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Reno-Tahoe's LGBTQ Film Festival Returns This May

On May 18th, OutWest presents the Reno-Tahoe LGBTQ Film Fest featuring the documentary film, Light in the Water, with a special Q&A with Director Lis Bartlet and Taj Paxton, Executive Producer and Head of Logo Documentary Films. The second part of the program will feature a selection of curated international short films.

The following day, the Festival will conclude at the Bruka Theatre with a variety of both scripted and documentary short films. Look for information on ticket sales, screening times and special events in early April.

The Tahoe portion of the film festival will be held in the fall of 2019.

Submit Your Film

If your a local filmmaker, enter our Local Filmmaker contest by emailing a link to your film to outwestfilmfest@gmail.org or for non-Northern Nevada-Tahoe residents, submit your film via Film Freeway. The deadline for submissions is March 31, 2019. 

Schedule

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FEATURED PRESENTATION - LIGHT IN THE WATER - PRESENTED BY THE NEVADA MUSEUM OF ART

APPEARANCE BY DIRECTOR / PRODUCER LIS BARTLETT & EXECUTIVE PRODUCER OF LOGO DOCUMENTARY FILMS TAJ PAXTON

May 18th

NEVADA MUSEUM OF ART

3:00pm - 5:00pm

LIGHT IN THE WATER shares the empowering story of West Hollywood Aquatics, the first openly gay masters swim team, from their founding in 1982 for the first ever Gay Games in San Francisco, through the AIDS crisis, and up to the present day. A television version of the film premiered on Logo TV last June and it has now screened in over 10 film festivals around the world, including Paris, Glasgow, Sydney, London and Palm Springs, where in January it was voted "Best of Fest" by audiences. We're so excited for this Nevada premiere! Reno native Director / Producer Lis Bartlett, as well as Executive Producer Taj Paxton of Logo Documentary Films will be in attendance.

6:00pm - 8:00pm.

TOP SHORTS includes screening of films featuring the best short films submitted from across the globe and award presentations. A complete lineup of films will be announced in mid-April.

May 19th

Bruka Theatre

On Sunday, the festival concludes in the afternoon at the Bruka Theatre with a two hour short film block “Love in the Afternoon”.

Proceeds from the screenings to benefit Our Center Reno, the Nevada Museum of Art and Bruka Theatre.

Secure Your Seat

Information on ticket sales will be available in April.

FAQ

What is the OutWest Film Fest?

OutWest Film Fest is northern Nevada's LGBTQ Film Festival held in Reno and Lake Tahoe. The festival is produced by Our Center, Reno's LGBTQ nonprofit community center founded to provide a place that provided programs, services, and resources for the community.

 

How can I submit my film?

You can submit your film to the OutWest Film Fest by visiting our page on Film Freeway.

 

Is there any way I can help or volunteer?

Yes! We need volunteers to help us run this awesome event.

Contact Suzy Shaffer, Festival Coordinator, to let us know if you're interested.

 

When will tickets go on sale? How do I get my tickets?

Ticket information will be available in early April or sign up for our email list below to find out when tickets go on sale!

 

How much are tickets?

$10 per showing, festival passes and early bird ticket pricing will be available in early April.

 

What types of filmS will be shown?

The film festival will show international LGBTQ documentaries, feature films, and shorts.

 

Will the movies be suitable for kids?

Not all films will be suitable for children, but there will be clear labels on which films are appropriate for various audiences.  

 

Where can I stay if I'm visiting from out of town or just want to stay in downtown Reno or Tahoe?

Room block information will be available for both Reno and Tahoe by April 10, 2019.