POUT Festival News
POUTfest 2016 tour launches at Picturehouse Central on 18th May
Peccadillo is taking their POUTfest roadshow nationwide showcasing the best in contemporary LGBT cinema from around the world. From June to September a provocative and entertaining selection of international feature films and brand new British gay short films will be touring cinemas up and down the country prior to some receiving theatrical releases.
Supported by the BFI, awarding funds from the National Lottery, the POUTfest tour aims to develop and diversify audiences and content across the UK. It is an important chance to grow a national audience for new LGBT cinema, with emphasis on providing access to regional audiences who in many cases have not previously been able to enjoy LGBT cinema locally.
Whilst talent from the films are expected to attend screenings, there are also skype Q&As, pre-recorded interviews, additional content and local personalities who will host panels and discussions related to the films.
Tom Abell, MD of Peccadillo, says, “When it comes to watching a film there is nothing better than sitting in a cinema and sharing the audience experience. Peccadillo Pictures distributes a wide variety of LGBT films and while all of our films are worthy of the big screen experience only a small portion of these titles can receive a full cinema release.
“And that is why we launched POUTfest, the travelling festival to bring a diverse selection of LGBT films to a wider audience.
The festival travels to Art cinemas and multiplex screens, to film clubs, societies and social groups where possible we have speakers or additional material at the screenings to give the audience that little bit extra. Our aim is to bring alternative film to new cinemas and new audiences to existing screens.”
Ben Luxford, BFI’s Head of Audiences, says, “The POUTfest Tour for 2016 is an incredibly exciting initiative fuelled by absolute passion and commitment by Peccadillo. With Lottery support we hope to see as many cinemas and circuits pick up and engage with the Tour as possible to help reach the widest audience for these extraordinary films”.
The POUTfest tour is launched at Picturehouse Central on 18th May with a special preview screening of Holding The Man, which received a tearful ovation for its UK premiere at this year’s BFI Flare Festival.