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'Ideal Home' and 'Anything' get premieres at the 2018 FilmOut San Diego LGBT Film Festival

Paul Rudd and Steve Coogan in "Ideal Home" at FilmOut's San Diego LGBT Film Festival.
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Remstar Studios

In what might be the biggest San Diego LGBT Film Festival in its 20-year history, FilmOut has pulled out all the stops for 2018 and included some of the biggest films for this four-day event.  

San Diego will become a hotbed of stars and filmmakers for the event as ticket holders line up around the block at the Observatory Theater in North Park to get first-looks at LGBT films, some making their west coast premiere.

“We are super excited to be having our 20th Anniversary this year,” says Festival Director Michael McQuiggan. “We added an extra day and have 45 films to present to San Diego.”

Some of these films are fresh from their screenings at Sundance, SXSW and Berlin Film Festivals. And some making headlines like Matt Bomer's “Anything.”

“All genres of LGBT cinema will be represented: comedy, drama, horror etc,” says McQuiggan. “A few of the signature feature films star A-listers: Paul Rudd, Steve Coogan, Matt Bomer and Molly Shannon.  Additionally, we have a slew of international feature/short films and  four outstanding documentaries.” 

Local talent will also get to shine in the spotlight including the highly anticipated Paul Detwiler documentary on the history of San Diego gay bars. Ahead of that showing, there will be shorts from directors who hail from America’s Finest City, “At least half of the films screened will include appearances by the filmmakers/talent for Q&A's after the screenings,” said McQuiggan.

The Paul Rudd, Steve Coogan comedy “Ideal Home” will kick off the weekend with its west coast premiere on Friday while the transgender love story “Anything” will be the festival’s closing film with a Southern California exclusive premiere on Sunday.  

“Our Opening Night film also includes entrance to our opening night party across the street from the Observatory North Park at The Sunset Temple," explains McQuiggan. "The party will include food from fifteen local San Diego restaurants and alcohol is provided by Stella Artois/Anheuser and Southern Wine & Spirits."

The San Diego LGBT Film Festival has become one of the most well-known and respected events of its kind in California. Many filmmakers often going on to see great success after their pictures premiere at the event. 

FilmOut presents the San Diego LGBT Film Festival is on Thursday, June 7, 2018, at 7 pm to Sunday, June 10, 2018, at 7 pm at the Observatory North Park.  

The Observatory North Park is located at 2891 University Ave, San Diego, 92104

Get your tickets by clicking HERE.