Want to become a RFF sponsor? Contact rockawayfilmfestival@gmail.com to find out more about the perks and tiers of supporting your local film fest.






It is our mission to provide good cinema at affordable rates to the community, please consider making tax-deductible donation to help us achieve this goal.





If you are interested in volunteering for this year's festival please reach out. Volunteers will receive a shell pass for all screenings and parties!














Rockaway is the biggest cinema desert in all of New York City with 150,000 residents and no movie theater. Like the peninsula itself, Rockaway Film Festival represents a broad spectrum of images and stories, and aims to satiate all members of our diverse community. We are here to nurture movie lovers with bold new releases and forgotten masterpieces, mainstream staples and esoteric treasures, joining international and local cinema, and illuminating everything in between. More than anything else, Rockaway Film Festival works to provide good cinema at affordable rates to the community.

The festival was founded in 2018 by Sam Fleischner, Courtney Muller, and Greg Stewart.



SAM FLEISCHNER - Artistic Director, Founder
COURTNEY MULLER - Director, Co-founder
JORGE MORILLO - Technical Director
ELLIE BURCK - Communications Director
ESTELLA DIECI - Website Manager


















The festival is remote this year, but Rockaway Brewing Co. will be projecting the live-stream outside on their patio all week. Mask up, grab a RFF special edition beer-to-go, and check out the films while supporting local business.  Limited patio capacity, social distancing, and safe practices will be strictly monitored in adherence with CDC guidelines.


Check out the CDC and NY Forward Guidelines to learn how to stay safe, stop the spread and save lives.