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Alice and Iza
In Attendance: Christin Baker, Bridget MacManus, Guinevere Turner, Mandahla Rose, Karman Kregloe
Director: Christin Baker
Writer: Bridget McManus
Cast: Guinevere Turner, Mandahla Rose, Bridget McManus, Karman Kregloe, Fran Nichols, Ali Leibegott, Chole Curran, Amber Gray, Jibz Cameron
A buttoned up divorcee (Guinevere Turner) has a chance encounter with a free spirited younger woman (Mandahla Rose).
Director/Writer: Nicole Allan
Producer: Maya Korn
Cast: Dana Kreitz, Leah Kreitz, Jessica Nahikian
AU stands for Alternate Universe. When Syd fears her twin sister will abandon her for a new girlfriend, she uses her scientific invention, a portal to another universe, to finally take control of her life. But will she go too far for her sister?
Director: Jana Eleanor Bruckner
Writer: Naomi Beukes-Meyer
Cast: Naomi Beukes-Meyer, Birgit Stauber
Becoming Leela is a coming of age story of a closeted yet feisty teenager, Leela, living with her high-handed all knowing mother who wants her daughter to fit herself into social gender expectations. Rejecting all of her mother’s opinions, Leela looks forward to leaving her home in Delhi to go to university in the west with her secret girlfriend where she could be free of all that limits her. Things don’t work out according to Leela’s plan, yet finds herself in Toronto on her own with a chance at a new life. In her new world she is confronted with the losses she has had to bear to get a chance at a different life. In her quest for freedom, she finds a new connection to her mother and a home in herself.
Director/Writer: Anne Hu
Producer: Victoria Negri
Cast: Daniella Rabbani, Thomas Dane, Anne Hu
Eliza, a bisexual woman, tries to explore her sexuality within her marriage with her husband Thomas by surprise ordering a seemingly human female sex robot. But the sex robot is not the cure-all she had hoped for. Be careful what you wish for.
Director: April A. Wilson
Writer: Donna Choo
Producer: Zoe Sua Cho
Cast: Kim Miyori, Rosemary Thomas, Sabra Williams
At an assisted living facility the last thing Bea and Rose expect, is to fall in love but in doing so redefine expectations of life, love, and commitment.
In Attendance: Andrea Meyerson
Writer/Director: Andrea Meyerson
Producers: Jennifer Kriz, Andrea Meyerson, Susan Solman
Cast: Dreya Weber, Susan Solman, Dalila Ali Rajah, Jennifer Kriz, Joey Rich, Suzanne Westenhoefer, Gloria Bigelow, Sweet Baby Jai
After meeting online, Tori and Joy finally have their first date. Chemistry ensues immediately, but will their mutual attraction be enough to overcome some of the challenges presented?
Director: Erica Rose
Writer: Erica Rose
Producer: Chelsea Moore
Cast: Hannah Hodson, Kea Trevett, Alia Guidry, Erica Pappas, and Diane Chen
Girl Talk is a film centered around the complexities of sex, love and intimacy through the lens of Mia, a young and queer identified protagonist. The film redefines the queer narrative. Girl Talk is about the in-between. It is not the coming out story, it’s not about a secret affair, no one dies at the end. We’re showing queer stories that are happening now, that represent the stories we’ve experienced and the stories of our young urban queer community. In the film, we follow Mia as she explores the disparity between emotional and physical intimacy, coming to a head when she meets an intriguing couple.
In Attendance: Jeanette Sears
Director: Jeanette Sears
Writer: Nicole Solomon, Jeanette Sears
Cast: Ruthellen Cheney, Michelle Herring, Kitty Ostapowicz, Katie Hartman
After a terrible date set up from her roommate, June is focused on enjoying her commutes around the city and beating the NYC summer heat. Although she’s determined, one day June finds herself needing a helping hand from a familiar face in a city of millions. When her roommate follows up with another date idea, June already has plans.
Heather Has Four Moms
Director: Jeanette Buck
Writer: Rani Deighe Crowe
Cast: Holly Twyford, Susan Rome, Vanessa Bradcchulis, Tanya Baskin, Kristen Popham, Usman Ishaq
When Heather decides to lose her virginity for her 15th birthday, Mom’s wife must convince Mom, and Mom’s ex, and Mom’s ex’s partner that it’s time for Heather to have “the talk”. Which mom is ready to help Heather make a big decision? It’s a mother-daughter story. Times four.
I Think Our Moms Are Gay
Director/Writer: Lisa Franklin
Cast: Eleanor Greene, Emmet Hawkins
Best friends Eleanor and Emmett spend the summer investigating whether or not their mothers are having an affair.
If This Is Wrong
In Attendance: Chelsea Woods & Franzeska Dickson
Director: Chelsea Woods
Writer: Chelsea Woods & Franzeska Dickson
Cast: Cherish Duke, Katie Kerr and Diana Toshiko
When it comes to primetime television’s most homoerotic buddy cop series, it would be hard to find a more obsessed fan than Maria. Black, queer and a lifelong geek with a love for slash fanfiction, Maria’s deepest passion is the show Bay City and the work of a mysterious fic writer who seems to understand what it’s like to feel like an outsider. But in real life, Maria finds little empathy from her best friend Anna. In her opinion, all Bay City represents is another case of network queerbaiting and a distraction that holds back Maria from pursuing relationships outside of her laptop. Maria hopes a trip to the coffee shop that inspired her favorite writer’s newest fic might help her bring Anna into the fold.
In Attendance: Emily Gutierrez, Alex Vatour
Director/Writer: Emily Gutierrez
Cast: Alex Vatour, Cassandra Williams
Jen, a shy university student, falls for her cool and confident classmate, Riley. When partnered up for a class project, Jen must decide whether or not she can gather up the courage to ask Riley out on a date.
Life At Home
In Attendance: Sierra Schepmann, Alyssa Appleton
Director/Writer/Producer: Sierra Schepmann
Cast: Sierra Schepmann, Alyssa Appleton
Riley and Zoey are committed to each other, but Riley struggles to commit to making a life changing decision. A love letter to a partner deciding to transition.
Light In Dark Places
In Attendance: Lagueria Davis
Director/Writer: Lagueria Davis
Cast: Brea Grant, Benita K Nall, Virtic Brown
A mother makes a shocking discovery when she’s left to pack up her daughter’s house after a tragic car accident.
In Attendance: Dalila Ali Rajah, Lise Angelaica Johnson, Nicole Pacent, Clarissa Thibeaux
Director/Writer: Lise Angelica Johnson
Producer: Lise Angelica Johnson, Dalila Ali Rajah
Cast: Nicole Pacent, Clarissa Thibeaux, Matt Pascua
Melissa Simmons has it all. She lives in a quirky, yet beautiful home near Lake Merritt in Oakland, CA. She’s surrounded by art, and most importantly, she has love that’s stable and passionate, at the same time. So when her lover breaks the news that he’s leaving, Melissa’s life is thrown into chaos. It’s there she discovers unconditional love in an unexpected place.
In Attendance: Emmalie El Fadli
Director: Emmalie El Fadli
Writers: Emmalie El Fadli, Hansof Waller
Producer: Mark Owen
Cast: Miriam O’Brien, Claire Cartwright
Lizzy and Olivia might be total opposites when it comes to careers and dress sense BUT they do have one thing in common… they both swiped ‘right’ on each other. After swiping right, the two hit it off almost immediately but there’s still one thing left to do…meet.
Tomato & Eggs
In Attendance: Nicole Tay and Kelia J. Brown
Director: Nicole Tay and Tina Xu
Writer: Nicole Tay
Producer: Mark Owen
Cast: Celia Au, Fenton Li
Lisa (Celia Au) is a queer Chinese American woman who plans to marry her long-term girlfriend. As Lisa navigates the trans-generational challenges of telling her father Yun (Fenton Li), other secrets will test the bounds of family and culture.
Women: Beyond Labels
In Attendance: Julie Vaillancourt
Director: Julie Vaillancourt
Original idea: Julie Antoine
Music: Jean-Yves Cardin
At a time when the LGBTQ+ community wants to be more inclusive of the various identities, the RLQ/QLN – Quebec Lesbian Network wishes to put forward the realities of sexually diverse women. This short experimental film highlights the complexity of this reflection.
In Attendance: Lisa Cordileone, Sonia Sebastian, Haviland Stillwell
Director: Sonia Sebastian
Writers: Amy Dellagiarino & Lisa Cordileone
Producers: Lisa Cordileone, Amy Dellagiarino & Sonia Sebastian, Eugene Sun Park, Full Spectrum Features
Cast: Alexandra Billings, Lisa Cordileone, Natasha Negovanlis, Jennifer Bartels, Mouzam Makkar, Amy Shiels and Megan Cavanagh. Haviland Stillwell
Freelancers Anonymous is a quick-paced comedy feature about a group of women who come together to launch a tech start-up company. The story follows Billie who, on impulse, quits her soul-sucking office job and is left to figure out “now what?” She meets a ragtag group of women who are also looking for employment, and is struck with the idea of cultivating their skills to create an app for freelancers
EXCLUSIVE SNEAK PREVIEW!
In Attendance: Wendy Jo Carlton, Anne T. Hanson, Gina Mainwal, Kari Alison Hodge, Rachel Paulson and Julia Eringer
Director/Writer: Wendy Jo Carlton
Producers: Gina Mainwal, Anne T. Hanson, Danny Tayara
Cast: Kari Alison Hodge, Rachel Paulson, Julia Eringer, Courtney McCullough, Carter Rodriguez
Jenna agrees to a sexy weekend fling with her materialistic girlfriend Kate and the worldly Mia, but as the night unfolds, Jenna notices discomfiting details about them, as the love triangle starts to crack.
Writer/Director: Jenna Laurenzo
Executive Producer: Bobby Farrelly
Producers: Martin Sprock, Rob Moran, and Ryan R. Johnson of Sprockefeller Pictures
Cast: Cloris Leachman, Bruce Dern, Kevin Pollak, Steve Guttenberg, Rob Moran, Elaine Hendrix, Jenna Laurenzo, Caitlin Mehner, Brandon Micheal Hall, Deirdre O’Connell and Kevin Kane
LezBomb is a multigenerational comedy of errors featuring a young woman(Lauren) who comes home for Thanksgiving with some life changing news. Little does Lauren know, the eccentric cast of characters that make up her extended family have their own stirring surprises as well. The result is a hilarious series of events forcing the family to come together in what amounts to the most unceremonious of holidays. As it turns out, there is no good time to drop the Lez Bomb.
Two in the Bush: A Love Story
In Attendance: Laura Madalinski, Sarah Mitchell
Director: Laura Madalinski
Writer: Kelly Haas and Laura Madalinski
Producer: Brittany Wagner
Cast: Sarah Mitchell, Travis Delgado, Caitlin Aase, Melissa DuPrey
After losing her job, Emily arrives home early from work to find her girlfriend in the throes of passion with someone else. In an instant, her entire life is turned upside down. Moving in with her best friend, Emily lands a new gig working for a dominatrix, and promptly falls for her new boss, and her boss’s boyfriend.
In this wise and witty look at the world of bisexuality, polyamory and dungeons, filmmaker Laura Madalinski asks us to consider what risks are worth taking for love.
United We Fan
Director/Writer: Michael Sparaga
Producer: Michael Sparaga, Joel Roff
An exploration of the history and evolution of television ‘save our show’ fan campaigns from the letter writing and product mail-in campaigns of yesterday, to the social media and crowdfunding campaigns of today. Featuring interviews with fans alongside the stars and creators of the shows they fought to save, United We Fan is “a valentine to the communities that form, online and otherwise, around their passion for beloved characters and compelling storytelling” (Matt Roush, TV Insider)
BIFL: The Series
In Attendance: Amber Rivera, Daren Taylor, Kelsey O’Regan, Anisha Adusumilli, Mandahla Rose, Haviland Stillwell, Jill Rivera, Jennifer Hook, Andrea Nelson
Director: Daren Taylor
Writer: Kelsey O’Regan
Producer: Amber Rivera
Cast: Anisha Adusumilli, Andrea Nelson, Mandahla Rose, Elizabeth Peterson, Michael Sasaki, Philip Orazio, Christopher Dietrick , Haviland Stillwell
Jill is a little in love with her best friend Chloe and a little terrified to say anything to her about it, even though their roommate Sarah is both convinced that the feelings are mutual and sick to death of waiting for one of them to make a move. When the gang’s New Year’s Eve party ends with one hook-up, one not-quite-hookup, and one not-quite-breakup, everyone is left re-examining what they thought they knew about themselves and each other.
In Attendance: Gaby Dixon & Ashlyn Hughes
Director: Gaby Dixon & Ashlyn Hughes
Writer: Gaby Dixon & Ashlyn Hughes
Cast: Gaby Dixon, Ashlyn Hughes, Damon Royster, Tina Arfaee, Shelby Plummer
Darby, a queer woman fresh out of rehab for alcohol abuse and unwilling to take life seriously, is assigned to a women’s outpatient therapy group where she finds herself among a quirky, diverse group of women whose evolving relationships with each other help Darby gradually understand that quitting drinking was only the first step and recovery takes effort.
Special screening of the hit Web Series!
In Attendance: Giovannie Espiritu & Ashlei Shyne
Writer/Director/Producer: Florencia Manóvil
Associate Producers: Giovannie Espiritu, Ashlei Shyne, Dalila Ali Rajah
Cast: Tai Rockett, Giovannie Espiritu, Carla Pauli, Comika Hartford, Mahasin Munir, Tom Paul, Andre Le Blanc, Amelia Mae Paradise, Ashlei Shyne, Rain Dove, Dalila Ali Rajah, D’Lo, Therese Garcia
Dyke Central is a comedic drama centered around masculine-of-center Oakland roommates Alex and Gin. The first season sees Gin learning about herself as she flutters from woman to woman, while Alex attempts to sustain her seemingly-stable relationship with girlfriend Jackie, in the face of new life options. Surrounded by a diverse group of loving friends dealing with their own challenges, Alex and Gin struggle with staying true to themselves in a queer world ripe with opportunity.
(In Attendance: Cheska Bacaltos Masongsong, Alyssa Perez, Ines Ware, Cory Xenos, Daniel Luna, Doni Masongsong, Jacob Barnes)
Director: Cheska Bacaltos Masongsong
Writer: Daniel Luna
Cast: Alyssa Perez, Daniel Luna, Ines Ware, Jacob Barnes
Guillermo and Jazmyne are two best friends looking to find success and acceptance with the little resources (and sobriety) they have. Functional is a new web series that focuses on topics within the LGBTQ+ and Latinx community highlighting the highs and lows that the modern world has to offer.
In Attendance: Kallie Tenney, Sarah Soderquist, Katy Erin, Katie Stoddard, Skarlett Redd
Writers/Directors: Kallie Tenney and Sarah Soderquist
Cast: Katie Stoddard, Skarlett Redd, Anna Wyatt & Katy Erin
GAL PALS is a comedy that follows the interwoven lives of young LGBT women living in Los Angeles. Season One follows a young woman, whose self-destructive game of cat and mouse suddenly comes to a halt when she starts falling for one of her seemingly straight targets.
Official Website: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPKwOERL5FQE0ef8ksnCxaQ
Kait & Nic
In Attendance: Kaitlyn Krieg and Nicole Lee
Writers/Producers: Kaitlyn Krieg and Nicole Lee
Director: Kaitlyn Krieg
Cast: Nicole Lee, Kaitlyn Krieg,Emily Johnson, Talia Page
Kait & Nic is a four-episode web series chronicling two queer, best friends and their experiences navigating the NYC dating scene. Kait is a shy lesbian who suffers from anxiety and depression. Nic is a gregarious bisexual with over-the-top notions about romance
I Put the Bi in Bitter
In Attendance: Kelley Zincone, Dannah Elizabeth, Marin Lepore, Rhema Srihartiti
Writer/Director: Marin Lepore
Producers: Kelley Zincone, Dannah Elizabeth, Marin Lepore
Cast: Rhema Srihartiti, Rhianna DeVries, Evangelina Kisa, Tracy Medberry, Bodhi Rader, Brian McGee, Leah Keiser, Joshua Hunt, Bren Thor
After coming to terms with her bisexuality, Sam attempts to come out and start fresh Junior year, but still struggles to deal with constant heteronormativity.
Made entirely by a group of women, WLW, and WOC in leading creative positions, “I Put the Bi in Bitter” is a fun and lighthearted comedy that deals with the universal themes of expression, friendship and crushes, and those awkward moments of trying to survive high school.
Official Website: https://www.sadgirlproductions.com/iputthebiinbitter
In Attendance: Rebecca Shoptaw, Abbie Bosworth
Writer/Producer/Director: Rebecca Shoptaw
Composer: Abbie Bosworth
Cast: Mia Fowler, Vivian Dang, P.D., and Aïssa Guindo
“Love Language” is an anthology web series of 26 LGBTQ+ short films, each inspired by a word starting with one letter of the alphabet. The films follow six intertwining love stories, which work together to form a sort of “dictionary” of all the ways we communicate our feelings without words.
Passage: The Series
In Attendance: Christin Baker, Hillary Esquina, Nicole Pacent, Mandahla Rose, Jaclyn Chessen
Director: Christin Baker
Writer: Hillary Esquina
Cast: Shannan Leigh Reeve, Mandahla Rose, Nicole Pacent, Ian Ampoyo, and Kitty Swink
Janus Agent Ali Prader is a top paranormal operative for a secret division called Caelus within the government. They rely on her special capabilities to handle the different situations which can arise from interacting with paranormal entities. As a veteran and a mom, 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.
In Attendance: Leticia De Bortoli
Writer/Director: Letícia De Bortoli
Cast: Sophia Grasso, Susan Gallagher, Diana Oh
When Harper is ready to live the best phase of her lesbian life, the tables turn when her mom unexpectedly comes out as queer.
Riley Parra: Season 2
In Attendance: Christin Baker, Carolyn Ratteray, Liz Vassey
Director: Christin Baker
Writer: Geonn Cannon
Cast: Marem Hassler, Liz Vassey, Carolyn Ratteray, Marina Sirtis, Maeve Quinlan, Vaughn Armstrong, Whitney Mixter
Riley Parra grew up in the bad part of town, the crime-ridden No Man’s Land. Now, as a cop in a corrupt department, she strives to make sure the rough streets she left behind aren’t forgotten. In Season 1, the case leads her to the discovery that No Man’s Land is a battleground between angels and demons, and she’s the only chance of defeating evil, Riley chooses to accept the title of Champion for Good. She also loses her partner on the force but finds a partner in life. In Season 2, Riley gets a new partner and discovers who is the Champion for the Demons.
Official Website: http://www.tellofilms.com
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/tellofilms & http://www.instagram.com/RileyParra
Twitter: https://twitter.com/tellofilms & https://twitter.com/Riley_Parra
The Centre – Another Day in Paradise
Director: Jana Eleanor Bruckner
Writer: Naomi Beukes-Meyer
Cast: Naomi Beukes-Meyer, Birgit Stauber
Dr. Jessi has to find a way to tell her Partner, Leoni, that she is considering joining Doctors without Borders again in Namibia, after a letter arrives from the hospital.
TWENTY A Webseries
In Attendance: Lily Richards & Caitlin Combe
Director/Writer: Lily Richards
Producer: Caitlin Combe
Cast: Lily Richards, Alessa Esparza, Lauren Ruth Ward, Kathy Dorn, Taylor Bennett, Sarah Doerner, Sarah Youngblood
Twenty follows the story of Maya, her girlfriend Catalina, and her group of eclectic friends as they navigate careers, love, and life in their early twenties.
In Attendance: Mia Naipaul & Barb Willis
Writer: Mia Naipaul
Co-Directors: Mia Naipaul, Rocco Shapiro
Cast: Mia Naipaul, Satya Polisetti, Barb Willis, Katya Timokhina
Mia (protagonist) finds herself in an unbelievable situation.
Better Things To Do
In Attendance: Teresa Tuan, Calliope Desenberg
A detective has to decide between doing her job and following her heart. San Francisco’s fog (aka “Karl the Fog” @karlthefog) has been stolen by her ex-girlfriend – a notorious thief with a passion for stealing famous objects from around the world. “Better Things To Do” is a joyous homage to ‘90s childhood, gay roots, and the one that got away.
Writer / Director: Jared Swanson
Writer / Producer: Teresa Tuan
Music: Oh The Nerve
Cast: Teresa Tuan, Kelly Carillo, Alena Coons
In Attendance: Jaclyn Chessen, Anjela Vega, Anthony Perdoza
Wedding Dress was written for a pair of brides whose parents would not attend their wedding. The song was performed by Anthony of Fellow Robot for the father daughter dance. Because the father didn’t come, the bride danced with her brother, Jason.
Directed By Jaclyn Chessen and Anjela Vega
Written and Recorded by Fellow Robot
Produced by Anthony Pedroza and Luis Renteria
Mixed by Luis Renteria at BF Studios in Long Beach, Ca
Mastered by Brian Frederick at Hybrid Studios in Santa Ana, Ca
Video shot and edited by Jaclyn Chessen of To-Enfro Productions
Featuring Ann Louis Thaiss on Lead Vocals
Texas Annie: The Legend of the Moan Ranger
In attendance: Jennifer Howd, Ross Mihalko
The Legend of the Moan Ranger” tells the musical tale of a renegade dildo runner in Texas when sex toys are declared illegal.
Director: Jennifer Howd
Writers: Jennifer Howd, Ross Mihalko, John Woods
Producers: Jennifer Howd, Ariel Benarroch
Cast: Jazzy Byner
QWOCMAP (Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project)
Adrift in Sunset
In Attendance: Narissa Lee
Director: Narissa Lee
A mother afflicted with Alzheimer’s is Adrift in Sunset while her daughter learns to weave her own fate.
A Love Letter to Queer Black Womyn
Director/Writer: Bree McDaniel
A Love Letter to Queer Black Womyn vanquishes trauma on a journey toward healing.
Director/Writer: Misia Denéa
Bi/Black/Body/Bliss is a blazing emblem for plus-sized, queer, African/Indigenous ancestry often rejected by the world.
Call to Prayer
Directors/Writers: Sarah O’Neal & Tia Jackson
For a young Muslim woman and her Christian friend, a benevolent Call To Prayer becomes a beacon for healing.
Director/Writer: Jay Roque
A mother and daughter duo take an uncertain journey toward acceptance in Introspection.
Directors/Writers: Natalie Contreras & Vreni Castillo
The women who destroy the patriarchy are as dangerous as lightning.
Que Siga La Cumbia
Director/Writer: Candy Guinea
Queer and trans people sanctify public space amidst gentrification in Que Siga La Cumbia.
Supa Gallo Pinto
Director/Writer: Alma Herrera-Pazmino
When the world is full of despair, the buoyant passion of Supa Gallo Pinto saves the day.
Director/Writer: Jay Gash
Three heroic queer women of color affirm mind, body, and spirit to Take Care of themselves.
The Spores They Left Us
Director: Jazmín Calderón
Colonizers must beware of our sonoluminescent bruja ancestors.
Un Buen Día
In attendance: Raquel N. López & Roberta Lee
Directors/Writers: Raquel N. López & Roberta Lee
Determined not to let anything get in her way, a daredevil queer Latina leaps over obstacles in Un Buen Día.