From humble beginnings in a Fresno State classroom, Fresno Reel Pride has evolved into the sixth oldest, and one of the largest, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) film festivals in the United States.
Fresno Reel Pride is a celebration of LGBTQ cinema and is a premier cultural event in Central California attracting thousands of attendees, filmmakers and stars to its five day festival of international feature films, documentaries, and shorts.
Love is a Map
Annie and Mary were once in love in college - does their love stand a second chance after deciding to spend the weekend together?
Cecilia is invited to Emma's bachelorette weekend where she gets stuck with her former bully with a taste for revenge.
Discoveries: Youth Shorts
A collection of shorts picked for youth on the journey to be their true authentic selves.
Pray the Gay Away Dir: Chang-Min Jonathan Hyon | US | 11 min
In English and Korean with English subtitles
Danny, a queer, Korean high schooler, becomes invisible after an intense prayer group literally prays the gay away. Will he ever be seen again?
Dir: Frankie Joe Gommon | UK | 12 min
In order to complete his coming out journey, Adam must tell his childhood best friend, Tyler, that he is gay. Slight problem: Adam is in love with Tyler, and Tyler has a girlfriend.
Dir: Mara Leroux | US | 8 min
When Amari's parents learn of her transgender boyfriend's identity while taking photos before homecoming, her parents disapprove of their relationship.
Dir: Angel I-Han Teng | Taiwan | 19 min
In Chinese with English subtitles
Inspired by a true event of teenage boys wearing skirts to school, Rose Skirt is a queer coming-of-age short that depicts the ambiguity of growing gender consciousness in teens. The story focuses on a teenage boy, Yen, who confronts his desire for feminine expressions while struggling with the sense of guilt and shame. Eventually, he realizes his internalized homophobia is the reflection of his fascination for femininity. This film is dedicated to Rose Boy Yeh Yung-chih.
Dir: Alana Mango | US | 4 min
An astronaut encounters an unexpected emergency while on a routine mission, and finds himself jettisoned into space. Isolated, afraid, and losing oxygen, an emotional revelation may provide the will he needs to survive. Black Box is a story of victory over fear, survival against all odds, and the courage of love.
Dir: Annie Knight, Greg Shea | US | 9 min
'Spirit Day' follows Frankie, a lonely middle-schooler, as they pick a costume for their school's upcoming spirit day with the help of their imaginary friend, Mac. However, choosing an outfit proves more complicated than expected, prompting questions of presentation and identity.
Fun in Men's Shorts
A dynamic program of five short films from the United States and Australia.
Hotter Up Close
Dir: Leland Montgomery | US | 14 min
On the eve of his 30th birthday, a gay slacker must overcome his crippling insecurities in order to find love.
Dir: Rory Derang | US | 18 min
Brett, a deaf man, decides whether to continue his relationship with his closeted lover.
Dir: Alison Barton, Bonnie Dennison | US | 11 min
One day after purchasing their first real adult pull-out couch, homebody couple Levi and Dillon's relationship is tested when an unexpected (and pungent) visitor arrives to stay the night.
Dir: Kevin Anthony | US | 15
Matt has had a crush on Davin since the eleventh grade - and then his crush vanished. Three years later the mysterious Davin pops back into his life and Matt begins to fall for him all over again.
Dir: Andrew Derham Blogg | Australia | 20 min
An offensive term used to vilify gay men. When a harmless encounter leads to a tense confrontation, a trailblazer for the LGBTIAQ+ community tries to intervene. Homophobia, internalized homophobia, anxiety & fear play out in post gay marriage Australia.
Stories of personal transformation and healing in the Queer, Trans, and QTPOC communities through the lens of decolonizing yoga.
Fun in Women's Shorts
A showing of four short films from all around the world.
Dir: Kryzz Gautier | 2022 | US | 19 min
In a future world where memories are handled like computer files, two lovers decide to undergo a procedure and have their entire relationship wiped from their brains.
Dir: Kirnay Bhatt | 2020 | India | 25 min
In Hindi with English subtitles
Inspired by true events, the story of a small town closeted lesbian boxer, Kirnay, who after winning her state level tournament; inches closer to her dream of representing the country. Indifferent to her ambitions, Krinay’s mother has already fixed her marriage. Torn between her family, love and ambition, Kirnay must fight the battle for her freedom outside the ring, before conquering her dreams inside it.
Dir: Lloyd Eyre-Morgan | 2022 | UK | 16 min
A bride is thrust into alternate dimensions on her wedding day.
Dir: Erika Nakayama | 2022 | Japan | 18 min
In Japanese with English subtitles
A lesbian couple are planning a wedding-style photoshoot to celebrate their five-year anniversary. One photographer’s response causes turmoil. What will the outcome be?
Dawn, Her Dad & The Tractor
When Dawn's mom dies, she returns to the family farm where she sees her father and sister for the first time since her transition.
Christian mothers whose profound love for their LGBTQ+ children has turned them into fierce advocates for the entire community
An intimate vérité documentary about a survivor of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando.
An uptight dwarf and his free-spirited, alien-obsessed neighbor hit the road on a border-defying search for their place in the universe.
Jay attempts to move across the country to start her life over again as she grapples with the inevitable cycles of love and loss.
When an explosion rattles NYC into a lockdown, Amari and Q are forced to confront the fragility of their partnership.
Transcendent Shorts is a program of six short films from around the world.
Dir: Kaspersilas Crystallando | Denmark | 4 min
In Danish with English subtitles
Based on a true story. Taking the final steps to become her authentic self, a transgendered woman returns to find love lost. Broken and sad, only her true reflection saves the day.
My Abortion Saved My Life
Dir: Ruby Fludzinski, Tiler Wilson | US | 9 min
Cazembe Murphy Jackson (he/him), a Black trans activist living in Atlanta, Georgia, shares why his access to abortion was vital to his life. After developing severe depression following a sexual assault, and quickly learning he was pregnant, Cazembe's abortion saved him from suicide. Cazembe's story demonstrates the life-saving urgency of abortion access.
Dir: Yané Garcia | US | 32 min
Trans individuals discuss the euphoria and physical pain that comes when chest binding.
How Not To Date While Trans
Dir: Nyala Moon | US | 13 min
A break-the-fourth-wall, dark comedy that follows the dating life of a black trans woman and the problematic men she meets along the way.
Dir: Rebecca Marquardt, Lane Michael Stanley | US | 10 min
A gay cis woman's father is surprisingly happy when she brings her transmasc boyfriend home - but she soon realizes he's only happy because she's in a straight-passing relationship.
Heads Above Water
Dir: Afra Nuarey | Bangladesh | 7 min
In Bengali with English subtitles
This documentary uncovers the hidden truths of the Hijra community struggling to navigate through a Muslim society that has all but rejected them. We follow the intrinsic lives of three trans women who forge different relationships within society.
Black As U R
Filmmaker Micheal Rice explores racism and homophobia within Black communities and the unique challenges faced by those who hold both queer and Black identities.
My Emptiness And I
Raphi - young, androgynous and naive - begins her gender transition and journey to find her true identity.
All Kinds of Love
A story about looking for love in all the wrong places.
A gender-queer body-transfer fantasy about a little boy who sends his spirit into his babysitter’s body.
Shouting Down Midnight
Real stories about why the fight for reproductive freedom is more important than ever.