FILMOUT – 23d Annual LGBTQ San Diego Film Festival runs September 8-10

By Oliver Carnay

FilmOut San Diego’s 23rd Annual LGBTQ Film Festival will take place from September 7–10, 2023. Dozens of films will be screened during the four-day festival at The San Diego Natural History Museum (THE NAT) and The Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA) both located in San Diego’s historic Balboa Park. This year, award-winning films from Sundance, SXSW and Berlin Film Festivals, along with independent features and a variety of short films are lined up. 
The Opening Night Film, Tom Gustafson’s GLITTER & DOOM, and Party will take place on Thursday, September 7, 2023 @ 7:00pm at THE NAT (1788 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101: 7:00pm to 11:30pm).  GLITTER & DOOM is a fascinating musical about a musician and a carefree kid as they fall in love at first sight.

The Closing Night Film, Jason Karman’s GOLDEN DELICIOUS, will end the festival on Sunday, September 10, 2023 @ 7:15pm at MOPA (1649 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101: 7:15 pm to 10:30pm) with a Closing Night Dessert Reception after the film. GOLDEN DELICIOUS tells the story of an Asian-Canadian teen, caught between his father’s expectations and his girlfriend’s dreams, discovering newly awakened feelings for the boy next door. 

The four-day festival will also have special screenings — Men’s Centerpiece: Jay Arnold’s SHOULDER DANCE; Women’s Centerpiece: Sacha Polak’s SILVER HAZE; Festival Spotlight: Andy Vallentine’s THE MATTTACHINE FAMILY; Internaitonal Spotlight: Florent Gouëlou’s THREE NIGHTS A WEEK.  Several filmmakers and talent plan to attend the festival and participate in audience Q&A’s after their respective screenings. 
FilmOut San Diego annually affirms the ongoing integrity and boundless imagination of the San Diego community and the artists who tell stories. The Board of Directors believes its work is an integral part of an ongoing effort to build a vibrant, affirming and sustainable LGBTQ community in San Diego County.
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