Saturday, October 7th, 2023 | 6:30PM

Total Running Time – 83 minutes

Way OUT West Film Fest and 516 ARTS co-present a special evening of short films co-curated by Roberto Appicciafoco and JC González that explore a spectrum of gender identities, the power of self-expression, and the pivotal life experiences that shape 2SLGBTQIA+ lives. Featuring a variety of national and international films, this eclectic lineup includes a premiere of Road to Roswell – A Welcome To Roswell Short from local, award winning filmmaker StormMiguel Florez. This screening marks the launch of Albuquerque’s twenty-first annual Way OUT West Film Fest, and its triumphant return to in-person screenings at The Guild Cinema, 3405 Central Avenue NE, Nob Hill.

TICKETS: $12 general / $10 members of 516 ARTS & Way OUT West


Blush – An extraordinary voyage

Director: Iiti Yli-Harja
Year: 2022
Country: Finland
Running Time: 15 Minutes

In this inspired stop-motion animation, Fatu makes an expedition as daring as a lunar voyage — wearing makeup in public for his first time ever!

Road to Roswell – a Welcome to Roswell Short

Director: Storm Miguel Florez
Year: 2023
Country: USA
Running Time: 12 Minutes

Albuquerque native and trans filmmaker Storm Miguel Florez is driving to Roswell to come out to his family … while his girlfriend, Elise, obsesses over aliens!

lemon lime

Director: Mara Ramirez
Year: 2022
Country: USA
Running Time: 4 Minutes

An experimental collaboration between non-binary visual and sonic artists, this striking, wordless animation follows the emotional and physical growth of a nameless genderfluid character.

golden voice

Director: Mars Verrone
Year: 2023
Country: USA
Running Time: 18 Minutes

Decades after the Khmer Rouge regime, transgender singer Noy Sitha returns to the village where he survived genocide and miraculously found love and queer community.

Viral Oceans

Director: Kevin Magne
Year: 2021
Country: Chile
Running Time: 15 Minutes

Three Chilean performance artists, living with HIV, meet on the edge of the Pacific Ocean for a poetic ritual summoning flames of transformation and regeneration.


Director: Daniel Sousa, Dean Hamer, Joe Wilson
Year: 2023
Country: USA
Running Time: 15 Minutes

In this transcendent romance honoring Hawai’i’s myths and indigenous third-gender māhū, a warrior is rescued by an octopus who shape-shifts into a man.