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NewFest

NewFest

Wednesday, 21 October 2020 until Tuesday, 27 October 2020

Founded in 1988, NewFest: New York’s LGBTQ Film Festival is one of the world's largest annual celebrations of the year’s best queer films from the U.S. and abroad--featuring over 160 films from more than 30 countries, as well as special events that bring together filmmakers, celebrities, movie lovers, industry professionals, and the LGBTQ community.

Following its biggest and boldest festival yet, NewFest will celebrate its 32nd annual edition of New York’s LGBTQ Film Festival with seven days of premieres, panels, and parties that attract audiences, filmmakers, tastemakers, and leaders in both media and the LGBTQ community. NewFest's collection of narratives, documentaries and shorts portrays the diverse and compelling stories from across the LGBTQ spectrum.

As one of the world’s most venerable and respected LGBTQ festivals, NewFest's impact in terms of propelling and fostering filmmakers while celebrating their stories is historic and global. NewFest is distinctive among LGBTQ film festivals for the high quality programming, outstanding press coverage, community engagement, savvy audiences, and sensational parties, as well as how the festival channels the creative energy of New York City to celebrate queer stories. NewFest is a festival that is not to be missed!

New York's LGBTQ Film Festival is produced annually by NewFest, New York’s LGBTQ Film and Media Arts Organization. NewFest gives voice and visibility to the full spectrum of the LGBTQ experience by championing films, supporting storytellers, and engaging audiences in order to inspire dialogue, shift cultural bias and empower our diverse community.

GRAND JURY AWARDS
Grand Jury Award for Best Narrative Feature
Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary Feature
Grand Jury Award for Best New York Short Film

AUDIENCE AWARDS
Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature
Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature
Audience Award for Best Documentary Short
Audience Award for Best Narrative Short

 

2020 films...

AHEAD OF THE CURVE

ALICE JÚNIOR

ALWAYS AMBER

AMMONITE

BLOODSISTERS: LEATHER, DYKES, and SADOMASOCHISM

BREAKING FAST

CICADA

COWBOYS

CURED

DATING AMBER

DINETTE

DRY WIND

ELLIE & ABBIE (& ELLIE’S DEAD AUNT)

EQUAL

FORGOTTEN ROADS

GOSSAMER FOLDS

IF IT WERE LOVE

JULIA SCOTTI: FUNNY THAT WAY

KEITH HARING: STREET ART BOY

KELET

KEYBOARD FANTASIES: THE BEVERLY GLENN-COPELAND STORY

KILLING PATIENT ZERO

MAKING SWEET TEA

MAURICE HINES: BRING THEM BACK

MINYAN

MONSOON

NO HARD FEELINGS

NORA HIGHLAND

RŪRANGI

SHIVA BABY

SIDEWAYS SMILE

SUBLET

SUMMER OF 85

THE FLASHPOINT

THE OBITUARY OF TUNDE JOHNSON

THE STRONG ONES

TWO OF US

UNCLE FRANK

WELCOME TO THE USA

WHITE LIE

YOUR MOTHER’S COMFORT


Short films...

SHORTS: BEAUTIFUL BOYS, BEAUTIFUL JOURNEYS

QUERY
Dir. Sophie Kargman, USA, 2020, 9 mins
Jay and Alex, roommates and best friends, spend their time verbally jousting over whether it's instinct or social norms that drives their heterosexual proclivities. As the day unfolds, the barriers slowly fall and the conversation climaxes in a choice that has a profound impact on their evening. Featuring Armie Hammer.

1-1
Dir. Naures Sager, Sweden, 2020, 7 mins
Ayman's sex date with Jonas gets crashed by his friends Amirah and Samir, but the date takes a surprisingly positive turn.

ADOLESCENCE
Dir. Zeb Daemen, Belgium, UK, 2019, 15 mins
ADOLESCENCE is a coming-of-age story taking place on the last day of summer in 1950s Cornwall. For James and his best friend Simon, this is also the last day of childhood. James is leaving tomorrow, but there are things that he has never had the chance to say.

POMPEII
Dir. Harry Lighton, Marco Alessi, Matthew Jacobs Morgan, UK, 2019, 8 mins
Tam gets on the first tube home alone. In just a crop-top and high-waisted jeans, he feels conspicuous. So he plugs in his earphones and begins reliving his Halloween night out via his phone.

THE D*CK APPOINTMENT
Dir. Mike Roma, USA, 2020, 11 mins
When lovelorn Wally wants to get over his ex, he turns to the apps for help.

KIND OF
Dir. Noah Schamus, USA, 2020, 9 mins
KIND OF follows two trans masculine folks in a newly open relationship as they prepare to host brunch — while hashing out their insecurities in the minutes before their friends arrive.

WHO CAN PREDICT WHAT WILL MOVE YOU
Dir. Livia Huang, USA, 2019, 9 mins
Two boys caught in a rivalrous relationship spend one last night together in Brooklyn.

BUCK
Dir. Elegance Bratton, Jovan James, USA, 2020, 14 mins
Caught in the midst of a depressive fugue, Lynn turns to debauchery to ease his troubled soul, only to discover that happiness is a complicated goal.

SEE YOU SOON
Dir. Tyler Rabinowitz, USA, 2020, 16 mins
A gay man travels across the country to spend the weekend with someone he's been talking to for months on a dating app, hoping to find the kind of romance that he grew up thinking he'd never get to experience.


SHORTS: BEYOND THE BINARY

TRASHY BOOTY
Dir. Iris Devins, USA, 2020, 9 mins
Two dumpster-diving trans women unknowingly participate in a social experiment when they pick up a hitchhiking robot on the side of the road.

ONE LAST DEAL
Dir. Nyala Moon, USA, 2020, 15 mins
Bill and Sara's differences have always been part of what makes their relationship work. But on an especially important day, the disconnect between their experiences is exactly what threatens to tear them apart.

THEY THROUGH THEM
Dir. Joan Galo, Spain, 2020, 11 mins
Joan explores feelings and thoughts about being non-binary through the people of their community in Barcelona.

KIDS ON FIRE
Dir. Rafferty Bailey, Australia, 2018, 7 mins
A 9-year-old closeted evangelical Christian tomboy must prove their faith by vandalizing an LGBTQ+ sex shop.

CANIS MAJOR
Dir. Charli Brissey, USA, 2019, 10 min
An artist suffering from severe writer's block relies on the friendship of their dog in this multi-genre sci-fi short.

IN FRANCE MICHELLE IS A MAN'S NAME
Dir. Em Weinstein, USA, 2020, 13 mins
Michael, a young trans man, returns home to the rural American West after years of estrangement from his parents.

WAKING HOUR
Dir. Nava Mau, USA, 2019, 13 mins
Sofia, a young trans woman, meets Isaac at a party. When he invites her to go home with him, Sofia must talk herself through her options.


SHORTS: BLACK FAMILY MATTERS

MERCURY AFROGRADE
Dir. Blanche Akonchong, USA, 2019, 11 mins
On a crazy day during Mercury retrograde, a family's deepest secrets come to the surface, forcing them to realize they are not the model African family.

-SHIP: A VISUAL POEM
Dir. Terrance Daye, USA, 2019, 12 mins
A Black boy learns contradicting lessons of manhood and masculinity on the day of his cousin's funeral. CW: Moderate graphic imagery and references to suicide.

HONOR BLACK TRANS WOMXN!
Dir. Seyi Adebanjo, USA, 2019, 6 mins
This is a call to center, protect, and celebrate Black Trans Womxn. This is also a reminder that Black Trans Womxn are essential members of our Black Family.

PLUS
Dir. Andrew J Rodriguez, USA, 2019, 14 mins
NYC college student Zaire Ruiz has life under control, from college to boys. When he is suddenly diagnosed with HIV, Zaire carries this burden alone. PLUS is a coming-of-age story of learning self-acceptance, self-worth, and the value of support systems.

SEX IS A GOD THING
Dir. Zarinah Ali, USA, 2019, 19 mins
Michelle and Aiesha are sisters who have just buried their father. Michelle and Aiesha have also just met. Both queer and both grappling with the unraveling of their respective romantic partnerships, a drunk Aiesha has dragged a hesitant Michelle out to a party.

SHÉÁR AVORY: TO BE CONTINUED
Dir. Abram Cerda, USA, 2020, 26 mins
The coming-of-age story of Shéár Avory (pronouns: they/them/theirs), a 17-year-old aspiring social justice advocate in Los Angeles who navigates housing instability and familial dependency on their journey to adulthood.


SHORTS: DREAM A LITTLE DREAM WITH ME

DISSONANCE
Dir. Kim Garcia, USA, 2020, 13 mins
A group of young queers navigate bars, friendships, abandoned warehouses, and a room where dreams are recorded on VHS tapes.

THE PUPAL STAGE
Dir. Tee Jaehyung Park, USA, 2020, 7 mins
A newly-out trans woman is thrust into a coming out party by her friends, which starts as a cheerful celebration of life but slowly transforms into something else.

ELAGABALUS
Dir. Xanthe Dobbie, Australia, 2020, 17 mins
Burdened by a prophecy that dooms them to a violent death, Elagabalus, a genderqueer Roman Emperor, embraces excess much to the dismay of their controlling mother.

MR. MARE
Dir. Luca Tóth, Hungary, France, 2019, 19 mins
Love appears out of thin air like a tumor in the chest.

HEKADEMIA
Dir. Gloria Mercer, Canada, 2020, 16 mins
Marion begins opening up to a new friend at their virtual reality high-school.

JAZZBERRY
Dir. Maxwell Nalevansky, USA, 2019, 17 mins
A fantastical adventure playfully dealing with sexual politics, men’s rights groups, and good old-fashioned girl power, JAZZBERRY is a tale of the twisted tragedy that suddenly befell the bizarre city of Beeftown.

IN ORBIT
Dir. Soham Chakraborty, Hanxu Chen, Meton Joffily, Justin Polley, Julia Trouvé, France, 2019, 5 min
In the far future, Sonia is about to be transferred to a new space station. While everything appears to be going well, her mind is elsewhere, disturbed by a past not far behind.


SHORTS: EVERY BODY + BOOTY!

I HAVE TO THINK OF US AS SEPARATE PEOPLE
Dir. Chris Berntsen, Stephen Ira, USA, 2019, 5 mins
In an attempt to bridge the gap of intimacy and trust between cis and trans gay men, two filmmakers fracture and blend their own bodies and voices to create a split screen collage of their relationship.

PAISA
Dir. Graham Kolbeins, Dorian Wood, USA, 2019, 8 mins
A community celebrates the beauty of queer brown sensuality, body positivity, and individuality in an immersive fever dream.

PANTHERS
Dir. Erika Sanchez Marcos, Spain, 2020, 22 mins
Joana and Nina are 13-year-old best friends in the midst of the most difficult parts of puberty. Today, Joana has decided to solve her existential anxiety.

MES CHÉRIS
Dir. Ethan Folk, Ty Wardwell, Bat Boi, Germany, 2020, 12 mins
Transboi sex worker Bat Boi creates a fond, pornographic homage to his boobs a month before his top surgery.

DOWN DOG
Dir. Shae Xu, USA, 2019, 9 mins
Inclusive yoga instructor Tammy ponders the difficulties of disclosure and considers the societal mandate of talking to her new beau Marcus about her trans experience.

BREATH CONTROL
Dir. Carson Parish, USA, 2020, 9 mins
Heartbreak, breathplay, suspension bondage, and a conscientious ghost create a queer tale of redemption set in the woods.

TOOMAS BENEATH THE VALLEY OF THE WILD WOLVES
Dir. Chintis Lundgren, Estonia, Croatia, France, 2019, 18 min
After losing his job, Toomas, a young hot wolf, falls into moonlighting as a sex worker to support his family. His pregnant wife Viivi has a secret of her own: She's attending classes to become a dominatrix.


SHORTS: FREE TO BE ME

AND THEN SHE KISSED ME
Dir. Alexia Khodanian, USA, 2019, 2 mins
A love story between two high school girlfriends.

EGGHEAD & TWINKIE
Dir. Sarah Holland, USA, 2019, 9 mins
Egghead is in love with his best friend, Twinkie. Twinkie is a closeted lesbian. And tonight, she is coming out to her parents in the most casual way possible.

BIND
Dir. Emory Chao Johnson, USA, 2019, 3 mins
A glimpse into the trans Asian diaspora, BIND follows the events that occur when Jules gets a surprise visit from their mother — and their chest binder.

GO GO, BOY!
Dir. Oriana Oppice, USA, 2019, 6 mins
A boy discovers his fabulousness while dancing in his bedroom.

WERE YOU GAY IN HIGH SCHOOL?
Dir. Niki Ang, USA, 2020, 13 mins
Two queer women recall their awkward, closeted high school days of kissing boys and straight-girl crushes.

ALL THE SIGNS
Dir. Susan Carine, Katie Doyle, Ashley DeSalvo, Samantha Felix, Korbin Kepner, Samantha Roppola, USA, 2019, 7 mins
A mocudrama about two friends solving the theory of love. Is this a possible girlfriend or just another female friend? Maybe it’s not as difficult to figure out the answer as they thought.

FISH HEAD
Dir. Grace Tan, Australia, 2020, 10 mins
An alienated teen on the cusp of womanhood must find solace in an alternate coming of age, where lines of gender dissolve by the surrounds of the sea.

SHÉÁR AVORY: TO BE CONTINUED
Dir. Abram Cerda, USA, 2020, 26 mins
The coming-of-age story of Shéár Avory (pronouns: they/them/theirs), a 17-year-old aspiring social justice advocate in Los Angeles who navigates housing instability and familial dependency on their journey to adulthood.


SHORTS: GIRLS LAUGHING, LOVING, FIGHTING, F**KING

BREAK IN
Dir. Alyssa Lerner, USA, 2020, 16 mins
When Nousha accidentally texts erotic fiction about her crush to that crush, she enlists the help of her best friend, Oliver, and they set out on a mission to delete the text by any means necessary.

GIRL, SWEETVOICED
Dir. Rebecca Shoptaw, UK, US, 2020, 9 mins
Two young strangers express their longing through the poetry of Sappho.

NAOMI REPLANSKY AT 100
Dir. Megan Rossman, USA, 2020, 6 mins
Renowned poet Naomi Replansky shares wisdom on love and life as she celebrates her 100th year.

TINGE
Dir. Saidah Belo-Osagie, USA, 2020, 10 mins
When a hopeless romantic doesn't get a text back from her dream date, she finds herself spiraling as she grapples with both rejection and her distorted perception of reality.

A SINGLE EVENING
Dir. Ashlei Hardenburg-Cartagena, USA, 2020, 13 mins
Minnie, a seriously annoyed bisexual woman, navigates her way through yet another night alone while personified dating apps serenade and harass her about her inability to find love.

ANCIENT METHODS
Dir. Alexandra Kirsch, USA, 2020, 5 mins
An alien breaks up with her human girlfriend, causing the disparaged human to seek out new forms of self-love.

TOP & BOTTOM
Dir. Angela Cheng, USA, 2020, 6 mins
Quinn and Lexi work out the kinks of their long-term relationship.

SCREENSHOTS FOR A GOODBYE
Dir. Ruth Caudeli, Colombia, 2020, 10 mins
Andrea and Maca are facing the day after a break-up and struggle with all the difficulties that come with a goodbye between lovers.

WERE YOU GAY IN HIGH SCHOOL?
Dir. Niki Ang, USA, 2020, 13 mins
Two queer women recall their awkward, closeted high school days of kissing boys and straight-girl crushes.


SHORTS: HEIRLOOMS + HISTORIES

CARO COMES OUT
Dir. Brit Fryer and Caro Hernandez, USA, 2020, 12 mins
An experiment, and a comedy, about coming out to an entire Cuban family.

TAKE ME TO PROM
Dir. Andrew Moir, Canada, 2019, 20 mins
Queer people aged 17 to 88 reflect on 70 years of their high school prom memories.

QUEENIE
Dir. Cai Thomas, USA, 2020, 19 mins
Queenie Lawrence, a 73-year-young Black Lesbian and resident of the Marcy Projects, navigates applying for the Stonewall Houses, NYC's first LGBT Elder affordable housing.

KAPAEMAHU
Dir. Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu, Dean Hamer, Joe Wilson, USA, 2020, 8 mins
Four mysterious stones on Waikiki Beach carry a legacy of healing, community, and legendary trans spirits within them.

FABIU
Dir. Stefan Langthaler, Austria, 2020, 30 mins
Arthur, an 80-year-old retiree, lives in a modest home in Vienna, lovingly caring for his seriously ill wife Martha. When a new Hungarian care worker enters the picture, Arthur's routine is broken.

WISHES
Dir. Amy Jenkins, USA, 2019, 6 mins
The yearnings of a child for an alternate identity are traced through a decade of birthday wishes filmed by their mother.


SHORTS: THE GAG’S ALL HERE (2.0)

HEART TO HEART
Dir. Lilah Vandenburgh, UK, 2020, 10 mins
Liddy wakes up after heart surgery, woozy from anaesthetic and hallucinating. Upon waking, Liddy starts also hearing a voice, shouting that she's going to die an apathetic virgin. Apparently this is her heart, Lump (David Tennant), and he wants to get her laid.

PETE CAN'T PLAY BASKETBALL
Dir. Nick Borenstein, USA, 2020, 8 mins
In a world where all that matters is basketball, Pete can't play basketball.

2 DOLLARS
Dir. Robin Cloud, USA, 2020, 15 mins
As a Black queer masculine artist working at one of the worst property management firms in the city, Syd deals with the daily slights from ignorant co-workers, an oblivious boss, and a killer workload. Louise, a gambling-addicted coworker, pressures Syd into contributing to the office lotto pool.

THE SECRET GARDENER
Dir. Lorena Russi, USA, 2019, 3 mins
A garden party goes off the rails when ladies who brunch devolve into ladies who munch.

MOTHER BUNKER
Dir. George Metaxas, USA/AUS, 2020, 5 mins
Set during the robot-human war, a military robot — Mother — begins to self-express by dressing in human drag and performing to a robot army.

ISLAND QUEEN
Dir. Zackary Grady, Jenn Harris, USA, 2019, 10 mins
On the day a teenage hockey player secretly plans to try out for the figure skating team, he gets trapped on a ferry boat by its captain (Jesse Tyler Ferguson), whose only focus is to get to a festival for a famous film about a shark. Also featuring Rachel Dratch.

PATIENCE BRINGS ROSES
Dir. Lucia Thompson, Cassandra Rosin, Czech Republic, 2018, 11 min
A mime falls in love with a woman and struggles to win her over.

DON'T TEXT BACK
Dir. Kaye Adelaide, Mariel Sharp, Canada, 2020, 14 mins
Kelly visits an energy healing expert named Jaren, in hopes of finding a solution to the supernatural locket that's effecting her everyday life.

MONSIEUR
Dir. Thomas Ducastel, France, 2019, 23 mins
Georgie and Stan are two friends living in a small town in northern France. When Georgie finds out that his idol is going to the "Mister Northern France" pageant, Stan, the event videographer, helps him enter the pageant.


SHORTS: TIL WE (CAN) MEET AGAIN

PXSSY PALACE
Dir. Laura Kirwan-Ashman, UK, 2019, 6 mins
Meet the brains behind one of London's hottest and most creative queer nights. An introduction to Pxssy Palace, a London-based QTIPOC (queer trans intersex people of color) collective and clubnight from filmmaker Laura Kirwan-Ashman.

FLOURISH
Dir. Heather María Ács, USA, 2020, 14 mins
Follows five characters, including a seasoned drag queen and a young queer couple stumbling through nonmonogamy, at a queer dance party and drag club. The stories swirl together as the magic of queer space pulls them in and the transformative power of drag allows them to break free.

DANCING ON MY OWN
Dir. Alexandra Cuerdo, USA, 2020, 13 mins
A love letter to the queer Asian experience, inspired by New York's radical dance party Bubble_T.

KAMA'ĀINA (CHILD OF THE LAND)
Dir. Kimi Howl Lee, USA, 2019, 16 mins
A queer 16-year-old girl, Mahina, must navigate life on the streets in Oahu, until she eventually finds refuge at the Pu’uhonua o Wai’anae — Hawaiʻi’s largest organized homeless encampment.

BREAKWATER
Dir. Cris Lyra, Brazil, 2019, 26 mins
A group of young lesbians from São Paulo go on a trip to a remote beach for the new year's celebration, where they relax, make music, and build emotional refuge for themselves. They own their bodies and their memories, and they feel free.

FREE FUN
Dir. Fehmi Öztürk, Turkey, Cyprus, 2019, 5 mins
When Kika entered to have fun in a Virtual Reality-based game, she encountered something she never expected. Nothing will be the same anymore.


Brooklyn Boys Shorts

SEE YOU SOON
Dir. Tyler Rabinowitz, USA, 2020, 16 mins
A gay man travels across the country to spend the weekend with someone he's been talking to for months on a dating app, hoping to find the kind of romance that he grew up thinking he'd never get to experience.

KIND OF
Dir. Noah Schamus, USA, 2020, 9 mins
KIND OF follows two trans masculine folks in a newly open relationship as they prepare to host brunch — while hashing out their insecurities in the minutes before their friends arrive.

WHO CAN PREDICT WHAT WILL MOVE YOU
Dir. Livia Huang, USA, 2019, 9 mins
Two boys caught in a rivalrous relationship spend one last night together in Brooklyn.

ARE WE HERE YET?
Dir. Solomon Chidi Amadiume, USA, 2019, 10 mins
A couple discovers they don't know as much as about each other as they thought while they move into their new apartment.


GLOBAL EPISODIC SHOWCASE

QUEENS
Dir. Pat Mills, Canada, 2020, 10 mins
QUEENS is a comedy-mystery following an eclectic cast of Toronto drag queens leading up to the night of the Miss Church Street pageant. Each episode focuses on a particular queen whose preparation for the pageant is sabotaged in a strange and unfortunate way. Who among them is the saboteur?

DECEASED ONES
Dir. Kate Hopkins, USA, 2019, 14 mins
When two friends, Max and Fiona, get involved in the niche service of role playing the dead, they're forced to help heal grieving strangers through a surreal game of make believe, while confronting deeply buried emotional traumas arising within themselves.

INQUEERI
Dir. Alexandra Rose, USA, 2019, 5 mins
This webseries follows the lives of two queer college kids, Teddy and James, as they explore finding their identities in a world of liberal zombies and normative nancies.

UNHINGED
Dir. Stephanie Leschek, USA, 2019, 5 mins
During their game night, a couple fights about not fighting in front of their friends.

THE OTHERSIDE
Dir. Adesua Okosun, Nigeria, Côte d'Ivoire, USA, 2019, 19 mins
This episode, THE ALTERNATIVE, follows three people from the LGBTQ community — a queer female, a transgender male, and a transgender female — living in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. Each character takes us into their world and show us how they are trying to change the narrative of their community in West Africa.

BORED
Dir. Georgia Oakley, UK, 2019, 12 mins
Jamie and Eve are best friends who've always shared everything. After drowning their post-Brexit sorrows at a party, they really do end up sharing everything. In the sober light of day, will things ever be the same again?

HIDDEN CANYONS
Dir. Brant Rotnem, Fawzia Mirza, USA, 2020, 26 mins
Seven LGBTQ+ inhabitants of a beachside hamlet navigate infidelity, open relationships, family planning, breakups, race issues, and gender identity.