Five Finalists Named and Screening Details for Gay Film Program

CHICAGO – Five finalists have been named in Pride Films and Plays’ Great Gay Screenplay Contest. These five screenplays will be performed as enhanced staged readings (with movement and design elements) by members of the Artistic Ensemble of Pride Films and Plays during Gay Film Weekend, October 18 to 21, at Center on Halsted’s Hoover-Leppen Theatre, 3656 N. Halsted, Chicago.

The finalists include Visalia by Dennis Nivens, A Friend of Dorothy’s by Jim Piazza, Barrio Boy by Dennis Shinners, Snowmen by Ethan Steers, and Father Frances by Thomas Ziegler. PFP congratulates the finalists and all who entered the contest.

Gay Film Weekend also includes two free panels on LGBT filmmaking and concludes with a Queer Shorts Film Program curated by Chicago’s Indie Boots Film Festival.

Tickets for the screenplay readings and Queer Shorts Film Program are each $10. A Gay Play Weekend Pass allowing admission to all events is $45. Tickets for individual events can be purchased at, or 1 800 838 3006. Weekend passes can be purchased at 773 250 3112 or

Via press release