A&E: OUTshine Film Fest Returns to Fort Lauderdale

Caption: The teen coming-of-age story, “Adam,” is the opening night film of the OUTshine Film Festival in Fort Lauderdale, Oct. 10 – 20. Credit: Wolfe Distributing.

Fort Lauderdale film buffs will be treated to more than 30 new features, shorts and documentaries when the 11th annual OUTshine LGBT+ Film Festival opens this weekend.

Formerly known as the Fort Lauderdale Gay and Lesbian Festival and MiFo LGBT Film Festival, OUTshine will offer screenings over two weekends, Oct. 10 – 13 and 17 – 20, at the Classic Gateway Theater on Sunrise Blvd. and Savor Cinema downtown, home of the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival.

The festival kicks off on Thursday, Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. with the Southeast premiere of “Adam” at the Museum of Discovery & Science. Directed by Rhys Ernst, this lively coming of age comedy follows a young high-schooler (Alexander) as he navigates life, love and Brooklyn’s young LGBTQ+ community. A Q&A session with the film’s star, Nicolas Alexander, will follow, along with an afterparty at Stache Drinking Den.

The Ladies Spotlight Film, “Carmen & Lola,” will follow on Saturday, Oct. 12 at 7:30 p.m. at the Classic Gateway Theater. Set in the Roma neighborhoods of Madrid, Carmen, a teenager preparing for her wedding begins to question tradition and awakens to unexpected feelings for a young artist, Lola.” An afterparty will follow at the Wilder in Fort Lauderdale.

“Defiant Souls” was selected by the festival screening committee as the Centerpiece Film and will be screened on Thursday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. at Savor Cinema. This period drama, set in early 19-century Cuba, is based on the true story of a woman who, disguised as a man, became the first female surgeon in Latin America.

The Men’s Spotlight Film is “From Zero to I Love You,” screening at Savor Cinema on Saturday, Oct. 19 at 7:15 p.m. In this award-winning comedy, Pete Logsdon is just a guy from Philadelphia whose fear of intimacy has led him to failed romances with married men. The afterparty will take place at the Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale Beach.

The shorts collections are among the most popular films at the festival and this year, both women’s and men’s shorts will be presented on Saturday, Oct. 19 at 2:45 at the Classic Gateway Theater and 5 p.m. at Savor Cinema, respectively. 

"We’re especially excited for this year's Fort Lauderdale edition of the OUTshine LGBTQ+ Film Festival and its unprecedented amount of international award-winning features," said executive director Victor Gimenez. "In addition to bridging the cultural divide and showcasing important voices and viewpoints from other countries, we’re uniting our own community in celebration of diversity.”

Among the international award-winners selected for the festival are “Portrait of A Lady on Fire,” an Oscar nominee and winner of the Queer Palm at the Cannes Film Festival; “Song Lang,” from Vietnam; “To The Stars,” the Cinetopia Directors Award winner; and “El Príncipe (The Prince),” by Sebastián Muñoz, a recent winner of the Queer Lion Award, a collateral award of the 76th Venice International Film Festival.

The festival concludes at Savor Cinema on Sunday, Oct. 20 at 6 p.m. with “And Then We Danced,” a Georgian film about a young who experiences a sexual attraction to another dancer. The drama was controversial in the culturally conservative eastern European nation. The closing night party and awards ceremony is planned for Nu River Landing in downtown Fort Lauderdale.

The Fort Lauderdale edition of OUTshine LGBTQ+ Film festival runs Oct. 10 – 20. Tickets and a complete schedule of films and events are available at OUTshineFilm.com.