Astoria Film Festival Inc in Astoria NY
Astoria Film Festival Inc, in the Kaufman Arts District in Astoria NY, is a 501c3 non-profit organization that produces an annual Astoria Film Festival, the annual Astoria Youth Film Festival, the Annual Halloween Horror Film Fest and various local screenings highlighting shorts and web series, created by the many talented emerging filmmakers in Astoria, NY and from around the world, with a focus on social justice and on bringing attention to under-represented filmmakers. Additionally, we support local emerging filmmakers via meetups, production assistance, and workshops. and production consulting to the community
Through the Astoria Film Institute, the Education & Outreach arm of the organization, Astoria Film Festival provides filmmaking education to students ages 8-18, while helping prepare HS and College students for careers in the film, television, and digital media industry by connecting them with jobs, internships, workshops, and mentors.
Astoria Film Festival Inc. was begun in 2018 by Nina Fiore EdM, who has a background in TV and digital media production, education research, afterschool education, and developmental psychology. She began the organization while working in an after school program where the children had an interest in learning how to create short films. She created a film festival to find local filmmakers and then connect them with local students interested in film. Older students, especially those from under-represented groups, taught by local filmmakers, would then be recruited to act as mentors and teachers to the younger filmmaking students, thus creating a multi-generational local filmmaking community and network.