NewFest 2020 to Open With Special “Ammonite” Drive-In Screening

Kate Winslet will present director Francis Lee with the festival’s inaugural World Queer Visionary Award.

Like other film festivals this year, NewFest 2020 is going virtual sprinkled with some special drive-in screenings.

The 32nd edition of Newfest, New York’s LGBTQ Film Festival will take place October 16-27, 2020, with more than 120 new films accessible to ticket holders nationwide via NewFest’s new on-demand platform. Ammonite, the opening night film will screen IRL at a special drive-in presentation at the Queens Drive-In at Flushing Meadows Corona Park. One of the film’s stars, Kate Winslet, will present director Francis Lee (God’s Own Country) with the festival’s inaugural World Queer Visionary Award ahead of the special screening.

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Another drive-in extravaganza will be the new film from Six Feet Under creator, Alan Ball, Uncle Frank, starring Paul Bettany. Other highlights include François Ozon’s drama Summer of ’85, a sexy summer romance about two teenage boys who meet on the coast of Normand; a documentary about Keith Haring, and a special one-night virtual screening event for Nora Highland, a feature based on the play with the same name, shot entirely on computers during the COVID-19 Pandemic. The festival will close with the virtual New York premiere of Faraz Shariat’s Teddy Award-winner, No Hard Feelings.

There will also be a special 25th Legacy Anniversary screening for Kino Lorber’s Bloodsisters: Leather, Dykes, and Sadomasochism, the iconic documentary about the San Francisco leather scene, which had its New York Premiere at NewFest back in 1995.

“With the Presidential election right around the corner and a Supreme Court seat now open, it is more urgent than ever that queer stories be told and celebrated,” said NewFest Executive Director David Hatkoff. “We have created an 11-day event that will meet and speak to this moment, delivering a thought-provoking, inspiring and joyful look at the LGBTQ community and the unique challenges it faces, while also paying homage to the incredible queer legacy that exists in NYC.”

“We can’t wait for audiences around the country to view these incredible films, and hopefully be inspired to raise their own voices in pride and protest on November 3rd and beyond,” added Hatkoff.

Tickets and festival passes are on sale now. For more info and a complete lineup of films, head over to the NewFest website.

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