Oscar winning movie to open Leeds Queer Film Festival

Mahershala Ali and Alex Hibbert in a scene from Moonlight.
Mahershala Ali and Alex Hibbert in a scene from Moonlight.
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Leeds Queer Film Festival is back later this month with more than 50 films from around the globe.

The schedule for Yorkshire’s only LGBTQ film festival has been released. Moonlight, which won the Best Picture at last month’s Oscar’s, is the opener.

The festival will run from Friday March 24 to the following Sunday. This year the festival has moved to a new venue, Live Art Bistro, run by an artist led collective keen to engage with the city’s LGBTQ audiences.

Festival volunteer Addie Orfila said “We’re really excited to announce the film festival programme and to be bringing such a diverse range of fantastic queer films to our audience. We screen films that elevate and prioritise the voices and work of those most marginalised within our queer communities. We’ve had over 400 film submissions this year and, as a team of volunteers, we spent many hours watching and re-watching every single one. This has led to us curating our most interesting and challenging programme yet.”

The concepts of relationships and identity are explored in many of the screenings. The showings of two short films, Brown Queers and Mum, will feature exclusive ‘Q&A’ appearances from their cast and crew.

This year sees the introduction of a sliding scale for ticket prices. This allows all attendees to afford a ticket that is within their financial reach while ensuring the festival can continue each year. Tickets are available on the door, priced from zero to nine pounds per day. Weekend passes are also available in advance for £20.

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