As we enter our fourth (!) year of the Appalachian Queer Film Festival, I honestly can’t believe how quickly the time has passed. A lot can change over four years — during that time, our festival has grown and changed from a wild and crazy idea to a nationally-recognized queer cultural event that has screened 32 films, facilitated numerous regional conversations about diversity and inclusion, and turned an incalculable number of heads inside and outside of Appalachia.
This year, AQFF is trying something a little different. In addition to our usual Festival in the fall, we’re hosting our inaugural traveling film screening and talkback event in the home of West Virginia’s flagship university — Morgantown. This spread of our work to Morgantown will allow us to reach a whole new audience, composed of students and artists alike from the northern part of central Appalachia. That said, we are so pleased to announce our inaugural screening and speaker series event on April 29 in the Gluck Theater of the Mountainlair at West Virginia University. This event is presented in partnership with the Film Society of West Virginia University.
To further make good on our commitment to financial accessibility, we will continue to offer free admission to attendees who present a college ID.
In the midst of this process, I am also pleased to share that AQFF has brought on our first staff member! Katelyn Campbell will be serving as Festival Director this year. Katelyn graduated from Wellesley College in December 2016, and was born and raised in West Virginia. She has interned with
numerous nonprofits around Appalachia (including for us back in summer 20
15). Along with our other founders and I, Katelyn will be working furiously over the next several months to build the biggest Festival yet. We are looking forward to seeing her grow and shape this role.
You can get your tickets for #AQFF2017 now! Click here to pre-order tickets — free to students, $10 for everyone else. If you are interested in serving as a sponsor for AQFF, please contact Katelyn at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn about different sponsorship options.
Be on the lookout for more information about travel, lodging, and our much-anticipated lineup!
I can’t wait to see what the Appalachian Queer Film Festival becomes this year — thank you for continuing to support us as we break down barriers while opening hearts and minds in Appalachia.
Founder, Appalachian Queer Film Festival