HIGHLIGHTS: April 2023 LA LGBTQ+ Film Festival

Showcase of the best FILMS in the world today.

Audience Award Winners:
Best Short Form Short Film: SEPARATE
Best Long Form Short Film: BORN AGAIN
Best Performances: SPARE CHANGE
Best Experimental Film: SALAD, ORANGES AND FLOWERS
Best Direction: GAY CAMP
Best Student Film: THE ZOO
Best Sound & Music: Como Rome@+Juliet@

Watch the Audience Feedback Video for each film:

YOU CAN LIVE FOREVER, 96min., Canada, Romance Drama
Directed by Mark Slutsky, Sarah Watts
When lesbian teen Jaime is sent to live in a Jehovah’s Witness community, she falls hard for a devout Witness girl and the two embark on an intense affair with consequences that will reshape the rest of their lives.


WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!

SEPARATE, 6min., USA, Fantasy/Thriller
Directed by Kestrin Pantera
Separate is a post-apocalyptic survival story. When the Supreme Court rolls back marriage equality and orders couples’ lawful children to be taken and placed with “traditional” families, a daughter and dad flee their home, dodging citizen bounty-hunters, to find refuge in a gay-ballroom safe-house across the border.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!

SPARE CHANGE, 13min,. USA, Drama
Directed by Jesse Randall
After being thrown out by his parents, a young, homeless, trans man fights for survival on the gritty streets of Los Angeles until he can get on his feet again. After struggling to earn money panhandling, an unhoused woman living on the streets for 16 years shows him the ropes.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!

THE ZOO, 12min,. Canada, Drama Family
Directed by Kyisha Williams
Magi, mom of 12-year-old, Kik attempts to repair their family after two years of navigating the carceral system. Magi returns home to their partner Anaelle, who has been taking care of Kik, while Magi was away. The thing Magi wants most in the world right now is to be able to reconnect with, Kik by accompanying them on a school field trip to The Zoo.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!

BORN AGAIN, 16min,. India, Drama
Directed by Rik Roy
A man embarks on a path of self discovery, only to end up being devastated by his true identity. The film tries to explore androgynous sensibilities and how humans censor their self expression even before the society does.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!

Como Rome@+Juliet@, 4min., Mexico, Animation
Directed by Hugo Crosthwaite
A stop-motion drawing animation that presents a modernized, U.S./Mexico Border adaptation of William Shakespeare’s tragedy.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!

SALAD, ORANGES AND FLOWERS, 10min,. France, Experimental
Directed by Luying GU
Li Yu is writing a novel based on her free-range cat. However, the image of “Catwoman” began to intrude into her life frequently, and even confused with her close friend in real life, forcing her to face the emotions she had buried for many years…

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!

GAY CAMP, 10min,. USA, Comedy
Directed by Mark Marchillo
In a world where most of the population is gay, children who exhibit “straight” tendencies are sent to camps in order to convert them back to their natural homosexual lifestyle. Camp Sohomo will convert your child in record time.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!

Directed by Christena Carol Dowsett
Darcelle, at the age of 91, is the Guinness World Record holder for the oldest working drag queen. On stage Darcelle is harolded as a prominent figure in the Portland, Oregon LGBTQ+ scene but at home Walter Cole is just like anyone else who loves, laughs, and cries. In this short film, friends and family reflect with Darcelle on a long and accomplished life as the end draws near.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!

LGBTQ+ Festival 1st Scene: LORDS OF HOGTOWN, by Pat A. Brown

On his 37th birthday, a licentious gay reprobate discovers he has a 21-year-old son from a high school fling he doesn’t even remember. Now a promise made to a dying woman force the pair together to find each other.


Narrator: Hannah Ehman
Wager: Allan Michael Brunet
Pyotr: Shawn Devlin
Sid: Sean Ballatyne

LGBTQ+ Festival 1st Scene: BLOOD ON THE SADDLE, by Olivia Marguerite Fouser

Robin Hood of the Wild West Ray Robinson makes trouble for herself wherever she goes, defending women and conning men. Now four of these men want revenge, and if she’s to survive she’ll have to confront her past, outrun her present, and race to reach the love of her life before it’s too late.


Narrator: Hannah Ehman
Ray: Kyana Teresa
Mary Ellen/Kids: Val Cole

Deadline Today – LGBTQ+ Toronto Film Festival

LGBTQ+ Toronto Film Festival

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A very insightful experience! The Feedback video was a gift and the entire team was extremely professional and helpful throughout the process.

This festival is designed to showcase the best of LGBTQ+ stories from around the world today! We accept screenplays (short, TV Pilot, feature) and short & feature films.

Film Festivals:

Festivals occur every single month. We accept an assortment of shorts & feature films from around the world today monthly. We are proud to announce that we will be using the audience feedback format where all accepted films receive a video of people talking about their film at the festival. Excellent video to use for promotional purposes too.

Screenplay Festivals:

We are proud to showcase 2-5 winning LGBTQ+ screenplays at our festival every single month!! Go to the site and watch the winning readings each month.

All entries receive full feedback from the industry. Accepted…

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