The world’s oldest LGBTQ film festival returns with 11 days of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer films from around the globe. Frameline39: The San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival is one of the premier gay-themed film festivals, historically drawing crowds in the tens of thousands to the Bay Area each year. Celebrating its 39th year, Frameline39 presents hundreds of shorts and feature films, playing June 18-28 across five venues: Castro Theatre, Roxie Theater, Victoria Theatre, Landmark Theatres Piedmont in Oakland, and the Rialto Cinemas Elmwood in Berkeley.
Within this year’s collection is the cultural drama Naz & Mailk. A West Coast premier for director Jay Dockendorf, the film portrays two Black Muslim teenagers from Brooklyn, who carefully attempt to veil their sexuality in the midst of New York gentrification and post-9/11 Muslim surveillance.
For a pleasant laugh, many festivalgoers will enjoy the Canadian lesbian romantic comedy, Portrait of a Serial Monogamist. A US premiere, this clever film follows a Jewish lesbian serial dater who is challenged by her friends to remain single for five months.
Seed Money: The Chuck Holmes Story is a documentary about philanthropist and porn guru Chuck Holmes. Using interviews and archive footage, the film presents Holmes as he builds his adult empire and becomes one of the greatest activists of the San Francisco LGBT movement.
The powerful, yet intimate documentary Stories of Our Lives delivers an impactful view of homophobia through the eyes of lesbian teens in Kenya. Five vignettes depict the experiences these women face in a country where homophobia is the norm.
Film Festival Location
Long considered the “Gay Mecca” of North America, San Francisco is not only one of the premier gay-friendly cities in the world, but also the birthplace of much of the LGBT political movement in the US. Visitors will find a plethora of LGBT-friendly bars, restaurants, museums, and activities, as well as a vibrant gay culture. San Francisco is also a perfect vacation destination. From the long, sandy beaches stretching out along the Pacific, to the mountains and lush California wine country located just minutes from the city, travelers from all walks of life will discover beautiful vantage points wherever their adventures may lead.
Film Festival Hotels
Located near North Beach, the Hyatt Fisherman’s Wharf offers guests incredible luxury and convenience in the heart of San Francisco. This premium hotel is minutes from the restaurants and cafes of North Beach and the famous sea lions residing on Pier 39.
The Hotel Adagio, Autograph Collection is the perfect base in downtown San Francisco. Hotel Adagio offers spacious rooms, a fantastic location in trendy Union Square, and is home to one of the city’s hottest cocktail lounges, The Mortimer.
Guests who wish to stay in the theater district will adore the Hotel Monaco, San Francisco – A Kimpton Hotel. Inspired by San Francisco’s unique architecture, the hotel blends themes of Spanish Revival and Travel in a unique and eclectic boutique hotel experience.