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DURHAM, N.C. — The North Carolina Gay + Lesbian Film Festival will be held from Aug. 14-22. It is presented by The Carolina Theatre of Durham, 309 W. Morgan St.

The world premiere of “Better Half” will take place on Aug. 21 at 7 p.m.

Other films include “54: The Director’s Cut,” “Beyond Just Male and Female,” “Enchantments,” “Liz in September,” “Seed Money: The Chuck Holmes Story,” “Super Awesome!,” “Upstairs Inferno” and more.

Special events are being held during the festival. On Aug. 13, 7 p.m., there will be an invitation-only 20th Anniversary Kick-Off Party at Durham Hotel, 315 E. Chapel Hill St. There will also be a free family screening of “The Wizard of Oz” on Aug. 15 at 10:45 a.m. in Cinema One. Families are welcome to stop by the plaza in front of the theatre for free popcorn and soda, clown, balloon art, face-painting and other activities. Host is BASF.

Additionally, there will be free screenings of “Out to Win” on Aug. 16, one at 5:15 p.m. and another at 7:15 p.m., at Full Frame Theatre, American Tobacco Campus, 318 Blackwell St. It is being co-hosted by The Carolina Theatre and the LGBTQ Center of Durham. Visit eventbrite.com/e/free-screenings-of-out-to-win-tickets-17929519676 to secure tickets.

“Lesbians Eating a Quiche,” an audience-interactive celebration of sisterhood and survival presented by Tiny Engine, will take place on Aug. 19, 7:30 p.m., in Fletcher Hall. Tickets are $15. Space is limited, so purchase tickets quickly. Ten-pass holders have this event included in their package.

Enjoy a center festival closing block party on Aug. 23, 12-4 p.m., at 114 Hunt St. Food trucks will be on hand, along with music by DJ Chaz.

The event began in 1995 and this year marks the 20th annual celebration. The Durham Convention and Visitors Bureau considers it a signature event for the city.

Individual tickets are $10 each and $85 for a 10-day pass and can be purchased online.

info: carolinatheatre.org/films/festivals/ncglff.

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