Come get your Q on! The 12th Annual QFest St. Louis, presented by Cinema St. Louis, runs April 28-May 2, at the Tivoli Theatre, 6350 Delmar Blvd. in University City.
The St. Louis-based LGBTQ film festival, QFest will present an eclectic slate of 28 films (14 shorts, seven narrative features, and seven documentary features). The participating filmmakers represent a wide variety of voices in contemporary queer world cinema.
The mission of the film festival is to use the art of contemporary gay cinema to spotlight the lives of LGBTQ people and to celebrate queer culture.
The fest is especially pleased to host the St. Louis premieres of two bio-docs: “Halston,” about the renowned fashion designer, and “Making Montgomery Clift,” about the legendary anti-Hollywood film star.
The documentary “TransGeek,” which is about transgender people who are gamers, programmers and video-game designers, has many local connections, including director, producers and interview subjects.
Several international narrative features receive their St. Louis premieres, including the lush biopic “Vita & Virginia,” about a passionate affair between writer Virginia Wolfe and a British socialite; the sexy, stylish, ’70s-set murder thriller “Knife+Heart,” which stars Vanessa Paradis; the South African musical “Canary;” and “Tucked,” about an elderly drag queen who befriends an up-and-coming performer in a small British town.
Among the other QFest highlights is this year’s Q Classic, the recently restored “Funeral Parade of Roses,” which is an experimental and kaleidoscopic Japanese transgender odyssey from 1969.
Tickets are $13 each or $10 for students and Cinema St. Louis members with valid and current IDs. To make the festival more accessible to all, the first show each day will be free.
Advance tickets are available through the Tivoli box office or online through the Landmark Theatres website, www.landmarktheatres.com/st-louis/tivoli-theatre.
For the schedule of screenings and events, including trailers and full descriptions of the films, visit www.cinemastlouis.org/qfest.