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.
AFF Education empowers youth 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+.
We provide workshops in schools, after schools, and community centers for youth, older youth, adults, seniors, and disabled adults,
We run a Film Fellows program where we pair local youth with festival filmmakers and industry professionals to create a strong and supportive local filmmaking community.
We also bring some of the older youth and industry professionals to schools and after schools, as part of our filmmaking workshops, thus creating a multi-generational local filmmaking community and network.
Our Filmmaking Workshops are an intensive hands-on program, based in NYC, that is designed to empower young people by teaching them the technical and creative aspects of digital film making and offering a thorough overview of the production process. Our primary mission is to work with a diverse groups of young people from communities that have been historically under-served and in need of opportunities for training and engagement in emerging media technologies. AFF Workshops develop leadership, creativity, and critical thinking, through the collaborative process of digital filmmaking and media production.