Level Ground Film Festival out of Pasadena, California, is the first faith-based LGBT film festival in the world. Co-founders Chelsea McInturff and Samantha Curley launched Level Ground in March of 2013 out of a Fuller Theological Seminary student group, in hopes to use cinema and art to create a dialogue about faith, gender and sexuality.
From the Level Ground library of short films, The Audience Awards has compiled 10 of their best shorts and is showcasing them in the new Level Ground Film Festival Shorts Showcase. For many of these films, they are just now available in their entirety to an online audience, making them accessible to those who missed the festival and many more. The selected filmmakers are now competing from January 6-20 for the chance to win a $300 cash prize.
The Audience Awards is partnering with film festivals to increase their exposure along with that of their filmmakers. The message Level Ground wants to send is that they are doing more than just screening films. They are “curating an experience that is transforming how LGBT and faith communities see and engage with one another,” says Samantha Curley. Now a little slice of Level Ground is available at The Audience Awards, with their films engaging with more audiences to discuss issues of faith, gender and sexuality.
Not only are The Level Ground short films shedding light on important issues, they are also poetic, entertaining and moving works of cinematography. Desnudos and Kiss Me Softly were the two shorts that won the Grand Jury Award at the 2014 Level Ground Film Festival, and they are now available to view as part of Level Ground Film Festival Shorts Showcase.
For now Kiss Me Softly has sat on top for the majority of the first day of competition, but it’s hard to say who will end up on top. It is hard to choose a favorite film, but go out and vote on a few of your favorites and come back tomorrow to vote for them again.
And engage with the filmmakers. They love your feedback!
Visit Level Ground Film Festival Shorts Showcase and vote today!
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