BIPOC Queer Film Canon Kiki

Monday October 19 at 1PM EST

Be prepared to create your winter watchlist with this discussion and celebration of LGBTQ+ films that center BIPOC characters, from celebrated auteur work to hidden gems that deserve to be recognized and added to the queer canon.
Moderator: Farihah Zaman; Panelists: Jourdain Searles, Kyle Turner, and more

BOYS IN THE BAND: Up Close & Personal

Monday October 19 at 6PM EST
Presented by Netflix

NewFest Executive Director David Hatkoff sits down with THE BOYS IN THE BAND cast members and director for an in-depth look at the new adaptation of Mart Crowley’s smash hit play.
Panelists: Joe Mantello, Brian Hutchison, Tuc Watkins

LGBTQ Gathering Spaces in the Time of COVID

Tuesday October 20 at 1PM EST

The Atlantic writer Spencer Kornhaber moderates a conversation focusing on the ways community gathering spaces, historic sites, and queer-owned businesses have been affected by COVID, and the pandemic’s broader impact on the queer community, including its young people.
Moderator: Spencer Kornhaber; Panelists: Glennda Testone (Executive Director, The LGBT Community Center), Eric Vaughan (Manager of LGBTQ Programs, Office of Safety and Youth Development, NYC Department of Education)

Centering Black Queer + Trans Voices in Film

Tuesday October 20 at 6PM EST

Join NewFest Programmer Desmond Thorne and filmmakers premiering their work at NewFest as we celebrate our favorite films by and about Black LGBTQ+ experiences and discuss the importance of authentic representation and industry pipeline issues, as well as what we want to see in Black Queer + Trans narratives in the future!
Moderator: Desmond Thorne; Panelists: Seyi Adebanjo, Sheldon Brown, Robin Cloud, Terrance Daye, Nyala Moon, Cai Thomas

Filmmaker Virtual Roundtable with NYWIFT (New York Women in Film & Television)

Wednesday October 21 at 1PM EST

Hear from narrative, documentary, and episodic filmmakers featured at NewFest this year as they discuss their work, from funding to completion to the film festival landscape and distribution.
Moderator: Barbara Vasconez; Panelists: Hang Nguyen (director, SIDEWAYS SMILE), Olivia Peace (director, TAHARA), Susan Sandler (director, JULIA SCOTTI: FUNNY THAT WAY)

HBO Max's EQUAL: An Intergenerational Celebration of LGBTQ+ Icons

Wednesday October 21 at 6PM EST
Presented by WarnerMedia

Featuring the directors and select cast from HBO Max’s groundbreaking docuseries EQUAL, this conversation focuses on the celebration of intergenerational and intersectional approaches the show takes to making LGBTQ Icons + legacies visible.
Moderator: Adam Golub (Creative Director, The Generations Project), Stephen Kijak (director), Kimberly Reed (director), Anthony Rapp, Theo Germaine

Queer the Vote: A Conversation about Elections and LGBTQ Rights

Thursday October 22 at 1PM EST

A conversation with New York City Council Member Carlos Menchaca and candidate Marti Gould Cummings, the first non-binary candidate for NYC City Council, around the importance of LGBTQ candidacy, advocacy, and leadership in elections and elected office.
Moderator: Panelists: City Council Member Carlos Menchaca, Marti Gould Cummings

Speak Out: Journalism Through and LGBTQ+ Lens

Thursday October 22 at 6PM EST

NBC OUT’s Editorial Director Brooke Sopelsa ​hosts this conversation around the importance of LGBTQ+ journalists in media and the vital critical lens that LGBTQ+ journalists contribute to the national and global news cycle.
Moderator: Brooke Sopelsa; Panelists: Kate Sosin, and more

Global LGBTQ Advocacy

Friday October 23 at 1PM EST

As David France’s recent documentary WELCOME TO CHECHNYA spotlighted, film is an essential storytelling medium that provides awareness of, and access to, these vital stories. Join us for a conversation with leaders in the field, who are standing up for the visibility of our LGBTQ siblings around the globe.
Moderator: Adam Eli; Panelists: Kimhali Powell (Executive Director, Rainbow Railroad), Maria Sjödin (Deputy Executive Director, OutRight International)