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Opening Night

Frameline40 opens with Kiki, a vibrant documentary that fast-forwards to the ballroom scene of today: an unapologetically flamboyant and political subculture centered on LGBTQ youth of color, for whom dance is far more than performance.

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Centerpiece

Centerpiece films—one US Feature, one World Cinema, and one Documentary—anchor the middle of the Festival.

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Showcase Programs

Showcases are gems that are handpicked by our programmers from the hundreds of outstanding films at this year's Festival.

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Closing Night

Frameline40 closes with Looking, the movie, which reunites the show’s sexy San Franciscans in a romantic drama that delivers the sweet satisfaction of closure.

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US Features

Frameline40 presents the best of this year's US LGBTQ feature narratives.

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Documentaries

The best documentaries capture the richness of our communities. We're proud to bring you the best of this year's LGBTQ documentaries from the US and around the globe!

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World Cinema

The best in worldwide LGBTQ cinema comes to San Francisco! These outstanding films engage, challenge, and entertain on a global scale.

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Shorts

Great things often come in small packages, and short films have always been a large part of the Festival package. Frameline40 brings the best short films to the big screen.

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Family Matinee

Free for everyone of all ages, join us for this special family matinee screening of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella!

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Special Presentations

This year’s special presentations include Film Hawk, the documentary honoring 2016 Frameline Award recipient Robert Hawk, and a celebration of the 25th anniversary of Vegas in Space with Peaches Christ Productions.

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Retrospectives

Frameline40 proudly presents several retrospective screenings in this year's Festival including a “flashback” to the Festival's founding year.

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Panels

As part of a special initiative supported by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Frameline40 presents In Whose Image? LGBTQ Storytelling 1977–Today, a series of film screenings and panel discussions that reflect upon and contextualize a powerful body of filmmaking from the founding year of our Festival through today.

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LGBTQ Film as an Agent of Social Change: Then & Now

Authentic portrayals of LGBTQ lives—through documentaries in particular—have played a significant role in establishing visibility, promoting social and political progress, and shifting attitudes toward the LGBTQ community. From landmark films that have screened throughout the Festival’s history to those making waves today, we reflect upon LGBTQ documentaries—and the change makers behind them—that ...

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Trans Stories—On Film and Online

When it comes to trans and gender expansive people telling their own stories, online portals are host to the most riveting and impactful narratives. In this series, we consider what trans and gender expansive stories look like both on film and online, and how the power of film media impacts change in the community.

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