5 DAYS WITH 10 FEATURES, 41 SHORTS, PANELS, WORKSHOPS AND MORE! OUTFEST FUSION QTBIPOC FILM FESTIVAL RUNS APRIL 16 – 20 2021.

Outfest is the Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization dedicated to creating visibility for diverse LGBTQIA+ stories and empowering tomorrow’s artists and storytellers. The Outfest Fusion QTBIPOC (Queer, Trans, Black, Indigenous and People of Color) Film Festival starts today!

At Lesflicks, we share this passion to celebrate and amplify diverse LGBTQIA+ stories as well as support the filmmakers creating these stories for us to see onscreen.

Here is your Lesflicks guide to the WLW films being showcased at Outfest Fusion QTBIPOC Film Festival 2021 for you to check out!

And Then

Director: Jenn Ravenna Tran 2021 | USA | 15m | English, Japanese

Mana, a Japanese-American woman who arrives in Tokyo seeking to find a break from her life as an artist, meets Haru, a Japanese woman from the countryside who dreams of becoming an artist herself one day. 
Starring: Erika Ishii, Rina Hoshino

Playing in shorts program: Finding True Self – API Portraits

At Last

Director: Lorena Gordon 2020 | USA | 13m | English

A timid high school girl reveals her truth during the most important night of the year.
Starring: Katie Burton, Zack Gottsagen, George Lopez, Marlene Forte, Tricia Brooks

Playing in shorts program: BFFs – Young At Heart

Champion

Director: Brittany Campbell
2020 | USA | 4m | English

An animated ode to Black queer femme love accompanies Brittany Campbell’s song “Champion.”
Starring: Brittany Campbell, Candace Quarrels

Playing in shorts program: The Kaleidoscope of the Black Gaze

Forgotten Roads

Director: Nicol Ruiz Benavides
2020 | Chile | 71m | Spanish

Claudina is a repressed woman from the countryside. Following the death of her husband, she meets Elsa, who opens Claudina’s eyes to the possibility of real love. Under the judgmental watch of a little conservative town in the south of Chile (that happens to be in the thralls of frequent UFO sightings!), Claudina begins a journey toward queer self-acceptance, in which she learns that true happiness may require leaving everything she knows behind her.

Starring: Rosa Ramírez, Romana Satt, Gabriela Arancibia, Claudia Devia, Raúl López Leyton, Cristóbal Ruiz

Ma Belle, Ma Beauty

Director: Marion Hill
2021 | USA, France | 95m | English, French

In Marion Hill’s Sundance Film Festival hit, passions and jealousies are reignited when Bertie and Lane, two women who were formerly polyamorous lovers, reunite at a secluded farmhouse in the south of France. To help Bertie with a creative roadblock, her husband Fred secretly invites Lane to stay with them — a not-so-pleasant surprise for Bertie. Old resentments, simmering tension, and sexual chemistry all combine into an explosive reunion that fascinatingly examines the issues that arise in a non-traditional relationship.

Starring: Idella Johnson, Hannah Pepper, Lucien Guignard, Sivan Noam Shimon

Pure

Director: Natalie Jasmine Harris
2020 | USA | 12m | English

On the eve of her cotillion ball, a young Black girl grapples with her queer identity and questions her purity.
Starring: Mikayla LaShae Bartholomew, Jacob Daniel Smith, Josca Moore, Aaron Casey, Jamon Adams, Rennee Harrison, Tianne K. Johnson, Jonathon Munez, Yohance Barton, Kyle Price

Playing in shorts program: BFFs- Young At Heart

Queer Isolation

Director: Jordana Valerie Allen-Shim
2020 | Canada | 11m | English

A young Vietnamese-Canadian transgender woman reconnects with a former classmate over a dating app after moving back home during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Starring: Emery Nguyen, Puneet Kuldeep Bajwa

Playing in shorts program: BFFs – Young at Heart

Roadkill

Director: Aliza Brugger
2020 | USA | 16m | English

Tillie’s lonely life as a roadkill removal worker is destabilized when Wanda, a lively stranger, comes to town.

Starring: Gamze Ceylan, Nana Ponceleon
Playing in shorts program: Now That I’ve Found You

The Way We Are

Director: Amanda Ann-Min Wong
2020 | Canada | 16m | English

Through an immersion into old photographs and memories, four queer Asian women tell their personal stories of life, love, and growth.

Playing in shorts program: Finding True Self – API Portraits

Thơ

Director: Heather Muriel Nguyen, Jake Villadolid

2019 | USA | 8m | English
As Thơ ventures into romance as a panromantic asexual/ace, her boyfriend Dylan pressures her to be both sexual and straight

Starring: Heather Muriel Nguyen, Malik Tyler, Zedakiah Koterba, & Michelle Fang

Playing in shorts program: Stand Up, Be Heard

Unapologetic

Director: Ashley O’Shay
2020 | USA | 86m | English

After two police killings, Black millennial organizers challenge a Chicago administration complicit in state violence against its Black residents. This deep look into the Movement for Black Lives is told through the lens of Janaé and Bella, two fierce, queer-identified abolitionist leaders, from the police murder of Rekia Boyd to the election of mayor Lori Lightfoot.

Remember the film festival is showing April 16-20 2021! You can catch all the information and get your tickets today! Click here.

Let us know which films you enjoyed at Outfest Fusion QTBIPOC Film Festival 2021, and tag @Lesflicks #AmplifyLBTQFilm on social media!

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