QFest 2020 Announces Complete Competition Line Up for Virtual Film Festival

Friday September 18, 2020

'Ask Any Buddy'
'Ask Any Buddy'  

QFest, Houston's International LGBTQ Film Festival, announces its 2020 feature slate with submissions from across the world, including six competition feature films, three special feature presentations, and various shorts.

Cinenso will host the 24th annual festival virtually on Thursday, September 24 through Monday, September 28. QFest will be available to online pass holders in Houston and across North America, EU countries and Australia. QFest all-access passes are $20. For the complete line-up, QFest Festival Passes or for more information, please visit https://cinenso.com/qfest_20.

There are five categories of awards: The John Steven Kellett Freedom of Vision Award (Top Prize), Grand Jury (Feature), Best Short Film, Best Director (Feature), Best Performance/Ensemble or Subject (Feature), with all films competing for the Audience Prize. The jury will also have the option of Special Recognition prizes.

All films will be screened on the Cinenso platform https://cinenso.com/qfest_20

Highlights of this year's festival include:

FEATURE FILM Competition
(in alphabetical order)

"5 Minutes Too Late" / Romania
Director Dan Chisu
Talents: Mihai Calin, Diana Cavallioti, Emanuel Parvu
The destiny of the man who led the gendarme team into action after an LGBTQ film screening in Bucharest got interrupted violently by a group of radicals, revealed through an investigation by Liliana Calomfir, a young journalist known for her unusually daring reporting.

"Chasing Paper Birds" / Germany
Director: Mariana Jukica
Talents: Albrecht Schuch, Florian Bartholomäi, Vladimir Burlakov
Three storylines told throughout an endless Berlin summer night, about love, hope, dreams, obsessions and fears, converge, allowing for a beautifully haunting glimpse into the darker side of a lost generation.

"Gracefully" / Islamic Republic of Iran
Director: Arash
An 80-year-old dairy farmer recounts his time as a female impersonator performing traditional female ballads and dances on stage for decades before the 1979 Iranian Revolution banned public dancing.

"Khartoum Offside" / Sudan
Director: Marwa Zein
Talents: Elham Balatone, Nedal Fadlallah, Fatma Gaddal, Sara Jubara
A group of women in Khartoum is determined to play football professionally. Their quixotic efforts to become officially recognized as Sudan's National Woman's team is at times tragicomic, but always fearless and inspiring.

"Saints" / Argentina
Director: Alejo Fraile
Talents: Franco Stella, Lion Bagnis, Christian Jensen
A mysterious stranger seduces his way into the lives of two siblings, allowing a mysterious shadowy entity to enter their home.

"Women Without Men" / Italy
Director: Lorenzo Giacinti
Talents: Sabrina Bidini, Polina Dugina, Silvia Benci
A young woman's funeral brings together a disparate group of mourners, most of whom await the return of her father. But as his return is delayed and the days drag on, one mourner exposes the disturbing relationship between father and daughter.


SPECIAL FEATURE Presentation

"Ask Any Buddy" / United States
Film courtesy of Evan Purchell and the American Genre Film Archive.
Director: Evan Purchell
Talents: Peter Berlin, Rick Cassidy, Casey Donovan (all archive footage)
"Ask Any Buddy" compiles fragments from over 125 movies to create a kaleidoscopic snapshot of the era, with rare footage shot at dozens of real, legendary, and long since demolished queer cruising spots and social spaces, A funny, sexy portrait of urban gay life in the years following the Stonewall Riots — or at least how it looked in the movies.

"Before the Night is Over" / United States
Director: Richard Griffin
Talents: Samantha Acampora, Victoria Paradis, Robert Kersey
When young Samantha Pearl loses her parents in a tragic accident, she is sent to live with her aunt who runs a mysterious bordello. Inside she will find not only the passions of those who live there but also unlock the secrets to a series of violent murders.

"Queer Genius" / United States
Director: Chet Catherine Pancake
Talents: Camae Ayewa, Jibz Cameron, Barbara Hammer, Eileen Myles, Rasheedah Phillips
"Queer Genius" explores the remarkable lives of five queer female artists: Barbara Hammer, Eileen Myles, Black Quantum Futurism, Moor Mother, and Dynasty Handbag / Jibz Cameron. Deep, affectionate, and intimate portraits resonate across generations as critically acclaimed and notoriously radical queer artists overcome personal and political obstacles to find new ways to live and share visionary creative practices.


SHORTS

Films shorts from the United Kingdom, France, Philippines, Brazil, Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Poland, Croatia, Turkey and the United States. Complete line-up at https://cinenso.com/qfest_20.

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