What’s next: most anticipated lesbian/queer movies of 2016

Since we often receive the same questions in our mailbox, I thought it would be useful for our readers to write an updated list including the most anticipated finished works that should be available in theaters or on VOD in 2016 or 2017. I tried to collect all the valuable informations that felt under my hands to give you the most accurate release dates about lesbian and queer friendly movies we’ve come across or mentioned here. Note that many independent films are struggling to find a distribution circuit. This is the reason why some of them never go beyond festivals or crowdfunding campaigns without falling into oblivion.


  • Lovesong was recently featured and highly appreciated at the 2016 Sundance edition (source). I suggest you to read these three reviews about the movie on The Guardian, Variety and Hollywood Reporter. There is no trailer and no release date avaibale yet.
  • Synopsis: The relationship between two friends deepens during an impromptu road trip.

  • Below Her Mouth is basically nowhere near to be released (facebook/official site). However, you can read the first leaked review about this movie on Screedaily. The film has not even started its festival tour yet (source). This work will probably be a very big deal in 2017. There is no trailer out yet. Be patient.
  • Synopsis: An unexpected affair quickly escalates into a heart-stopping reality for two women whose passionate connection changes their lives forever.

  • Heartland shoud be available this year (source), after a festival tour. There is no official release date yet. You can read a review about this film on After Ellen.
  • Synopsis: A young artist, struggling with a recent death, finds escape in a reckless affair with her brother’s girlfriend.

  • Brides to Be will be released on July 1st, 2016 (source). You can find a all the updates around this movie on Seed&Sparks.
  • Synopsis: Robin & Jenna are getting married. Robin is excited beyond words; Jenna is plagued by panic attacks and struggles to write her vows. But when they arrive at their secluded fairy-tale venue sinister forces besiege them, threatening to tear them apart.

  • Barash still in its Festival spiral and will probably be released in 2017 (source from Hollywood Reporter). You can read a review about this film on After Ellen.
  • Synopsis: 17 year old Naama Barash enjoys alcohol, drugs and hanging out with like-minded friends. Her activities are an escape from a home where her parents always fight, and a rebellious, army-enrolled sister, who, one day, disappears. As a new girl shows up at school, Barash falls deep in love for the first time, and the intensity of the experience at once confuses her and gives her life new meaning.

  • Take me for a Ride will be featured at the Inside Out Film Festival in Toronto on May 29, 2016 (source). Its international tour has just started (source via facebook). You can find a brief critic about this movie on After Ellen. No release date available yet.
  • Synopsis: Starting her senior year in high school, Sara doesn’t have many friends and is caught between an overbearing mother, and a more understanding father. With uneasiness at school and tension in the household, Sara escapes to smoke in a little alley alone – that is – until Andrea, a new classmate, arrives. A close friendship develops to all that can see, but behind closed doors, an intimate relationship unfolds, which, when discovered, throws everything into disarray.

  • First Girl I Loved has just been premiered at Sundance Festival and the crew continue its recognition tour (source). You can find a review about this movie on After Ellen.
  • Synopsis: Seventeen-year-old Anne just fell in love with Sasha, the most popular girl at her LA public high school. But when Anne tells her best friend Clifton – who has always harbored a secret crush – he does his best to get in the way.

  • The Firefly continue its festival tour and didn’t announce any release date for now (source). You can read a review about this film on After Ellen.
  • Synopsis: La Luciérnaga (The Firefly) tells the story of Lucia, a married woman who after the sudden death of her estranged brother, will meet his fiancée Mariana. Gothic magic realism is used to depict the journey in which the two women mourn their loss together, resulting in the birth of a relationship neither of them could have ever foreseen.

  • One Night was recently featured at the Indiana University Cinema (source). This short film maybe released on vimeo during this year if Lydia Smyth decides it.
  • Synopsis: Two ex lovers are reunited against their will on a trip and they just don’t know how to resist the temptation of falling in love once again.

  • Our Love Story still in its festival phase (source) but doesn’t seem to attract a lot of attention from western media. I can’t find any interesting information regarding this title yet. I thinks it’s safe to say that Our Love Story will probably be released next year.
  • Synopsis: Just you and me and nothing in between. Our Love Story portay the romantic journey of a lesbian couple living in Korea.

  • I, Olga Hepnarova should be released to theaters on July 6, 2016 (source from Variety). You can find a review of the film on Hollywood Reporter.
  • Synopsis: “My verdict is: I, Olga Hepnarová, the victim of your bestiality, sentence you to death penalty.” Those were famous words of 22-year-old mass murder Olga Hepnarová, who in 1973 drove a truck into a group of innocent people in Prague.

  • A Private Matter is currently in its recognition phase (source) and the short film continues its festival tour. There is no release date available yet.
  • Synopsis: A woman burdened with a weighty secret, returns to her hometown accompanied by her outgoing partner in order to visit her conservative family…

  • Almost Adults officially announced a World Premiere date at Inside Out (source) on May 28th, 2016. You can find the synopsis of the movie on their official site.
  • Synopsis: This comedy feature follows two best friends in their final year of college while they transition into adulthood. One embraces her sexuality and tries to catch up on everything she has missed during her teenage years, while the other ends a long term relationship with her boyfriend and discovers her life isn’t going as planned. Both struggle to keep their friendship together as they begin growing apart.

  • Margarita with a Straw will be released on VOD in June 28, 2016 (source). You can read the brillant review of Variety about this masterpiece.
  • Synopsis: Laila suffers fom a cerebral palsy which paralyzing some of its body members. She decides to come in New York to study and start a new life.

  • The Handmaiden has been featured at the Cannes Film Festival (source). It will be released in theaters on October 5, 2016. You can read the official reviews of The Guadian, Variety and Indiewire about this movie.
  • Synopsis: The film is a south korean retelling of Fingersmith. A young woman named Sookee is hired as a maid for a rich Japanese called Hideko. She become a recluse living in a huge mansion under the thumb of a tyrannical uncle.

That’s all for now, if you have any question about a lesbian film I forgot or any other specific title, you can always use the comment section below. I will do my best to offer you a clear and relevant response as soon as possible.

Emma Récamier

I'm a french graphic designer and an active contributor on lesbian interest. Since the beginning of my studies, I have been trying to find and promote the work of gay-friendly filmmakers. Enfin, I am a lesbian, obsessed with Sappho, open to any criticisms and recommendations.

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10 Responses

  1. Luca says:

    Thank you for compiling these!! It’s frustrating that most of them don’t have clear dates when they will be released especially since a lot of them look great. Guess we just gotta keep an eye out!

  2. Ari says:

    You forgot about The Handmaiden.

  3. Flamegal says:

    Thank you for your list! It’s wonderful to know about Asian and non-western movies like Our Love Story!

  4. Scarlet says:

    In Margarita With A Straw, her name is Laila. Not Margarita!

  5. Ellen Sturtz says:

    Hi,
    I am on the central coast of california and I am pulling my hair out trying to find a great lesbian-content for the mainstream San Luis Obispo International Film Festival in the middle of March. Any suggestions for something making the festival rounds this year that would be willing to show in March, or something not going to DVD/stream early 2017? Thanks

  6. Bella says:

    Thank you SO much for the rich list. These are films I’d actually watch, unlike Chasing Amy lol.

  7. Bella says:

    Certain Women by Kelly Reichardt?

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