If you are looking for a way to ease the quarantine blues, then the OUTshine LGBTQ+ Virtual Film Festival is for you.
OUTshine will stream 80 world-class films with 44 screenings through Aug. 30. The festival will also host live streamed special events with cocktail happy hours, talent and Q&A sessions as a way to virtually tie the community together.
This year’s films and virtual events include:
- Centerpiece Film The Goddess of Fortune (La Dea Fortuna) (Italy), Drama-Comedy, on August 26 at 7 p.m.
OUT of the Box Spotlight Zoom Watch Parties:
- Nowhere (Colombia) (Drama) on August 29 at 7 p.m.
- South Florida Speaks – Shorts Program on August 30 at 5 p.m.
Documentaries such as:
- STEELERS: The World’s First Gay Rugby Team (UK) on August 29 at 5 p.m.
- The Capote Tapes (UK) on August 26 at 9:15 p.m.
Two FREE Community Showings:
- TRANSformations – a Trans Shorts Package on August 29 at 3 p.m. with feature film Valentina (Brazil), Drama, at 9:15 p.m.
- Closing Night film Single Street (Singel 39) (Netherlands), Comedy, on August 30 at 7 p.m.
A full list of films and descriptions can be found at outshinefilm.com/films/program.
Tickets for the 22nd edition of the OUTshine LGBTQ+ Virtual Film Festival are on sale, now, at outshinefilm.com/buy-tickets. Prices for individual films are $12 each and value packages range from $60 to $350.
SFGN’s reviews for some of the movies:
Young immigrants Adrian and Sebastian live an openly gay life in New York City. When Sebastian’s visa application is rejected, the couple must decide whether to return to Colombia – where they face rejection and violence – or fight to remain in the U.S.
SFGN: Even though the LGBT community has celebrated so many victories recently, this film effectively focuses on the plight of immigrants – especially Latinx people – who are trapped in our dysfunctional immigration system. No spoilers here…
“The Capote Tapes”:
Through newly discovered audio archives and interviews with Truman Capote's friends and enemies, this intimate documentary explores the rise and fall of America's most iconic gay writer and dwells strongly on his final uncompleted novel.
SFGN: While this film does little to further illuminate Capote’s illustrious career and infamous personal life, he remains one of the most fascinating figures in LGBT history and the well-made documentary is equally compelling.
The bi-annual film festival was created to unite the community through social events and LGBT media that inspire, entertain, and educate, according to a press release.
Presenting sponsors of the 22nd edition of the OUTshine LGBTQ+ Virtual Film Festival are Gilead Sciences and Miami-Dade County.
For additional information about OUTshine LGBTQ+ Film Festival memberships and film packages, call 877-766-8156 or visit outshinefilm.com. Follow them on Facebook @OUTshineFilmFestival, on Twitter @OUTshineFilm and on Instagram @OUTshineFilm.