New York’s largest LGBTQ + film festival, Newfest, returns this fall, with a new hybrid model of in-person and virtual screenings. 2021 marks the 33rd annual interpretation of the event.
The 2021 Hybrid Edition of Newfest will feature a solid lineup of films, premieres and panels, including in-person screenings at the SVA Theater and the LGBT Community Center. For the first time, Newfest will also add screening venues in Brooklyn, Nitehawk Prospect Park and the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM). Those who prefer to watch the latest in queer cinema from their sofa can also subscribe to Newfest’s limited-time on-demand platform, launched in 2020 to keep the festival safe.
This year’s Newfest runs October 15-26, with a solid schedule of documentaries, feature films, shorts and more. Highly anticipated films in this year’s lineup include the documentary “Mayor Pete” which chronicles Pete Buttigieg’s 2020 campaign to be the first openly gay president of the United States; a tenth anniversary screening of the coming-of-age classic “Pariah”; and “Bring Down The Walls”, a documentary telling the story of a political collective and an anti-jail dance party in Lower Manhattan.
Individual tickets ($ 18) and festival passes ($ 350 and up) will be sold, and those who wish to help out or enjoy free screenings can also register to volunteer with Newfest. All-access streaming passes are $ 95, with streaming access opening in time with festival events.