GFEST (Gaywise FESTival) is a 2 week-long event for LGBTQI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex) cultural maters held in various venues across London that features multiple platforms, with the 8th incarnation of GFest taking place currently.

This week sees the continuation of Visual Art events that began last week, with Film and Performance also set to take place. Two days of queer films at ArtHouse Crouch End opens on Tuesday November 17th with the highlight (for us at least) the UK premiere of The Surface - "a 'coming of age' feature follows a young gay man on an emotional rollercoaster of finding his true identity in the modern gay world". The film opens with the lead character (played by Harry Hains) spontaneously stopping off at a yard sale where he finds an 8mm film, which is the trigger for a serious of events. A Q&A with director Michael J Saul follows this screening, with tickets priced at £10 (£7 concessions).

Showing on the same eve is the short film Tomorrow (directed by Leandro Tadashi). A full shorts program the night after on Wednesday 18th November boasts some further UK premieres of LGBT films including Electric Indigo, Nerdesin Askim? / Where Are You My Love?, Pepper, Rule of Thumb, and Unconditional. Two shorts that centre of London's infamous LGBt night Sink The Pink are also in the program titled Pink Pilgrims: Fin, Trannyformation: Jono.

GFEST is the creation of arts charity Wise Thoughts, based in Haringey, and runs from Monday 9th - Saturday 21st November 2015 at venues across London. Check out their website for the full program.

"The Surface" Teaser Trailer from michael saul on Vimeo.