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  • ALT* Festival de Cine Documental LGBT+
  • Atlanta Film Festival
  • Brussels International Festival of Fantasy Film
  • Calgary Underground Film Festival
  • CINHOMO Muestra Internacional de Cine GLBT
  • DIVA Film Festival
  • Florida Film Festival
  • Geelong Pride Film Festival
  • Hot Docs
  • Internationales Frauenfilmfestival
  • Lovers Film Festival
  • Malmö Queer Filmfestival
  • Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival
  • OGA (S)exhibition
  • Outshine Film Festival: Miami
  • Pink Apple
  • Qfest St. Louis
  • Queens World Film Festival
  • Queer East
  • Queergestreift Filmfestival
  • RiverRun International Film Festival
  • San Francisco International Film Festival
  • Sunny Bunny LGBTQIA+ Film Festival
Outshine Film Festival: Miami

Outshine Film Festival: Miami

Formerly known as: Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival...then: MiFo

Thursday, 18 April 2024 until Sunday, 28 April 2024

OUTshine Film Festival is South Florida's premiere showcase for LGBTQ+ films producing a large scale festival in Miami (April) and Fort Lauderdale (October)

OUTshine - Miami Edition, is a critically acclaimed event, based in the world-renowned South Florida city of Miami.

The 26th edition of OUTshine - Miami will take place from April 18 - 28, 2024.

OUTshine is committed to its mission: To inspire, entertain and educate the public, encourage a sense of community through international and culturally diverse film, video and other media that offer historical and contemporary perspectives on the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience.

The festival has grown from a 3-day event in which 25 films were presented to the current format of 10 days with 65+ films. OUTshine is an internationally acclaimed event serving as a platform for numerous World Premiers, North American Premiers and East Coast Premiers. Special emphasis on highlighting and premiering the best pin GLBT Spanish language films.


The Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival started in 1998; the Fort Lauderdale Gay & Lesbian Film Festival in 2008. Both were brought together under one brand to become The MiFo LGBT Film Festival in 2015, with a seasonal event serving each city. Critically and internationally acclaimed, it serves as a platform for numerous premiers and is the largest LGBT cultural arts event in South Florida.

Because of its increasing popularity and success, MiFo has been rechristened to the OUTSHINE Film Festival, underscoring its brightness, broad appeal and dynamic multi-cultural location. Outshine is everything you want in a film festival... inviting, glowing, and eclipsing all others before it. Our mission is to inspire, entertain, and educate; encouraging a sense of community through international and culturally diverse film, video, and other media that offer historical and contemporary perspectives on the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender experience.

Outrageous. Outspoken. And outstanding in what we deliver.

OUTshine Film Festival is a d/b/a of the Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, a 501(c)(3) Not-for-Profit.

Best Full Length Feature: Audience Favorite Selection
Runner-Up Best Full Length Feature: Audience Favorite Selection
Best Documentary: Audience Favorite Selection
Runner-Up Best Documentary: Audience Favorite Selection
Best Short: Audience Favorite Selection
Runner-Up Best Short: Audience Favorite Selection
Best Full Length Feature: Jury Selection
Runner-Up Best Full Length Feature: Jury Selection
Best Documentary: Jury Selection
Runner-Up Best Documentary: Jury Selection
Best Short: Jury Selection
Runner-Up Best Short: Jury Selection


2024 films...

40 Years of Care

A House Is Not a Disco

All The Silence (Todo El Silencio)


Blue Lights

Bonus Track

Chuck Chuck Baby

Close to You


COCKTAILS & CINEMA™: South Florida Filmmakers Showcase

Double Life
Mellie Parks and Trinity Byonie, 5 minutes, USA
Max, a 22 year old man leads a double life; working in the hypermasculine corporate world in one life yet performing as a drag queen in another, realizing the duality of both existences.

Christopher Frentzel, 13 minutes, USA
It's a regular night at a local gay bar. That is until a disgruntled war vet sets a grenade on the bar counter, turning his bad day into everyone else's problem.

Myrna’s Secret Spies
Andy Perrott, 27 minutes, USA
In this 6th installment of a series of short "telenovela style" film comedies, we find Myrna pregnant about to have the baby of her deceased husband, Oscur, who was shot at the altar during their wedding by Myrna's arch nemesis Heidi Ho. Heidi was attempting to kill Myrna's Mama who tried to drown Heidi for stealing yet another of Myrna's great loves. The joy of the baby's arrival is quickly dashed when Myrna, her maid Ping and her Mama and Papa discover one of the delivery nurses is an imposter who steals baby Oscur. The madcap rush to find the baby is filled with twists and turns and some deep-seated revelations from the Juana family's past.

Open Dialogue: Generation QueerZ
Freddy Rodriguez, 19 minutes, USA 
Open Dialogues: Gen QueerZ captures the LGBTQ+ narratives of eight South Florida students who are part of Generation Z. The fourth film in the Center’s Open Dialogues series, Gen QueerZ gives voice to students who are among the first generation to be “out” while attending school and living at home. Their stories reflect a diversity of gender identities, cultural backgrounds, and academic studies while exploring allyship, threats, and the dynamics of being out at home with family.

Dalton's Dream



I Don't Know Who You Are

It’s Ladies Night: LESBIAN SHORTS

The Reflection of the Cranes
Juan Ballesteros, 19 minutes, Venezuela and Bolivia, In Spanish with English subtitles
Lucia, a 45-year-old woman, leads a routine life in her roadside inn, when one day Amelia, a young traveler trying to find part of her past in some local waterfalls, shows up at her reception. When an immediate attraction arises between them, the insecurities of one and the fears of the other will hinder the contact between them. It is only through a game of reflexes that one will be able to approach the vulnerabilities of the other.

Goodbye Tango
Jason Laurits, 15 minutes, USA
The sudden death of Ruth’s beloved hamster reveals a decaying marriage with her curmudgeonly wife, Connie. Ruth must either accept the death of things or keep spinning the wheel.

Longing For Light
Alba Cros Pellisé, 11 minutes, Spain, In Catalan with English subtitles
The sun has a central role to play in almost every shot of this analogue cinematic declaration of love to Barcelona, the adopted home of filmmaker Alba Cros Pellisé. Barcelona is where she met other lesbian women for the first time, where she found lovers and where the members of her chosen family live. She films them in their homes and on the streets, where sunlight illuminates the cobblestones and walls, as well as people’s faces. Cros complements her journal-style voice-over with title cards, jazzy music and the familiar, nostalgic sound of film running through the camera. The affectionate shots of lovers, mothers with a young child, and girlfriends at an outdoor café are rhythmically intercut with scenes of sunbeams in cloudy skies, interplays of light and shadows, and glistening sunlight on water. While she acknowledges that it’s difficult to find your own place in the world if you’re “different,” the filmmaker makes it clear that this is not a political film. Rather, it is a personal, intimate and warm portrait of the city where she found love. In these sunlit streets there is no place for darkness, at least for now

Tomorrow Will Be Better (Morgen Doen We Het Beter)
Jottum Kok, 20 minutes, Netherlands, In Dutch with English subtitles
After the relationship with her girlfriend turns sour, Jona moves back in with her mother Mirjam. Their loving relationship is occasionally plagued by miscommunication and when Mirjam is secretive about her daughter's queer identity, the tension mounts. Filmmaker Jottum Kok proposes a vision of generational conflict that can be overcome.

Jackrabbit Homestead
Kimberlea Kressal, 20 minutes, USA
A bereft widow inherits a 5-acre homestead in the desert. As she struggles to forget her past and build a new life for herself in this isolating and unrelenting landscape, she starts to believe someone (or something) is tormenting her.

Siham Bel, 29 minutes, France, In French with English subtitles
Since she left Corsica where she grew up, Safia has always secured family balance. To protect her relationship with her father, she has never told him about her homosexuality. On a summer evening, she breaks the secret and runs away. On the road along the Calanques creeks, as she makes her way through a new life, she has now to learn to live for herself beyond other people’s eyes and maybe against those she loves most. This summer, an announcement is going to shake up the family and take Safia on an unexpected journey of self-discovery on the winding and rocky roads of the Mediterranean island.

Lessons of Tolerance


Listen Up!

Mad About the Boy: The Noël Coward Story


Mascarpone: The Rainbow Cake (Maschile Plural)


Power Alley (Levante)



Studio One Forever


The Beautiful Summer (La Bella Estate)

The Fisherman’s Daughter (La Estrategia Del Mero)


The Missing (Iti Mapukpukaw)

The Monster of Many Noses (L'home dels nassos)

The Queen of My Dreams

The Shadow of the Sun (La Sombra del Sol)

The Summer with Carmen (To Kalokairi Karmen)


Toll (Pedágio)

Turtles (Les Tortues)

What a Feeling

Where The Men Are: GAY SHORTS

Philippe Grenier, 16 minutes, Canada, In French and Moroccan with English subtitles
Samir, a 16-year-old Moroccan fisherman, discovers his attraction towards men when he meets Louis, a tourist traveling with his wife. When Louis faces the worst, Samir is the only one who can help him.

Some Kind of Paradise
Nicholas Finegan, 21 minutes, USA
In a chance encounter on Grindr, a reclusive barman at an Arkansas line-dancing bar connects with a charismatic Hollywood actor. The sheer force of their chemistry pushes him to question the isolated life he has built for himself- and embrace the transformative power of intimacy and vulnerability.

The White Crows (Les corneilles blanches)
Denis Liakhov, 16 minutes, France, In Russian with English subtitles
Vlad, a young Russian homosexual in the closet, returns from Moscow to his small hometown. His brother Liokha has arranged a surprise for him: a night in the sauna with a prostitute.

Dream Burger
Sami Kali, 9 minutes, Switzerland, In English
Luke and Simon always go for burgers together after tennis. But this time, Luke wants to tell Simon how he really feels about him. How will Simon react? Luke's vivid imagination leads us into some intense scenarios, only to reveal a surprising truth.

The Last Take
Brian Foyster, 14 minutes, USA
Facing the end, a movie star from the golden age of Hollywood must reconcile with the only man he ever loved.

The Pansy of Pickadee
Gus George, Paddy Morahan, 8 minutes, Australia
The Pansy of Pickadee tells the story of a queer young man and a town on the verge of destruction. When all else fails, the young man uses his special skills to save his friends and family and becomes the hero he was born to be.

Car Wash
Lucas Sogas, 30 minutes, Spain, In Spanish with English subtitles
Two boys from a soccer team disguise their love relationship as sheer friendship so as not to be discovered. One night of passion inside a car wash could trigger a different path in their lives.