The OUTshine LGBTQ+ Film Festival, a biannual film festival on a mission to unite the community and present LGBTQ+ media that inspires, entertains, and educates, will host its 22nd edition virtually. From Thursday, August 20 to Sunday, August 30, the organization will show 80 exclusive contemplative and creative films from 20 countries. Because of this iteration’s digital platform, 44 screenings will be available to viewers throughout the state of Florida. The film festival will also livestream special events, featuring cocktail happy hours, talent, and Q&A sessions.
“In these challenging times, the OUTshine LGBTQ+ Film Festival has adapted to the changing needs of the film and viewing community and is pleased to move forward with an outstanding roster of poignant new features viewable virtually anywhere in the state,” said Victor Gimenez, executive director of OUTshine LGBTQ+ Film Festival. “It’s in this spirit of unity and equality, the tenets upon which the OUTshine LGBTQ+ Film Festival was founded, that we are taking a giant leap forward to offer these award-winning films with culturally diverse narratives and deeply moving subjects to an even wider audience.”
The festival will kick off with OUTshine’s Opening Night Drive-OUT and a showing of Stage Mother on Thursday, August 20 at 7 p.m. at the drive in theater at Dezerland Park. The film festival’s lineup includes landmark LGBTQ+ films from across the globe, like Italy’s The Goddess of Fortune (La Dea Fortuna) on August 26 at 7 p.m. and The Netherlands’ Single Street (Singel 39) on August 30 a 7 p.m. The lineup also include plus two free showings, including Letters to Eloisa on August 22 at 3 p.m. and TRANSformations – a Trans Shorts Package on August 29 at 3 p.m.
For additional information about OUTshine LGBTQ+ Film Festival memberships and film packages, call 877-766-8156, visit the festival website, or follow the festival on social media (@OUTshineFilmFestival on Facebook, @OUTshineFilm on Twitter and Instagram).