gfest2016pic9LGBT Feature and short films line up to showcase at Rich Mix Cinema in Shoreditch on 12, 14 and 15 November. GFEST 2016 film screenings continue on 14 and 17 November at Arthouse Crouch End. An ‘African LGBTQ Community Cinema’ event with 2 screenings will take place at Bernie Grant Arts Centre in Tottenham on Sunday 13 November.

An annual platform for LGBTQI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex) artists and organisations, the 9th GFEST – Gaywise FESTival ® runs Monday 7 – Saturday 19 November 2016 at venues across London. The films deal with GFEST 2016 theme, highlighting the contrast between ‘out and marginal’ identities.

The GFEST 2016 full film programme (from Saturday 12 to Thursday 17 November) details are live on the GFEST website: 

FILMS: ‘Crossing the Marginal’
GFEST 2016 films explore themes of fighting back from margins, with a line-up that includes recently completed LGBTQI works and some UK and London premieres of feature-length and short films.

A Still from GFEST 2016 feature film JONATHAN

The film programme opens on Saturday 12 November at Rich Mix with moving film Jonathan, a feature drama (Germany 2015, English subtitles) about a complicated father-son relationship and a long-kept family secret: a visually striking debut by director Piotr J. Lewandowski.

A Still from GFEST 2016 feature lenghth documentary Gender Troubles
A Still from GFEST 2016 feature film The Pearl

On 14 November GFEST 2016 shows feature length documentary Gender Troubles: The Butches (USA 2016) by director Lisa Plourde, which gives a voice to women who may look and or act in ways that society has decided is appropriate only for men; followed on 15 November by Jessica Dimmock and Christopher LaMarca’s The Pearl (USA 2016), a fascinating portrayal of the experiences of four middle-aged transgender women.

A Still from GFEST 2016 feature film Brothers of the Night
A Still from GFEST 2016 short film If I met a Magician

14 November will see the London premiere of Patric Chiha’s docudrama style feature film Brothers of the Night (Austria 2016, English subtitles), based on the lives of a group of young Roma men from Bulgaria who sell their bodies at gay venues in Vienna, will be unveiled at Arthouse Crouch End, along with Shaked Goren’s short film If I met a Magician (Israel 2015).

The 17 November screening of LGBTQ short films include a number of UK films: Denise by director Kenneth O’TooleOpen Plan directed by Daniel MurthaJake Graf’s film DawnMasterful Hermit directed by Reg Noyes and Oliver Mason’s Away with Me – showcasing the best and most vibrant of UK LGBT film talent in recent time.

A Still from GFEST 2016 short film Dawn
A Still from GFEST 2016 short film Denise
A Still from GFEST 2016 short film No Matter Who
A Still from GFEST 2016 short film The Mermaid and the Whale

A special event focusing on African LGBTIQ communities will take place at the Bernie Grant Arts Centre in Tottenham on 13 November.

A Still from African LGBTQ film Umunthu
A still from African LGBTQ feature drama OUTED: The Painful Reality

Under the themes of Pain and Resilience and Hope, a double bill will include feature length Outed: The Painful Reality (Uganda 2015) together with the latest short documentary film Police Raid on Pride Uganda 2016 at 5.30 pm, followed at 8.00 pm by documentaries And Still We Rise (Uganda 2015), a story of courage and resilience, Umunthu (Malawi 2013) which explores complexities of tolerance, acceptance, Being Unbound (UK/Tanzania 2015) which looks at rarely discussed African trans identities and music video Same Love – Remix (Kenya) which was banned in Kenya. Doors open at 4.00 pm to give ample time for intros and Q/A with filmmakers as well as discussions with community groups.

“A number of GFEST 2016 films deal with ‘Out, Proud and loud’ messages and narratives in a unique way from the margins of social identities,” says GFEST artistic director Niranjan Kamatkar. “We are proud to be promoting cinematic excellence being at the heart of LGBTQI future.”