Miami bows to ‘Queens’

Fest to feature 'Reinas,' 'Gay Movie'

The eighth annual Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival unspools April 21-30 with 32 features and full-length docus plus 43 shorts.

Ten-day fest is bookended by Manuel Gomez Pereira’s ensemble comedy “Reinas” (Queens), about a group of women and the impending marriages of their gay sons, and Todd Stephens’ comedy about a teen virgin, “Another Gay Movie.”

Fest will present an HBO career achievement award to French helmer Francois Ozon on April 28, before the U.S. premiere of his film “Time to Leave.”

Fest also will pay tribute to indie distrib TLA Entertainment Group, with the April 22 screening of Ramon Salazar’s “20 Centimeters,” the tale of a narcoleptic transsexual’s pursuit on the streets of Madrid of the funds to finance a gender-reassignment operation.

Jury awards are handed out for feature and docu, for which auds also can vote.

Miami fest is also home to the seventh annual PlanetOut Short Movie Awards, for which industry pros in L.A., San Francisco, New York and Miami judge in five categories. Winning shorts will unspool April 23.

This year’s shorts program showcases works from France, Spain, Argentina and the Philippines in addition to American films.