The Film Festival Alliance and Theatrical-At-Home presents the 3rd edition of its successful Film Festival Day virtual screening events with Rainbow Retrospective: A Decade of Queer Comedy Shorts with a special Filmmaker Q&A on Sunday, June 28. Joining in the celebration of Pride month, the special collection of some of the best LGBTQIA+ comedy shorts over the past ten years, curated by Derek Horne (Programming Director of FFA member festival Tampa Bay International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival) will provide an opportunity for film fans to both see great films (which will be available to be seen as early as Friday, June 26), as well as benefit both the filmmakers and each of the participating film festivals across the country with a share of the evening’s proceeds.
The first two Film Festival Day screenings doubled the number of participating film festivals and film organizations from the first outing to the second. The screening events have brought in more than $25,000 in total revenues and saw more than 400 people tune into each of the post-screening virtual Q&As.
“Our Film Festival Days have really shown us, our member festivals, and filmmakers alike how we now have the opportunity to shake up what traditional film distribution look like. The last few months have exposed many cracks in the system and now is a time when (if we collaborate and support one another) we can hopefully make changes for the better in support of both independent artists and exhibitors,” said FFA Executive Director Lela Meadow-Conner. “We’re thrilled that Derek curated this line-up of some of the funniest queer short films from the last decade, and look forward to hearing him moderate the Q&A with the filmmakers – just like at a film festival!”
Derek Horne added, “This retrospective of comedy LGBTQ shorts from the past decade are fascinating to watch through the lens of when they were made – to reveal the thoughts and viewpoints at the time…ranging from films that capture the witty vocabulary and sarcasm of the times to films that portray the natural humor arising out of life’s situations. Laughter is truly good medicine. “ Read more about the films & participating festivals here. >