11TH ANNUAL FORT LAUDERDALE EDITION OF THE OUTSHINE LGBTQ+ FILM FESTIVAL PRESENTED BY GILEAD, BROWARD COUNTY AND CULTURE BUILDS FLORIDA TO TAKE PLACE OCTOBER 10 – 20
33 Award-winning Features and Inspiring Debuts Plus 18 Inventive Shorts from 13 Countries Comprise This Year’s Diverse Program
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – The 11th annual Fort Lauderdale Edition of the OUTshine LGBTQ+ Film Festival, a bi-annual film festival designed to inspire, entertain, educate and encourage a sense of community through international and culturally diverse media that offer historical and contemporary perspectives on the LGBTQ+ experience, will take place October 10 – 20, 2019. Presented by Gilead, Broward County, and Culture Builds Florida, this year’s hotly anticipated film festival will spotlight 33 stirring, contemplative, comedic and creative full-length features plus 18 inventive shorts from 13 countries, panel discussions with filmmakers and talent, and various parties and special events. Films will be screened at the Museum of Discovery & Science AutoNation® IMAX 3D Theater (401 SW 2nd Street) the Classic Gateway Theatre (1820 East Sunrise Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale) and Savor Cinema (503 Southeast 6th Street).
“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 and buzzworthy features,” said Victor Gimenez, executive director of OUTshine LGBTQ+ Film Festival. “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 and what makes us human and relatable.”
The festival kicks-off with an October 10 Opening Night showing of the comedy “Adam,” directed by Rhys Ernst, at the Museum of Discovery & Science AutoNation® IMAX 3D Theater. This lively coming of age comedy of errors follows a young high-schooler as he navigates life, love and Brooklyn’s young LGBTQ+ community. Producer Circle Members and sponsors will enjoy a 5:30 p.m. pre-event Filmmakers Soirée where they can mix and mingle with many of the festival’s filmmakers followed by the screening. Post-showing, the Opening Night Party will be at Stache (109 SW 2nd Ave, Fort Lauderdale) with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and entertainment.
Special not-to-be missed films of note, this year, include “Portrait of A Lady on Fire,” directed by Céline Sciamma, nominated for Best International Feature Film at the Oscars next year and Cannes Film Festival Winner Queer Palm, Best LGBT Film, and Winner Best Screenplay
International Cinephile Society Awards, “Song Lang,” directed by Leon Le, a multiple international award winner from Vietnam, “To The Stars,” directed by Martha Stephens, Cinetopia Winner Festival Directors Award and US Narrative Feature, “Everybody Changes (Todos Cambiamos),” directed by Arturo Montenegro of Panama and the East Coast premiere of “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.
Offering something for everyone, the festival will host a Ladies’ Spotlight Film and Party featuring “Carmen & Lola” at 7:15 p.m. and after-party at 9:30 p.m. on October 12 and a Men’s Spotlight Film & Party featuring “From Zero to I Love You” at 7:15 p.m. and after-party on October 19.
This year, the OUTshine LGBTQ+ Film Festival Fort Lauderdale is also pleased to host “And Then We Danced,” directed by Levan Akin of Sweden and up for consideration as best international feature for an Academy Award, as its closing film on October 20 at 8 p.m. at Savor Cinema. This uniquely tender and personal film follows talented dancer Merab as he struggles with a forbidden sexual attraction that recalls “Moonlight” and “God’s Own Country.” An afterparty and awards ceremony will follow at Nu River Landing (511 SE 5th Ave, Fort Lauderdale).
Presenting sponsors of The 11th annual Fort Lauderdale Edition of the OUTshine LGBTQ+ Film Festival include Gilead, Broward County, Culture Builds Florida and GPR | Goodman Public Relations.
Tickets for the 11th annual Fort Lauderdale Edition of the OUTshine LGBTQ+ Film Festival and a full schedule of films are available at outshinefilm.com/films/program.
A full schedule of parties and special events can be found at outshinefilm.com/events.
About OUTshine Film Festival
The OUTshine LGBTQ+ Film Festival is a bi-annual film festival with a mission to inspire, entertain, and educate; encouraging a sense of community through international and culturally diverse film, video and other media that offer historical and contemporary perspectives on the LGBTQ+ experience. Launched separately – in 1998, as The Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, and in 2008, as the Fort Lauderdale Gay & Lesbian Film Festival – both were brought together under one brand to become OUTshine Film Festival, underscoring its brightness, broad appeal and dynamic multicultural locations, the nonprofit festival is critically and internationally acclaimed as the largest LGBTQ+ cultural arts happenings in South Florida. OUTrageous. OUTspoken. And OUTstanding in what we deliver. For more information and tickets, call 877-766-8156, visit us at outshinefim.com and follow us on Facebook @OUTshineFilmFestival, on Twitter @OUTshineFilm and on Instagram @OUTshineFilm.
Thurs., October 10, at 7 p.m. “Adam”; Opening Night; Southeast Premiere;
Museum of Discovery & Science AutoNation® IMAX 3D Theater
Fri., October 11, at 7 p.m. “To The Stars”; CGT
Fri., October 11, at 7 p.m. “Straight Up”; SC
Fri., October 11, at 9:15 p.m. “Song Lang”; CGT
Fri., October 11, at 9:15 p.m. “Cubby”; Florida Premiere; SC
Sat., October 12, at 12:30 p.m. “Sid & Judy”; CGT
Sat., October 12, at 2:45 p.m. “Unsound”; Sneak Preview; CGT
Sat., October 12, at 5 p.m. “Unsettled: Seeking Refuge in America”; CGT
Sat., October 12, at 5 p.m. “Circus of Books”; SC
Sat., October 12, at 7:15 p.m. “Carmen & Lola”; Ladies Spotlight Film; East Coast Premiere; CGT
Sat., October 12, at 7:15 p.m. “The Shiny Shrimps (Les Crevettes pailletées)”; SC
Sat., October 12, at 9:30 p.m. “An Almost Ordinary Summer (Croce e Delizia)”; CGT
Sat., October 12, at 9:30 p.m. “Sell By”; SC
Sun., October 13, at 12:30 p.m. “Leonard Soloway’s Broadway”; CGT
Sun., October 13, at 2:45 p.m. “The Sympathy Card”; Florida Premiere; CGT
Sun., October 13, at 5 p.m. “Little Miss Westie”; CGT
Sunday, October 13, at 5 p.m. “Ham: A Musical Memoir”; Florida Premiere; SC
Sun., October 13, at 7:15 p.m. “Queering the Script”; CGT
Sun., October 13, at 7:15 p.m. “The Prince (El Principe)”; East Coast Premiere; SC
Thurs., October 17, at 7 p.m. “Defiant Souls (Insumisas); Centerpiece Film and Southeast Premiere; SC
Fri., Oct. 18, at 7 p.m. “Carmilla”; East Coast Premiere; CGT
Fri., October 18, at 7 p.m. “Benjamin”; SC
Fri., October 18, at 9:15 p.m. “Where We Go From Here; Southeast Premiere; CGT
Fri., October 18, at 9:15 p.m. “Label Me”; East Coast Premiere; SC
Sat., October 19, at 12:30 p.m. “Born to Be”; Southeast Premiere; CGT
Sat., October 19, at 2:45 p.m. Ladies’ Shorts; CGT
Sat., October 19, at 5 p.m. “Everybody Changes (Todos Cambiamos)”; North American Premiere; CGT
Sat., October 19, at 5 p.m. Men’s Shorts; SC
Sat., October 19, at 7:15 p.m. “Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille
en feu)”; CGT