A Guide to Miami's Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

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Karina Castrillo

The twice-annual OUTshine Film Festival takes over South Beach for ten days of film until April 30. Formerly named the Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, and the MiFo LGBT Film Festival, the event goes by its new name OUTshine to cast a spotlight on its bright and multicultural location.

In celebration of 20 years of queer filmmaking, this year the festival will be screening 65 films at South Beach Regal Cinema and the Scottish Rite. There will also be a number of panel discussions with directors and actors, as well as a list of parties and events to celebrate throughout the ten-day festival.

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A few films screening in Miami will include Cherry Grove Stories (a historical gay documentary), Noblemen (a drama about a fifteen-year-old struggling with adolescence and sexuality), and Postcards from London (a gay drama about a teen who moves to London and falls in love with a gang of male escorts).

The star-studded event kicked off with a free screening of Barbarella and a Producers and Filmmakers’ Soiree at the Scottish Rite. More events to come include the Men’s Spotlight Party on Thursday, April 26 at 9:15 p.m. at the Molto South Beach. Advance tickets for guests are $35, day-of $40, while members have discounted ticketing.

There will be a Closing Night Event on Saturday April 28 at 9:30 p.m. at the Lobster Bar Sea Grille. Advance tickets for guests are $45, day-of $50. Finally, the film festival will come to a close with a Filmmakers Awards Brunch on Sunday, April 29 at 11:00 a.m. at the Rusty Pelican in Key Biscayne with bottomless mimosas, of course.

The twice-annual film festival aims to entertain and educate with films that show the perspective of the LGBTQ experience. Everyone is welcome to attend. OUTshine visits South Florida in the spring in Miami, and in the fall in Fort Lauderdale.

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