Cine Metro, in Santurce, Puerto Rico, will screen films from the 2nd Puerto Rico Queer Filmfest: Festival Internacional de Cine LGBT [International Festival of LGBT Film] to be held from November 11-17, 2010. The festival will showcase documentary, feature, and short films, and will hold lectures and panel discussions. Two main awards will be handed out: the Jury’s Choice and the Audience Favorite.
The Puerto Rico Queer Filmfest attempts to “showcase, promote, and celebrates diversity” while educating and presenting “quality films to a wide audience of film lovers” in accordance to the festival’s “mission to promote a more diverse, inclusive and fair society.”
The festival’s organizers write: “This Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) themed film festival is a groundbreaking event, the first of its kind in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. PRQF is a non-profit organization aiming at presenting audiences the diversity of queer culture through audiovisual media. By queer we refer to a broad spectrum of non-conventional categories. The queer voices in these films come from a variety of individuals, groups, and communities as they find means of expression in the artistic, social, and political realms. Our goal is to create a forum that promotes and stimulates a dialogue about queer culture. We feel that cinema is an ideal channel to bring into discussion ideas that question and challenge traditional values and notions.”
For more information (in Spanish), see http://www.puertoricoqueerfilmfest.com/