First Annual OutWest Film Fest Comes to Reno Oct. 16 – 18

(Reno, Nev.) Sept. 30, 2015 – Northern Nevada HOPES hosts the first annual OutWest Film Fest, an LGBTQ film festival, throughout downtown Reno from Oct. 16 – 18.

OutWest Film Fest is a weekend of film screenings, panels and parties that celebrates LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer) culture. The film festival will screen shorts, feature films and documentaries at Good Luck Macbeth Theatre Company and the Nevada Museum of Art in the Prim Theater. 

The two showcase films for OutWest Film Fest will be “Desert Hearts” and “Matt Shepard Is a Friend of Mine.” To commemorate the 30-year anniversary of “Desert Hearts,” Director Donna Deitch will host a Q&A panel to talk about filming the movie in Reno and its trailblazing LGBTQ themes. Zeina Barkawi, producer of  “Matt Shepard Is a Friend of Mine,” and personal friend of Shepard, will also host a Q&A panel after the screening of the documentary. 

Screenings throughout the weekend include the two showcase films, a gay-themed film block, a lesbian-themed film block, a documentary film block, a family-friendly transgender film block, and an LGBTQ youth block with additional showings to be announced. Visit to view the film lineup, read synopsizes, watch trailers and buy tickets.  

Tickets are $10 online and $15 at the door. HOPES encourages moviegoers to buy tickets ahead of time as seating is limited. 

The film festival begins with the OutWest Kick-Off Party, which will be held at West St. Market on Friday, Oct. 16 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. The festival will also feature a VIP Party at The Stage @ The Zone in Harrah’s Reno on Saturday from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. 

Immediately following the VIP Party on Saturday is the western-themed OutWest Drag Party at 5 Star Saloon. HOPES will also host the OutWest Wrap-Up Party on Sunday Oct. 18, with time and location TBA.  
For more information about the first annual OutWest Film Fest, people can go to to buy tickets, look at the schedule of events and buy OutWest shirts

OutWest Film Fest Calls For LGBTQ-Themed Movie Submissions

Northern Nevada HOPES is calling for submissions for its first annual “OutWest Film Fest,” which will take place October 16 – 18.

The three-day festival will celebrate LGBTQ films with screenings, discussions and parties held across downtown Reno. A wide range of movies will be screened during the festival, including shorts, documentaries and feature-length films.

HOPES has partnered with Good Luck Macbeth Theatre and the Nevada Museum of Art as venues for the film festival.

HOPES is encouraging local and international filmmakers to submit any LGBTQ-themed shorts, documentaries or features to be screened during the festival. Filmmakers will also have the chance to engage with audiences during Q&A sessions, panels and more.

The deadline for submissions is Sept. 15. Filmmakers can go to to learn more about submitting their work.

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