Still from “The Second First Date”– Winner of the Audience Award
Congratulations to “The Second First Date” and “Breakfast” which were the recipients of the Audience Award and Jury Prize respectively at Pride Films and Plays’ Queer Bits Fall Film Festival III! Dozens of films were submitted for consideration to make their Chicago premieres; seven films were selected ranging in genre and LGBTQ+ representation. The Jury Prize was decided by a screening committee comprised of filmmakers and Pride Films and Plays company members following the festival on November 13. Patrons at Public House Theatre individually voted to select the winner of the Audience Award.
Writer/Director Raquel Barrera’s short lesbian comedy “The Second First Date” is about two women giving love a second chance after an awful first date. The Spanish film boasts hilarious and winning performances by Lola Sans and Sara Lagares along with a quirky style all its own.
Official Poster for “Breakfast” – Winner of the Jury Prize
Writer/Director Tyler Byrnes’ trippy thriller “Breakfast” follows a young couple whose anxieties and fears begin to show frightening manifestations. The short film has already been screened at ten festivals and displays the working class and industrial influences from Byrnes’ hometown of Buffalo, NY.
Edward Jordon – Winner of Great Gay Screenplay Contest for “J’ai Fait”
Pride Films and Plays also congratulates Edward Jordon whose feature-length screenplay “J’ai Fait” won the 2016 Great Gay Screenplay Contest. “J’ai Fait” is a romantic comedy which takes marriage equality to a whole new level as an NYU professor travels to Paris for a groundbreaking wedding. Jordon was in attendance for the staged reading of his work and said, “It was both exhilarating and galvanizing to be in the company of such dedicated artists. The feedback I received from ‘J’ai Fait’ was quite insightful and will help shape additional drafts of the screenplay and its staged musical adaptation.”
Queer Bits Fall Film Festival III and staged readings of the finalist of Great Gay Screenplay Contest comprise Pride Films and Plays’ Gay Film Weekend. Queer Bits Fall Film Festival III screened the world premiere of Pride Films and Plays’ first short film, “Counting”. The festival weekend was sponsored in part by Center on Halsted and Harold Ramis Film School at Second City. For more information on Pride Films and Plays’ programming please visit www.pridefilmsandplays.com.