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MiFo LGBT FILM FESTIVAL MIAMI EDITION TO OUTSHINE WITH GREAT FILMS By Michael W. Sasser and Rafa Carvajal

or the renowned South Florida LGBT film festival, there has been plenty of change, with some notable consistencies. Reflecting its maturity and scope, what launched 19 years ago as the Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival and grew into the MiFo LGBT Film Festival, this year will be renamed The OUTshine Film Festival. "19 years ago, we needed to say, The Miami and Fort Lauderdale Gay and Lesbian Film Festival," stated Mark Gilbert, board chair for the OUTshine Film Festival, in a release making the announcement. "These days, our community has so much more recognition that we wanted the film festival to be more representative of what we've grown into as an organization in our 19 years of existence. Our new name gives us a better and more memorable image, showcases the amazing place that we live in, and speaks volumes about us as a community."

This year's Festival (April 21-30) includes two never-before-seen world film premieres; seven North American premieres; six East Coast premieres; and 12 Southeast premieres. The MiFo LGBT Film Festival opening night will begin at 8 p.m. at the historic Scottish Rite Temple on the Miami River with the screening of its opening night film, Handsome Devil, followed by the Official Opening Night Party with filmmakers and talent to kick off the 10-day event. On opening night, MiFo will also honor two extraordinary individuals – Carol Coombes and Jaie Laplante – as Angel Award recipients. The film festival will also have a special Made-in-Miami film screening on Saturday, April 22 of A Change of Heart – directed by Kenny Ortega and produced by Gloria and Emilio Estefan, both of whom will be honored on-stage as Ally Award winners. For more information about the MiFo LGBT Film Festival (to be renamed OUTshine Film Festival) visit www.mifofilm.com. 14 WIREMAG.COM #16 2017

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So what's stayed the same? "Our goal has always been to showcase educational and entertaining film that helped encourage LGBT dialog – both locally and nationally – and our new name will help us do just that." Under all of its names, the Festival is a bi-annual film festival with a mission to inspire, entertain, and educate the public and encourage a sense of community through international and culturally diverse film, video and other media that offer historical and contemporary perspectives on the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience.

Wire Magazine 16.2017 MiFo LGBT Film Festival  

In this week's Wire Magazine cover story we bring you a comprehensive overview of the MiFo LGBT Film Festival Miami edition. We sat down for...

Wire Magazine 16.2017 MiFo LGBT Film Festival  

In this week's Wire Magazine cover story we bring you a comprehensive overview of the MiFo LGBT Film Festival Miami edition. We sat down for...