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Hell or high water, Damn These Heels is coming.

The 17th Damn These Heels Queer Film Festival is on for 2020, virtually, from July 10 through 19. Produced by the Utah Film Center, the Festival showcases fiction and non-fiction films from around the world that explore LGBTQ issues, ideas, and art.

Though this year’s festival is being presented online, the festival will continue to provide a selection of short and feature films, filmmaker Q&As and opportunities for group conversations.

“The dramatic events of the past few months have forced us to re-imagine how we operate and offer our programs,” Patrick Hubley, executive director for Utah Film Center, said. “Beginning in mid-March, when in-person, public events were canceled, we have been considering how we would present Damn These Heels — our longest-running program. For us, not presenting the Festival wasn’t an option, and based on the feedback we received directly from past Festival attendees, our community agreed with us. Though we aren’t able to gather in person, we hope that this year’s festival will help us understand, heal, and celebrate the human capacity for innovation and perseverance, together.”

Hubley says that the Festival is the longest-running LGBTQ Film Festival in the Mountain West and has presented more than 248 thought-provoking and entertaining films over the years.

Hubley credits the Utah Film Center’s team’s selections of unique, cutting-edge programming for the Festival’s popularity in the Salt Lake City community.

“With festivals like Damn These Heels and other year-round screening programs, Utah Film Center continues to provide access to voices and stories that would otherwise be inaccessible for Utah audiences,” Hubley said.

Festival information is available at

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