USA Today/TenBest this year asked readers for the “Best Film Festival” in the country, you would be forgiven for assuming the winning event was in a fest-heavy state like New York or California.Instead, the very queer festival Out On Film in Atlanta took the prize from voters, and it’s the latest example of Atlanta being underestimated and then defying those expectations.“Was the poll scientific?” asked Jim Farmer, the Out On Film festival director. “Of course not.
But it’s very important to us. Our festival was named in a national poll and won it.”“Let’s be honest,” Farmer added, “the LGBTQ+ film festivals that get national attention are based in LA and New York City.
And they’re wonderful festivals, but so are the rest of us. I think Out On Film’s programming is among the best in the country.”From its opening yesterday, September 21, all the way through its closing night on October 1, Out On Film is set to host capacity crowds..
And don’t fret if you live nowhere near the steamy southern city. More than 75% of the film fest content is available through streaming ticket packages.So what makes Out on Film such a hot ticket for queer audiences and our allies, and in the deep South of all places?