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ALL BOYS AREN’T BLUE

A poetic visual representation of George Matthew Johnson’s memoir about growing up Black and non-binary

Running time: 40

Director: Nathan Hale Williams

A poetic visual representation of George Matthew Johnson’s memoir about growing up Black and non-binary

ALL BOYS AREN’T BLUE

New York City Premiere. In a poetic visual reading of George Matthew Johnson’s intimate memoir, Dyllon Burnside (FX’s POSE), Bernard David Jones, and Thomas Hobson play Johnson at pivotal stages of their life to recount their experiences growing up Black,…

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BEING BEBE: THE BEBE ZAHARA BENET DOCUMENTARY

The world fell in love with BeBe Zahara Benet as the first-ever winner of RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE, and now the legendary queen has even more to say

Running time: 93

Director: Emily Branham

The world fell in love with BeBe Zahara Benet as the first-ever winner of RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE, and now the legendary queen has even more to say

BEING BEBE: THE BEBE ZAHARA BENET DOCUMENTARY

New York State Premiere. BeBe Zahara Benet has been a show-stopping trailblazer ever since winning the very first season of RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE. But even after two impressive showings on the Emmy-award winning reality competition, including an All Stars season,…

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BEING THUNDER

A Two-Spirit teenage dancer fights for inclusion at Powwows around New England and beyond

Running time: 85

Director: Stephanie Lamorre

A Two-Spirit teenage dancer fights for inclusion at Powwows around New England and beyond

BEING THUNDER

East Coast Premiere. Two-Spirit teenager Sherenté Mishitashin Harris from the Narragansett tribe performs traditional dance at Powwows around New England, but not everyone is supportive of Sherenté’s inclusion in the ''girls'' category. BEING THUNDER is the stirring story of Sherenté’s…

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BLISS

Two sex workers fall in love while working at a Berlin brothel in a candid drama of unparalleled intensity

Running time: 90

Director: Henrika Kull

Two sex workers fall in love while working at a Berlin brothel in a candid drama of unparalleled intensity

BLISS

New York State Premiere. Two sex workers bond while working at a Berlin brothel in director Henrika Kull’s perceptive character study. Wielding vastly different temperaments, Sascha and new-hire Maria navigate the economic pressures of the job and their growing affection…

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BOY MEETS BOY

Two young men share a brief yet joyous romantic encounter in modern-day Berlin

Running time: 70

Director: Daniel Sánchez López

Two young men share a brief yet joyous romantic encounter in modern-day Berlin

BOY MEETS BOY

NewFest Pride Encore! Harry has been partying for 48 hours when he meets Johannes on the dance floor of a club in Berlin. With 15 hours left until Harry’s flight back to London, Johannes offers to help him print his…

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BRING DOWN THE WALLS

An exuberant NYC community fights the U.S. prison system while dancing for liberation to classic house tracks

Running time: 88

Director: Phil Collins

An exuberant NYC community fights the U.S. prison system while dancing for liberation to classic house tracks

BRING DOWN THE WALLS

North American Premiere. This galvanizing documentary examines the U.S. prison system through the lens of house music, telling the story of a political collective and anti-incarceration dance party in Lower Manhattan. Filmmaker Phil Collins joins with Black queer artists and…

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CAER (CAUGHT)

An innovative hybrid narrative-documentary about trans Latina sex workers in Queens, NY

Running time: 61

Director: Nicola Mai

An innovative hybrid narrative-documentary about trans Latina sex workers in Queens, NY

CAER (CAUGHT)

New York State Premiere. A trans Latina sex worker is arrested in a sting operation in Queens, NY, but this time it’s all a staged recreation, and when ''Cut!'' is shouted off-camera, the actors relax before the next take. Merging…

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CELTS

In 1990s Serbia a group of friends and couples misbehave at a child’s birthday party, airing out their grievances and indulging in hidden passions

Running time: 106

Director: Milica Tomović

In 1990s Serbia a group of friends and couples misbehave at a child’s birthday party, airing out their grievances and indulging in hidden passions

CELTS

New York State Premiere. In 1990s Belgrade, a group of friends and couples gather to celebrate a child’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles-themed birthday and play out their own frayed relationships. With the Yugoslav Wars taking place in the background, the…

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CUT!

The director of a low-budget queer thriller tries to solve a violent murder mystery that is threatening his set

Running time: 79

Director: Marc Ferrer

The director of a low-budget queer thriller tries to solve a violent murder mystery that is threatening his set

CUT!

North American Premiere. Marcos is a struggling director desperate to produce his low-budget queer take on Italian Giallo thrillers. But when the cast and crew begin to die gruesome deaths, he becomes both a prime suspect for investigators and the…

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A DISTANT PLACE (International Centerpiece)

A rural sheep farmer’s quiet life in South Korea is disrupted by surprise visits from his lover and twin sister

Running time: 115

Director: Park Kun-Young

A rural sheep farmer’s quiet life in South Korea is disrupted by surprise visits from his lover and twin sister

A DISTANT PLACE (International Centerpiece)

International Centerpiece

Jin Woo lives a simple country life, spending his days working on a local farm and keeping a watchful eye on his adventurous young daughter. When his city-dwelling lover comes to visit, Jin Woo starts to envision their future as a family before the surprise arrival of his twin sister threatens to complicate his dream.

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EPISODIC SHOWCASE NewFest2021

Get ready to laugh and have your heart warmed by this premiere collection of the best in web series

Running time: 92

Get ready to laugh and have your heart warmed by this premiere collection of the best in web series

EPISODIC SHOWCASE NewFest2021

Discover your next binge-worthy series with our episodic showcase! Get ready to laugh and have your heart warmed by this premiere collection of the best in web series. From the return of a gay film from years back to a…

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FIREBIRD

A sumptuous romance between two Soviet Air Force recruits during the Cold War, based on true events

Running time: 107

Director: Peeter Rebane

A sumptuous romance between two Soviet Air Force recruits during the Cold War, based on true events

FIREBIRD

New York City Premiere

FIREBIRD is based on the true story of two Soviet Air Force recruits who fell in love at the height of the Cold War. Sergey, a sensitive young private, and Roman, a high-ranking fighter pilot with a promising military career, risk their lives and livelihoods to be intimate on and off the base before Roman’s wife comes between them, evoking a toiling tale of love and betrayal.

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THE FIRST DEATH OF JOANA

During a hot Brazilian summer, 13-year-old Joana uncovers hidden truths about her family and herself

Running time: 91

Director: Cristiane Oliveira

During a hot Brazilian summer, 13-year-old Joana uncovers hidden truths about her family and herself

THE FIRST DEATH OF JOANA

New York State Premiere. Joana, 13, is faced with life’s harsh realities after the sudden death of her beloved great aunt. During long, hot summer days in southern Brazil, she begins to investigate why her aunt never dated anyone and…

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FIRSTNESS

A non-binary child, their father, and a stranger form tenuous connections in this award-winning drama

Running time: 78

Director: Brielle Brilliant

A non-binary child, their father, and a stranger form tenuous connections in this award-winning drama

FIRSTNESS

New York State Premiere. A maladjusted father, his non-binary child Tavi, and a stranger out on parole are all seeking connection in director Brielle Brilliant’s feature debut. When Tavi and the older man begin to form a sweet yet unconventional…

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FLEE (Closing Night + Party)

A Sundance award-winning animated documentary tells the story of an Afghani immigrant and his journey to safety in Denmark

Running time: 90

Director: Jonas Poher Rasmussen

A Sundance award-winning animated documentary tells the story of an Afghani immigrant and his journey to safety in Denmark

FLEE (Closing Night + Party)

Amin Nawabi has never told anyone how he and his family left Afghanistan. A bureaucratic system built to criminalize immigrants has forced asylum seekers like Amin to hold back for safety; but years later, re-settled and thriving in Denmark, he’s opening up for the first time.

Tickets include entry to the Closing Night Party

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HIGHTOWN Season 2: Advance Screening & Conversation

RSVP for exclusive access to Episode 1 of Season 2, followed by a conversation with creators and cast

RSVP for exclusive access to Episode 1 of Season 2, followed by a conversation with creators and cast

HIGHTOWN Season 2: Advance Screening & Conversation

Join us for this FREE advance screening of Episode 1 of Season 2, followed by an exclusive conversation with the creators and stars. In the second season of HIGHTOWN, the picture-perfect version of Cape Cod clashes with its off-season reality of drug addiction and despair in this compelling series from Starz.

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HOMEBODY

A kid questioning their gender swaps bodies with a beloved babysitter, leading to a hilarious quest across NYC to get back to the way things were and imagine the way things could be

Running time: 75

Director: Joseph Sackett

A kid questioning their gender swaps bodies with a beloved babysitter, leading to a hilarious quest across NYC to get back to the way things were and imagine the way things could be

HOMEBODY

East Coast Premiere. Melanie’s last afternoon babysitting 9-year-old gender-questioning Johnny takes an inexplicable, unpredictable, and absolutely hilarious turn – her body is inhabited by Johnny’s spirit. Now, Johnny gets to live as Melanie for a day, which seems fun at…

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INVISIBLE: GAY WOMEN IN SOUTHERN MUSIC (Documentary Centerpiece)

The unsung story of the queer women behind some of country music’s greatest hits

Running time: 107

Director: T.J. Parsell

The unsung story of the queer women behind some of country music’s greatest hits

INVISIBLE: GAY WOMEN IN SOUTHERN MUSIC (Documentary Centerpiece)

Documentary Centerpiece

Deeply moving and triumphant, INVISIBLE gives center stage to the lesbian women who have long been hidden behind the curtain of the country music industry, all while working with big-name artists and making major contributions to the scene.

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JUMP, DARLING

An aspiring performer rekindles a bond with their ailing grandmother (the late great Cloris Leachman) in this intimate dramedy

Running time: 90

Director: Phil Connell

An aspiring performer rekindles a bond with their ailing grandmother (the late great Cloris Leachman) in this intimate dramedy

JUMP, DARLING

New York State Premiere

Featuring one of the final screen performances from the late, great, Oscar-winning icon Cloris Leachman, JUMP, DARLING tells the story of aspiring performer Fishy Falters (Thomas Duplessie), who is trying to eke out a career at a small-town bar while crashing with his ailing yet still feisty grandmother (Leachman).

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LEADING LADIES

A dinner party among friends takes a disastrous turn when long-held secrets bubble to the surface

Running time: 84

Director: Ruth Caudeli

A dinner party among friends takes a disastrous turn when long-held secrets bubble to the surface

LEADING LADIES

New York State Premiere. Lies, lust, drugs, and debauchery — and that’s all before dessert! In this sexy new feature from NewFest alum Ruth Caudeli (EVA + CANDELA, SECOND STAR ON THE RIGHT), five friends come together for a night…

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THE LEGEND OF THE UNDERGROUND

A group of bold, non-conformist youth fight against rampant LGBTQ+ discrimination in today’s Nigeria

Running time: 87

Director: Giselle Bailey, Nneka Onuorah

A group of bold, non-conformist youth fight against rampant LGBTQ+ discrimination in today’s Nigeria

THE LEGEND OF THE UNDERGROUND

Struggling against rampant LGBTQ+ discrimination in Nigeria, a new generation of non-conformist youth use social media, underground radio, and any other resources at their disposal to fight for their right to live out loud. THE LEGEND OF THE UNDERGROUND follows…

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LOVE, SPELLS AND ALL THAT

After two decades apart, a young woman reappears to profess her devotion to her teenage sweetheart — but is it all just the workings of a love spell?

Running time: 96

Director: Ümit Ünal

After two decades apart, a young woman reappears to profess her devotion to her teenage sweetheart — but is it all just the workings of a love spell?

LOVE, SPELLS AND ALL THAT

New York State Premiere. After two decades of radio silence, Eren reappears out of thin air to profess her devotion to her teenage sweetheart. But could this sudden reunion simply be the workings of a love spell cast 20 years…

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MADONNA: TRUTH OR DARE: 30th Anniversary

Celebrate the 30th anniversary of this rare behind-the-scenes look at Madonna during the 1990 international tour for "Blond Ambition"

Running time: 115

Director: Alek Keshishian

Celebrate the 30th anniversary of this rare behind-the-scenes look at Madonna during the 1990 international tour for "Blond Ambition"

MADONNA: TRUTH OR DARE: 30th Anniversary

Celebrating its 30th anniversary, this seminal documentary chronicles Madonna's controversial "Blond Ambition" international tour in 1990 from its kick-off in Japan to the North American leg of the tour with significant stops in Los Angeles, Detroit, Toronto, and New York.…

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MAKE ME FAMOUS

An irresistible exploration of a little-known painter’s legacy and mysterious disappearance from the iconic 1980s downtown art scene in NYC

Running time: 93

Director: Brian Vincent

An irresistible exploration of a little-known painter’s legacy and mysterious disappearance from the iconic 1980s downtown art scene in NYC

MAKE ME FAMOUS

World Premiere. Edward Brezinski worked alongside Keith Haring, David Wojnarowicz, and Jean-Michel Basquiat in the Lower East Side art scene, but never reached the same level of success as his contemporaries. MAKE ME FAMOUS uncovers why such a well-connected yet…

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MAYOR PETE (Opening Night Film)

A riveting and intimate documentary about Pete Buttigieg’s campaign to be the first openly gay U.S. president

Running time: 96

Director: Jesse Moss

A riveting and intimate documentary about Pete Buttigieg’s campaign to be the first openly gay U.S. president

MAYOR PETE (Opening Night Film)

A riveting documentary from award-winning filmmaker Jesse Moss (BOYS STATE), MAYOR PETE brings viewers inside Pete Buttigieg’s campaign to be the youngest U.S. president, providing unprecedented intimacy with the candidate, his husband Chasten, and their ambitious team.

Tickets includes entry to the Opening Night Party

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METAMORPHOSIS

A sensitive and illuminating portrait of intersex identity from Filipino director J.E. Tiglao

Running time: 83

Director: JE Tiglao

A sensitive and illuminating portrait of intersex identity from Filipino director J.E. Tiglao

METAMORPHOSIS

New York City Premiere. Despite being born with an intersex body, teenager Adam has lived all of their young life as a boy. After they start menstruating, Adam has to confront new reactions from their conservative family and judgemental schoolmates,…

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MIGUEL’S WAR

A Teddy Award-winning interpretation of a gay man’s past life during the Lebanese civil war

Running time: 129

Director: Eliane Raheb

A Teddy Award-winning interpretation of a gay man’s past life during the Lebanese civil war

MIGUEL’S WAR

U.S. Premiere. In this Teddy Award winner from Berlinale, Miguel returns to Lebanon after 37 years to reflect on his experience growing up queer during the civil war. Having spent the years since leaving as an out gay man in…

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MY BEST PART

French superstar Nicolas Maury directs himself as an actor fleeing to his mother’s countryside home to recover from a break-up

Running time: 102

Director: Nicolas Maury

French superstar Nicolas Maury directs himself as an actor fleeing to his mother’s countryside home to recover from a break-up

MY BEST PART

New York State Premiere. French superstar Nicolas Maury (KNIFE + HEART, Netflix’s CALL MY AGENT) directs himself as Jérémie, an actor fleeing to his mother’s countryside home after a break-up with the adoring Albert (Arnaud Valois). Now that the relationship…

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THE NOVICE

A college freshman obsessively climbs the ranks of her school’s rowing team in this Tribeca award-winner

Running time: 94

Director: Lauren Hadaway

A college freshman obsessively climbs the ranks of her school’s rowing team in this Tribeca award-winner

THE NOVICE

With few friends, mediocre grades, and nothing to lose, queer college freshman Alex Dall (Isabelle Fuhrman) signs up for the rowing team. What begins as an exciting new hobby quickly turns into an unhealthy obsession as she climbs the ranks…

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NUCLEAR FAMILY: Screening & Conversation

Docuseries following filmmaker Ry Russo-Young as she turns the camera on her past to explore the meaning of family

Running time: 72

Docuseries following filmmaker Ry Russo-Young as she turns the camera on her past to explore the meaning of family

NUCLEAR FAMILY: Screening & Conversation

After our Advance Screening of the HBO documentary series NUCLEAR FAMILY, we hosted a conversation with the filmmaker and featured cast! This three-part documentary series from HBO follows filmmaker Ry Russo-Young as she turns the camera on her own past…

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PARIAH: 10th Anniversary

A decade since its release, Academy Award nominee Dee Rees’ debut feature remains an enduring exploration of a Black, queer ​​17-year-old

Running time: 86

Director: Dee Rees

A decade since its release, Academy Award nominee Dee Rees’ debut feature remains an enduring exploration of a Black, queer ​​17-year-old

PARIAH: 10th Anniversary

A decade since its release, this powerful portrait of a young lesbian coming into her own continues to be celebrated as a monumental influence by critics and filmmakers alike. The debut feature from Academy Award nominee Dee Rees (MUDBOUND) remains…

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PASSING (New York Centerpiece)

On a summer day during New York’s Harlem Renaissance, two school acquaintances unexpectedly reunite

Running time: 98

Director: Rebecca Hall

On a summer day during New York’s Harlem Renaissance, two school acquaintances unexpectedly reunite

PASSING (New York Centerpiece)

New York Centerpiece

On a stifling summer day in 1920s New York City, Irene Redfield (Tessa Thompson) unexpectedly reunites with her old school acquaintance Clare Bellew (Academy Award nominee Ruth Negga). With the simple unzipping of a dress and a furtive glance, a Pandora’s box of temptation clicks open in this Sundance Film Festival sensation.

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POPPY FIELD

A closeted Romanian policeman tries to diffuse a protest at a queer film screening in this subversive thriller

Running time: 81

Director: Eugen Jebeleanu

A closeted Romanian policeman tries to diffuse a protest at a queer film screening in this subversive thriller

POPPY FIELD

New York State Premiere. While enjoying a visit from his long-distance boyfriend, a closeted Romanian policeman is called to diffuse a heated situation at a local movie theater. Turns out a conservative group is protesting a queer film screening and,…

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POTATO DREAMS OF AMERICA (U.S. Centerpiece)

A Hollywood-obsessed mother and her gay son move from 1980s USSR to the United States

Running time: 95

Director: Wes Hurley

A Hollywood-obsessed mother and her gay son move from 1980s USSR to the United States

POTATO DREAMS OF AMERICA (U.S. Centerpiece)

U.S. Centerpiece

Obsessed with old Hollywood movies and concerned for her son’s future in 1980s USSR, Lena becomes a mail-order bride and moves to the United States. Though she hopes to give her son Potato a better life, things veer off course when his burgeoning sexuality and love of New Queer Cinema clash with his new father’s political and religious points of view.

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RAW! UNCUT! VIDEO!

A XXX documentary about kink, safe sex, and the independent porn studio that championed them both at the height of the AIDS epidemic

Running time: 79

Director: Ryan A. White, Alex Clausen

A XXX documentary about kink, safe sex, and the independent porn studio that championed them both at the height of the AIDS epidemic

RAW! UNCUT! VIDEO!

New York State Premiere. As the HIV/AIDS epidemic ravaged gay communities with little help from politicians, a small pornography studio did what they could: promote safe sex through hardcore kinky porn. RAW! UNCUT! VIDEO! tells the extraordinary story of Palm…

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REBEL DYKES

A rabble-rousing documentary set in 1980s post-punk London tells the unheralded story of a community of activist dykes

Running time: 82

Director: Harri Shanahan & Siân A. Williams

A rabble-rousing documentary set in 1980s post-punk London tells the unheralded story of a community of activist dykes

REBEL DYKES

NewFest Pride Encore! Charting the explosive 1980s era when punk met feminism, REBEL DYKES arrives in all its ass-kicking, leather-wearing glory.This rabble-rousing documentary follows a tight-knit group of friends who met at Greenham Common peace camp and went on to…

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THE SCARY OF SIXTY-FIRST

After moving into their new Upper East Side apartment, two roommates’ lives are upended by the lingering impact of its infamous former owner

Running time: 82

Director: Dasha Nekrasova

After moving into their new Upper East Side apartment, two roommates’ lives are upended by the lingering impact of its infamous former owner

THE SCARY OF SIXTY-FIRST

A cheap Upper East Side apartment seems like a dream for roommates Addie (Betsey Brown) and Noelle (Madeline Quinn), but when the apartment’s odd history indicates it all might be ''too good to be true,'' the pair begin unraveling the…

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SEDIMENTS

Six trans women travel to a rural town in Spain to explore the natural landscape and uncover their innermost selves

Running time: 89

Director: Adrián Silvestre

Six trans women travel to a rural town in Spain to explore the natural landscape and uncover their innermost selves

SEDIMENTS

New York State Premiere. Six trans women travel to a rural town in Spain to become one with nature and participate in a communal experience that leads to emotionally vigorous conversation and conflict. As the women discuss the evolution of…

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SEE YOU THEN

A decade after breaking up, college exes Kris and Naomi catch up on their complicated lives, loves, and Kris’ transition

Running time: 75

Director: Mari Walker

A decade after breaking up, college exes Kris and Naomi catch up on their complicated lives, loves, and Kris’ transition

SEE YOU THEN

NewFest Pride Encore! Kris, a trans computer programmer, and Naomi, an Asian-American performance artist, used to date in college. A decade after abruptly breaking up, they meet for dinner to catch up on their complicated lives, relationships, and Kris’ transition.…

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SHORTBUS: 15th Anniversary 4K Restoration

John Cameron Mitchell’s exuberant exploration of life, sex and happiness in NYC still shines fifteen years later in this 4K restoration

Running time: 101

Director: John Cameron Mitchell

John Cameron Mitchell’s exuberant exploration of life, sex and happiness in NYC still shines fifteen years later in this 4K restoration

SHORTBUS: 15th Anniversary 4K Restoration

World Premiere of 4K Restoration. An exuberant exploration of life, sex and happiness in New York City, SHORTBUS still shines fifteen years later in this delicious 4K restoration. The second feature from John Cameron Mitchell (HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH)…

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SHORTS: ALWAYS A PLEASURE

Get immersed in the healing magic of queer sex, touch, and desire

Running time: 72

Get immersed in the healing magic of queer sex, touch, and desire

SHORTS: ALWAYS A PLEASURE

* This program contains sexually explicit material. Get immersed in the healing magic of queer sex, touch, and lust with SHORTS: ALWAYS A PLEASURE, a sensual program that prioritizes and destigmatizes LGBTQ+ desire. Mixing the experimental with the explicit, this…

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SHORTS: BEYOND THE BINARY

Dive into the gender-expansive world of trans filmmakers and their resonant stories

Running time: 71

Dive into the gender-expansive world of trans filmmakers and their resonant stories

SHORTS: BEYOND THE BINARY

We’re back with another year of trans shorts by trans filmmakers with SHORTS: BEYOND THE BINARY! From futuristic media therapy to impossible decisions about what to wear, this stunning selection of short films offers up a wide variety of stories,…

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SHORTS: BRIEF ENCOUNTERS

These encounters might be brief but the promise of romance is in the air, so invite your crush and prepare to swoon together

Running time: 73

These encounters might be brief but the promise of romance is in the air, so invite your crush and prepare to swoon together

SHORTS: BRIEF ENCOUNTERS

It starts with a look across a crowded cafe or inside a train cabin — the encounters in this collection of shorts might be brief, but they leave an indelible mark. These prospective lovebirds flirt, fight, and f*ck, but mostly…

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SHORTS: DYKE DRAMA!

Relationship drama, therapy in the back of a rideshare drama – you want it, lesbians will give it to you!

Running time: 74

Relationship drama, therapy in the back of a rideshare drama – you want it, lesbians will give it to you!

SHORTS: DYKE DRAMA!

Relationship drama, genre melodrama, coming out drama, and therapy-in-the-back-of-a-rideshare drama — you want drama, lesbians will give it to you. Whether you’re recovering from mommy issues, a burning unrequited touch, or a first date that seems to last for all…

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SHORTS: FINDING REFUGE

Electric queer stories about seeking refuge – in found family, friendship, and new parts of the world

Running time: 82

Electric queer stories about seeking refuge – in found family, friendship, and new parts of the world

SHORTS: FINDING REFUGE

Countless LGBTQ+ individuals and communities around the world are unable to travel freely or are forced to leave their homes. SHORTS: FINDING REFUGE illuminates queer stories of seeking refuge – in found family, friendship and entirely new countries. These uplifting…

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SHORTS: I KNOW WHAT BOYS LIKE

Eclectic stories of dudes and dilemmas showing just how fun (and messy!) finding the right connection can be

Running time: 88

Eclectic stories of dudes and dilemmas showing just how fun (and messy!) finding the right connection can be

SHORTS: I KNOW WHAT BOYS LIKE

Seize the moment with this sexy mixtape of dudes and dilemmas that explores the fun, messy complexities of finding the right connection. From crushing on your soccer mate to pre-Grindr cruising the streets of New York City, this genre-spanning program…

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SHORTS: QUEER FEAR

A dark, campy, and downright bizarre short film program for the thrillseeker in you

Running time: 83

A dark, campy, and downright bizarre short film program for the thrillseeker in you

SHORTS: QUEER FEAR

An Uber ride. A camping trip. A first date. These could be sites of terror for anyone, but, in these films, they are particularly scary for our queer protagonists. Showcasing a diverse assortment of styles, tones, and subject matter, SHORTS:…

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SHORTS: QUEER KID POWER

Inspirational and affirming shorts curated specifically for LGBTQ+ youth and teen audiences

Running time: 70

Inspirational and affirming shorts curated specifically for LGBTQ+ youth and teen audiences

SHORTS: QUEER KID POWER

In partnership with the NYC Department of Education For the fourth consecutive year, NewFest is delighted to collaborate with New York City’s Department of Education and participating schools on an inclusive shorts program curated specifically with LGBTQ+ youth and teen…

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SHORTS: SENSE & SPIRITUALITY

Explore the unique bonds queer and trans people form with spirituality, religion and divinity

Running time: 83

Explore the unique bonds queer and trans people form with spirituality, religion and divinity

SHORTS: SENSE & SPIRITUALITY

Institutional religion and the LGBTQ+ community are often treated as oil and water, but this collection of short films throws those preconceived ideas out the window. Featuring a blend of narratives and documentaries about gay angels, inclusive mosques, and an…

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SHORTS: THE FUTURE IS QUEER

Travel through time, fly out into space, and awaken your imagination with stories of queer futurity

Running time: 77

Travel through time, fly out into space, and awaken your imagination with stories of queer futurity

SHORTS: THE FUTURE IS QUEER

Awaken your imagination, travel through time and be flung into space with SHORTS: THE FUTURE IS QUEER, an eye-popping program that looks beyond the present world and places queer folks at the center of new frontiers. WITNESS Dir. Joie Lou…

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SHORTS: WHAT’S ON YOUR MIND?

Communication is key in these candid shorts about expressing yourself, reconciling differences, and reaching greater understanding

Running time: 81

Communication is key in these candid shorts about expressing yourself, reconciling differences, and reaching greater understanding

SHORTS: WHAT’S ON YOUR MIND?

The stories in SHORTS: WHAT’S ON YOUR MIND? prove that caring is sharing and show the immense value in listening to the people you love, or even those you’ve just met. THE FIRST TIME Dir. Soleil Burgess & Camille Ora-Nicole,…

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THE SIXTH REEL

Hilarious hijinks ensue when a group of classic film collectors pursue a long-lost film in this homage to 1930s comedies starring Charles Busch

Running time: 99

Director: Carl Andress & Charles Busch

Hilarious hijinks ensue when a group of classic film collectors pursue a long-lost film in this homage to 1930s comedies starring Charles Busch

THE SIXTH REEL

New York State Premiere. A zany romp and a whodunnit all in one, Charles Busch’s THE SIXTH REEL is an outrageous homage to 1930s madcap comedies. Legendary New York theater icon Busch co-writes, co-directs and stars in the film as…

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SORT OF: Advance Screening & Conversation

Coming-of-age story that follows the journey of a genderfluid millennial straddling various identities

Coming-of-age story that follows the journey of a genderfluid millennial straddling various identities

SORT OF: Advance Screening & Conversation

U.S. Premiere After our U.S. Premiere of Episodes 1 and 2 of the breakthrough HBO Max series SORT OF, we hosted a one-on-one conversation between the show’s co-creator/star Bilal Baig and filmmaker Fawzia Mirza. SORT OF follows the journey of…

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SWEETHEART

An angsty teenager realizes family vacation isn’t so bad when she meets her first crush in this hilarious feature

Running time: 103

Director: Marley Morrison

An angsty teenager realizes family vacation isn’t so bad when she meets her first crush in this hilarious feature

SWEETHEART

New York State Premiere. Rebellious and angsty teenager AJ sets out on her family vacation with exceedingly low expectations, but what starts out as the trip from hell turns out to be a summer of awakening when she unexpectedly meets…

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TWENTIES Season 2: Screening & Conversation

RSVP for Exclusive Access to Episodes 1 & 2, followed by a conversation with the cast

RSVP for Exclusive Access to Episodes 1 & 2, followed by a conversation with the cast

TWENTIES Season 2: Screening & Conversation

From creator, writer, and executive producer Lena Waithe and Hillman Grad Productions comes TWENTIES, the GLAAD Media Award-nominated series critically acclaimed for its first-time portrayal of a masculine-presenting queer woman of color as the lead in a primetime show. The…

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UNDER MY SKIN

An uptight lawyer falls in love with a free-spirited musician, but dynamics shift when one of them begins to question their gender

Running time: 97

Director: David O'Donnell

An uptight lawyer falls in love with a free-spirited musician, but dynamics shift when one of them begins to question their gender

UNDER MY SKIN

New York State PremiereDespite their obvious differences, Denny and Ryan — an eccentric musician and a straight-laced lawyer — are drawn to each other like magnets. But when Denny begins to question their gender, sexuality, and relationship with Ryan, the…

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THE WEDDING BANQUET (Film Feast)

Join us for our first ever Film Feast and enjoy a contemporary classic along with a multi-course meal!

Join us for our first ever Film Feast and enjoy a contemporary classic along with a multi-course meal!

THE WEDDING BANQUET (Film Feast)

Special Film Feast Event! Ticket price includes a 3-course meal themed to the film. Gay landlord Wai-Tung Gao agrees to marry his tenant Wei-Wei, a struggling artist, to help her obtain a green card and appease his conservative parents back…

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