Uniting movie lovers across NYC's largest cinema desert, Rockaway Film Festival is a nomadic moving-image celebration that strives for inclusion and enrichment through meaningful events. Like the peninsula itself, the festival represents a broad spectrum of images and stories, and aims to captivate and connect all members of our vibrant community.


The festival is a 501c3 non-profit founded in 2018 by Sam Fleischner, Courtney Muller, and Greg Stewart.

   
 

 
STAFF
SAM FLEISCHNER - Artistic Director, Co-founder
COURTNEY MULLER - Executive Director, Co-founder
JORGE MORILLO - Technical Director
GIO FERNANDEZ-KINCADE + MAGERA HOLTON - Website
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
PRERANA REDDY
LEAH GIBLIN
GREG STEWART
ANDREW VANWYNGARDEN
DAN NUXOLL





 
Submit your film on FilmFreeway. We welcome submissions of all lengths and genres, but preference will given to Rockaway and Queens-based filmmakers. Rockaway residents submit for free, please email us for a waiver.

Every filmmaker who submits will automatically receive a transferrable ticket to any festival screening.



   
We dedicated to creating an inclusive experience. Service animals are welcome and attendees who require a personal attendant may request a complimentary ticket or access for a companion. Attendees with disabilities may request early access for priority seating. If you have questions or a request for accommodations, please contact us at least two weeks prior to the event: rockawayfilmfestival@gmail.com.













This festival is made possible (in part) by the Queens Council on the Arts with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Queens Council on the Arts.