LIVE CHAT: LB QFilm Festival founder talks going online to ‘restore some sense of normalcy’

The 27th Long Beach Q Film Festival begins Thursday, Sept. 10, completely online. Tickets are now available to watch more than 40 new narrative, documentary and short films to be streamed through Sept. 13, in support of The LGBTQ Center of Long Beach.

Festival founder Robert Cano said that canceling the festival was never really considered because “from the get-go we made a commitment to make this happen. We felt our community really needed this, not just the LGBTQ community, but the Long Beach community, you know, to restore some sense of normalcy.”

As part of the Hi-lo’s Live Chat series, we sat down with Cano to discuss not only the festival’s history but the importance of having queer representation during a time when most social spaces for the LGBTQ community are closed because of the pandemic. Part looking back, part looking forward, this is a conversation about one of the region’s most respected film festivals.

Tickets—$10 a film, $50 for an all-access pass—can be purchased at qfilmslongbeach.com. Films will be available to view from 12:01 a.m. on Sept. 10 through 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 13. The festival will award its traditional Jury and Audience prizes to winning films in several categories.

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Brian Addison has been a writer, editor, and photographer for more than a decade, covering everything from food and culture to transportation and housing. In 2015, he was named Journalist of the Year by the Los Angeles Press Club and has since garnered 16 nominations and two additional wins for Best Political Commentary for his work at KCET and Best Blog for Longbeachize, a section of the Long Beach Post. Brian currently serves as a columnist and editor for the Long Beach Post.
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