Relocating the festival itself to September after a virtual showcase during Pride month in June, Frameline44 marked the first Festival for Executive Director James Woolley and the final one for Director of Programming Paul Struthers. Still nominally a virtual festival in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, this fall program did feature one in-person Drive-In screening of SF drag maven D'Arcy Drollinger's Shit & Champagne, starring Drag Race winner Alaska.
Frameline44 also marked the first year the Festival partnered with the San Francisco Film Critics Circle to jury the Outstanding First Feature prize, which went to Filippo Meneghetti’s Two of Us. Look for Senior Programmer Peter L. Stein's virtual Q&A with the film's star, German screen legend Barbara Sukowa on Frameline's YouTube channel.
- Frameline44 had an attendance of 89,000 (combined with the Pride Showcase in June).
- Read the launch press release, and the wrap press release.
- View photos from Frameline44 here.
- Watch the Frameline44 trailer here.
- View a video of the Castro Theatre marquee during the height of the pandemic.
- Outstanding First Narrative Feature: Two of Us
- Audience Award for Narrative Feature: Rūrangi
- Audience Award for Documentary Feature: Cured
- Audience Award for Short Film: These Thems: Episode 1
Frameline44 (2020) Films
Syd is a Black, queer, masculine of center artist working a soul-sucking office job to pay the bills. Syd’s coworkers are ignorant, their boss is a performative #bosslady feminist, and they just got slammed with more work and no raise. So when a lottery loving coworker convinces them to enter yet another office pool, Syd cashes in on leaving the office life a little too soon.
From its start in 1990, Curve magazine was a visionary and unapologetic celebration of lesbian life. Facing the magazine’s possible demise, director Jen Rainin and Curve founder Franco Stevens explore current questions of lesbian visibility and legacy through interviews with contemporary tastemakers, “celesbians” including Melissa Etheridge, Jewelle Gomez, Denice Frohman, Kate Kendell, and Lea DeLaria.
In this fizzy, warm-hearted coming-of-age tale from Brazil, trans teen Internet sensation Alice must trade in her enviable beachside lifestyle in Recife for a traditional Catholic high school when her family relocates to a conservative rural town. Finding herself a victim of misgendering and bullying by her classmates, Alice uses her confidence and sass to find a new circle of supportive friends as she desperately pines for her first real kiss.
This year's animation package features from the best around the world, including films which premiered at the Tribeca, Berlinale, and Locarno Film Festivals. We will take you through a young loner's melodic and mystical urban journey, intimate and cross-generational conversations of vulnerability and shame, stories of legendary transgender spirits imbued in healing stones, buoyant scenes of voguing, and memorable live concert moments.
Everyone's favorite bisexual shorts program has returned! Follow these daring non-monosexuals as they look for love in the most unlikely times and places from funerals to musicals to state-mandated lockdowns. These shorts are a celebration of how bisexual attraction, distraction, and shenanigans can defy all odds.
Within the (very) underground Bay Area music scene, QTPOC indie band Chosen Fam is struggling make a name for themselves. When the band lands a gig opening for their heroes, singer-songwriter-bassist Cody, guitarist Maddox, drummer Dani, and band manager Evie start to see the light at the end of the tunnel, all while juggling romantic up-and-downs and an escalating rivalry with another queer group.
After a torrent of hollow and unsatisfying hookups, charming New Yorker Ben (writer-director Matthew Fifer) forms an unexpectedly meaningful bond with silky-voiced Sam during the muggy cicada summer of 2013. As the two men grow closer and more vulnerable, at a time when disturbing details from the trial of coach Jerry Sandusky permeate the airwaves, past traumas are revealed and confronted in this personal and affecting debut feature.
The summer of 2018 is the hottest ever recorded in Berlin. For 14-year-old Nora, it’s also the summer she discovers her sexuality. With an absentee mother who drinks too much and an older sister more interested in boys than hanging around with her kid sister, Nora is left to her caterpillar collection and her burgeoning feelings for a fellow classmate, Romy, in this bittersweet and accomplished coming-of-age story.
Troy (Steve Zahn) escapes to the Canadian border on horseback with his golden-haired, 11-year-old son Joe. How did these “cowboys” wind up here? Unfolding clue by clue through flashbacks, this moving, suspenseful feature from writer-director Anna Kerrigan skillfully tells the story of a contemporary family struggling with how best to raise a transgender child.
For most of the 20th century, being homosexual in America meant you could be clinically diagnosed as mentally ill and subject to drastic medical interventions posing as “cures.” This riveting documentary reveals the inspiring efforts of a courageous band of gay and lesbian activists in the 1960s-70s, who challenged the American psychiatric establishment to remove the stigma of mental illness from the medical books, and by extension, to free LGBTQ+ people everywhere.
As a new show is introduced at an erotic dance theatre in Lahore, a sacrificial goat goes missing, a dreamy trans girl desperately tries to become a star and a naive young boy falls in love. Winner of the Horizons Award at last year’s Venice Film Festival and a Special Jury Award at the SXSW Film Festival.
Set in a neon fantasia of erotic exploration, Dry Wind follows the yearnings (both kinky and tender) of Sandro, a shy, hunky bear who spices up his mundane life working in a factory in dusty central Brazil with vivid sexual encounters, both real and imagined. Sandro's giddy array of fetishes and fantasies, and even the prospect of love, come dazzlingly to life in this visually arresting film, one of the hot queer tickets at this year's Berlin International Film Festival.