The 11th annual Fort Lauderdale Edition of the OUTshine LGBTQ+ Film Festival is a bi-annual film festival designed to inspire, entertain, educate and encourage a sense of community through international and culturally diverse media that offer historical and contemporary perspectives on the LGBTQ+ experience. Presented by Gilead, Broward County, and Culture Builds Florida, this year’s hotly anticipated film festival will spotlight 33 stirring, contemplative, comedic and creative full-length features plus 18 inventive shorts from 13 countries, panel discussions with filmmakers and talent, and various parties and special events. Films will be screened at the Museum of Discovery & Science AutoNation® IMAX 3D Theater (401 SW 2nd Street) the Classic Gateway Theatre (1820 East Sunrise Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale) and Savor Cinema (503 Southeast 6th Street).
The festival kicks-off with an October 10 Opening Night showing of the comedy “Adam,” directed by Rhys Ernst, at 7 p.m. at the Museum of Discovery & Science AutoNation® IMAX 3D Theater. This lively coming of age comedy of errors follows a young high-schooler as he navigates life, love and Brooklyn’s young LGBTQ+ community. Producer Circle Members and sponsors will enjoy a 5:30 p.m. pre-event Filmmakers Soirée where they can mix and mingle with many of the festival’s filmmakers followed by the screening. Post-showing, the Opening Night Party will be at Stache (109 SW 2nd Ave, Fort Lauderdale) with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and entertainment.
Tickets and a full schedule of films are available at outshinefilm.com/films/program. A full schedule of parties and special events can be found at outshinefilm.com/events.