The prestigious Fifth Annual Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival has unveiled their line-up of the best gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered films that will be featured during the 10-day event from April 25th to May 4th. The screenings will take place at the historic Gusman Center of the Performing Arts (in downtown Miami), the Jackie Gleason Theater, Regal Cinemas (both on Miami Beach) and Cinema Paradiso (located in Fort Lauderdale).
The 10-day festival will kick-off on Friday, April 25th with the Opening Night Gala presentation and East Coast Premiere of Mark Rucker’s “Die Mommie Die” starring Charles Busch, Jason Priestley, Natasha Lyonne and Phillip Baker Hall, at the Gusman Center. On Wednesday April 30th, the Festival will present the Centerpiece Gala screening of Richard Day’s “Girls Will Be Girls” starring Jack Plotnick, Clinton Leupp and Jeffery Roberson at the Gleason Theater. The Festival closes on Sunday May 4th with the Closing Night Gala presentation of Brad Fraser’s “Leaving Metropolis” at the Gleason Theater.
“The 2003 Festival promises to be better than ever, celebrating our entire community with the presentation of 80 funny, provocative, steamy and thought provoking films,” said Phillip Matthews, Executive Director of the MGLFF. “We are thrilled to present our exciting line-up of films to South Florida audiences and welcome a growing number of film enthusiasts to experience what our Festival has to offer.”
This year’s festival program will include a record number of films from Spain, Brazil, Argentina, Taiwan, Italy, India, Australia, Germany, Canada, France, Norway, Netherlands, United Kingdom and the United States. The finalists were selected from a record number of film submissions and include features, documentaries and shorts.
The Festival has focused on celebrating the best of Queer International Cinema; with programs such as “Global Passions” featuring acclaimed short films from around the world. The Festival has also partnered with MIX Brasil to showcase short films originating from South America.
“In balancing our program this year, we have introduced more films for women, and films that challenge what it means to be gay and lesbian. We continue to build on our reputation as the leading United States gay and lesbian venue for films from Spain and Latin America, and by U.S. Hispanic directors,” said Carol Coombes, Program Director.
Get the full line-up of films at the Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival website.