NewFest has announced its full lineup for the 35th milestone anniversary year of its annual New York LGBTQ+ Film Festival. The announcement was made today by NewFest’s Executive Director David Hatkoff and Director of Programming Nick McCarthy.
The 2023 special 35th anniversary edition of NewFest’s flagship festival will remain hybrid and take place from October 12 – 22 in theaters within New York, and virtually throughout the United States on NewFest’s on-demand platform through October 24.
The festival’s in-person premieres will take place in Manhattan at SVA Theatre and The LGBT Community Center, and in Brooklyn at Nitehawk Prospect Park and The Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM). “Sharing LGBTQ+ stories in a space designed specifically for queer audiences is, in a word, magical,” said Executive Director David Hatkoff. “For 35 years – starting at the height of the AIDS crisis and continuing through today’s essential fight for trans rights – NewFest has provided a safe and joyful environment for the queer community to see themselves on screen.
During this year’s thrilling anniversary edition of the festival, we will reflect on our legacy, assess the current moment with clear and lovingly critical eyes, and gaze toward the future of our community and art form, confident in the knowledge that visibility, authentic representation, and connection will continue to change and save lives for a long time to come.” “This year’s momentous lineup propels NewFest’s ongoing mission to celebrate cinema and our community on a local and global scale,” said Director of Programming Nick McCarthy. “We’re excited to amplify a range of audacious debut work alongside award-winners from venerable international festivals, from social justice docs to prestige films.