March Events...

  • Ambulante Film Festival
  • Ann Arbor Film Festival
  • Bermuda International Film Festival
  • BFI Flare
  • Glasgow Film Festival
  • Glitch
  • Le Festival des Cultures LGBT
  • Leeds Queer Film Festival
  • LiberCine
  • Melbourne Queer Film Festival
  • Newcastle Film Festival
  • QFlix Philadelphia
  • Queens World Film Festival
  • Salem Film Fest
  • Sonoma International Film Festival
  • Wicked Queer Boston LGBT Film Festival
Long Beach Q Film Festival

Long Beach Q Film Festival

Thursday, 06 September 2018 until Sunday, 09 September 2018

Long Beach’s longest-running film festival since 1993, the QFilm Festival annually presents narrative features, documentaries and short films that embody the rich diversity and experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) communities. More than 1,500 people attend each year to savor a mix of West Coast, Southern California and local premieres as well some of the most acclaimed features on the film festival circuit. Numerous filmmakers and cast members of the films to be shown will be present for audience discussions after each screening. Festival events will feature numerous parties and opportunities for attendees to meet and mingle with filmmakers, actors, critics and other industry professionals.


2017 films...

A Million Happy Nows

Alaska is a Drag

Extra Terrestrials (Extra Terrestres)

Saturday Church


Signature Move

Something Like Summer

The Feels

The Lavender Scare

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin

Women in Shorts

Still Devout
2017 | USA | 21 minutes 
Written & Directed by: Melissa Y. Perez
An anxious twenty-three-year-old, still stuck living at home, must choose between romance and the needs of her family.

2015 | Philippines | 4 minutes
Written & Directed by: Petersen Vargas
Two girls, young and in love, move backwards through the city streets of Manila.

August in the City
2017 | USA | 16 minutes
Directed by: Christie Conochalla
Written by: Lisa Tedesco 
When her college-age daughter returns home for the Thanksgiving holiday with her new girlfriend, August remembers the woman she loved. Internally tormented with the fear of what society may think in 1978, August makes the ultimate decision that will change her life forever.  

2017 | USA | 16 minutes 
Written & Directed by: Florencia Manóvil
Claudia's night out with friends is disrupted by an encounter with the captivating foreigner Isabel. 

Bride of Frankie 
2017 | USA | 19 minutes
Written & Directed by: Devi Snively
In this darkly comedic feminist nod to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, a not-so-mad scientist builds a mate for her mentor’s lonely creation with electrifying, and deadly,  results.

One Way Street
2017 | USA | 14 minutes
Written & Directed by: Andrea Meyerson
What happens when your desire drives you in the wrong direction? Revved up by passion and ignoring all the signs, three people set out to fulfill their fantasies. Fasten your seat belts, this ride may wind up on a very bumpy ONE WAY STREET! 

Men in Briefs

Secret Santa Sex Party
2017 | USA | 12 minutes 
Directed by: Charles Lum & Todd Verow
Written by: Charles Lum
Secret Santa Sex Party tells the idiosyncratic story of the New York Prime Timers, the randy NYC Chapter of the national senior gay men’s Organization. Amidst their flurry of elderly activities, the New York Prime Timers members also actively participate in monthly sex parties. These octogenarian orgiasts invite us to their intimate gathering, illustrate explicitly their carnal activities and explain to us, both frankly and inspiringly: who they are; their own shared histories; and what it means to their lives to share joyful, consensual sexual celebrations for as long as may be possible.

Linie 9 (Line 9)
2016 | Mexico/Germany | 16 minutes
Written & Directed by: Tavo Ruiz
In a city with constant movement like the subway rides, the paths of Andrés and Miguel are crossing. It seems like the beginning of a new Romance but Andrés doesn’t know which direction to take, because every road leads him to something sexual.

Bayard & Me
2017 | USA | 16 minutes
Written & Directed by: Matt Wolf
Walter Naegle’s boyfriend Bayard Rustin was a famous civil rights activist 30 years his senior. In the 1980s Bayard decided to adopt Walter for legal protection. This love story is about a time when gay marriage was inconceivable. 

Playing Straight
2016 | USA | 4 minutes
Directed by: Gary Bennett
Written by: Jacob Nichols & Sam Stagg
Jacob and Sam are two typical bros; video games, gym buds, one words conversations. When they encounter two male characters hugging in a video game, Jake tries to broach an uncomfortable subject. How do you know that you're straight unless you try something gay? Although Sam tries to play it off and play through the level, Jake is insistent and seemingly coming to a bro-crisis. Sam decides to take aggressive action - with his lips.

According to My Mother
2016 | USA | 18 minutes
Directed by: Cathy Y. Yan
Written by: Daniel K. Isaac & Cathy Y. Yan
In this modern take on the traditional family dramedy, Daniel, a gay, struggling actor living in New York visits Esther, his devout Christian, Korean mother, in LA after the death of his beloved aunt. Despite their differences, they try to heal together. But old habits die hard. Based on a true relationship. 

2016 | USA | 15 minutes
Written & Directed by: Carlton Daniel Jr. 
Cooper is eager to take his relationship to the next level, but when his boyfriend floats the idea of an open relationship, he has to rethink all of his previous expectations of what “love” really looks like.

2017 | USA | 16 minutes
Written & Directed by: Faraz Arif Ansari 
Set in the fast-paced environs of the usually bustling Mumbai local train system, Sisak details a romance that develops slowly and intoxicatingly, nestled in the silences and quiet comforts of the end-of-day train journeys. A return to the unspoken, unsaid and universal expressions of love, on the path of subtlety and humanity, Sisak is the result of the belief that if love knows no bounds, it need not be bound with words, either.  

Queer & Trans Shorts

Get the Life
2016 | 12 minutes
Directed by: Ozzy Villazon
Written by: Adelina Anthony
Alex, a transgender youth, has been struggling with a secret pregnancy. However, time is has run out for him and he must confess his condition to Jesse, his live-in boyfriend. Although they struggle in poverty, through their love and passion for one another, it's clear they have forged a home together. To Alex's surprise, Jesse offers a strikingly opposing view on how to deal with the pregnancy. Alex considers what he is willing to lose in order to live honestly and courageously.

Walk for Me
2016 | USA | 12 minutes
Written & Directed by: Elegance Bratton
Set to make her Femme Queen debut as Hannah, a young woman’s two worlds collide when her mom shows up and discovers her daughter's secret life.

Private Dick: Buying Dick
2016 | USA | 7 minutes
Written by: D'Lo
Private Dick is a comedic series about the life of a trans masculine private investigator and how he navigates his relationships with this partner in crime, partner in life and his mother.

2017 | USA | 16 minutes
Directed by: Rhys Ernst
Umbrella tells the story of four transgender individuals across America who are fighting for rights and representation in a challenging and changing world. Through the interwoven stories of a leader in trans rights in Washington DC, the owner of a Philadelphia tattoo shop, an Army dad in rural Arkansas, and the creator of the transgender flag, Umbrella explores the lives of four transgender trailblazers bound by their passion to create change.

Becoming Johanna
2016 | USA | 27  minutes
Directed by: Jonathan Skurnik
When Johanna, a 16-year-old transgender Latina, begins her transition and gets kicked out of her home and school, she finds a foster family who loves her and a supportive school principal who helps her graduate and thrive.

2017 | USA | 11 minutes
Written & Directed by: Mari Walker
As summer draws to a close, a young trans girl finds freedom in a secret midnight swim.

Latinx Shorts Spotlight

In The Paint
2016 | USA | 7 minutes
Written & Directed by: Ashton Pina
In The Paint follows college basketball player Kollin as he prepares to enter the NBA Draft. Kollin must decide if he wants to continue playing the game down low or come out; regardless of the violations...

Jeanne Cordova: Butches, Lies & Feminism
2017 | USA | 38 minutes
Written & Directed by: Gregorio Davila
Creatively employing the few surviving archival interviews to illuminate a forthright, outspoken, dynamic and sexy old-school feminist Butch ... who was unstoppable in her quest for social justice and equality for lesbians, women and the queer community. This touching and personal documentary highlights some of Jeanne Cordova's life's work and untold stories of LGBT history, in her own voice. 

Primavera Rosa En Mexico (Pink Spring in Mexico)
2016 | Spain | 23 minutes
Written & Directed by: Mario de la Torre 
Although gay marriage was legalized , Mexico ranks second in the world in the rate of murders committed against the LGBT population. Although activists have risked their lives to denounce this fact , there continues to be impunity surrounding these hate crimes.

2017 | Mexico | 19 minutes
Directed by: Chucho E. Quintero
Written by: Chucho E. Quintero & Ricardo Enríquez
An insecure geek tries to have a one-night stand with a guy he met through a dating app. When his roommate interrupts them, he will have to try and rescue what's left of the evening.


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