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, Co-founder
COURTNEY MULLER - Executive Director, Co-founder
JORGE MORILLO - Technical Director

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:

 72-02 Gouverneur Ave 11692

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. If you aren’t feeling well, please stay home.

Rockaway Film Festival is a nomadic cinematic celebration.
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.