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!

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

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.


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


 72-02 Gouverneur Ave 11692

For our 2021 festival, we’ve partnered with Rockaway Brewing Co. to build an outdoor cinema in Arverne, where we can safely come together to enjoy movies outside.

Our priority is the health and safety of our artists, audiences, and community. Guests are encouraged to wear masks and maintain social distance in our outdoor cinema. Free masks and hand sanitizer will be offered at the entrance.

Any events inside Rockaway Brewing Co. will require masks and proof of Covid-19 vaccination (excluding children under 12) in compliance with NYC guidelines. If you aren’t feeling well, please stay home.

Rockaway Film Festival is a nomadic cinematic celebration. You can find us on the beach for special sunset screenings and at Rockaway Brewing Co. for our informal Wednesday community movie nights.

We’re always looking for new places to light up the peninsula. Is there a place in Rockaway where you’d like to see screenings happen? Let us know!

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.