Provincetown International Film Festival
June 14-16, 2019 / Provincetown, MA / provincetownfilm.org/festival
Located on the tip of Cape Cod via a three hour ferry ride from Boston lies Provincetown, a “quaint, New England-y village” as one panelist describes it. The town is known, thanks to the census, as the gayest town per capita in the United States. Increasingly, P-Town, as its known to residents and long-time tourists, is also becoming lauded for its annual film festival. The Provincetown International Film Festival does, of course, showcase the upcoming avant-garde in queer cinema, as well as pay tribute to the work of forebears (last year Donna Deitch’s legendary Desert Hearts was screened). But each year, programmers knit together a dynamic group of films, queer or otherwise, shorts and features, that all contain the voices of some of the most voiceless in our country. PIFF just wrapped its 20th installment, attracting a 10,000-plus crowd of cinephiles, moviemakers, and big shot distributors Here Media and HBO.