THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 9TH
(Opening Night)

The NAT at Balboa Park

 

7:00pm  OPENING NIGHT FILM

Thursday, September 9, 2021


FIREBIRD

Country: Estonia | Run Time: 107 min | Director: Peeter Rebane

Blending a Cold War thriller and a true story of a secret love, director Peeter Rebane’s Firebird begins with the steamy passions of young gay romance in an environment where expressing it is deadly. Tom Prior (The Theory of Everything) stars as Sergey, an Estonian military private awaiting the end of his duty in the Soviet air force in the late 1970s. He falls for the dashing officer Roman (Oleg Zagorodnii), arousing suspicions as they hide their romance from their fellow officers. The pair soon realize that pursuing a clandestine affair, let alone openly declaring their love, means risking their safety, Roman’s career in the Soviet military, and their relationship with their most beloved friend from the academy, Luisa (Diana Pozharskaya). Co-written by Prior and Rebane, Firebird is a gripping, and cinematically beautiful, story of love and freedom thwarted by an oppressive regime during a harrowing time, detailing the human costs of living an authentic life. Based on a true story.

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  The Lonely Prince - India
Run Time: 15 min | Director: Shivin & Sunny

A lonely Prince, drowning in melancholy, invites a Sculptor to his court to create a piece of art just for him. As the Sculptor spends his days chiseling away on a block of marble, the Prince too discovers a new side of himself, for a brief moment forgetting the world of solitude that surrounds him.


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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 10TH

Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA) at Balboa Park


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3:00pm   

Friday, September 10, 2021

SEE YOU THEN

Country: USA | Run Time: 75 min | Director: Mari Walker

A decade after abruptly breaking up with Naomi (Lynn Chen), Kris (Pooya Mohseni) invites her to dinner to catch up on their complicated lives, relationships, and Kris’ transition. Over the course of a one-night encounter, they engage in a series of increasingly intimate and vulnerable conversations, before a shocking revelation is unveiled. See You Then focuses on the universal truth that no matter how much you change, a part of you will always stay the same.

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  Fen - Ecuador
Run Time: 4 min | Director: Rubén Gallardo

Fen is a trans man that longs for love and support from his conservative family and his friends.

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5:00pm   

Friday, September 10, 2021

INTERNATIONAL LGBTQ SHORTS:

Short 1:

  Beauty Boys - France
Run Time: 18 min | Director: Florent Gouelou

In a French village, Leo has a strong taste for make-up. His big brother, Jules, who fears being laughed at, stands against his passion.

Short 2:

  Zanmi - Martinique
Run Time: 11 min | Director: Nadia Charlery

Friends, champagne and an innocent game reveal unexpected reactions and questioned relationships during a New Year's Eve dinner party on the Isle of Martinique.

Short 3:

  Lolo - Germany/Brazil
Run Time: 13 min | Directors: Leandro Goddinho and Paulo Menezes

Lolo is an openly gay 11-year-old boy trying to finally convince Max, his first love, to go public with their relationship at the school party.

Short 4:

  Ayaneh - Switzerland
Run Time: 14 min | Director: Nicolas Greinacher

One day at a public swimming pool, Ayaneh, a young refugee woman from Afghanistan, meets Anna and instantly feels attracted to her. As the relationship between the two women develops, Ayaneh is confronted with growing resistance from her religious family.

Short 5:

  Moving Day - Israel
Run Time: 9 min | Director: Regev Berkovitz

Yariv is faced with his son's Dekel’s salacious lifestyle when he helps him move into a new apartment and notices some strange things going on.

Short 6:

  We’re Not Here - Australia
Run Time: 11 min | Director: Bonnie Moir

Anton, a closeted right-wing Finnish politician, meets his secret lover, Ryan, for a weekend getaway in the Mediterranean.

Short 7:

  XY - Iceland
Run Time: 16 min | Director: Anna Karín Lárusdóttir

Lísa is 15 years old and quite different from other girls her age. She has isolated herself to keep a big secret about herself. When her childhood friend Bryndís starts reaching out to her, the two reunite, leading Lísa to discover more secrets about her body and medical history.

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7:00pm FESTIVAL SPOTLIGHT

Friday, September 10, 2021

BOULEVARD! A Hollywood Story

Country: USA | Run Time: 82 min | Director: Jeffrey Schwarz

We welcome back filmmaker Jeffrey Schwarz (I Am Divine, Vito, Tab Hunter Confidential, and The Fabulous Allan Carr) with his latest documentary. In 1950s Los Angeles, Dickson Hughes and Richard Stapley — two young songwriters and same-sex romantic partners — find themselves caught in movie star Gloria Swanson’s web when she hires them to write a musical version of Sunset Boulevard.

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  Last Summer with Uncle Ira - USA
Run Time: 12 min | Director: Gary Jaffe & Katie Ennis

Summer, 1991. Closeted teenager Daniel is nudged by his mother to share a moment and glass of lemonade with his Uncle Ira, who is dying of complications from HIV/AIDS.

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9:15pm INTERNATIONAL SPOTLIGHT

Friday, September 10, 2021

MUSIC FOR BLEEDING HEARTS

Country: Brazil | Run Time: 102 min | Director: Rafael Gomes

Set in present-day San Paulo, Brazil, a trio of young hearts are about to break. Ricardo (Victor Mendes) has both a steady boyfriend and a wandering eye for a new coworker. Isabella (Mayara Constantino) is taking a break from her boyfriend and best friend Ricardo. And hopeless romantic Felipe (Caio Horowicz) has suddenly found himself caught between the two of them. The three have big dreams, yearning passion and opinionated acquaintances, but they’re unprepared for what’s to come from Cupid’s arrows.

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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 11th

Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA) at Balboa Park


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11:00am   

Saturday, September 11, 2021

LGBTQ Shorts: Volume 1

Short 1:

  Limelight - USA
Run Time: 13 min | Director: Claire Gostin

When violent turmoil breaks out in the Republic of Congo after a controversial political election, Bria finds herself caught between her father’s loyalty to the government and the growing dissent of the citizens around her. In the midst of all the chaos, Bria finds solace in her friendship with Didienne.

Short 2:

  The Takeback - USA
Run Time: 14 min | Director: Jesse D. Turk

Kobi takes things from others to avoid giving himself to anyone. Until he gets caught.

Short 3:

  Friend of Sophia - USA
Run Time: 5 min | Director: Alden Peters

Inspired by the queer experience of the 1950’s and 60’s, a woman attempts a discreet encounter in a not-too-distant future where attraction to androids is considered a sickness and punished as a crime.

Short 4:

  Dinner For 4 - USA
Run Time: 15 min | Director: Jane Clark

A bisexual polyamory evangelist, a lesbian blogger who romanticizes monogamy, and a curious freelance photographer and her heterosexual boyfriend meet at a dinner party that turns awkward and revealing.

Short 5:

  Yours Mine Ours - USA
Run Time: 21 min | Director: Ben Baur

When a man in a loving relationship reconnects with a special someone from his past, he experiences turmoil when old feelings return to the surface.

Short 6:

  Juliet - USA
Run Time: 15 min | Director: Irina Storozhenko

Transgender teenager Serena is shy and always in the background, but has a dream of playing the female lead in her school’s production of Romeo and Juliet. Will she overcome the torrent of teasing and bullying to find the courage to stand on her own in the spotlight?

Short 7:

  Next Level Shit - USA
Run Time: 11 min | Director: Gary Jaffe

Taylor prepares obsessively for the perfect third date with dreamboat Chris, but his efforts backfire, sending the relationship spiraling to a whole new level of intimacy.

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1:00pm  WOMEN'S CENTERPIECE

Saturday, September 11, 2021

MY FIONA

Country: USA | Run Time: 86 min | Director: Kelly Walker

How do you navigate the world when your best friend inexplicably takes her own life? For Jane (Jeanette Maus), she finds herself drawn to Fiona’s (Sara Amini) wife and child, seeking solace and perhaps more in the relationship that gently unfolds. The question of grief and tenderness and the catastrophic consequences of blending the two come to a head in Jane’s life as she attempts to pick up the pieces, heal and move on, but life isn’t so easy as to tie everything up with a bow.

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  First Love - France
Run Time: 11 min | Director: Florent Gouelou

A drag show in a Parisian bar. The public only has eyes for the queen for the evening. Cookie Kunty. But from the back of the theatre, Baptiste her boyfriend, may be looking at her for the last time.

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3:00pm  **AMAZON PRIME ADVANCE SNEAK PEEK**

Saturday, September 11, 2021

EVERYBODY'S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE

Country: United Kingdom | Run Time: 115 min | Director: Jonathan Butterell

Much anticipated film adaptation of the award-winning West End hit musical that is inspired by true events. Jamie New (Max Harwood) is a teenager from Sheffield, who dreams of life on stage. While his classmates plan their livelihoods after they leave school, Jamie contemplates revealing his secret career ambition to become a fierce and proud drag queen. His best friend Pritti (Lauren Patel) and his loving mum (Sarah Lancashire) shower him with endless support, while local drag legend Miss Loco Chanelle (Richard E. Grant) mentors him toward his debut stage performance. But Jamie also has to contend with an unsupportive father (Ralph Ineson), an uninspired careers advisor (Sharon Horgan), and some ignorant school kids who attempt to rain on his sensational parade. In rousing and colorful musical numbers, Jamie and his community inspire one another to overcome prejudice, be more accepting, and to step out of the darkness into the spotlight.

**We will be providing an advance sneak peek of the new Amazon Prime Video film, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, which is based on the award-winning West End hit musical that is inspired by true events. The film will launch exclusively on Prime Video on September 17, 2021 in over 240 countries and territories.

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5:15pm  

Saturday, September 11, 2021

POTATO DREAMS OF AMERICA

Country: USA | Run Time: 95 min | Director: Wes Hurley

Struggling to survive in the USSR during the turbulent years of Perestroika, Lena (played by Marya Sea Kaminski & Sera Barbieri) and her gay son, Potato (played by Tyler Bocock & Hersh Powers), escape into a fantasy world of pirated American movies, but soon the movies are not enough and Lena decides to become a mail-order bride to discover America for herself. Soon after Lena marries a much older and very eccentric John (Dan Lauria), the mother and son find their "American dreams" have a lot of surprises. Closely based on the writer-director Wes Hurley's childhood, Potato Dreams of America is one of those eclectic, funny stories that prove real life is often stranger than fiction. With Lea DeLaria, Lauren Tewes and a hilarious turn by Jonathan Bennett as Jesus Christ!

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  Good Night - USA
Run Time: 11 min | Director: Eric Shahinian

When Aram, a newly out Armenian man, brings Jason back to his place after their first date, he must decide how far he’s willing to go in order to make sure they both have a good night.

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7:15pm  MEN'S CENTERPIECE

Saturday, September 11, 2021

BOY CULTURE: THE SERIES

Country: USA | Run Time: 85 min | Director: Q. Allan Brocka

Be the first to watch the first several episodes of the brand new series based on the smash gay film, Boy Culture created by Matthew Rettenmund with director Q. Allan Brocka back at the helm. Using the same actors from the original film from 2006, this series takes place a decade later and stars Derek Magyar as X, Darryl Stephens as Andrew, and series newcomer Jason Caceres as Chayce. With Steve Grand and Doug Spearman guest starring.

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  Content - USA
Run Time: 12 min | Director: Chris Coats

When asked to model for a professional photographer, Kevin seems to be willing to do whatever it takes to get the perfect shot. Yet he soon proves to be a little out of his depth.

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9:30pm  

Saturday, September 11, 2021

DANGEROUS DRUGS OF SEX

Country: Japan | Run Time: 90 min | Director: Hideo Jojo

Warning: This film contains graphic sexual violence including abduction and suicidal themes. No one under 18 will be admitted for this screening.

Adapted from a Japanese BDSM manga, Makoto Katsuragi (Sho Watanabe) has a successful office job when he unexpectedly falls from grace and tries to commit suicide in a drunken despair. He awakens to find a mysterious man, Ryuji Yoden (Takashi Kitadai), appearing to help. However, it's only the beginning of a long and arduous sexually-violating physical and mental-training imprisonment that has consequences for both men.

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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 12th

Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA) at Balboa Park


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11:00am   

Sunday, September 12, 2021

LGBTQ Shorts: Volume 2

Short 1:

  Drip Like Coffee - USA
Run Time: 17 min | Director: Anaiis Cisco

An intimate portrayal of a Black woman whose desire for her female co-worker complicates her relationship with her boyfriend.

Short 2:

  The Office Is Mine - USA
Run Time: 14 min | Director: Michael Varrati

When a new hire seemingly threatens his social standing at work, the usually amicable Zac begins to unravel. Fueled by paranoia that he’s being replaced, he finds himself propelled on a collision course with the newcomer.

Short 3:

  Kiko’s Saints - France
Run Time: 25 min | Director: Manuel Marmier

Kiko, a Japanese illustrator on assignment in France, becomes strangely obsessed with her new artistic inspiration of spying on a nude gay couple on the beach.

Short 4:

  6:23 AM - United Kingdom
Run Time: 4 min | Director: Geoffrey Breton

Two women who met at a club are watching the sun come up, when one of them realizes something that could ruin everything.

Short 5:

  Influenced - USA
Run Time: 17 min | Director: Ari Halevy

A gym newbie attempts to quell his loneliness by transforming into a muscled #instagay. But after he meets his fitness influencer idol, he discovers he isn't the only one struggling to form connections.

Short 6:

  Hello Mother - USA
Run Time: 12 min | Director: Natalie Shirinian

A first generation Armenian-American, queer, 30-year-old woman living in Los Angeles is faced with the repercussions of her traditional Armenian mother when coming home late after a night out with her girlfriend, Rita

Short 7:

  Crocodile - Spain
Run Time: 5 min | Directors: Jorge Yudice

Every afternoon, Alicia prepares a cup of tea to watch her favorite YouTube gaming channel...eventually offering a special message.

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1:00pm  

Sunday, September 12, 2021

BEAUTIFUL DREAMER

Country: USA | Run Time: 95 min | Director: Amy Glazer

This contemporary dramedy is about a group of Bay Area friends in their early 40s navigating life-moments together: expecting a surrogate baby, a long and deep friendship in jeopardy, two women (Erin Daniels, Kathryn Smith-McGlynn) finally deciding to marry after years of living together, and a novelist with crippling writer's block. Capturing the next uncharted chapter of their extended family, Beautiful Dreamer explores the messy secrets and complicated nature of parenthood and the modern family, all while testing the boundaries of love and friendship. With Jennifer Mudge, Louis Ozawa Changchien, Tate Moore and the always fabulous Wendie Malick.

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  Meet Cute - USA
Run Time: 8 min | Directors: Francesca Calvo & Omar Ahmed

A charming encounter in a gynecologist’s office between two women that just might lead to romance.

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3:00pm  

Sunday, September 12, 2021

LUST LIFE LOVE

Country: USA | Run Time: 99 min | Directors: Stephanie Sellars & Benjamin Feuer

Veronica (Stephanie Sellars) is a bisexual polyamorous sex blogger in NYC who seems to have it all until she falls for monogamous Daniel (Jake Choi). Seduced by the challenge, she attempts to cultivate a triad relationship with him and her friend Maya (Makeda Declet), but unexpected jealousy causes her heart and identity to turn inside out, forcing her to face the frightening truth about herself. Sellars co-directed, produced, wrote the screenplay and acts in this wonderfully bold, enlightening and overall entertaining world that is rarely presented today within the LGBTQ film experience. And with a diverse cast, two additional female producers and a predominantly female-identifying crew, we hope this tale of polyamory and bisexuality will kick open the door for even more diversity in the 2020 decade.

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  Good Bi Kiss - USA
Run Time: 8 min | Director: Chris Phillips

When Scott returns to his former home to retrieve some items he left behind, Christine, his ex-fiancée, confronts him about his sexual identity and the reason their relationship ended.

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5:15pm  

Sunday, September 12, 2021

GIVE OR TAKE

Country: USA | Run Time: 104 min | Director: Paul Riccio

When Martin (Jamie Effros), a disillusioned New Yorker's father dies, he goes home to Cape Cod to prepare the house for sale while learning about Ted (Norbert Leo Butz), his father's late-in-life, live-in boyfriend. With nothing to separate them they are forced to negotiate how to remember and move on from the man they both loved. Also starring Emmy nominee Cheri OteriJoanne Tucker (The Report) & Louis Cancelmi (The Irishman, Boardwalk Empire).

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  Las Reinas de los Cuentos (The Story Queens) - USA
Run Time: 13 min | Director: Paul Detwiler

A Latinx drag queen activist couple in San Diego uses storytelling to educate and empower children, foster community, and inspire a love of reading while teaching deeper lessons of building an equally diverse and inclusive society.

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7:30pm  CLOSING NIGHT FILM

Sunday, September 12, 2021

JUMP, DARLING

Country: Canada | Run Time: 90 min | Director: Phil Connell

Half-prepped before a dressing room mirror in the back of a bustling city gay bar, Russell (Thomas Duplessie), an actor turned drag queen, struggling to find his voice, is given a wrenching ultimatum. Overcome by indecision, he escapes to his grandmother’s house in the country. There he finds sardonic Margaret (Cloris Leachman, in her final starring role) in steep decline. In a perfect, if precarious, solution for both of them, he moves in to protect her from her greatest fear—the local nursing home. In no time, Russell is lighting up the local college bar with his alter ego Fishy Falters. Antagonized by his overprotective mother (Linda Kash), a sexy-though-mysterious college boy, a cockney city gay bar owner, and the specter of his failed-artist grandfather, Russell struggles to realize a bold new identity. All while, Margaret fights to retake control despite her faltering mind.

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  We All Die Alone - USA
Run Time: 14 min | Director: Jonathan Hammond

A standoff between two rival gangsters and their respective posse’s leads to surprising and hilarious consequences. Part noir, part comedy and part romance – the only thing faster than a bullet is the dialogue in this stylish, snappy short.

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Event Information

Date: September 9th–12th, 2021

The NAT at Balboa Park (September 9th)

MOPA at Balboa Park (September 10th-12th)

Time: Event starts at 7:00pm on September 9th

Ticket Prices:
Festival All-Access Pass - $150 (BUY NOW)
Opening Night Show - $50 (BUY NOW)
Closing Night Show - $20 (BUY NOW)
Individual Shows - $12
Virtual Features - $10


Event Schedule

Thursday, September 9th (at THE NAT)

OPENING NIGHT FILM
7:00pm   FIREBIRD

Friday, September 10th (at MOPA)

3:00pm   SEE YOU THEN
5:00pm   INTERNATIONAL LGBTQ Shorts
7:00pm   BOULEVARD! A Hollywood Story
9:15pm   MUSIC FOR BLEEDING HEARTS

Saturday, September 11th (at MOPA)

11:00am   LGBTQ Shorts: Volume 1
1:00pm   MY FIONA
3:00pm   EVERYBODY'S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE
5:15pm   POTATO DREAMS OF AMERICA
7:15pm   BOY CULTURE: THE SERIES
9:30pm   DANGEROUS DRUGS OF SEX

Sunday, September 12th (at MOPA)

11:00am   LGBTQ Shorts: Volume 2
1:00pm   BEAUTIFUL DREAMER
3:00pm   LUST LIFE LOVE
5:15pm   GIVE OR TAKE
CLOSING NIGHT FILM
7:30pm   JUMP, DARLING

 

Virtual Features

Virtual Features start streaming Thursday, September 9th via Eventive!

Click on the Virtual Features below for more information and to order:

Beyto (virtual)   Isaac (virtual)   On The Fringe Of Wild (virtual)   That Cold Dead Look In Your Eyes (virtual)