You Should Go: NewFest in New York City! It’s An LGBT Film Festival!

Okay, the most important thing you need to know is that there’s a bedazzled plush vagina costume in the first two minutes of Who’s Afraid of Vagina Wolf?.

Anyways, now that you know that.

NewFest, New York’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Film Festival, holds a special place in my heart, and not just because it was the very first event I ever covered in my Autostraddle career. It also holds a special place in my heart because it’s consistently wonderful. NewFest showcases amazing films by queer film-makers with LGBT representation in their characters and plots, and this year is definitely no different. In partnership with OutFest in Los Angeles and Film Society Lincoln Center, the festival will run Friday, September 6th through Wednesday, September 11th, with a lineup of 15 narrative features, 4 documentaries, 31 shorts and other special events.

From the NewFest Mission:

NewFest is dedicated to bringing together filmmakers and audiences in the building of a community that passionately supports giving greater visibility and voice to a wide range of expressions and representations of the LGBT experience. We are committed to nurturing emerging LGBT and allied filmmakers. We support those artists who are willing to take risks in telling the stories that fully reflect the diversity and complexity of our lives. And we’re committed to bringing our audience stories that transform our vision of who we are and who we can be.

I’m particularly excited about Who’s Afraid of Vagina Wolf?, above mentioned with the bedazzled plus vagina costume. As I write this, the all-female cast of the gay, gay comedy is chanting “Go vagina, go vagina, go vagina, go!” from my computer speakers, courtesy of the press preview. I could tell you, of course, that this film is about Anna, a lesbian filmmaker who just turned forty and wants to make a movie and get a girlfriend in the coming year, but I think “Go Vagina, Go!” is all the enticement to attend the screening that anyone needs, ever.

Go, Vagina, Go!

Go, Vagina, Go!

I’m also especially interested in seeing the documentary KINK, which “takes us into the painful but oh-so-pleasurable world of five San Francisco–based BDSM workers as they choke, spank and scream their way through just another day at the studios.” And let’s not forget The Most Fun I’ve Ever Had With My Pants On, a road-narrative following Andy and her reserved childhood friend Liv as they travel across the country to disperse Andy’s father’s ashes. Y’all know how I love a good road narrative.

Tickets, which are $13 for each screening ($8 for members, students and seniors), can be purchased right here, right now! And you can find out when and where to attend screenings with this handy dandy film guide! You can also go to the opening night screening and after party for $50, and the closing night screening and after party for $30. Many of the screenings are at Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theatre, but some are being held at the Jewish Community Center in Manhattandirections for either location can be found here. Have I seen these films yet? Nope. Am I excited to? Yup. Will you all be there with me? I certainly hope so.

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A.E. Osworth

A.E. Osworth is part-time Faculty at The New School, where they teach undergraduates the art of digital storytelling. Their novel, We Are Watching Eliza Bright, about a game developer dealing with harassment (and narrated collectively by a fictional subreddit), is forthcoming from Grand Central Publishing (April 2021) and is available for pre-order now. They have an eight-year freelancing career and you can find their work on Autostraddle (where they used to be the Geekery Editor), Guernica, Quartz, Electric Lit, Paper Darts, Mashable, and drDoctor, among others.

A.E. has written 542 articles for us.


  1. I saw Vagina Wolf at the Queer Film fest here in Vancouver just last week. It was funny, although I did find Ana to be a little too self-depreciating at times, but the vagina costume made up for that x10.

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