The inaugural Virginia Queer Film Festival took place last week at Old Dominion University.
The Virginia Queer Film Festival provides access to films by, for, and about lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) people and their families, and a forum for LGBTQ+ filmmakers to share and discuss their work with audiences. It is the first of its kind in Virginia and one of only a handful of LGBTQ+ film festivals in the American South.
The festival’s goal is to elevate the spectrum of queer stories to educate, entertain, and build deeper acceptance and understanding of the Southern queer experience.
Several of the selected filmmakers were on hand, as well as special guest David McFarland, ODU alum and Los Angeles-based filmmaker who screened his 2018 documentary “Alone in their Game.”Twenty one films rating from shorts to full length documentaries from around the world were selected and screened.
Two workshops were also presented, one from Patrick Mullins, founder of The Rouge Theatre on directing, and another with Dr. Charles Ford, which featured his recent film about the Norfolk LGBTQ community and history in Ghent.