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!

TICKETS: On a Donate as you can afford basis (suggested $10)

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!

TICKET REGISTRATION LINKS

These are being added regularly so pop back daily. Please also tell your friends!

Friday 3rd: LIVE Q&A

https://www.curvemag.com/calendarevents/curves-virtual-festival-the-foxy-merkins-qa-with-film-director-madeleine-olnek/

Saturday 4th: LIVE Q&A

https://www.curvemag.com/calendarevents/curves-virtual-festival-lesflicks-fireside-chat/

Sunday 5th: LIVE Q&A

https://www.curvemag.com/calendarevents/curves-virtual-festival-lesflicks-fireside-chat-2/

Tuesday 7 April: PASSAGE SERIES WATCH PARTY

Film: https://lesflicksvod.vhx.tv/passage-the-series

Zoom: to follow

Thursday 9 April: NINA’S HEAVENLY DELIGHTS WATCH PARTY

Film:

Zoom: to follow

Friday 10 April: LIVE Q&A

https://www.curvemag.com/calendarevents/lesflicks-film-hour-passage/

Saturday 11 April: LIVE Q&A

https://zoom.us/meeting/register/v5ckcuGtqz0ud6uDS0BQvb1D3ok4P16SwQ

Sunday 12 April: LIVE Q&A

https://zoom.us/meeting/register/uJ0pf-yhrDouLE8_csE7SJOBBDz1QPCElw

Wednesday 15 April: BUTCH JAMIE WATCH PARTY

Film:  https://lesflicksvod.vhx.tv/butch-jamie

Zoom: to follow

CONFIRMED EVENTS

Synopsis: An exuberant, touching romantic comedy about the clashing of two worlds and cultures. Tala, a London-based Palestinian, prepares for her elaborate wedding in Jordan when she meets Leyla, a young British Indian woman who turns her world upside down.

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.

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, and queer producer Petey J Gibson and lesbian director and producer Christie Conochalla 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.

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.

LESFLICKS FILM HOUR: NINA’S HEAVENLY DELIGHTS – Q&A with Pratibha Parmar

Join acclaimed director Pratibha Parmar as we talk to her about her feature, Nina’s Heavenly Delights. A prolific documentary filmmaker, Pratibha’s feature film debut garnered a mainstream theatre theatrical release. She is known for her trademark heightened political consciousness, artistic edge and inventive and inspired storytelling. Hosted by Sarah O’Connell, a broadcaster helping to build a more LGBT-inclusive media industry.

Synopsis: Frustrated lesbian actress Jamie begins to audition for male roles when she is repeatedly overlooked for female ones.

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.

LESFLICKS FILM HOUR: SHELBY’S VACATION: Q&A with Vicki Sampson, Nancy Beverly, Laura Grimaldi and Brynn Horrocks

We’ll be joined by the director, producer and cast of Shelby’s Vacation to discuss creating this beauty of a short film, and why it didn’t end up being the feature it started out as planned. Join as we discuss the films with their makers. Hosted by Helen Oakleigh, a versatile stage and screen actor, writer and director.

Synopsis: Two teenage girls with parallel lives but coming from different socio-economic backgrounds meet one summer to discover friendship and a sexual awakening.

Synopsis-Holiday Help Desk: When Lauren gets stuck working her IT job on Christmas Eve, a simple call for technical help turns into holiday magic.
Synopsis-The Visit: A simple birthday card and a first class ticket bring Andi and Emily face-to-face with a question that neither thought she was ready to confront.

LESFLICKS FILM HOUR: Focus on Britain – Q&A with Kate Lane and Anna Alfieri – first features and distribution challenges specific to the UK

The little island off the coast of Europe sure does produce some brilliant film. Join filmmakers Kate Lane (Fear of Water) and 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.

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.

LESFLICKS FILM FOCUS: The Visit, Holiday Help Desk and Shelby’s Vacation

We’ll be joined by the wonderful minds behind the short films Holiday Help Desk and The Visit, and Shelby’s Vacation – The Visit director/writer Shannan Leigh Reeve, Holiday Help Desk director/producer Chelese Belmont, writer/producer Hillary Esquina and Shelby’s Vacation. Join as as we discuss the films with their makers. Hosted by Naomi Bennett, the CEO and founder of Lesflicks based in London.

Synopsis: A straight-laced young woman who is in fierce denial of being diagnosed with terminal melanoma finds herself carried away on an impulsive adventure by an unpredictable stranger.

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 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.

LESFLICKS FILM HOUR: Focus on Australia – Q&A Monica Zanetti (Skin Deep and Ellie & Abbie (And Ellie’s Dead Aunt)) and Louise Wadley (All About E)

It’s time to explore film down under on Lesflicks Film hour! Join Monica Zanetti 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 All About E director Louise Wadley, so come with your burning questions, kids! Hosted by Sarah O’Connell, a broadcaster helping to build a more LGBT-inclusive media industry.

Synopsis: E, a beautiful DJ, cuts a swathe through her female fans until she is forced to go on the run with Matt, her husband of convenience. With no where to go, E flees to her ex-girlfriend’s house in the outback.

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.

LESFLICKS FILM HOUR: Q&A – All About E

It’s time to talk all about All About E! Join our Q&A with the team behind the Australian-produced film, including director Louise Wadley, Producer Jay Rutovitz and lead actors Mandahla Rose (BIFL, Butch Pal, August in the City) and Julia Billington (Ellie and Abbie (and Ellie’s Dead Aunt)Home & Away, First Day). Hosted by Sophie Hogan, a journalist based in London serving as the Resident Editor of Lesflicks.

LESFLICKS FIRESIDE CHAT: acting in queer films – the challenges and benefits around independent content

Acting brings these wonderful creations together on screen, and these people work hard as hell to make it happen. Join BIFL and Delta&Daisy star Mandahla Rose to explore more into the world of acting in independent movies. Hosted by Naomi Bennett, the CEO and founder of Lesflicks based in London.

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 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.

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). 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.

Synopsis: A lesbian with commitment issues befriends a widowed mother who is visiting her workaholic daughter.

Synopsis: In the aftermath of the slaughter of Crazy Bitches at the Hallowed Spirits Ranch, Alice has divorced Eddie and is trying to get on with life, especially since Eddie has already remarried and to someone younger than her. She distracts herself by volunteering to organize the Holiday Pageant for her son’s Pre-school class, but that doesn’t help much since Eddie’s new wife has a 4 year old too and she joins an already fractioned group of “mommies”.

LESFLICKS FILM HOUR: Tru Love – Q&A with Kate Johnston

In our latest fantabulous edition of Lesflicks Film Hour, join us for a Q&A with director Kate Johnston about her Canadian film, Tru Love. Hosted by Helen Oakleigh, a versatile stage and screen actor, writer and director.

LESFLICKS FIRESIDE CHAT: short films – how they get made, why they are great to watch, and how you can suppport them

Delve into the world of short films with creators Sierra Schepmann (Only One/Life at Home), Jade Winters (Love on the Cards) and Florencia Manovil (Encuentro). 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.

LESFLICKS FILM HOUR: Crazy Bitches – Q&A with series creator and cast

In this edition of the Lesflicks Film Hour, we present a Q&A with the creator and one of the actors from the fabulous Crazy Bitches franchise. Join series creator Jane Clark and actors Guinevere Turner, Cathy DeBuono and Naya Wallace to get your burning questions answered about this crazy horror comedy! Hosted by Naomi Bennett, the CEO and founder of Lesflicks based in London.

LESFLICKS FILM HOUR: These Them – Q&A with creator Gretchen Wylder and actors Vico Ortiz, Shaan Dasani

Gretchen Wylder (she/her) is the creator/writer/actor of “These Thems,” an award-winning queer comedy series which also serves as her debut filmmaking project. Gretchen has been a working theatre actor for over a decade in New York, Chicago, internationally and regionally. Gretchen is committed to telling authentic stories using accurate representation and to bringing education about her queer community through humor and empathy. Joining Gretchen is Vico Ortiz and Shaan Dasani. Hosted by Andreena Leeanne, founder of Poetry LGBT Open Mic Night and an out and proud Black Lesbian Poet and mother to a teenage daughter, Andreena Leeanne is a minority within a minority who is making majority moves within the LGBTIQ+ community.

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.

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.

Other events

Everything on this page is just the film content – there is just as much around live music, comedy, literature and cookery!

All events are available on Curve’s website. Supporting independent artists!

Tickets

Tickets are available from Curve Magazine for the film events, and everything in the wider festival – music, literature, comedy and cookery classes!

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