Queens Underground International Film Festival: Movie Shorts, Music, Poetry, Dance, Comedy & Web Series Episodes ()


12 Nov 2019
Call for entries

22 Dec 2019
Early deadline

11 Jan 2020
Standard deadline

31 Jan 2020
Late deadline

31 Mar 2020
Festival closed

15 Apr 2020
Notification date

22 Feb 2020
25 Apr 2020


153-10 Jamaica Avenue, Jamaica, NYC 11432,  11432, Jamaica, Queens, NY, NY, United States

Festival description
Short film festival >10' 20'<

Festival requirements
 Film festival
 Music Video
 Any Genre
 Any Theme
 Has submission fees
 International Festival
 Physical Location
 Production date: Any
 Production countries: Any
 Shooting countries: Any
 Director nationalities: Any
 Debut Films 
 School projects 
 Short Films  >10' 20'<
 Any language
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Festival start: 22 February 2020      Festival end: 25 April 2020

First Ever Multi-Genre Film Festival in Jamaica, Queens, NY with submissions sought by Filmmakers, Artists, Performers, Small Businesses & Entrepreneurs. Web Series Episodes are also accepted.

Projects from all countries and in all languages are accepted. Must include subtitles.


FEBRUARY: Related to Black & Brown History and may be submitted by Anyone. Projects can relate to the Past, Present, Future, Social Issues, Comedy, Sci-Fi, Drama and all other Categories.

April: Special Screening for overflow from February.

Projects by young people are Welcomed!

Small Businesses may submit a Commercial, PSA and/or tour of their establishment. Must submit under the business category.

Performers Video (Music, Poetry, Hip Hop, Reggae, Singer, Musician, Band, Dance, or other Performance Art)

Laurels For:
Best Movie Short
Best Music Video
Best Poetry Video
Best Dance Video
Best Project Depicting The Future
Best Web Series Episode

Winners Project will also be aired on Cable TV and may include your video recorded interview.

Submit for Categories:



1. Movie Short: From 10 minutes to 20 minutes; (please note that any films which were submitted prior to the ten (10) minute minimum length will still be accepted and judged as all other entries;

2. Small Business Commercial (small business under 10 employees) no more than 2 minutes;

3. Performance Video (poets, singers, dancers, musicians, writers, songwriters, rappers) no more than 5 minutes.

4. Web Series Episode may be submitted with episode time up to 30 minutes.

Films, Performance Videos (Singers, Rappers, Poets, Musicians, and Storytellers), and Small Business Commercials (with under 10 employees) may be submitted from anywhere in the world.

If the audio is not English, complete subtitles in English must be included for all characters and sounds.

Filmmakers may submit several movies, videos, or commercials per category and/or submit works for 1, 2, or 3 categories - each submission requires a separate application.

You understand and agree that your work is original and not copy written by any other individual or group. Your work may include whole or part of any works that are classified as Public Domain in the United States Of America.

By submitting your film, video, small business commercial, photo’s, short bio and synopsis (required) you are giving us full permission to use any or all of the materials to promote, advertise, market, and screen publicly on the day of the festival and beyond up to and including airing on TV.

Submissions may not contain any or suggest any content that is violent, racist, libelous, defamatory, obscene, pornographic, hateful, sexual, culturally, or ethnically offensive in any way.

Queens Underground 718 reserves the right, to remove or delete your submission without notice and without limitations where any instances of non-compliance have occurred.

Entry does not guarantee acceptance into the film festival, all requirements must be met. Scheduling times during the screenings is determined by Queens Underground 718. You will receive a copy of the Playbill via email or may view on our Website or Instagram accounts.

Full credit for all participants must be included.

All deadlines must be met.

With your submission you are hereby agreeing to indemnify and hold completely harmless the Queens Underground 718 International Film Festival, Queens Center Of The Arts, its management, juries, subsidiaries, agents, sponsors, affiliates, etc. from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney’s fees, and all court costs/fees) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of, or damage to, the screening videos entered.

You understand that No materials will be returned.

You understand that If entries exceed the expected amount, the dates for screenings and announcement of winner may be extended.

You will be notified of any changes for dates, policies, and pricing.

The winners may be chosen on the last night and may be announced live prior to notifying individual winners.

If you do not read or speak English - you are responsible to find and utilize a translator or translation App. All communication with the Festival Team must be in English. Queens Underground does not accept responsibility for any Non-English miscommunications.

Translations for your submissions must be accurate and exact. Any entry with misrepresented subtitles will be removed immediately.

Entry fees and other fees are non-refundable. Cash prizes, if any will be sent in US dollars and only transferred through standard online business Apps, such as Paypal, CashApp, or Zelle.

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