COMING
SEPTEMBER 2024

NORFOLK, VIRGINIA

Watch the 2023 Festival Highlights

ABOUT THE VIRGINIA QUEER FILM FESTIVAL

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 inaugural film festival is June 14-16, 2023 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.

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Our Awesome Team

Meet our Board of Directors. 

Eric Hause

President/Festival Director


Eric is the president of OutWire757, 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

Treasurer


Mike is the owner of Hall Bookkeping Services.

Dr. Charles Ford 

Secretary


Dr. Ford is a tenured full professor of history at Norfolk State Univerity and is well versed 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.

Andrew Garber

Board of Directors


Andrew is the coordinator of LGBTQIA+ Programs and Services at Old Dominion University.

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. 

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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