SECS Fest 2018 Guest List & Premieres

It seems that every day, we hear that more of those involved in creating the fantastic shorts and features that were selected for SECS FEST 2018 are planning to attend. Most are only planning to attend the exhibition of their own work, but a few are planning to spend the whole weekend at the festival.

Here’s a short list of attendees-

Having so many excited filmmakers and cast members in attendance gives the rare opportunity for a Q&A session at nearly every screening, time permitting.

This year, the festival is also proud to announce that quite a few have decided to premiere their new films at SECS Fest 18.

World Premieres

North American Premieres

  • Goodbye (A True Story) (d. Ezio Maisto, 8 min, Italy, 2018) – Closing Program
  • The Sixty Nine Club (d. Rob Eagle, 21 min, United Kingdom, 2018) – Closing Program

USA Premieres

  • ISVN: Io Sono Valentina Nappi (d.  Monica Stambrini,  50 min, Italy, 2018) – ISVN Feature Program
  • Piety (Naya Pascula “The Outdoor Cat”, 14 min, Spain/Germany) – Sex Work Shorts
  • Tom X (d. Arthur Borrow, 15 min, France) – Sex Work Shorts
  • Unbridled (d. Marcus Quillan & Simon Christopher, 11 min, United Kingdom, 2018) – Closing Program

So if catching the films that have yet to screen anywhere else is a priority, our closing shorts program is populated with mostly premieres. And if having an opportunity to see the filmmakers in person talk about their work, most of our screenings will have at least one filmmaker in attendance.


Volunteering at SECS Fest 2018

Want to be part of making SECS Fest 2018 great?
The festival is currently seeking volunteers to help the festival run smoothly. For the duration of the festival, September 7 – 9, we will need at least one volunteer to help with box office and an usher.

Festival Volunteer Positions:

Usher: Basic duties involve collecting admission tickets or badges, checking for wrist stamp (our way to ensure that someone checked ID for 18+ shows), assisting in finding seats, and answering attendee questions such as location of restroom. Ushers will also help clean the theater between shows.
Box Office: Selling admission tickets to the event, redeeming will call tickets, checking IDs and giving attendees a wrist stamp, and selling any festival merchandise.
Pick up at least one volunteer shift, of approximately 3 hours, during the festival, and receive free admission into one of the festival screenings.

We also have plenty of other volunteer opportunities throughout the year. To learn more visit our volunteer page.

SECS Fest 2017 Volunteers


The films have been selected and the final programs are being edited. Soon tickets will be on sale.


Now is a great time to buy or renew your SECS Memberships. Due to the limited number of available seats at the Grand Illusion Cinema and the fact that filmmakers and their crews will be traveling to the festival, only a small number of full-series festival passes will be available. And like last year, passes will only be available to SECS Members.

Become a SECS member today!

Documentary film about Indian sex columnist

We are doing something a bit different for our July film event. Instead of showing an erotic feature film or a piece of classic pornography, we are showing a documentary film; a documentary film about sex!
Our mission as a sex-positive organization, is to bring to topic of sexuality out of the shadows and into a dark theater for all to see and discuss, with the hope that we are helping to make the subject a little less taboo. So when we stumbled upon a film about an Indian physician, Dr. Mahinder Watsa, who was doing the same thing in a place where people are even more misinformed about human sexuality due to cultural taboos, we had to include the film in our monthly series.

“Ask the Sexpert is a feature length documentary about Dr. Mahinder Watsa, a highly popular 93-year-old sex advice columnist for a daily newspaper in Mumbai. Despite sex being a taboo topic in India, the column’s brand of non-moralistic advice and humor has emboldened many to write in with their questions. The columnist gains popularity even while a ban on comprehensive sex education in schools is adopted by approximately a third of India’s states.”

[box] Ask the Sexpert
Vaishali Sinha / 2017, India-USA
83min / digital
Thursday, July 12 at 7 pm
Grand Illusion Cinema
Tickets: $9 (General Admission), $5 (members) – cash only [/box]


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