Out on Film presented by WarnerMedia announces film lineup and special events for this year’s 33rd edition of the film festival (September 24-October 4)

Cindy Abel’s SURVIVING THE SILENCE is the Opening Night selection, and Monica Zanetti’s ELLIE AND ABBIE (& ELLIE’S DEAD AUNT) gets the Closing Night nod

Margaret Cho will receive the Out on Film Icon Award, Kevin Williamson will take part in a “Conversation of Film,” and Del Shores and cast will participate in a 20th Anniversary screening of SORDID LIVES 

Atlanta, GA (August 27, 2020) – Out on Film presented by WarnerMedia announced the lineup of films and events for the 33rd edition of the Atlanta-based LGBTQIA+ film festival today, its first as an Oscar ® qualifying film festival. One of the few film festivals on the regional circuit that has grown in recent years (expanding from an 8-day event to an 11-day event), this year’s film festival will be a virtual edition taking place September 24-October 4.

Highlights will include the Opening Night screening of Cindy Abel’s celebrated documentary SURVIVING THE SILENCE, the Closing Night screening of Monica Zanetti’s crowd-pleasing prom comedy ELLIE AND ABBIE (& ELLIE’S DEAD AUNT), special anniversary screenings, the presentation of Out on Film’s Icon Award to Margaret Cho, and a “Conversation of Film” with SCREAM and Dawson’s Creek scribe Kevin Williamson.

Out on Film will once again offer a rich selection of LGBTQIA+ films curated from around the world. 39 features (24 narrative films, 15 documentaries), 15 shorts programs with 82 films and a webseries representing 20 countries will be screened this year.

Out on Film Festival Director, Jim Farmer, said, “2020 has been a challenging journey thus far for all of us, so along with the films that we have found from world cinema titles to award-winners, and films that have been popular thus far at other film festivals, the theme of the journey struck us for our special events with Margaret Cho and Kevin Williamson. She is a certified LGBTQIA+ icon (thus the award we will present to her) and he shaped pop culture in a major way during a heady period writing for film and television. Both have had a fascinating journey leading up to the peak of their cultural influence and beyond.”

“As one of the longest running LGBTQIA+ film festivals, we embrace connecting those dots through our history as well as celebrating and presenting the best of the new films and filmmakers today.”

For information on the 2020 Out On Film Festival, please visit outonfilm.org.


Since its official inception in 1987, Out On Film has grown to become one of the major LGBTQIA+ film festivals in the country. Now an Oscar® qualifying film festival and one of USA Today’s 2020 Reader’s’ Choice picks as one of the top 20 film festivals in North America, Out On Film hosts an 11-day film festival in September as well as programming throughout the year.  Sponsors for the event include WarnerMedia, The Georgia Voice, the National Endowment for the Arts, Georgia Council for the Arts, the Fulton County Arts Council, Edge Media Network, Jonathan Buckhead (proprieter, Jonathan Shapero), Georgia Film Office, Craig Hardesty, Project Q Atlanta, Atlanta Pride, Out Front Theatre Company,  MEAK Productions, Cornerstone Financial, Jim Anderson, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Eldredge ATL, Peach ATL, the DeKalb Convention and Visitor’s Bureau (Discover DeKalb), Bill Kaelin Marketing, AARP, Georgia Production Partnership, MAAP, John Sartain and Mike Nifong, Warren Gump, Howard Yorek, Ultimate Software, Canadian Consulate General Atlanta,  and the German Consulate General Atlanta


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