Astoria Film Festival Inc, in the Kaufman Arts District in Astoria NY, is a 501c3 non-profit organization.
We produce a main festival, a Youth Festival, and a Horror Festival each year and hold various screenings and panels throughout the year.
Astoria Film Festival Education & Outreach empowers people to tell their own stories using film and digital media arts.
We are especially interested in storytelling by groups that are typically ignored in society - Disabled people, PoC, First-Gen/Immigrants, Indigenous people, LGBTQ+.
Our Filmmaking Workshops are an intensive hands-on program, based in NYC, that are designed to empower people by teaching them the technical and creative aspects of digital film making and offering a thorough overview of the production process. AFF Workshops develop leadership, creativity, and critical thinking through the collaborative process of digital filmmaking and media production. We provide workshops in schools, after schools, and community centers for youth, older youth, adults, seniors, and disabled adults,
We also run a Film Fellows program where we provide local youth ages 15-25 with skills and job experience and connect them with festival filmmakers and industry professionals to create a strong and supportive local filmmaking community. We also hope that by getting under-served youth jobs in media/film, they can help create more diversity and representation in that industry as well. And we bring some of the Film Fellows and industry professionals to schools and after schools, as part of our filmmaking workshops, thus creating a multi-generational local filmmaking community and network.
We are very much a hybrid organization, as committed to education and community as we are to independent filmmaking and storytelling.