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Podcast: Filmmaker's Stories - Preston Cato

Updated: Jul 26, 2021

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This Episode’s Guest - Preston Cato, Artistic Director of the Queens World Film Festival

Preston Cato is an experimental and feature filmmaker. He is Artistic Director of the Queens World Film Festival which he co-founded in 2011. Preston’s films have screened at a variety of film festivals across the globe, winning Best Feature for Be My Oswald in 2006 at the Dylan Thomas Centre in Wales. Presto has also worked as a Director of Cinematography, Editor, Sound Designer and teaches at the New York Digital Film Academy. Queens World Film Festival will be streamed on Film Festival Flix from 23rd June - 3rd July 2021.

In this episode Preston talks about:

  • The birth of Queens World Film Festival and what to expect this year.

  • The importance of making connections and friendships at festivals.

  • Tips on how to get involved and make the most of your festival experience.

  • The benefits of the ‘gatherings’ element of festivals versus streaming.

  • Strategies for getting your film out there.

  • Being respectful of festival fees and factoring in a budget for festivals.

You can find Preston Cato on:

Twitter: @queensworldfilm

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About a Podcast Host:

Podcast provided by: JB Audio Post Production

Podcast music by @butesounds

Produced by Georgia Johnson and Ross Ramsey Golding.

Must watch films recommended by Preston Cato:

Wavelength (1967) -

The Searchers (1956) -

Brewster McCloud (1970) -

Dr. Strangelove (1964) -

The Ballad of Cable Hogue (1970) -


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