Boulevard Film Festival is a short film festival located in Sunnyside, Queens. This festival was founded by two artists living and working in Queens. BLVDFF has been running since 2016, programming and screening local films and connecting them directly with local audiences. BLVDFF has proudly helped films from each year achieve distribution through IndiePix Unlimited, Hewes Pictures, DirectTV and Amazon Prime. The mission of the festival is to create a local forum that celebrates the art of filmmaking while supporting local filmmakers and showcasing films that are emblematic to the borough of Queens.2019 will bring the 4th Annual Boulevard Film Festival, with many more to follow. Support local cinema!
Amanda Barker is a painter and filmmaker. She graduated from Pratt Institute with a B.F.A. in Painting. Her work has been shown in the Atlantic Gallery, Plaxall Gallery, AMO Studios, Greenpoint Gallery, and in the LIC Arts Open. She is a member of the Sunnyside Artists, and is a co-founder of Ore Productions, where she produces films with her husband Matthew Carlson.
MATTHEW CARLSON – FOUNDER AND PROGRAMMER
Matthew Carlson is an artist and filmmaker. He graduated from Pratt Institute with a B.F.A. in Film. His films have been shown at BAM, the Pratt Manhattan Gallery, and the Rauschenberg Gallery in Fort Myers, Florida. He has made videos for BioCentury TV and the Pratt Film Society. Matthew is a member of the Sunnyside Artists. He is also a co-founder of Ore Productions, where he directs and produces films with Amanda Barker.PATRICIA DORFMAN – FESTIVAL PARTNER/SUNNYSIDE ARTISTS
An illustrator, designer and producer of 425 TV commercials, Pat is a member of the Directors Guild of America. She has screened at Telluride and won the Cine Golden Eagle. Pat studied at SVA, NYU Film School, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Michigan. She is the founder of the Queens arts organization the Sunnyside Artists.MANNY GOMEZ – FESTIVAL PARTNER/SUNNYSIDE ARTISTS
Colombian-born, Manny has lived in Sunnyside-Woodside for 30 years. He is a financial advisor and is passionate about fitness, food and photography. He is an active community leader in Sunnyside, President of Sunnyside Artists, as well as a member of United Forties Civil Association, Queen of Angels Church Parish Council and Magnificat Young Adults.
ANGEL GIL ORRIOS – FESTIVAL PARTNER/THALIA SPANISH THEATRE
Angel Gil Orrios has been the Artistic and Executive Director of Thalia Spanish Theatre since 2000, and has been honored with the New York 2009 Mayor’s Award for Arts & Culture. He received the 2010 ACE Special Award for Artistic Achievement from the Association of Critics of Entertainment of New York, and the Hispanic Leadership Award from New York City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, Chairman of the Committee on Cultural Affairs, Libraries and International Intergroup Relations. In 2015 he received the “Sunnysider of the Year” Award by the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce and Sunnyside Artists, as well as Proclamations and Citations by the NY City Council, the NY State Assembly, the NY State Senate and the U.S. Congress.