HIGHLIGHTS: January 2023 LA LGBTQ+ Film Festival

Showcase of the best FILMS in the world today.

Audience Award Winners:
Best Short Film: PETE
Best Performances: REVERENCE
Best Sound & Music: AN HONEST LIFE
Best Cinematography: DRIFTEEN
Best Comedy: HE WATCHES

Watch the Audience Feedback Video for each film:

LOITERING WITH INTENT, 23min., USA, Documentary

Directed by Eve Jablonkay
Dante lets us peek into his life. He’s a sex worker and go-go dancer in West Hollywood.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!

REVERENCE, 19min., USA, Dance/Drama

Directed by Rachel Hemsley
“He danced for fame. She danced through pain. For old times’ sake and to new beginnings…in a fleeting moment.” – Set in the world of dance, RÉVÉRENCE is a story of relationships which resonates with audiences of all backgrounds, including the LGBTQ+ community. The story is told through the eyes of two dancers who began on the same path, yet went completely different directions in their careers and their destiny. Through the tragedy and the person who pulled them apart, a new tragic misfortune causes them to reunite, gifting them each a new clarity – even if it is just for one fleeting moment in a dance studio.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!

PETE, 6min., USA, Animation

Directed by Bret Parker
“Pete” is an animated short film based on a true story about gender identity, Little League Baseball, the people who inspire change by trying to be themselves, and the superheros who allow that change to happen.


WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!

AN HONEST LIFE, 3min., USA, Animation

Directed by Richard O’Connor
When Jeffrey Perri was nine years old, his grandfather, Tony Perri, came out to him as gay. At StoryCorps, grandfather and grandson share memories of their respective coming out journeys and reflect on how much they mean to each other.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!

DRIFTEEN, 33min., USA, Drama/Adventure

Directed by Matthew McDuffie
In the 1990s, a pair of queer teenage girls run away from their troubled homes together in search of love and adventure and freedom and find much more than they bargained for on the highways of the American West.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!

HE WATCHES, 14min., USA, Drama/Horror

Directed by Joshua Conkel
40-something Tom has his boyfriend Mikey move in. What seems like domestic bliss at first gives way to creeping dread as a malevolent spirit makes itself known. This gay ghost will stop at nothing to get close to Tom, even if that means eliminating Mikey.


WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!

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