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QCFF 2017 Official Selections

Allegany Allied Arts and the Queen City Film Festival (QCFF) are pleased to announce the Official Selections for QCFF 2017. Official schedule and more details to follow.

Project Title, Duration, Directors, Submission Categories
Alan, 0:04:23, Isabella Iampieri, LGBT Shorts
Anima Radix, 0:03:00, Fernando Silva De la Cruz, Animation Shorts
ANNOYING, 1:30:00, Zoran Maslic, Documentary Features
AnorMal, 0:14:45, Luis Galán, Documentary Shorts
Appalachia, 0:14:34, Peter Lilly, Appalachian Shorts
Becoming Lucy, 0:13:45, Luisa Novo, Kids/Family Shorts
BeWitched, 0:13:36, Heather Elise Nelson & Rosemarie Nelson, Kids/Family Shorts
Boring I Love You, 0:03:20, Nikhil Malik, Music Videos
Catching the L Train, 0:06:30, Eric Raingruber, Kids/Family Shorts
Claire & Bruno : a story of love and fresh meat, 0:23:16, Lionel Delebarre, Horror/SciFi Shorts
Coming Out, 0:02:58, Nicholas Ybarra, LGBT Shorts
Crookcrank, 0:04:12, Jeremy Weinstein, Music Videos
Dickinson Avenue: The [mostly] True Story of The Paddock Club, 1:29:34, Michael Bojtos, LGBT Features
Doctor of Monster, 0:11:00, Gustavo Teixeira, Kids/Family Shorts
Don’t Cry over Spilt Eggnog, 0:12:36, Michael Patrick Rogers, Horror/SciFi Shorts
Dusk, 0:15:00, Jake Graf, LGBT Shorts
Eagle Feather, 0:04:26, Pasquale Encell, Animation Shorts
Everything is Fine, 0:06:07, Sam Ferguson, Rachel Zhu, Kids/Family Shorts
Family, 0:06:33, Campbell Miller, Kids/Family Shorts
Filling In, 0:22:00, Bradley Hawkins, Kids/Family Shorts
Gift in My Hands: Leonard Logsdail’s Story, 0:09:12, Gary Gasse, Documentary Shorts
Good Morning, Mrs. Rice, 0:27:33, Andie Eisen, Appalachian Shorts
Govan Young, 0:30:00, Martin Clark, Documentary Shorts
Groove – with Bill Evans in Russia, 1:50:30, Christoph Felder, Music Features
H.U.M.A.N.S., 0:09:59, Johnathan Newport, Kids/Family Shorts
H0_pe 02, 0:09:29, Francesco Bruno Sorrentino & Antonio Genovese, Animation Shorts
Headhunterz & Skytech – Kundalini, 0:03:25, Anton van der Linden, Music Videos
Headspace, 0:04:06, Jake Graf, LGBT Shorts
Highpointers, 0:56:40, Gary Scurka, Kids/Family Features
How I Feel, 0:02:37, Jayniece Prichette, Music Videos
I swear, 0:09:56, Pierre-Henri Gibert, Music Videos
I’M JEEJA, 0:26:00, SWATI CHAKRABORTY, Documentary Shorts
It’s A Boy, 0:05:19, Trent Nakamura, LGBT Shorts
Killing Us Softly, 0:05:00, Emilie Boyard, Music Videos
King In The Mountain, 0:54:41, Dave Edwards, Appalachian Features
Kloggs – Berries, 0:03:35, Ulla Nagy, Music Videos
KRISHNA’S WAITING ROOM, 0:52:00, KAVITA BAHL, Documentary Features
Lily, 0:21:00, Graham Cantwell, LGBT Shorts
Long as Time, 0:06:26, Matt Garfield, Music Videos
Lotus Lantern, 0:06:30, Xingpei Shen, Animation Shorts
Madness, 0:06:00, Adrian Szczepaniak, Music Videos
Maine Girls, 0:27:22, Yael Luttwak & Abigail Tannebaum Sharon, Documentary Shorts
Mannequin, 0:07:58, Pete Burkeet, Animation Shorts
Me by You, 0:05:00, David Buob, Animation Shorts
Memory Hospital, 0:18:25, Pedro Paulo de Andrade, Cult Shorts
Mercy Marie, 0:04:10, Ernie Smith, Music Videos
MUXE, 1:58:00, Michael Satzinger, LGBT Features
Neverlaid To Rest, 0:18:56, Erik Long, LGBT Shorts
New Ways to Bear Witness, 0:05:47, Holly Siders, Music Videos
Nightmarish, 0:00:00, Ronnie Khalil, Kids/Family Shorts
Not Immune, 0:04:58, Andrew Abaria, LGBT Shorts
“O, Mistress Mine”, 0:03:42, Sally McLean, Music Videos
One Last Sunset Redux, 1:19:44, kevin richmond, Horror/SciFi Features
Parasols Falling, 0:05:00, Joseph Fraizer, Animation Shorts
Pat, The Polar Bear, 0:00:47, Kaz Ceh, Kids/Family Shorts
Pigheaded, 1:30:00, John Kinhart, Documentary Features
Pittari, 0:04:00, Patrick Smith, Animation Shorts
Pohanci (Deep fried), 0:24:30, Ivan Mokrovic, Horror/SciFi Shorts
Prosperity, 0:14:56, Christopher D. Lusk, Appalachian Shorts
Relativity explained to children, 0:10:10, Pierre Gaffié, Kids/Family Shorts
Resistant Virus ‘An STD’, 0:09:30, Silver S. Kim, Music Videos
Rotary, 0:10:47, Lorenzo P. Adams, Horror/SciFi Shorts
Samuel Barber: Absolute Beauty, 1:42:00, H. Paul Moon, Music Features
Save the earth, 0:02:35, Woonyea Han, Animation Shorts
SEEDS, 0:01:48, Milo Bennet-Shephard (age 11 at the time), Kids/Family Shorts
She was young with light eyes, 1:27:00, Giovanni Mazzitelli, Cult Features
Silou: A Tale Of An Orang Asli, 0:20:00, Yazan Al Assadi, Documentary Shorts
So, Your Kid’s a Homo, 0:21:12, Julyan Stephens, LGBT Shorts
Soma & Lil, 0:11:00, Nicolas Iordanou & Sylvia Nicolaides, Music Shorts
Squeers, 0:01:36, Matt Torode, LGBT Shorts
Swimming in the Desert, 0:15:00, Alvaro Ron, Kids/Family Shorts
SWITZERLAND, 0:02:43, Angel Violet Hawes, Music Videos
The Arcade Creek Project: A Mosaic of Sustainability, 0:29:44, Jierel Almario, Documentary Shorts
The astronaut’s journal, 0:05:19, Marina Belikova, Animation Shorts
The Cracker Jack Ring, 0:02:22, Kevin McGuiness, Animation Shorts
The Cradle, 0:25:00, Arthur Sukhonin, Horror/SciFi Shorts
The Egg Job, 0:05:00, Guilherme Arduin, Animation Shorts
The Fighter, 0:06:39, Dave Thorp, Music Videos
The Fox, 0:10:47, Louise Turley, Kids/Family Shorts
The Graeme Watkins Project – ‘Love In Abundance’, 0:03:46, Rick Joaquim, Music Videos
The Other Side, 0:03:50, Ching Cheng, Animation Shorts
The Pea Shooter, 1:00:00, Joseph T. Spence, Appalachian Features
The Velvet Abstract, 0:07:04, James Hughes, Animation Shorts
Then What Happened?, 0:28:25, Avi Glick, LGBT Shorts
Third Eye of The Shaman, 0:24:47, Arthur Mountaniol, Cult Shorts
TOMBOi – Rainbow Warrior, 0:05:29, Keagan Anfuso, Music Videos
TURE, 0:14:50, 杨易 Jason, Animation Shorts
Under The Apple Tree, 0:18:23, Erik van Schaaik, Horror/SciFi Shorts
Watchers, 0:08:27, Niklas Nieminen, Horror/SciFi Shorts
When a Peeping Tom met a Kleptomaniac, 0:04:30, Yifei Wang (Moonchild), Animation Shorts
Wishful Whiskers, 0:09:55, Pulkit Datta, Kids/Family Shorts
You, Me, Us, 0:05:00, Danylo Hauk, LGBT Shorts

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Queen City Film Festival (QCFF) 2017 Call For Entries

QCFF 2017 Call For Entries

The Queen City Film Festival (QCFF), Western Maryland’s premiere film festival, is held each year in early Fall in Cumberland, Maryland. Founded in 2012, and currently in our sixth year, QCFF 2017 will be held October 5-8 at The Venue At Mezzos in Cumberland, Maryland. QCFF offers a four-day program of screenings and educational panels, and welcomes filmmakers from around the world. Located in Allegany County, Cumberland offers a delightful blend of hospitality and history; mingled with charming shops, delicious dining, arts and entertainment and lots of events and activities.

Previous festival favorites include Record Paradise, Led Zeppelin Played Here, Underbelly Blues, M Cream, Lady Be Good: Instrumental Women In Jazz, Bounty Momma, How Sweet The Sound: The Blind Boys Of Alabama, Subterranea, Australiens, and CADES: Forestglade Of Death.

Our educational panels focus broadly on Appalachia, historic preservation, and redevelopment for the arts, and often include film presentations such as LowerTown Paducah, Farewell To Factory Towns?, and Through The Place.

Last year’s festival was our most successful to date, and presented 69 selections including such highlights as  Better Half, PeelersNighthawks On The Blue Highway, and There Is No Such Thing As The Record Label Fairy.

Our categories for 2017 are Animation, Appalachian, Cult, Documentary, Horror/SciFi, Kids/Family, LGBT, and Music, including the return of and our popular Happy Hour music video block.. We welcome eclectic fare and encourage submissions that qualify in as many categories as possible. QCFF also embraces and promotes films by Maryland filmmakers and films made in Maryland. We have been pleased to introduce visiting filmmakers to local media.

Submissions are being accepted via Withoutabox and FilmFreeway. Volunteers for production crew, event staff, or screeners should contact for more information, or visit us on Facebook.

Awards & Prizes
Award Certificate for short and feature in each category plus Audience Award for short and feature.

Winners of the Audience Award will receive an InkTip Script Listing: A listing of your script on InkTip so that producers and reps can find you. InkTip: Where everyone goes for scripts and writers. Producers have made more than 200 films from scripts and writers they found through InkTip.

Rules & Terms
We are pleased to announce the categories for QCFF 2017:

Categories include: documentary, cult, lgbt, music, horror/scifi, appalachian, animation, and kids/family.

Here are the submission rules for QCFF 2017:

Films that have previously screened publicly in Cumberland, have aired publicly on US broadcast television, or are available for free online viewing in their entirety are NOT eligible.

Films with distribution agreements which may require a screening fee may not be submitted without specific prior approval.

Films completed more than three years before the festival dates are NOT eligible. Works in progress are NOT eligible for a Category Award.

You may also submit by mail on NTSC DVD or Blu-ray disc, or on USB drive (.MP4 max 1920×1080). No other formats will be accepted by mail. Submissions will not be returned.

Please include a trailer (preview). Please include a press kit including full cast/crew credits. You may include a filmed introduction to the film, not to exceed 1/10th of the running length of the submission.

If your submission is not in English, English subtitles must be included (hard subs preferred).

You grant rights for royalty-free exhibition within the festival dates. You grant rights to royalty-free use of trailers.

Click HERE for downloadable copies of the rules and submission form.

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The Film Lab – April 3 – Christopher Closson

“The Film Lab” is a monthly gathering bringing together film professionals, patrons, and fans. Each meeting features a guest speaker and may include a short screening block. Every first Monday* from 6-9pm (speaker at 7pm) at Oscar’s Restaurant.

Christopher Closson will discuss his first official documentary, “The Crystal Chalice Awards,” which was completed in 2016, bringing awareness to the annual art and music award show hosted in Cumberland, MD.

Christopher “Selomon” Closson has been making videos his entire life. Though he was accepted to many different film schools, he ultimately decided to skip traditional education and learn through experience.

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Allegany Allied Arts, Inc., is pleased to announce a new collaboration between the Queen City Film Festival (QCFF) and The Movie Brewdio, “The Film Lab.” “The Film Lab” will be a monthly gathering bringing together film professionals, patrons, and fans. Each meeting will feature a guest speaker and a short screening block. Every first Monday* from 6-9pm (speaker at 7pm) at Oscar’s Restaurant, 1103 E Oldtown Rd, Cumberland, Maryland 21502.

These are the dates for “The Film Lab” at Oscar’s:

Monday, February 6, 2017
Monday, March 6, 2017
Monday, April 3, 2017
Monday, May 1, 2017
Monday, June 5, 2017
Monday, July 3, 2017
Monday, August 7, 2017
*TUESDAY, September 5, 2017
Monday, October 2, 2017
Monday, November 6, 2017
​Monday, Dececember 4, 2017

For the first gathering on February 6, we will be introducing Allegany Allied Arts and the team behind the Queen City Film Festival (QCFF), and The Movie Brewdio and the team behind The Movie Brewdio Podcast with JW & Karl.

Allegany Allied Arts, Inc., produces the annual Queen City Film Festival (QCFF). Founded in 2012 and currently in its sixth year, QCFF 2017 will be held October 5-8 at The Venue At Mezzos, 114 S. Centre St. in Cumberland, Maryland.

David Rorabaugh is the President of Allegany Allied Arts, and also Festival Director for the Queen City Film Festival since 2012.

Eve Soliz is the Treasurer of Allegany Allied Arts, and has previously programmed shorts blocks in Kids/Family, Animation, LGBT, and Music.

The Movie Brewdio was created by Frostburg native and filmmaker JW Myers. In addition to producing Feature Films and Podcasts, Mr. Myers also teaches Film Acting Workshops, Advanced Improvisation Training, and Camera Acting for Children.

JW Myers grew up in Frostburg, graduated with a B.A. in Theater from Frostburg State University, and then spent the next two decades in New York and Los Angeles, writing, performing, and directing film and television. JW has produced and directed several feature films, including “The Pledge,” “A Christmas Tree Miracle,” “Special School,” and “Flamingo Dreams.” JW serves as Adjunct Faculty at Frostburg State University, teaching a class in Acting For the Camera. Locally, he also teaches Television Production for teens at MCCA (Mountain City Center for the Arts) in Frostburg, and “Improv with JW at Queen City Playhouse” in Cumberland.

Podcasting partner Karl Brubaker comes to The Movie Brewdio Podcast with a diverse set of skills and experience. A broadcast industry veteran, Karl has done everything from run morning-drive radio programming to director of news to writing and producing award-winning production for clients. Karl has extensive experience with marketing and public relations and specialized in working with nonprofit organizations. Karl is also a veteran of the stage, having acted and directed over twenty regional stage productions.


Allegany Allied Arts, Inc., can be reached by mail at 101 Decatur St., Cumberland, MD 21502. Please visit us at, or For more information, please contact

The Movie Brewdio can be reached by mail at 23 High St.
Frostburg, MD 21532. Please visit them at or For more information, please contact

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QCFF 2017 Dates and Venue Announced

Western Maryland’s premiere film festival is held each year in early Fall in Allegany County, Maryland. The sixth annual Queen City Film Festival (QCFF) will be held October 5-8, 2017, at The Venue At Mezzos, 114 S. Centre St., Cumberland, MD 21502.

Four-day Festival Passes are $50 (discounted to $40 through August 31) and are available for advance purchase. Festival Passes include admission to all screenings, educational panels, and receptions. Festival passes also include a canvas tote bag, a film festival tchotchke, and other related items.

General Admission tickets are $8 and will be available at the door subject to capacity.

Complete program and schedule to be announced September 3.

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Seeking Screeners for QCFF 2017

QueenCity1We are currently seeking screeners for the SIXTH ANNUAL Queen City Film Festival (QCFF). QCFF 2017 will be held October 5-8 at The Venue At Mezzos in Cumberland, Maryland. Between now and April, when we open submissions, we want to recruit as many new screeners as possible to help us review submissions.

This is an excellent volunteer opportunity for qualified individuals. Ideal candidates will be residents of Allegany County, Maryland, have high-speed internet access, and possess extensive knowledge of cinema within one or more categories. You should be prepared to sort through many, many submissions to find the few hidden gems we will select and screen.

For QCFF 2017, our categories include: Animation, Appalachian, Cult, Documentary, Horror/SciFi, Kids/Family, LGBT, and Music. We are also looking for category leads in Animation, LGBT, and Kids/Family — subject matter experts who would be interested in not just reviewing submissions but curating the category.

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Rocky Horror Returns to Windsor Castle Saturday, October 27, 2018


Allegany Allied Arts is pleased to present the cult favorite “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” (1975) with full audience participation encouraged.

October 27, 2018, Windsor Castle Events Centre, 210 S Centre St, Cumberland, Maryland 21502. Doors open 7:30pm, “Virgin Games” pre-show and costume contest at 9:30pm. Feature presentation 10pm. A limited number of “Survival Kit” grab bags will be available for $5 each. Arrive early and don’t miss out.

100 minutes. Rated R. Under 17 not admitted without parent or guardian. $8 General Admission. $150 Premium Table (for 6) includes six admission tickets, six grab bags, and six t-shirts.

Please contact us for sponsorship and fundraising opportunities. Bulk ticket sales available, please enquire by email for 20+.

Saturday, October 28, 2017 from 7:30 PM to 11:55 PM

The Windsor Castle Events Centre – 210 South Centre Street, Cumberland, MD 21502

Tickets available via Eventbrite or click on our TICKETS tab above!

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QCFF 2016 Awards List

OK, we are officially tired of waiting for the venue to help us lock down the dates and contract for next year’s festival. Further festival wrap up to follow, along with other details, but here are the QCFF 2016 Award Winners. Laurels to follow shortly…

Animation Feature: No Award
Animation Short: Calvin’s Shoe
Appalachian Feature: Son Of Clowns
Appalachian Short: Walking The Crooked Tune, Ghosts In The Mountains
Cult Feature: The Next Big Thing
Cult Short: Monster
Documentary Feature: Pepino’s Back!
Documentary Short: Last Dance On The Main
Horror/SciFi Feature: Peelers
Horror/SciFi Short: Kitchen
Kids/Family Feature: Inkfinger
Kids/Family Short: Charlie and Poppy, Octavius 4: Hack Attack
LGBT Feature: Better Half
LGBT Short: Intrinsic Moral Evil
Music Feature: Nighthawks On The Blue Highway
Music Short: Darker Clouds
Audience Award Feature: There Is No Such Thing As The Record Label Fairy
Audience Award Short: Wintergreen
Festival Director’s Award: Through The Place