Lesflicks is proud to be curating the film segment – 30 live events and more than 10 virtual watch parties – we will help you get through the next few months! If you want to know how hard we work for you – this entire schedule has been pulled together in less than 7 days!
LGBTQI artists and businesses have been hit hard through show and events cancellations and also through being let go from casual work. Together we can support the arts and our LGBTQI community. The virtual festival provides the opportunity to help through financial donations, however small – whilst also providing you with essential access to community and events.
Without independent creatives, there would be no lesbian stories. Yes, every lesbian film you have ever seen is an independent film! We’re supporting independent creatives who have suddenly found themselves unable to work, and not earning – because by supporting them through this crisis they will be in the best position possible to keep creating the content you want to see!
Between 26 March and 31 May – over 120 events including Film, Literature, Live Music, Comedy and Cookery Classes! Film is just one segment, curated by Lesflicks with over 40 events; and there will be nearly 120 events across the whole festival!
PLEASE INVITE EVERYONE YOU KNOW – the success of this event lies with you – over 90% of the people involved are self-employed or casual workers and now not earning. However if we can support them we will see the benefit in the future through new content!
A SPECIAL MESSAGE TO OUR SUPPORTERS:
You can make a difference! Foremost, this virtual festival has been set up to support LGBTQI Artists and businesses! (recommended donation $10)
Scroll down to see who is involved, and what events we have!
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FULL FESTIVAL LINE UP OF FILM EVENTS
Shamim Sarif is a novelist and filmmaker of South Asian and South African heritage. Her work often focuses on gender, race, and sexuality. I Can’t Think Straight was Shamim’s first feature film as writer/director and draws upon her own personal experience with cross cultural, non-heterosexual love, and it’s based on her novel. The movie was produced by Hanan Kattan, Shamim’s longtime partner and successful entrepreneur. Sheetal Sheth is the lead actor in I Can’t Think Straight and The World Unseen. Hosted by Laila El-Metoui, a Paris-born education consultant who has spent 25 years in the Further Education sector in the UK, managing LGBT+ inclusion and social integration projects.
Join us for a The Foxy Merkins watch party in preparation for the weekend’s Q&A with the actors and filmmakers!
Synopsis: A lesbian (Lisa Haas), who is new to prostitution, and a beautiful grifter (Jackie Monahan) who is expert at picking up women wade through the sexual needs and fetishes of their clients.
LESFLICKS FILM HOUR: THE FOXY MERKINS: Q&A with Madeleine Olnek, Jackie Monahan and Lisa Haas
Madeleine Olnek is a NYC based filmmaker and playwright. Her latest feature, “Wild Nights with Emily” was the recipient of the Guggenheim Award as well as an Independent Spirit Award nominee. Jackie Monahan, who headlines the hottest comedy clubs, regularly appears on TV, and has a indie-film following. Both Jackie Monahan and Lisa Haas have both worked multiple times with Olnek, appearing in her latest feature as well as “Codependent lesbian space alien seeks same” and the panel focus, “The Foxy Merkins”. Send in your burning questions to find out more about this razor-sharp LGBTQ+ comedy! Hosted by Sarah O’Connell, a broadcaster helping to build a more LGBT-inclusive media industry.
LESFLICKS FIRESIDE CHAT: lesbian film, why we need to prove we are an audience to help obtain funding and get distribution so you can see the content you want!
Come and our first Fireside Chat of the festival, where we’re joined by LA-based writer/director Christie Conochalla (“Forever Not Maybe”); Toronto-based actress Emily Schooley (Life and the Art of Lying) and writer/director Wendy Jo Carlton (Good Kisser, Jamie & Jessie are Not Together, Easy Abby) to talk about how we as a community can prove we are an audience – so the LGBTQ+ films you love and want more of can get the funding they deserve. Hosted by Sarah O’Connell, a broadcaster helping to build a more LGBT-inclusive media industry.
LESFLICKS FIRESIDE CHAT: The role of trans, non-binary creators and stories in lesbian film
Join us for a Fireside Chat where we talk with AJ Mattioli, an NYC-based trans producer/director; Petey J Gibson, a trans comedian, writer, producer; Christie Conochalla, a writer/director; and Julie Kalcef, an award-winning writer, director and producer who created children’s television series First Day which just launched on ABC in Australia. Hear them all talk about how trans and non-binary creators and stories fit into the world of lesbian film. Hosted by Helen Oakleigh, a versatile stage and screen actor, writer and director.
Synopsis: Passage is an episodic paranormal sci-fi drama centered around Janus Agent Ali Prader. This queer mom is a top paranormal operative for a secret division called Caelus within the government. Ali is able to balance her professional and personal life – that is until she starts to unravel a thread that opens the door to a new crucial shift in power.
Synopsis: Nina Shah (Shelley Conn), a closeted lesbian, returns to Scotland following her father’s death and discovers that the family restaurant is for sale. Nina’s father secretly entered a “Best of the West” curry competition before his death, and Nina vows to win the contest and save the eatery. Lisa (Laura Fraser), a charismatic woman who owns half of the business, agrees to help Nina, and soon the kitchen heats up with more than exotic spices when Nina falls in love with Lisa.
LESFLICKS FILM HOUR: ‘Passage’ Q&A With Series Creator & Producer Hillary Esquina, Actresses Shannan Leigh Reeve, Nicole Pacent, and Mandala Rose
Hear from filmmaker Hillary Esquina and actresses Shannan Leigh Reeve, Nicole Pacent and Mandahla Rose as they talk about making the web series Passage. Hosted by Naomi Bennett, the CEO and founder of Lesflicks based in London.
LESFLICKS FIRESIDE CHAT – the power of shorts to tell amazing stories and how to support them
Short films are a cornerstone of filmmaking often overlooked by those not in the industry. Join filmmakers Nicole Pacent, Mandahla Rose (Delta&Daisy), Emmalie El Fadli, (The Date, From A to Q) and Kate Jessop (Little Elephant, Queer Heroes) as they discuss why shorts are the powerhouses they are and how you can support them in this latest edition of Fireside Chat. Hosted by Sophie Hogan, a journalist based in London and serving as the Resident Editor of Lesflicks.
Join us for our Butch Jamie watch party, where we sit down to watch the film followed by a Q+A with its creator Michelle Ehlen, an independent filmmaker and actor, best known for creating the first lesbian comedy trilogy, including Butch Jamie, Heterosexual Jill, and S&M Sally. Come and watch a brilliant lesbian film with us at our Lesflicks Watch Party!
Join Lesflicks for our Shelby’s Vacation watch party, where we’ll sit down to watch the short, after which we’ll be joined by director Vickie Sampson, producer Nancy Beverly and stars Brynn Horrocks and Laura Grimaldi to discuss creating this beauty of a short film, and why it didn’t end up being the feature it was planned to become. Hosted by Helen Oakleigh, a versatile stage and screen actor, writer and director.
LESFLICKS FILM FOCUS: we showcase 3 indie films and hear from the filmmakers who made them
Join us for another edition of film focus, where we showcase 3 indie films and hear from the filmmakers who made them: Stacy Jill Calvert (The Bra Mitzvah), Florencia Manovil (Encuentro) and Madeleine Olnek. Hosted by Sophie Hogan, a journalist based in London serving as the Resident Editor of Lesflicks.
LESFLICKS FILM HOUR: BUTCH JAMIE, S&M SALLY, HETEROSEXUAL JILL AND introducing new film Maybe Someday – Q&A
Michelle Ehlen is an independent filmmaker and actor, best known for creating the first lesbian comedy trilogy – Butch Jamie, Heterosexual Jill, and S&M Sally. Identifying with both the queer and DIY filmmaking movements, much of her work satirizes gender, sexuality, stereotypes, and identity. We’ll also be joined by long-time colleague of Michelle’s and fabulous actor Shaela Cook. We ask both our and your burning questions during our Lesflicks Film Hour! Hosted by Sarah O’Connell, a broadcaster helping to build a more LGBT-inclusive media industry.
The little island off the coast of Europe sure does produce some brilliant film. Join us for a Fear of Water watch party, where we’ll sit down to watch the movie, followed by a Q&A with Fear of Water’s director Kate Lane and British-based filmmaker Anna Alfieri (Borderline) as we ask them what it means to be filmmakers in the UK today and more. Hosted by Sophie Hogan, a journalist based in London serving as the Resident Editor of Lesflicks.
Come and sit down with us for Lesflicks’ latest watch party, for the wonderful short films Holiday Help Desk and The Visit. Afterwards, we’ll be joined by the wonderful minds behind them – The Visit’s director/writer Shannan Leigh Reeve, Holiday Help Desk director/producer Chelese Belmont, and writer/producer Hillary Esquina. They’ll answer YOUR questions after the Holiday Help Desk and The Visit watch party! Hosted by Naomi Bennett, the CEO and founder of Lesflicks based in London.
LESFLICKS FIRESIDE CHAT: 5 ways you can support lesbian content for free
Join us for another Fireside Chat – as we talk to Forever Not Maybe director Chrisite Conochalla, Naomi Bennett CEO of Lesflicks, and writer/director Wendy Jo Carlton about how YOU can support lesbian content without even reaching for your wallet. Hosted by Helen Oakleigh, a versatile stage and screen actor, writer and director.
It’s time to explore film down under at our Skin Deep watch party! Join Monica Zanetti after the film for an in-depth chat about queer cinema in Australia, finding room for Queer characters on Australian TV shows and a how she went about making the feature films Skin Deep and most recently Ellie & Abbie (& Ellie’s Dead Aunt) which scheduled to screen at BFI Flare. She’ll also be joined by the wonderful Ellie and Abbie actress Julia Billington, so come with your burning questions, kids! Hosted by Sarah O’Connell, a broadcaster helping to build a more LGBT-inclusive media industry.
LESFLICKS FIRESIDE CHAT: From actor to filmmaker – a journey to create more content for you
We’re back with Lesflicks Fireside Chat! On May 1st’s edition, we’ll be chatting with Anna Alfieri (Borderline), Nicole Pacent (Delta & Daisy, Passage) and Jillian Armenante (Judging Amy, Fresh Off The Boat) about the one of the most important collaborations in the film industry: the actor and the filmmaker. Hosted by Naomi Bennett, the CEO and founder of Lesflicks based in London.
LESFLICKS FIRESIDE CHAT: Where are all the lesbian films?!? If there are over 300 lesbian feature films in existance, why don’t you know about them?
We bring together directors Christie Conochalla (Forever Not Maybe), Kanchi Wichmann (Break My Fall, Mixed Messages) and Emily Schooley as we explore how to find the queer movies you love on a global scale. Hosted by Naomi Bennett, the CEO and founder of Lesflicks based in London.
It’s time to talk all about All About E…after watching it, of course! Join our watch party and post-film Q&A with the team behind the Australian-produced film, including director Louise Wadley, and producer Jay Rutovitz. Hosted by Sophie Hogan, a journalist based in London serving as the Resident Editor of Lesflicks.
Join us for the Worldwide digital release of Nicole Conn’s new feature film – More Beautiful for Having Been Broken!
Join us for the European digital premiere of More Beautiful for Having Been Broken, the latest feature film from legendary director Nicole Conn (Elena Undone, A Perfect Ending).
Synopsis: Enchanting 10 year old Freddie, with special needs, brings his burdened but devoted mother, Samantha and newcomer McKenzie together, where they discover love and passion, a salve to their deep wounds as characterized by the Japanese term “Kintsukuroi” – more beautiful for having been broken.
LESFLICKS FIRESIDE CHAT: Exploring lesbian intimacy – creating content that shows Dom/sub and erotica for a lesbian audience
Join Venezuelan-born director and lead actor behind the BDSM short Road of Bygones, Astrid Ovalles along with owner of Sugar Town Girls and director of Pleasure Seekers, Julia Schönstädt for a panel discussing the creation of the racy content that makes our hearts skip with every watch – making ethical adult film for a female audience Hosted by Naomi Bennett, the CEO and founder of Lesflicks based in London.
It’s here! Come and join us to watch the legendary lesbian film director Nicole Conn’s newest feature, More Beautiful for Having Been Broken. Sit down and watch the new movie, then stick around for a Q&A with the director herself, and send in YOUR burning questions about this fierce new feature! Hosted by Naomi Bennett, the CEO and founder of Lesflicks based in London.
LESFLICKS FILM HOUR: Q&A – Nicole Conn
It’s time to ask the legend some questions…join us for a special Q&A with the award-winning director Nicole Conn, whose latest feature More Beautiful for Having Been Broken premieres May 8th globally. Nicole also directed cult classics such as A Perfect Ending and Elena Undone. Hosted by Naomi Bennett, the CEO and founder of Lesflicks based in London.
LESFLICKS FIRESIDE CHAT: Web series: who, what, where, when and why web series are so popular
It’s another edition of Fireside Chat, and we’re talking about the vital importance that webseries hold in our community! We’re chatting with director and actor Nicole Pacent (Delta&Daisy/Anyone But Me), Jane Clark, director of Crazy Bitches) and director of Mixed Messages Kanchi Wichmann as we explore how webseries help the queer film community, and why they’re just so damn popular… Hosted by Sophie Hogan, a journalist in London serving as the Resident Editor of Lesflicks.
In this edition of the Lesflicks watch party, we present the brilliant feature Crazy Bitches. Afterwards, we’ll have a Q&A with creator Jane Clark, and actresses Guinevere Turner, Cathy DeBuono and Naya Wallace, so get your burning questions answered about this crazy horror comedy – and the sequel webseries, now available on iTunes! Hosted by Naomi Bennett, the CEO and founder of Lesflicks based in London.
LESFLICKS FOCUS ON SERIES: Where you can find the hottest new series on the web.
Delve into the world of short films with creators Sierra Schepmann (Only One/Life at Home), Jade Join us for another Lesflicks Film Focus, where we hear from the creators of three of the hottest webseries at the moment: Cory Xenos (Fortnight) and Hillary Esquina (Passage). Watch 3 trailers to tempt you and then hear from their creators about why different platforms offer different opportunities and challenges for both the creator and the audience. Hosted by Naomi Bennett, the CEO and founder of Lesflicks based in London.(Love on the Cards) and Florencia Manovil (Encuentro).
For our antepenultimate Lesflicks watch party, we’re sitting down to watch the wonderful new webseries These Thems. After, we’ll be joined by Gretchen Wylder, the creator/writer/lead actor; fun fact – These Thems serves as her debut filmmaking project. Joining Gretchen is actors Vico Ortiz and Shaan Dasani, so send in your questions get your popcorn ready! Hosted by Andreena Leeanne, founder of Poetry LGBT Open Mic Night and an out and proud Black Lesbian Poet. A mother to a teenage daughter, Leeanne is a minority within a minority who is making majority moves within the LGBTIQ+ community.
It’s here, friends – our penultimate Lesflicks watch party! Join us and director Wendy Jo Carlton to watch the film Jamie & Jessie Are Not Together. Afterwards, stick around for our final post-film Q&A with Wendy and ask her your questions about this wonderful gem of a lesbian movie.
LESFLICKS FILM HOUR: The Sympathy Card – Q&A with creator and cast
Our final edition of Lesflicks Film hour brings you a chat about mixing the comedic with the realistic – The Sympathy Card leads Petey J Gibson and Lauren Neal as we explore how a movie with tragic tones can still lighten our lives in our community. Hosted by Naomi Bennett, the CEO and founder of Lesflicks based in London.
Our wonderful row of watch parties comes to an end with a short film extravaganza! Join us to sit down and watch Life and the Art of Lying (Emily Schooley), How to Fold a Fitted Sheet (AJ Mattioli) and Once Upon a Zipper (Christie Conochalla). Afterwards, join us at the separate event (advertised below) where we have a Q&A with each director to round out the Lesflicks film strand of the Curve Magazine Virtual Festival.
LESFLICKS FILM FOCUS: we showcase 3 indie films and hear from the filmmakers who made them
For our final event in the Lesflicks Film Focus, and our final film event of the Curve Virtual Festival, we bring it round again to the reason we’re all here: indie films. We hear from Emily Schooley (Life and the Art of Lying), Christie Conochalla (Once Upon A Zipper/Forever Not Maybe) and AJ Mattioli (Words), about how they went about making their projects happen to bring our festival to a close. Hosted by Helen Oakleigh, a versatile stage and screen actor, writer and director.