2019 marks the 12th anniversary of QFest St. Louis. The festival uses the art of contemporary gay cinema to spotlight the lives of LGBTQ people and celebrate queer culture. QFest brings films to audiences that would not otherwise be seen on the big screen in St. Louis. QFest St. Louis is presented by Cinema St. Louis, organizers of the St. Louis International Film Festival. Submissions should be relevant to LGBTQ audiences.
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Clothes & Blow (Sam Peter Jackson, U.K., 2018, 23 min.): An American voice-over actor living in London is bored by demanding client calls and awkward Grindr meetups, and when his mother decides to visit unexpectedly, he is forced to re-evaluate how fully and authentically he is really living his life.
Home Girl (Poonam Brah, U.K., 2018, 12 min.): Roya, a British Muslim woman whose mother has just died, discovers after the funeral that her “hidden” relationship with another woman was no secret.
How to Be O.K. (Graham Halstead, U.S., 2018, 13 min.): After an awkward coming-out confession to his conservative grandfather, a young man tries to figure out how to live in his own skin.
Misdirection (Carly Usdin, U.S., 2018, 14 min.): Camila, a college freshman with obsessive-compulsive disorder and a gay crush on her roommate, has a chance encounter with a street magician and learns to open her heart to new possibilities.
Sammy the Salmon (Jake Shannon, Australia, 2018, 7 min.): Unable to pluck up the courage to tell his girlfriend he’s gay, Spencer comes across a talking salmon who offers to get his love life back on track.
Sequins (Michael Beddoes, U.K., 2019, 18 min.): A chance encounter with a jaded drag queen sets 17-year-old Paul — a wannabe drag performer — on a collision course with his parents, bullies, and the school talent show.
Engaged (David Scala, U.S., 2018, 17 min.): Darren keeps trying — and failing — to propose to his boyfriend, and when their relationship is put into an uncomfortable spotlight during a friend’s outrageous engagement party, he recognizes unresolved insecurities about his sexuality.
Heather Has Four Moms (Jeanette Buck, U.S., 2018, 14 min.): In this a mother-daughter story — times four — when Heather decides to lose her virginity for her 15th birthday, her mother’s wife must convince not just mom but also mom’s ex and her current partner that it’s time for Heather to have “the talk.”
Land’s End (Ben Strebel, U.K., 2018, 20 min.): Set on England’s bleak southeast coast, the film follows the magnetic relationship between a naïve but hopeful young man and a charismatic ex-con and drag artist.
The Orphan (O Órfão) (Carolina Markowicz, Brazil, 2018, 15 min., Portuguese): In this story inspired by true events, Jonathas is adopted but then returned to the orphanage more than once because of his “different” ways.
Parking (Ahmad Seyfipour, Iran, 2018, 9 min., Farsi): When two men having sex in the backseat of a car are robbed, they can’t call the police: The thief will receive only a few months in jail, but the men could be sentenced to death for being gay.
ruok (Jay Russell, U.S., 2018, 13 min.): Best friends Alex and Bryan have a bitter fight — entirely via text message — when one of them sleeps with the other one’s crush.