Our mission is to bring queer films and filmmakers to the beautiful state of West Virginia, break down stereotypes and broaden minds throughout Appalachia.
Nestled in the hills of the Greenbrier Valley, 2014 was the inaugural year for the Appalachian Queer Film Festival. Born of one simple idea – to bring queer film to Appalachia and by extension, West Virginia – the AQFF has grown into a concrete representation of hard work and perseverance. After months of planning and preparation, the AQFF is slated to be the premiere film festival in West Virginia.
The AQFF will make it’s home in Lewisburg, WV – a small, hip, historic town in the Greenbrier Valley. In 2011, this quaint 3500 person artist colony town was voted the coolest town in America. We’re excited to not only share great films with the people of this region, but also share the people with great filmmakers.
We are a filmmaker’s festival–founded by filmmakers, organized by filmmakers and programmed by filmmakers.
Our hope is that filmmakers will use this unique opportunity to connect with other filmmakers, show their work to an audience who otherwise go unnoticed, and develop an appreciation and respect for the people, culture, and landscape of this historic region. Many outside filmmakers may have negative preconceptions about West Virginia. We want to show these outsiders the beauty of our region and its people.
On the other hand, many Appalachians may have little exposure to queer films or filmmakers. For them, we want to break down any negative preconceptions or stereotypes by introducing them to fascinating queer artists and films and providing the opportunity for them to be moved by their work.
What an amazing weekend! The Inaugural Appalachian Queer Film Festival was nothing short of a smashing success! A big shout out to our sponsors, Lewisburg, West Virginia, all of the filmmakers and films that participated/screened, The Lewis Theatre, the amazing coverage we’ve received from inside and outside of WV, our esteemed group of panelists, the super talented volunteers and interns that worked night and day, and everyone that spent their weekend with us. Team AQFF is forever grateful for each and every one of you. AQFF 2015 here we come!
Not able to come last year? No worries! Check out these links in Huffington Post, Indiewire, and the Hairpin featuring write-ups about AQFF 2014! Also, don’t forget to visit our Facebook page to see ALL of the photos from our 2014 festival! For a full list of films, sponsors and the AQFF 2014 schedule click HERE