SEPTEMBER 20-22, 2024



We are excited to present Virginia’s first LGBTQ+ Film Festival.

The Virginia Queer Film Festival provides access to films by, for, and about lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) people and their families, and a forum for LGBTQ+ filmmakers to share and discuss their work with audiences. Our Second Annual Festival is September 20-22, 2024 on the campus of Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA. It is the first of its kind in Virginia and one of only a handful of LGBTQ+ film festivals in the American South.

Our vision is to elevate the spectrum of queer stories to educate, entertain, and build deeper acceptance and understanding of the Southern queer experience. While we accept submissions from all filmmakers, our mission is to foster local and regional community engagement by showcasing queer film programming, educational experiences, and social dialogue with a focus on Virginia and Southern voices.

Join us and support LGBTQ+ film.


Our Awesome Team

Meet our Board of Directors.

Eric Hause

President/Festival Director

Eric is the president of Outlife757, Hampton Roads’ LGBTQ Media and Events company.

Tanya Kaish Keller

Vice President

Tanya is the owner of Me Jane PR and Comms, a public relations company in Norfolk.

Mike Hall


Mike is the owner of Hall Bookkeeping Services.

Dr. Charles Ford

Board of Directors

Dr. Ford is a tenured history professor at Norfolk State University and expert in Virginia and Southern queer history.

Alexcia Bailey

Board of Directors

Alexcia is a filmmaker and founder of PPL Productions which focuses on creating BIPOC LGBTQIA+ films and content.

David Nygaard

Board of Directors

David is a custom jewelry designer, a former Virginia Beach City Council member, and vocal advocate for LGBTQ+ rights.

Priya Vashist, MFA

Board of Directors

Priya is a screenwriter, filmmaker, and Assistant Professor of Film at Old Dominion University.

Dr. Josh Howell

Board of Directors

Dr. Howell is a local educator and college GSA advisor.

Thank You to Our Sponsors

Virginia Queer Film Festival would like to acknowledge and thank our many Festival Sponsors who demonstrate their commitment to aspiring filmmakers and screenwriters through their financial support. Their contributions not only enhance our annual event but ensure we can continue to administer our various educational initiatives throughout the year.

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