After taking last year off, the Las Vegas Queer Arts Film Festival (LVQAFF) returns for its third edition with a virtual festival, bringing back the local showcase of LGBTQ+ films. All of the movies in the festival feature LGBTQ+ talent and/or LGBTQ+ stories, with messages that matter to the community. The result is a diverse slate of short films (and one feature) highlighting the variety in LGBTQ+ filmmaking. Here are some highlights to check out at this weekend’s online festival.
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Las Vegas Local Artists
This showcase for homegrown talent features short films from a variety of genres. The program includes a music video by Vegas indie pop band Indigo Kidd, a drama about a Latina woman struggling with her cultural identity, a comedy about the making of a gay vampire movie, an experimental film about the future of sexuality, and a drama about an emergency at a chess tournament. The five films represent the spectrum of queer filmmaking from Vegas-based artists.
Block 1: Animation
LVQAFF founder Kris Manzano says that he’s especially proud of the festival putting together full programs for animation and music videos this year. The animation program features 10 short films with visual styles ranging from cute to avant-garde. The animated films hail from around the world, including Germany, Lebanon and Brazil, as well as the United States and Canada.
Block 2: music Videos
Music video programs have proved increasingly popular at short film festivals, and LVAQFF’s own program includes everything from chillwave to opera.
“20s & Change: San Francisco”
This web series created by Matt Scott and Erik Douds features interviews with 21 different “changemakers,” who came together during San Francisco Design Week and San Francisco Pride to talk about the projects they’re working on to make a difference.
This one feature film in this year’s festival is a drama about a political activist making his way through Berlin’s underground cultural scene. Writer-director Samuel Kay Forrest also stars at the main characters, who’s discovering his own identity as he fights for recognition for his community.
Las Vegas Queer Arts Film Festival. October 15-18. lvqueerarts.com
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