The Queen City Film Festival (QCFF), Western Maryland’s premiere film festival, is held each year in early Fall in Cumberland, Maryland. Founded in 2012, and currently in our fifth year, QCFF 2016 will be held October 6-9 at the Cumberland Ramada in Cumberland, Maryland. QCFF offers a four-day program of screenings and educational panels, and welcomes filmmakers from around the world. Located in Allegany County, Cumberland offers a delightful blend of hospitality and history; mingled with charming shops, delicious dining, arts and entertainment and lots of events and activities. We have been pleased to introduce visiting filmmakers to local media.
Sunset – Katie Ennis and Gary Jaffe, USA: In the days following Pearl Harbor, a young man must decide whether to serve overseas or stay in New York with his streetwise male lover.
Something About Alex – Reinout Hellenthal, Netherlands: A 14-year-old boy, Alex, develops a close friendship with his older sister’s boyfriend, and must confront the depth of his feelings when the couple announces that they will be moving away.
Cas – Joris van de Berg, Netherlands: In the comedy-drama Cas, Pepijn and Sjors’ steady, seven-year relationship is shaken up after they allow a young student named Cas to sleep on their couch until he finds a place of his own. Gradually, both men fall head over heels for Cas’ laconic charm and it forces them to reconsider their many long-term plans. Is Cas’ presence endangering their relationship or is he actually a blessing in disguise?
LGBT Shorts (4pm-6pm)
Unicorn – Devin Tau, USA: A single father deals with the balance of raising his daughter and navigating his newly out gay dating life.
Seeing Glory – Rick Hamilton, USA: Gloria prepares a feast of the senses for the rapidly ailing Eva in an attempt to share a perfect evening and be seen for the woman she truly is. Writer-director Rick Hamilton’s newest film is a bittersweet story of fine wine, dementia and the immortal words of Virginia Woolf.
Dragtivists – Savannah Rodgers, USA: Dragtivists is a short documentary about the intersection of activism and drag performance.
Heaven’s Rage – Mark Crane, UK: Heaven’s Rage is based on the novel of the same name by author Leslie Tate. Leslie Tate’s memoir is by turns an elegy for a lost childhood, a tribute to the power of literature and a demand for the right to identity in world that turns too easily on those who differ from the conventional.
Fighting Two Wars: The Story of Thalia Jane Ainsley – Aaron Curtis, USA: The story of a Vietnam war veteran who transitioned into a woman later in life.
X – Alanna DePinto, USA: An exploration of the filmmaker’s complex relationship to gender drawing on the formal techniques of feminist counter-cinema.
Sink – Cloudy Rhodes, Australia: Jess is a young woman living in a rural community who has fallen in love for the first time. She hasn’t told family and friends because her first love is also a woman. When Jess learns that her secret lover has committed suicide, Jess keeps her grief to herself, fearing being mocked, judged or disapproved of by her family, but desperately needs to express her feelings. In the short space of a meal time, Jess’s grief ferments and turns inward, culminating in a violent act of self-harm, the only voice that she can give to her emotions.
A Girl From Beacon Ridge – Kirk Demorest, USA: Two best friends, one big problem! Phoebe and Blaze, two middle school best friends, suddenly find their lives upside down when Phoebe’s homophobic parents decide the girls shouldn’t play together any longer.