Rockaway's last operating movie theater closed in 1996, leaving the peninsula as the largest cinema desert in all of NYC. Since the founding of RFF in 2018, we have put together over 6 different cinema venues for our community to gather in the dark, by the light. In addition to our annual festival we organize screenings throughout the year.
Rockaway Film Festival is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature. It is also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Additional support provided by FRANC and the Fund for the City of New York.
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