On the left, two ancestral spirits with veiled faces lay their heads on the shoulders of a young Ghanaian woman wearing a blue and orange headwrap. At the top, QWOCMAP presents 20th annual Queer Women of Color Film Festival. FREE. Films fully captioned and described. On the right, a blue column with film stills and text: Friday, June 14 at 7pm, Opening Night, Charting Home. Saturday, June 15 at 1pm, Centerpiece, Queer Black Currents. Saturday, June 15 at 7pm, Centerpiece, Waves of Love. Sunday, June 16 at 1pm, Featured, Finding Her Beat. Sunday, June 16, 6pm, Closing Night, Shared Navigation. A Filipino man blows into a conch shell, two Black women kiss, two older women embrace across a picnic table, an Asian woman beats a Taiko drum, a Deaf Korean woman holds up a glowing rhombus.

This June 14-16, 2024, the Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project (QWOCMAP) will host its landmark 20th annual International Queer Women of Color Film Festival (QWOCFF24) at the beautifully renovated Presidio Theatre in San Francisco’s Presidio National Park. Admission is free, and the festival will showcase 44 films across five screenings. Upholding our long-standing commitment to disability justice, we ensure inclusivity with subtitles for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing, audio descriptions for the Blind and Low Vision, and ASL interpretation at all screenings. This comprehensive approach ensures that all attendees can fully participate in and appreciate the cinematic experience.

This year’s Festival Focus, “Joyful Reunion,” invites attendees from around the Bay Area and the world to explore a diverse slate of films and discussions. The special anniversary will feature a spotlight panel, “Unshakeable Legacy: Queer Women of Color Filmmakers,” moderated by Madeleine Lim, award-winning filmmaker and QWOCMAP’s founding Executive/Artistic Director.

The Film Festival’s screenings delve into the complexities of human connections. From reclaiming Visayan ancestral traditions to advocating for Kānaka ‘Ōiwi rights, and from addressing spiritual grief to celebrating queer Black love, the films highlight the dynamic concept of home(s). Alongside stories like that of a Deaf Korean adoptee’s journey and a hopeful skater girl, QWOCFF24 aims to foster a deeper understanding of Indigenous knowledge, shared ecology, and queer realities, countering regressive rhetoric on racial, sexual, and gender diversity.

Join us as we celebrate two decades of community solidarity and generational dialogue, fostering creativity and transformative change.


QWOCMAP 2019 Film Festival

I felt a part of the community of queer women, of filmmakers or film lovers although I don’t identify with any of these labels. That to me is important.

At our annual International Queer Women of Color Film Festival in San Francisco, we screen films created through our programs, in addition to films by independent filmmakers from around the world. Each year, we play to a full house. It’s unlike any other film screening you’ve been to. It’s a theatre full of friends and family who are gathering to not only watch a film together, but to experience something new, to think differently, build community, and to participate in deep, lasting social change.

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