff of Festival of Cinema NYC would like to thank and congratulate you. We look forward to having you participate in the upcoming festival! Don’t forget to download your Official Selection Laurels located in the General Information Tab. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter @FestofCinemaNYC, and Instagram using @FestivalofCinemaNYC for the latest updates regarding the festival.

**Please note, we ask that you do not publicize in any form or manner (social media, news media, print, etc.) the acceptance of your film into Festival of Cinema NYC Film Festival until our official Festival Schedule Announcement. This would benefit your personal promotion, by allowing you to promote the actual day and time of your film screening. It will also allow us to reach out to as much press for equal coverage of all our films. WE ARE ANTICIPATING TO ANNOUNCE THE FESTIVAL LINE-UP AND FULL SCHEDULE THROUGH A MASS PRESS RELEASE ON OR AROUND WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27TH 2019. At that time all filmmakers may freely announce their participation at the 2019 Festival of Cinema NYC.

Below are the instructions for selected films. It’s very important that you take action immediately and complete the steps below by June  23rd. Failure to complete the steps below in a timely manner may force us to withdraw your film from the festival and make your slot available to runner-up films.

Festival of Cinema NYC

August 2nd – 11th 2019

Taking place at the Regal UA Midway with additional screenings at the Queens Museum and Forest Hills Library.



1: Confirm your participation

To confirm your participation in the festival, you must reply to our [acceptance] email and fill out the FILMMAKER QUESTIONNAIRE by following THIS LINK

Confirm that you agree to show your film and that a screening copy will be available during the festival.

NOTE: Festival of Cinema does not accept films that require screening fees.


Festival of Cinema does not provide airfare or hotel accommodations. Information on hotel discounts provided by our sponsors can be found under our GENERAL INFORMATION tab.

2: Filmmakers Webpage Requirements

Please submit the following materials by June 16th, for webpage inclusion, to FestivalofCinemaProgramming@gmail.com.

» Always enter THE FILM TITLE in the subject of all emails to the festival!

72 dpi vertical image no larger than 700px ht. X 500px w


72 dpi horizontal image no larger than 500px ht X 667px w (preferred)


For each film selected for the festival, Festival of Cinema publishes detailed info on their website. If changes are needed to the info already posted on your film’s page, email a detailed description of the changes you would like to have made.

 For changes within a block of text such as the synopsis, the crew, the cast, or the bio, email the entire new corrected block and not just the changes.

  • Trailers will be posted across our social media platforms to promote your film, in addition to having it placed on the website, so if you have a trailer please make sure to get it to us!


3: Materials for Program Guide: send by Monday July 1st  2019 to FestivalofCinemaProgramming@Gmail.com

  • One (1) 300 DPI hi-res or PDF image at 1127px [width] X 692px [height] that you would like to be used as the program guide image.

    (this size is for print purposes ONLY)



4: Materials for Press

See PR FAQ tab for further instructions


5: Projection copy

Festival of Cinema will be screening films at two locations. The Regal UA Midway, and The Forest Hills Library, both in Forest Hills. Because each venue has different screening facilities, films that are shown at the UA Regal Midway will require a DCP conversion of their film OR a hard copy blu-ray, unless otherwise instructed. Films playing outside the Regal UA Midway will require a Hi Res digital file or DVD/Blu-ray. This will allow your film to be screened in front of audiences, in the highest possible quality. Festival of Cinema will notify you if your film has been selected to play at our secondary venues.

Once again Festival of Cinema has partnered with Simple DCP, a leader in DCP conversions renowned for their work with SXSW, Newport Beach Film Festival and Holly Shorts film festival. As an event sponsor Simple DCP is offering a 20% discount on conversion services to all our participating filmmakers. See more info below.

If you are unsure whether we need a copy of your film in DCP or have questions regarding other digital formats (pro-res, H.264, etc.) please contact us at  FestivalofCinemaProgramming@gmail.com.

Provide to Simple DCP by June 30th.

Please fill out the following print submission form to inform us how we will receive your DCP, or if you need one created, by following this link: https://simpledcp.com/print-submissions

Please note that Simple DCP is also handling existing DCP’s and all existing DCP files should be sent to them. All questions and concerns regarding DCP should be addressed to info@simpledcp.com. They will gladly provide you with any information you may need.


6: Awards Nominations

In order to be considered for an award nomination, filmmakers must send a downloadable link to their film AND a hard copy DVD/Blu-ray by July 1st.

Note: Screening copy must be in English or with English subtitles.

We accept NTSC and Region Free DVD/Blu-ray

Send to


the link to a downloadable

Apple PRO RES 422 1920X1080 file or a comparable Hi Res file

(5.1 surround or stereo).

Send Blu-ray or DVD (not SR) by courier to:

Festival of Cinema NYC
Attn: Print Traffic
90-60 Union Turnpike, Suite 8A
Glendale, NY 11385
T: +1 929.278.KGFC (5432)


Thank you very much!

Jayson Simba, Founder/Executive Director

Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema


Press FAQs

Dear Festival of Cinema NYC Filmmakers,

Greetings from the Festival of Cinema NYC Press Office, and congratulations on your film’s selection in the festival! Our mission is publicize the festival’s overall film program and events and create amazing buzz leading up to and during the festival.

There are some very important protocols to follow. To help you, we’ve created Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) that will guide you:


Q: What Materials do filmmakers need to send and by when?

**Please note the following materials are SEPARATE from the required Programming Department materials and should be sent in addition to the programming requirements on separate emails.


Email to Press@FestivalofCinemaNYC.com the following materials ASAP or no later than Friday, June 28th, 2019:

***Always enter [THE FILM TITLE] as well as PRESS MATERIALS in the subject of all emails to the festival!

A private, password-protected Vimeo screener link of your film (NOT downloadable) for press preview purposes. IF an ONLINE SCREENER is not available, mail DVD SCREENERS of your film for press coverage purposes (ship to: Festival of Cinema NYC, Attn: PR Department, 90-60 Union Turnpike, Suite 8A, Glendale NY 11385)

*Please note that if you sent us a DVD for awards consideration, there is no need to send another.

PRESS KIT (as PDF file).

PRINTED MATERIALS (Optional for films under 50 minutes)

If you do not have any printed materials for your film (posters, postcards, banners, etc.) Festival of Cinema NYC sponsor PRINT BIG CITY is offering printing specials to all our filmmakers. Please refer to the SPECIAL OFFERS tab for more info.

For those that have printed materials for your film, please adhere to the following:

Send the following materials by no later than Friday, July 19 th, 2019. (ship to: Festival of Cinema NYC, Attn: PR Department, 90-60 Union Turnpike, Suite 8A, Glendale NY 11385)

1 movie posters – Standard size is 27″ x 40″ or 27″ x 41″ (either size will do)

Postcards – We recommend at least 100-200

Q: When can a filmmaker and/or their publicists start to publicize and promote that their films have been accepted into Festival of Cinema?

A: You can begin publicizing and promoting your film’s acceptance into KGFC with press and on social media (ie. Facebook, Twitter, etc.) after we have published your film’s webpage and our Press Release announcing the line-up on approximately Thursday, June 27th. We usually prepare the webpage shortly after you have confirmed your participation and completed the “Step 2: email the materials needed to prepare your film’s web page”.

Q: What if your film has distribution and will eventually have theatrical release? Will Festival of Cinema submit your film for full reviews?

A: No. Festival of Cinema NYC only submits screeners of its films to local news dailies & weeklies, TV & Radio, and online/blogs for festival curtain raisers (which are essentially capsule reviews or festival highlights/picks) and other feature coverage about the festival. Our Official Press Release announcing the film line-up (see Question above) will have a note in it that says “All films are embargoed for full reviews. Only capsule reviews, curtain raisers, festival highlights/picks and features will be permitted.” It will be up to you as the filmmaker and/or your publicist (if you have one) if you want certain press outlets to review your film in full.

Q: How do press receive accreditation to attend and cover Festival of Cinema?

A: Online pre-registration is required and is admissible up to one week prior the start of the festival. Accreditation is by no means immediate and is subject to the approval of festival organizers. If a press accreditation request is approved, that person applying will be notified by email with confirmation and their press badge will be available for pick up during the festival. The link to register for press accreditation is: [LINK COMING SOON]

Q: Does Festival of Cinema have an Accredited Press List that we share with filmmakers/publicists?

A: Yes! This list consists of only press who have pre-registered for press accreditation (see above) and have been approved to attend the festival for their press coverage purposes. The Press Accreditation list will become available upon request to our filmmakers and/or their publicists once we have announced the festival line-up on Thursday, June 27th, 2019. We kindly ask you to keep all press contact information confidential, and be respectful of journalists and film critics when pitching for your targeted coverage purposes.

Q: Will there be any advanced press screenings for films showing at Festival of Cinema NYC?

A: No, there will not be any advanced press screenings for Festival of Cinema NYC.

Q: Does Festival of Cinema arrange for any interviews for the filmmakers/actors/subjects, etc?

A: No, but we will forward any interviews requests directly to you or your publicist for you to arrange and coordinate yourselves. The KGFC Press Office pitches the overall festival program and events to maximize exposure and build buzz in advance of and during the festival by procuring curtain raisers (festival preview features) and capsule reviews/film picks/highlights with local media including print dailies & weeklies, TV & Radio, and online/blogs.

Q: Is there a press lounge where you can schedule your interviews?

A: Yes. Feel free to utilize the Official Filmmaker Lounge everyday of the festival from Aug. 2-111, 2019, at Yant Tattoo Studio located at 71-51 Austin Street 2nd floor.

Q: Will there be red carpets for all films?

A: No. There will only be a red carpet for our opening night, closing night and select weeknight evening premieres. We will have a step & repeat within the UA Midway Stadium 9 venue where you can take photos before your film begins. Our staff photographer will take photos in front of the step & repeat approximately 30-45 minutes before the start of the screening time.

For films that do not have official red carpets,  there may be times where the step & repeat is left up, and you are most certainly welcome to take photos there with your film team.

Q: What is the official name of the festival?

Correct: Festival of Cinema NYC

Incorrect: Forest Hills Film Festival


We’re very excited to have you at Festival of Cinema and look forward to meeting you all soon!

Best regards,


Brian Geldin, Publicist

Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema


The 2019 Festival of Cinema NYC runs for 10 days: from Friday, August 2nd through Sunday, August 11th, with the final night awards ceremony to take place on Sunday August 12th.



REGAL United Artist Midway Stadium 9

where: 108-22 Queens Blvd, Forest Hills, NY 11375

when: August 2nd  through August 11th

what: Historic venue in the heart of Forest Hills. Our main theater venue featuring red carpet backdrop and primary screenings


Queens Library at Forest Hills

where: 108-19 71st Ave, Flushing, NY 11375

when: August 3rd through August 10th

what: The Forest Hills branch of the Queens Library. Hosting Free Screenings, Presentations and Workshops on selected days throughout the 10 day festival


Queens Museum

where: New York Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Corona, NY 11368

when: Saturday August 3rd and Saturday August 10th

what: Historic venue built for the 1964 World’s Fair. Attendees will be able to visit the Museum and enjoy special presentations By the Asian American Film Club and ArteEast


The Historic Victorian Building at Maple Grove

where: 127-15 Kew Gardens Road, Kew Gardens, NY 11415 (top of the hill on Lefferts Boulevard and Kew Gardens rd.)

when: Open from 11am to 5 pm daily starting July 1st through August 11th

what: Our office headquarters where filmmakers and attendees can pick up their badges, advanced ticket sales and inquire about festival events.


Yant Tattoo Studio

where: 71-51 Austin Street Floor 2, Forest Hills NY 11375

when:  Everyday of the festival from August 2nd to August 10th. Open daily from 9am to 9pm

what: The official festival lounge, where all filmmakers will get the chance to participate in the daily Indie Film Spotlight Podcast presented by The Indie Film Collective. Special VIP seating will be provided to all filmmakers and badge holders.


Please note that Festival of Cinema NYC does not provide airfare or hotel accommodations.

Wyndham Garden LaGuardia South 

where: 61-18 93rd Street Rego Park, NY 11374 (this is the closest hotel to the festival grounds)

when: August 2nd  through August 11th  2019

what: As a preferred partner of Festival of Cinema NYC, Wyndham Garden LaGuardia welcomes you to the Festival by extending a discount off their normal rates.

Please book directly by calling 718-261-9400. Ask for Alek Teran and mention Festival of Cinema NYC


Paper Factory Hotel

where: 37-06 36th Street, Long Island City, New York 11101 USA

when: August 2nd  through August 11th  2019

what: As a preferred partner of Festival of Cinema NYC, the Paper Factory Hotel in L.I.C. welcomes you to the Festival by extending a discount off their normal rates.

You can book directly by calling (718) 392-7200 or follow this link: PaperFactoryBooking. If calling please ask for Alicia Jarbandhan and mention Festival of Cinema NYC


Marriott Hotel

where: 102-05 Ditmars Blvd., East Elmhurst, NY 11369

when: August 2nd through August 11th 2017

what: As a preferred partner of the Kew Gardens Film Festival, Marriott New York LaGuardia welcome you to the Festival by extending an industry discount of  10% off our best available rate with Breakfast.

You can call the hotel to reserve your room and mention you are attending the Festival of Cinema NYC film festival. 718.565.8900



Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter @FestofCinemaNYC, and on Instagram @festivalofcinemanyc to stay up to date on all our announcements and special events. Join us throughout the 10 days as we have many networking opportunities planned, including our Opening and Closing night party, as well as our Awards Ceremony. Information on our Comedy Night, Karaoke Night, and other networking events will be announced via our social media and newsletter.

Award Nominations and Ceremony

Filmmakers will be notified in early July of any nominations they have received for their work. At that time details to the location of the Awards Ceremony and how to obtain tickets and entry will be sent to you.


Festival Filmmaker Badges

Each film receives two (2) complimentary FILMMAKER BADGES (which allows entry into every festival film and after party at no cost).  Badges will be available for pick up at our opening night Kick-off party or anytime before opening night at the Historic Victorian Building at Maple Grove. Beginning August 3rd, festival badges will be available for pick up at the venue where your movie is scheduled to play (UA Midway and Queens Museum). **Please note that festival badges must be reserved and will require a name for each**

Discounted tickets:

Festival of Cinema NYC offers a $3  discount on ticket sales to all SAG-AFTRA members. Members must present their SAG-AFTRA I.D. at the door. KGFC also offers a $3 discount on ticket sales to all senior citizens.

Press & Industry tickets:

If you are inviting press representatives to attend your screening, forward the list (name & company) to Press@FestivalofCinemaNYC.com and we will add them to the press & industry list. (Must meet the festival & press accreditation criteria)

» Always enter THE FILM TITLE in the subject of all emails to the festival!




  • Tel +1 (929) 278.KGFC (5432)

  • Fax +1 (718) 849.3457



For all packages the mailing address is the following:

Festival of Cinema NYC

90-60 Union Turnpike, Suite 8A

Glendale, New York 11385


Any unused press materials may be picked up at the festival office at the conclusion of the Festival. Posters must remain displayed through the end of the day Sunday August 10, 2019. All unclaimed materials will be disposed of 30 days upon conclusion of the Festival.

Festival of Cinema NYC does not cover any shipping and handling costs. Please clearly indicate on all waybills that transportation and customs charges will be billed to the sender. For custom’s purposes please indicate under declaration “Goods on loan for cultural and educational purposes only. No Commercial Value.” And indicate fair market value not to exceed U.S. $50 for drives.

Filmmakers who wish to have their blu-ray, dvd or small drive returned must include a self addressed stamped envelope.

Please request/obtain confirmation of delivery through the courier tracking service.

Filmmakers must cover all shipping and handling cost associated with any award statuettes they may have won, unclaimed, at the closing night awards ceremony.

Festival of Cinema NYC will not be held responsible for any damage to all materials shipped or received.


For all foreign films:

Make sure you write the following notice on the package/invoice: “VIDEO/FILM FOR FESTIVAL PURPOSES ONLY, NO COMMERCIAL VALUE”.

Through the amazing support of our industry related sponsors, Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema proudly offers award winners unique distribution opportunities and other prizes.

2019 Prizes are Sponsored by:

Videomaker, IndiePix Films, Final Draft, Kitsplit, Soundview Media Partners, iPitch.tv and InkTip

Best in Category Award

Awarded by Jury to the best film in competition in each category: Feature Narrative, Documentary, Short Film,  Web series, and Animation/Experimental/MusicVideo

Best Cinematography

Awarded by Jury to the best Cinematography across all films in competition.

Best Screenplay

Awarded by Jury to the best Screenplay across all films in competition.

Best Picture Editing

Awarded by Jury to the best Editing across all films in competition.

Best Sound Editing

Awarded by Jury to the best Sound Editing across all films in competition.

Best Makeup & FX

Awarded by Jury to the best Makeup & FX across all films in competition.

Best Directing Award

Awarded by Jury to the best Director across all films in competition.

Best Acting Awards

Awarded by Jury to the best Actor and Actress across all films in competition.

Best Supporting Acting Awards

Awarded by Jury to the best Supporting Actor and Actress across all films in competition.

 Audience Award

Awarded by audience members to most popular Feature film and Short film, of any genre, in competition.

Festival of Cinema NYC sponsor PRINT BIG CITY is offering all our filmmakers amazing deals on printing services. Feel free to take advantage of this special offering. As an added bonus, there will be no shipping charges. All orders can be picked up directly at our Festival Office.  For any additional questions or inquiries please contact Paul at Print Big City directly.

28-12 41st Ave. LIC, NY 11101


Special pricing for Film Festival 2019 Only:

Poster Deals – Full Color 1 side on 100lb text

11 x 17 – $1.50 each film special $1each – min 25 copies
12 x 18 – $1.75 each film special $1.25 each – min 25 copies

Additional Printing Services

Option A
1000 Business Cards – $50

5000 Business Cards – $99
Printed on 14 pt Cover full color both sides with AQ or UV

Option B
1000 Postcards – size – 4 x 6 – $100

2500 Postcards – size – 4 x 6 – $150

5000 Postcards – size – 4 x 6 – $175
Printed on 14pt Cover full color both sides with AQ or UV

Option C 

Any Size Vinyl Banner 
Printed 10 oz vinyl with grommets

Price $3.50 per square foot – Great Deal –

Option D
Any Size up to 4’ x 8′
Foam Board Printed on 3/16″
Price $5.00 per square foot – Great Deal –
Option E
Any Size Coroplast Poster up to 4’ x 8’
Printed on 4mm Coroplast Poster
Price $4.00 per square foot – Great Deal –
Option F
Custom full color Table Throw on Washable Fabric – 132″ x 90” – (for 6ft table )
Price $225.00
Please submit files as follow –  paul@printbigcity.com:
1 – Hi Res PDF -Tiff and Jpeg if you don’t have PDF
2 – 300 dpi with 1/8” or 1/4” bleed
3 – CYMK

2019 Festival of Cinema NYC Official Selection Laurels

Download your 2018 festival laurels here.