Best of SECS Fest 2018

The SECS Fest 2018 Selection jury reconvened to select the best of SECS Fest 2018.
Best Feature: Fantasy (USA, 2017) d. Dashiell Demeter
Best Short Film: Queen Kong (Italy, 2016) d. Monica Stambrini
Best Documentary: Sixty Nine Club (UK, 2018) d. Rob Eagle
Best Sex-Positive: The 36 Year-Old Virgin (Canada, 2017) d. Skyler Braeden Fox
Best Humor: The Fix (USA, 2017) d. Edward Jack
Best Kink: The Wheel of Fortune (USA, 2018) d. Bambi K.
Congratulations to the winning films. Maybe we will need to do a best of series like CineKink does before our 2019 festival.

SECS Fest 2018 Guide to Queer Film at the fest

Something that might not be obvious to those who haven’t attended the festival in the past, SECS Fest does not have separate LGBT programs. But we do have plenty of LGBTQ content. Instead of creating programs that cater to those with alternative sexual identities, we spread out the content so that hopefully there is something for everyone in every shorts program.
But this might not be obvious from the titles of the films.

This year, we are opening the festival with Fantasy, about a married couple seeking help spicing up their sex life, but we proceed the film with a comedic short about a man seeking help with his obsession with cock.

Additionally, we have succeeded in including at least one LGBTQ film in every program, excluding the archival series. Piety is part of Sex Work Shorts and follows a group of sex workers on an outlandish and morbid adventure. The L & B in LGBTQ are well represented in our Femme is Fierce shorts collection that begin with a sweetly told bath-time story, some same sex depictions of kink / BDSM, and ending with an all girl slumber party.
One film I’d like to highlight is the first LGBTQ film from Lust Films, We are the Fucking World.

We are the Fucking World (d. Olympe de G., 33 min, Spain, 2017)

A manifest for pornography based on consent, WE ARE THE FUCKING WORLD (documents nine queer porn stars shooting an orgy in a way that shows them going beyond the question of gender or sexual orientation – showcasing the beauty of every body and every desire. This film raised funds to support the fight against homo/bi/transphobia. (33 min)
We are the Fucking World plays before the docu-porn IAVN: I am Valentina Nappi.
The focus of our Erotic Angst shorts program is about first times, including, but not limited to depictions of virginity- including two films that deal with queer sexuality. One even explores the meaning of virginity in a queer / trans context.

THE 36-YEAR-OLD VIRGIN(d. Skyler Braeden Fox, 30 min, Canada, 2017)

From celibate teenage bible thumper to post-teen lesbian, Skyler, now trans masculine and nearing middle age, feels he missed out on something during his youth. Sex. Not the queer kind he’s been having. But something a bit more… standard. A sweet coming-of-middle-age sex documentary about fulfilling a long-standing fantasy and losing your virginity.

One of the highlights our our Closing Shorts program is a documentary about a very old gay leather club.

SIXTY NINE CLUB (d. Rob Eagle, 21 min, United Kingdom, 2018)

Founded in 1965 when homosexuality was illegal in Britain, the Sixty Nine Club is Europe’s oldest social group for gay leathermen. The club’s last surviving older members show us why the Sixty Nine Club means so much to them through home movies and tales of debauchery, love, and friendship.

This is far from a complete list of the films with queer content. For example, Shine Louis Houston (Crash Pad Series) has a film in the festival, Birthday, that totally lives up to our expectations with a diverse cast depicting under represented queer stories (Erotic Angst Shorts).

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