“We’re really trying to convey the whole spectrum of experiences of queer women of color,” says Madeline Lim, Executive Director. “Some of these films are funny; some of them are really tender. The whole mission of the festival is to showcase a diverse range of experiences, break down stereotypes and to make our stories visible.”
Festival attendees came from the Bay Area, Los Angeles, Oregon, Atlanta, Florida, Philadelphia and New York. Visitors also came from as far away as Canada, Mexico and Europe. California Legislature Assemblyman Mark Leno personally presented QWOCMAP with a Certificate of Recognition, and the San Francisco Mayor’s office proclaimed the weekend Queer Women of Color Film Festival Weekend.
QWOCMAP promotes the creation, exhibition and distribution of new films and videos that increase the visibility of queer women of color, authentically reflect their life stories, and address the vital social justice issues that concern their communities. 32 of the 40 films of the weekend were produced though their training program. QWOCMAP offers free workshops to queer women of color in filmmaking that reflect our lives and our experiences.
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