SHANE ENGSTROM – FESTIVAL EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR/CO-DIRECTOR, OUT FILM, CT CONNECTICUT LGBTQ FILM FESTIVAL
Shane has volunteered with Out Film CT and the Connecticut LGBTQ Film Festival for the past 21 years, with this year marking his 14th year as festival Executive Director/Co-director. The festival is Connecticut’s longest-running film festival, now entering its 35th season. Out Film CT also partners with Cinestudio theater to host a year-round monthly LGBTQ film series in Hartford, CT. Shane is a member of the North American Queer Festival Alliance. He is a past recipient of the State of Connecticut Governor’s Award for “Distinguished Advocate” in recognition of his volunteer work at the festival. Shane has had the honor of serving as a jury member for other film festivals in the past, including the Wicked Queer Film Festival (Boston) and ImageOut: Rochester LGBT Film Festival, and he is thrilled to be taking part in this year’s OUTshine Film Festival.