The fifteenth annual OUTshineLGBTQ+ Film Festival Fort Lauderdale returns October 19-29.
The highly anticipated festival, renowned for celebrating queer culture, will feature 38 internationally acclaimed feature films, 26 short films and documentaries, and a host of parties and events taking place throughout Broward County.
This year’s opening night will take place at NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale (1 E Las Olas Blvd), on October 19, at 7:30 p.m. The festival kicks off with a screening of The Mattachine Family, directed by Andy Vallentine. This heartwarming comedy-drama follows Thomas and Oscar, a couple grappling with different ideas about what making a family actually means. Tender and funny, The Mattachine Family reflects on “chosen” families, the bonds we form with friends, lovers, and children, and how those define us, elude us, and perplex us. An afterparty at Rooftop @1WLO begins at 10 p.m.
In collaboration with PRIDE Fort Lauderdale and Trans Social, OUTshine will present its TRANScendent Spotlight, the North American premiere of Oskar’s Dress (Oskar’s Kleid) at 6:30 p.m. on October 22, at Paradigm Cinemas: Gateway Fort Lauderdale.
This year’s “Centerpiece Film,” Glitter & Doom, a fantasy summer romance, will screen at 7:30 p.m. on October 26, at Savor Cinema.
The film festival fun continues at The Ladies’ Spotlight Film & Party beginning at 7 p.m. on October 28, at Paradigm Cinemas: Gateway Fort Lauderdale. The selected film, Marinette, is biopic of Marinette Pichon, the first French female soccer player to sign on to the American professional league. An afterparty at Hair Circus begins at 9 p.m.
The suspenseful drama All Of Us Strangers will be close the festival at Savor Cinema, beginning at 5:30 pm. on October 29. British director Andrew Haigh, whose 2011 feature breakthrough Weekend is among the most widely beloved queer romances of the twenty-first century, has returned with an expertly modulated, emotionally overwhelming love story suspended in a metaphysical realm. Immediately following at 8 p.m., festivities, awards and a celebratory evening will take place at The Fitz.