JUNE 14 - 16, 2023 Old Dominion University 4700 Terminal Blvd., Norfolk, VA 23508 The festival is designed to connect audiences with original films by, for and about lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) people and their families and provide a forum for LGBTQ+ filmmakers to share and discuss their work. The festival will kick off on Wednesday night with an opening reception. Screenings will take place June 15–16 at the University Theater and the Yetiv Theater on ODU’s campus. An awards ceremony will be held Friday night at University Theater. In addition to education, the festival is also implementing a Give Back Volunteer Program. Local LGBTQ+ service organizations can solicit volunteers to work one or more of the festival screenings. The festival will then donate a percentage of the proceeds from those screenings back to the organization. To Volunteer, purchase tickets or view the full festival schedule visit vaqff.org
Hampton Roads Pride is proud to sponsor and to showcase this first screening of the first installment of a series of short films on the queer history of America's first region: Hampton Roads. This inaugural film focuses on Norfolk's Ghent neighborhood with over a dozen stops on a tour of the most significant people and places that contributed to the making of our own LGBTQ communities. Based upon archival research and oral interviews, it hopes to make the hidden narratives of our area visible to a general public.