Thank you to our generous sponsors and co-presenters:

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

This project is made possible 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.

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

Planning on hosting an outlier film screening in Rockaway? Whether it’s projected on the exterior of a house, or an intimate screening in your garage, we want to know! Please reach out and we will post details here.