Queer Film Festivals, Movies and TV Shows Airing in March
March Break doesn’t always have to be spent abroad on a beach. In fact, sometimes it’s better to spend it at home on your couch. If you have some spare time and plan to relax swaddled in blankets in the comfort of your home, this list of queer content to stream will keep you entertained. From a gay war drama to Lizzo’s new competition series to New York’s biggest queer film festival, you can make the most of your spring break at home with these movies, TV shows and LGBTQ2S+ festivals streaming throughout March.
March 4 on Hulu
French film 2021 Benedetta directed by Paul Verhoeven, will be viewable on Hulu starting March 4. The film centers on Benedetta Carlini, a nun at the turn of the 17th century who joins an Italian convent and has a lesbian romance with another nun. Addressing the relationship between profane love and sacred love, the film is a wild ride. Based on true events, the controversial yet highly anticipated biographical drama is loosely based on the 1986 non-fiction book, Immodest Acts: The Life of a Lesbian Nun in Renaissance Italyby American historian Judith C. Brown.
Lizzo watch out for big grrrls (first season)
March 25 on Amazon Prime in the US
Lizzo’s infectious personality is coming to the big screen. The first season of her new reality competition series, Lizzo watch out for big grrrls, premiering on Amazon Prime in the US on March 25. Lizzo is looking for “confident, mean women to join the elite ranks of the Big Grrrls” as one of her reserve dancers. Ten contestants, including women of color, plus size dancers and queer dancers, move into the Big Grrrls House, where they compete to prove they have what it takes to join Lizzo on the front of the scene.
March 18 on Amazon Prime
The directorial debut of Mariama Diallo, the American thriller Master, will be available on Amazon Prime from March 18. The film centers on two black women attending a predominantly white college in Massachusetts. One of the characters, Gail, is a queer black liberal arts student who fights not only racism on campus, but also supernatural forces.
BFI Flare: London LGBTIQ+ Film Festival
MMarch 17-28 online and in person
BFI Flare: London LGBTIQ+ Film Festival, the largest LGBTQ+ film festival in Europe, is taking place this year in person and online for London residents from March 17-28. The spring celebration of queer media focuses on themes of love, identity and community. The first in their short film category is the American/Japanese short film So what, directed by Ravenna Tran, about two women who can’t help but fall in love despite their very limited time together. The romance short will premiere at the festival on March 20.
Joe versus Carol
march 3 the peacock
tiger king took the world by storm in 2020, and now a scripted adaptation based on the original podcast is released on Peacock on March 3. Joe versus Carol stars queer icons John Cameron Mitchell (Hedwig and the Angry Thumb) like Joe Exotic and the hilarious Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live) as Carole Baskin. The show follows Joe and Carole’s relationship after the former was convicted and sentenced to 22 years in prison for animal abuse and attempted murder for hire for his plot to kill Baskin. The series hopes to show viewers the eccentric pair in a whole new light.
March 4, limited release in select US theaters
The Queer War Drama great freedomdirected by Sebastian Meise, will premiere in select theaters in the United States starting March 4. This movie won’t hit streaming platforms just yet, but it’s worth checking out if you’re in the US. great freedom center Hans, a man in post-World War II Germany who is imprisoned for being gay under Section 175, which criminalizes homosexuality. But over the decades, his unlikely bond with cellmate Viktor grows.
Queer Eye Germany
March 9 on Netflix
The popular makeover reality show weird eye presents its latest international section, Queer Eye Germany, out on Netflix on March 9. In the American series, the Fab Five, Antoni Porowski, Tan France, Karamo Brown, Bobby Berk and Jonathan Van Ness spend a week indulging each other, physically and spiritually. The concept remains the same in the European spin-off, but a group of German members of the Fab Five take the reins, including work/life coach Leni Bolt, fashion virtuoso Jan-Henrik Scheper-Stuke, fashion guru beauty David Jakobs, nutrition and health expert Aljosha Muttardi and design ace Ayan Yuruk.
Muskoka Gay Film Festival
From March 18 to 20 online
The third annual Muskoka Queer Film Festival will virtually bring national and international queer cinema to viewers March 18-20. The festival presents 14 films in streaming over three days and will offer Q&A with filmmakers each day. One of the films premiering at the festival is Land Back Camp Storiesabout a camp of queer, two-spirit, trans and non-binary youth learning and practicing their Indigenous cultural heritages.
March 4-13 online and in person at the Miami Film Festival
The 39th Miami Film Festival is back for a 10-day movie night with in-person and virtual screenings March 4-13. One of the 120 films shown is Neptune Frost, Rwandan filmmakers Anisia Uzeyman and Saul Williams. The Afro-Sonic sci-fi musical chronicles the relationship between an intersex hacker and a coltan miner who sparks a revolution.
good girls (last season)
March 7 on Netflix
The final season of the American detective series good girls hits Netflix on March 7. The NBC show is about three suburban Michigan mothers, including two sisters, who come together to pull off a grocery robbery after years of struggling to make ends meet. As you can imagine, things go downhill from there. Over the course of the series, one of the children comes out as trans, and the show explores their story as they navigate their identity with the support of their mother.
Caer (taken): NewFestFestival
March 24-25 online and in person for New York residents
NYC NewFest Queer Film Festival Presents Experimental Documentary Caer (taken) in person March 23 and online for New York residents March 24-25. Nicola Mai’s narrative/documentary hybrid centers on the violence and struggles for justice experienced by Latina trans sex workers living in Queens.
Andy Warhol’s Diaries (limited series)
March 9 on Netflix
Andy Warhol’s Diaries, a new documentary series on the life and work of Andy Warhol produced by Ryan Murphy, will be available on Netflix from March 9. The artist, known for his distinctive pop art, was nearly killed in 1968 after being shot by radical feminist Valerie Solanas. According to his memoirs of the same title, Andy Warhol’s Diaries combines Warhol’s diary entries with rare archival footage to explore the famous artist and gay icon.
PrideArts Spring International Short Film Festival
From March 14 to April 11 online
PrideArts has announced a four-week film festival of 32 short films from 13 countries that will stream online from March 14 to April 11. The diverse and curated roster of the festival includes international musicals, films about love young and old, as well as some anti-LGBTQ2S+ addresses. One of the films presented, Homo Poldirected by Amadeus Pawlica, is a short dance documentary about nationality and identity through the lens of the queer community in Poland.