The Newfest is held annually at the film society of Lincoln Center and is New York’s premier LGBT Film and Art Festival. The festival was launched in 1988 and is a great channel for the LGBT artistic community to have their work displayed. Last year the event took place from July 24-29, 2014.
Many of the films shown center around issues of social change and advocacy, Kristin Pepe Outfest’s director of programming notes that “in the year following spectacular LGBT civil rights advances across the country the dynamic and fresh slate of 2014 NewFest films decisively demonstrates that artists and storytellers lead the charge in creating social change”.
Many of the screenings last year took place at the Walter Reade Theater (144 W 65th St. )
Recently Newfest has merged with Outfest (an LGBT Organization dedicated to promoting equality through the arts) to become 1 organization which means next year’s LGBT Film and Art Festival will be bigger than ever. By combining Outfest and Newfest the two organizations now have greater resources that will further reach and impact a broader audience.
Top films that debuted at the 2014 festival include The Way He Looks, which debuted at the 2014 Berlin Film Festival and is an upbeat coming of age story. The screening was followed by a Q&A session with director Daniel Ribeiro,
In NYC there isn’t a shortage of sports to catch LGBT films and just because there isn’t an LGBT film festival happening, doesn’t mean there aren’t great options to watch films of the genre. This is NY, after all The Chelsea Classics film series is a weekly series held at the Clerview Chelsea Cinemas (260 West 23rd St. between Seventh and Eighth Avenues) on Wednesdays ( 2 shows one at 7 p.m. and the 2nd at 9:30 p.m.) which shows campy films like Priscilla and Queen of the Desert. There is a pre-show hosted by famed drag queen Hedda Lettuce. There is a monthly LGBT Film series at the IFC Center (323 Sixth Avenue at West Third Street) that is curated by progressive film akers and often involves a Q&A after the film.