Long Beach’s longest-running film festival, the QFilm Festival annually presents narrative features, documentaries and short films that embody the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community. Last year’s event was the most successful yet with over 1,200 attendees, a 20-percent increase over the previous year, according to Chris Carpenter, senior executive programmer for the festival.
Submissions are received each year from both student and professional filmmakers from around the world. Many filmmakers and cast members of the films to be shown will be present for audience discussions after each screening. Festival events will feature numerous parties and opportunities for attendees to meet and mingle with filmmakers, actors, critics and other industry professionals.
The 2013 QFilm Festival will open at the Art Theatre the evening of Sept. 6 with the Long Beach premieres of the award-winning feature Reaching for the Moon, about lesbian poet Elizabeth Bishop, and Darren Stein’s comedy G.B.F., starring Megan Mullally, Natasha Lyonne, Horatio Sanz and Jonathan Silverman. An opening-night party will take place between screenings at the LGBTQ Center of Greater Long Beach.
Other narrative and documentary features selected to screen on Saturday and Sunday are: the documentary I Am Divine, about the late drag star of such films as Pink Flamingos and the original Hairspray; James Franco’s and Travis Mathews’s controversial Interior. Leather Bar.; and the romantic satire Who’s Afraid of Vagina Wolf? These initial five features are being presented through special arrangement with program sponsor The Film Collaborative. In addition, Getting Go: the go doc project, a new film from the award-winning producer of Were the World Mine, will be screened, and the fest will present an advance sneak-preview screening of Corpus Christi: Playing with Redemption, a documentary about Terrence McNally’s frequently condemned play that depicts Jesus Christ as a gay man living in rural Texas. A variety of short films will also be screened during the weekend.
Jury awards will be given to films in several categories. All net proceeds from the festival will benefit The Center Long Beach and its community-outreach programs.
Passes and tickets are available for purchase through the QFilm Festival page at qfilmslongbeach.com .