Frameline43’s Full Slate Unveiled
59 US Premieres, Including 22 World Premieres
May 21, 2019
Judith Light in a scene from Frameline43 Centerpiece US Feature, BEFORE YOU KNOW IT
Frameline , the world's longest-running and largest showcase of queer cinema, is proud to announce the full program for its 43 rd annual Festival after unveiling its first 12 titles last month. Frameline43 , the San Francisco International LGBTQ+ Film Festival, takes place June 20-30, 2019 in San Francisco, Berkeley, and Oakland. This year's slate includes 59 films screening for the first time in the US, including 22 world premieres, 8 international premieres, 12 North American premieres, and 17 US premieres. The lineup also contains a record-breaking 22 first narrative features.
With last year's audience reaching over 62,000, Frameline43 will draw film lovers, media artists, and LGBTQ+ communities from the Bay Area and all across the globe to discover the latest slate of queer cinema. Thirty-eight countries will be represented, including China, Argentina, Brazil, Iran, Italy, Romania, Vietnam, India, Guatemala, and Indonesia. Frameline will also welcome a number of high-profile guests during its 11 days of programs, including Trixie Mattel, Angelica Ross, Carol Lynley, Mike Doyle, Bruce Vilanch, Nicole Maines, Brendan Scannell, and Robert Anderson Clift.
"Frameline is thrilled to return for our 43rd year, serving as a platform for the world's finest in LGBTQ+ content. I'm always invigorated by the film artists who present a fresh slate of astounding storytelling each year that continues to educate and inspire us all," says Frameline Executive Director Frances Wallace. "People question the place of film festivals in a now media-saturated culture, but the Festival is about communities: bringing everyone together to celebrate and expand our knowledge of the world around us, as well as ourselves. Frameline's Festival attendance increased in 2018, and we predict a continued expansion of our audience this year. The LGBTQ+ world has never been quiet; they show up in droves, stomp their feet, and cheer. Frameline43's outstanding program will continue to demonstrate that there will always be queer film to stomp about."
"I'm ecstatic with this year's exceptional slate, that the outstanding Programming team has put together," adds Paul Struthers, Frameline's Director of Exhibition & Programming. "There are so many discovery titles and an astounding 22 first narrative features at the Festival this year. We are proud to be showing over 50 films that have never been screened in the US, including HISTORY LESSONS, an exquisite dramedy from Mexico about an unusual student-teacher friendship; BIT, which stars transgender superstar Nicole Maines in an LGBTQ+ vampire story; and from Argentina, Berlin International Film Festival fave FAMILY MEMBERS, a beautiful film about siblings and first love that will be making its North American premiere with us. We can't wait to share our lineup of 174 films from 38 countries with Bay Area audiences in June."
Links for film stills, Frameline branding, and press kits can be found via the Frameline Press Page.