This is what it takes for under-represented youth to obtain jobs in media careers, and that's what Astoria Film Festival is dedicated to bringing to the NYC Community.
Astoria Film Festival Inc. is a 501c3 non-profit organization and an official NYC DOE VENDOR. We bring filmmaking workshops, film events, and film production services to the NYC Community. We also connect our younger students to our older students and to our festival filmmakers and industry professionals who work with us, thus creating a multi-generational, diverse, local filmmaking community and network.
Astoria Film Festival is especially focused on supporting groups historically-ignored in society - Disabled people, women, FLI (First-Gen/Low-Income/Immigrants), BBIA (Black/Brown/Indigenous/Asian), women, LGBTQIA+ people.
FILM EDUCATION: Astoria Film Festival teaches filmmaking workshops to ages 8-adult in schools, after schools, high schools, colleges, and community centers. The curriculum was developed by our Founding Director, who has a Masters in Education from Harvard University and spent many years in digital and tv production. Instructors include our Founding Director, as well as some of our festival filmmakers, and some local youth (Age 20+) who participate in our Youth Festival, our workshops, and our film education programs.
AFFSTUDIO: Some youth Ages 17+ who participate in our Youth Festival, our workshops, and our film education programs, are invited to continue working with us as part of AFFStudio - our video/film production and social media content creation department. AFFStudio conceives of, creates, and edits video content for local nonprofits and businesses and manages social media accounts for small businesses.