Long Beach, California – The 20th anniversary, 2013 Long Beach QFilm Festival will take place September 6th-8th at the historic Art Theatre located at 2025 East 4th St. and the neighboring Center Long Beach, both on Long Beach’s renowned “Retro Row.” Submissions for this year’s fest are now closed but will be accepted beginning in October for the 2014 festival via www.withoutabox.com. Passes and tickets will be available for purchase beginning in August through the QFilm Festival page at www.qfilmslongbeach.com.
Long Beach’s longest-running film festival since 1993, 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% increase over the previous year, and featured several area premieres as well some of the most acclaimed features on the 2012 film festival circuit. 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 Friday, September 6th with the Long Beach premieres of the award-winning features “Reaching for the Moon,” about lesbian poet Elizabeth Bishop, and Darren Stein’s outrageous 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 (screening times and venues will be announced in August) are: “I Am Divine,” an insightful and moving documentary about the late drag star of such films as “Pink Flamingos” and the original “Hairspray”; James Franco’s and Travis Mathews’ fascinating, controversial “Interior. Leather Bar.”; and the hilarious romantic-satire “Who’s Afraid of Vagina Wolf?” These initial five crowd-pleasing features are being presented through special arrangement with Program Sponsor, The Film Collaborative. In addition, “Getting Go: the go doc project,” a sexy 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 great Men’s and Women’s short films will also be screened during the weekend (these programs will be announced in August). The festival will come to a close the evening of Sunday, September 8th.
Jury awards will be given to worthy films in several categories. All net proceeds from the festival will benefit The Center Long Beach and its important community outreach programs. We are grateful to those filmmakers and current sponsors who are supporting this effort. Sponsors of the 2013 QFilm Festival include: Tasteful Cakes; Hyatt Regency Long Beach; Barefoot Wine & Bubbly; Blue Moon Brewing Company; Anderson Real Estate Group; Guerra Law Office; Keir Jones, State Farm Insurance; Planned Parenthood; Kahlo Design; ACLU; State Senator Ricardo Lara; The Rage Monthly; GED and GetOut LB. Additional sponsors and underwriters are being sought. Please contact Christina D. Rios Bennett at (562) 889-2826 or firstname.lastname@example.org for information about sponsorship opportunities. For more information on the Art Theatre, please visitwww.arttheatrelongbeach.com.
About The Center Long Beach
The LGBTQ Center of Greater Long Beach is located at 2017 E. Fourth Street in Long Beach. The Center was officially incorporated in 1980 as One in Long Beach, Inc. and has been providing a variety of health, social, advocacy, legal, and service programs to the LGBT community in the Long Beach area for three decades. The Center serves approximately 21,000 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender clients and constituents annually through 23 different programs and services.