Lineup announced for 25th anniversary of LB QFilm Festival

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The lineup has been announced for the 2018 Long Beach QFilm Festival, taking place Sept. 6 to Sept. 9 at the Art Theatre, 2025 E. 4th St., and the LGBTQ Center of Long Beach, 2017 E. 4th St.

Celebrating its 25th year, QFilm is Long Beach’s longest-running film festival, having been created in 1993. The fest annually presents narrative features, documentaries and short films that seek to embody the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) communities.

More than 1,500 people attend each year, according to a LGBTQ Center press release last week. Filmmakers and cast members will be present for audience discussions after many screenings. Festival events will feature nightly parties, Sunday brunch, opportunities to meet and mingle with filmmakers, actors, critics and other industry professionals and more.
The complete festival schedule is listed below. All events are at the Art Theatre, unless specified. Talent availability is subject to change.

Thursday, Sept. 6
6pm to 10pm- Opening-night party at the LGBTQ Center
7pm- “The Advocate Celebrates 50 Years: A Long Road To Freedom,” followed by Q&A with director Billy Clift and producers David Millbern, Paul Colichman, John Mongiardo and Christopher Donaldson.

Friday, Sept. 7
6:30pm-10pm– Friday-night party at the LGBTQ Center
6:45pm– “Wild Nights With Emily”
9:15pm– “Mapplethorpe”

Saturday, Sept. 8
10:30am– “Every Act of Life,” followed by Q&A with executive producer Suzi Dietz.
12:45pm– “Finding Home,” followed by Q&A with producers Xin Li and Marc Mounier.
2:15pm– Ice-cream social event at the LGBTQ Center
2:45pm– “Queer And Trans Shorts,” featuring “New Deep South: House of JXN,” “Familia?,” “Burton Before and After,” “Violets,” “Happy Birthday Marsha” and “Pinky Gurung,” followed by Q&A with various filmmakers and cast members.
5pm– “Man Made,” followed by Q&A with filmmaker and subject, Mason.
6:30pm– Saturday-night party at The LGBTQ Center
7:30pm– “Kiss Me!”
9:15pm– “Just Friends”

Sunday, Sept. 9
10:30am– Festival brunch at The LGBTQ Center
11am– “Men In Briefs” short film, featuring “Juan Gabriel is Dead,” “Things You Think I Am Thinking,” “The Other Side,” “Femme,” “Grip,” “Deviant” and “Edmund,” followed by Q&A with various filmmakers and cast members.
1:15pm– “Women In Shorts” short film, featuring “Fig Tree,” “I Like Girls/J’aime Les Filles,” “Erin’s Guide to Kissing Girls,” “Pop Rox,” “Getting Started,” “Marguerite” and “Amigas with Benefits,” followed by Q&A with various filmmakers and cast members.
3:15pm– “Transmilitary”
5:15pm– “The Heiresses”
6:30pm– Closing-night party at The LGBTQ Center
7:15pm– “Mi Mejor Amigo” (“My Best Friend”)
9pm– “Shakedown,” followed by Q&A with director Leilah Weinraub and available cast members.

For more information about tickets and film-screening times and locations, visit