Get Ready Merced: First-ever Queer Film Fest Coming To Town

The first-ever Merced Queer Film Festival will run from Thursday, May 19 to Sunday, May 22, at multiple locations in town, organizers say.

More than 70 feature-length and short films — either created by or reflective of the LGBTQIA+ community — are expected to be screened.

Films will be presented at multiple locations throughout Merced, including the Merced Multicultural Arts Center (MAC), the Merced Theatre, Applegate Park, and multiple other locations downtown.

Film submissions will be rated in advance by the official festival judging panel, determining which films will go on to be showcased at the main event on Sunday, May 22.

Local organizations have joined forces to bring this groundbreaking, 4-day event to town, including the Merced Pride Center, Workshop 44, the Central California LGBTQIA+/2S Collaborative, and the Merced County Arts Council / Multicultural Arts Center (MAC).

The festival’s co-directors are Robert Jerome Pagan and Jennifer McQueen (executive directors of Workshop 44 and the Merced Pride Center respectively). They will be supported by Adam Lane (LGBTQIA+/2S Collaborative) and Colton Dennis (Merced County Arts Council).

By bringing the art of modern cinema to Merced in such a dynamic way, event planners intend to impact local culture by increasing visibility and awareness of the queer community while providing a rich foundation for future queer artists and filmmakers to thrive.

Films of any length and genre may be submitted for the festival. Categories for award consideration include: Best Queer Feature Film (45 min.), Best Queer Long-Short Film (10-40 min.), Best International Queer Feature (45 min+), Best Queer Animated Feature and Short, Best Queer Family Film, Best Queer Microshort, Best Queer Documentary, Best Queer Music Video, and Best Queer TV Series/Pilot amongst others.

Films may be submitted by visiting:

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