This weekend, Fort Worth’s 18th annual International LGBT Film Festival, QCinema (Q18) opens. The festival will screen films for three days at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center, premiering films from around the globe and presenting a live stand up performance from comedian Vicki Shaw, nightly receptions, an inaugural Filmmaker’s Lounge and Q&A’s with 12 filmmakers.

Festival director, Kathryn Omarkhail, says she is excited to screen the world premier of local Texas director, Wayo Benavides (Life’s A Drag) and to have so many films reaching out to the youth and trans community. “One of the best parts of a small independent film festival experience like ours, is not only the films you may not have the opportunity to see anywhere else on the big screen, but the opportunity for everyone to meet the filmmakers one-on-one without paying a hefty price tag, which is something the larger festivals can’t offer.”

Tickets may be purchased in advance at, Tickets to the City or onsite 30 minutes prior to screening time. Prices start at $5 for matinee screenings.

The full program is available online. Below are some selected trailers of some of the highlights premiering at this year’s festival.

QCinema Fort Worth

Hate Crime (2016)

Open (2016)

Fair Haven (2016)

EKAJ (2016)