OUTshine LGBTQ+ Film Festival Fort Lauderdale Kicks Off

The twelfth iteration of the the biannual Fort Lauderdale film festival will go virtual from December 3 to 6

This year’s socially distanced Drive-OUT event on Dec. 4 at Pier Sixty-Six Marina will feature the gripping drama Cowboys starring Steve Zahn.

The twelfth iteration of the OUTshine LGBTQ+ Film Festival Fort Lauderdale, the biannual film festival that showcases LGBTQ+ media to inspire, entertain, and educate the community, will go virtual from December 3 to 6.  Building upon the success of its Miami-based virtual film festival held online in August, the Fort Lauderdale edition, presented by Gilead Sciences and Broward County, will showcase 21 films from 11 countries. Each film will be available to viewers throughout the state of Florida. The festival will also host livestreamed special events with cocktail happy hours, talent, and Q&A sessions.

This year’s festival will feature the OUTshine Drive-OUT film Cowboys, on Friday, December 4, at 7 p.m. at Pier Sixty-Six Marina. Awarded “Outstanding Performance in a U.S. Feature” at the OutfestLGBT Film Festival and “Best Screenplay” at the TriBeCa Film Festival, Cowboys stars Steve Zahn (Treme’, Modern Family, Dallas Buyers Club) as Troy, a father who tries to liberate his young transgender son by taking him to Canada, but as a frustrated female detective spearheads an investigation, she discovers that the child’s family situation is more complicated than she thought.

On Saturday, December 5, the festival will host a free tenth anniversary screening of BearCity, an outrageous, hilarious, and touching portrait of a group of friends trying to get by via laughing, loving, and sex-ing in New York City. The show begins at 7 p.m. A virtual cast reunion and interactive Q&A will follow the film. Other highlights include the United States premiere of the romantic drama Walking with Shadows (Nigeria), the award-winning international comedy-drama Goodbye Mother (Thưa mẹ con đi) (Vietnam), the award-winning international drama No Hard Feelings (Germany), and the feature thriller Through A Glass Darkly (USA). A virtual closing awards ceremony will take place on Sunday, December 6, at 8 p.m. via Zoom.

Tickets for individual films cost $7.50 each and value packages cost from $37.50-$100. Drive-OUT tickets cost $40 per vehicle (food trucks and free popcorn available). OUTshine members and annual pass holders receive discounts on all packages. A full list of films and descriptions can be found here. 

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