San Antonio QFest Juror
Charles Rodriguez has a diverse history.  Charles retired from HEB after working for 30 years.  He recently also retired from West Corp after serving for 20 years.  He is currently working for Alamo Biologics in shipping and receiving.  He has been working on the San Antonio QFest-LGBT International Film Festival Committee for three years.   

 “My work as part of the San Antonio QFest Jury has allowed me to screen so many great films about or struggle and hardships that have moved me to continue to be a part of this project.”

---Charles Rodriguez

San Antonio QFest Co-Chairs
Veronica M. Segovia and Nicole Segovia are San Antonio QFest Co-Chairs.  Veronica M. Segovia, a San Antonio native, pursued her undergraduate degree at St. Mary’s University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Economics.  Veronica went on to earn her Juris Doctorate degree in 2003 from St. Mary’s University School of Law.  Veronica began practicing law in 2013.

 Nicole Segovia is a Floresville native.  She graduated from St. Edward’s University in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work. She obtained her Masters Degree in Social Work in 2010 from the University of Texas at San Antonio.  

Veronica and Nicole are married and reside in San Antonio, Texas with their two children and numerous fur babies. The have a love for cinema and attending film festivals which dates  back to 2008. They began attending San Antonio QFest in 2014.  This is a ritual that they continued every year after.  It was very easy for them to answer the call to serve as co-chairs for the QFest film festival in 2018. They believe the San Antonio QFest is a necessary event to further the awareness and celebration of our Queer community in film.  

 “The QFest is a legacy for the LGBTQ+ community in San Antonio of which we are honored to be a part.”

---Nicole and Veronica Segovia

San Antonio QFest Juror

Ann Islas has been part of Pride San Antonio for the past 3 years and currently serves as Beneficiaries Coordinator for the organization.  This will be her first year working on the Q-Fest Committee.

San Antonio QFest Juror

Sebastian has been with Q Fest since 2017. He is a transman born and raised here in San Antonio, and proud south-sider. He started transitioning at age 20 while studying Mortuary Science, and has since switched between majors numerous times. Despite not knowing what he wants to be, he was certain he wanted to be helpful, and so he made a big presence at his first Pride Parade by becoming a volunteer, and driver for a dignitary car. He also joined Q Fest as a Juror the month after, and has been a core member of the Q Fest committee. He has since been actively involved in the queer community, offering his time and energy to organizations like Pride San Antonio, and Q Fest, and has helped many young queers with house and help, and heart, and plans to continue being a helpful part of the pride community of San Antonio for years to come.

San Antonio QFest Chair Emeritus

Sean Wise grew up in the theater spending many nights indulging in fantasy at Southwest Playhouse in Clinton, OK and participating in a multitude of theatrical productions as both crew and cast.  He received an Associate of the Arts in Film and Video Production in 2008 from Oklahoma City Community College.  Sean Wise is the founder of Black Cloud Motion Pictures.  He has worked behind the scenes has performed a variety of roles in the film industry including producer, director, writer, as well as set and lighting designer.  Sean was a member of the San Antonio Film Council for 2 years and served editor in chief of its newsletter.  Sean has also provided educational sessions for novice San Antonio filmmakers helping to elevate the level of professionalism.   Highlights in his career include making through the 2nd round of the Nichols Fellowship which earned him an invitation to the Oscars as well as getting to be the gaffer for the Great Christmas Lights Fight on ABC.  Sean, along with his friends at Pride San Antonio, reconstituted San Antonio QFest LGBT International Film Festival in 2016 providing a revolutionary service, feedback to the filmmakers who submitted to our festival.  Sean maintained the Chairperson position of QFest for that year; then relinquished the roll when he moved back to Oklahoma.  Sean has since worked as a film screener for Dead Center Film Festival in Oklahoma City as well as additional incarnations of QFest.  Sean was named San Antonio QFest Chair Emeritus in 2021 by Pride San Antonio Inc. in honor of his work in guiding the film festival through some of its most trying times and through some of its most significant moments of growth. 

“I helped lay the bricks for an organization that I love in San Antonio and I look forward to continuing the legacy of excellence for which this festival strives.” 

---Sean Wise

San Antonio QFest Juror
Todd Martens, co-creator of MMproductionsLA, is a writer/producer recently relocated from Los Angeles to San Antonio. Managing the production office of Albert S Ruddy, Todd has co-produced television and film projects and as partner in MMproductionsLA has written/directed/staged alternative musical theater at historic Los Angeles venues. Happy to have made his permanent home in San Antonio, he looks forward to continuing his writing career and producing musical theater in San Antonio.

San Antonio QFest Juror
Martin is an Advance Trader for Marathon Petroleum and responsible for evaluating energy markets. Martin holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Economics and Finance from the University of the Incarnate Word (UIW).  He is President of the UIW Alumni Association and serves on the UIW Board of Trustees.

Martin is an active community leader and involved with two additional local organizations. He is an Executive Committee member of San Antonio GED Brunch Scholarship fundraiser supporting the  Palo Alto College Adult Learning Center. He is also a Committee member of Pride San Antonio and helps with fundraising for eight local organizations that instill pride, celebrate unity, embrace diversity, and recognize the contributions of the LGBTQ+ community.

San Antonio QFest Juror
Lee Marshall is the Co-creator of MMProductionsLA.  After spending the last 15 years in Los Angeles working as an actor, writer, director and producer, Lee is happy to be back in his hometown of San Antonio where he began his career as an actor.  When Lee is not working on artistic endeavors, he is working as a Neuromuscular Therapist specializing in pain management and soft tissue disfunction to improve quality of life.

“Supporting the arts is not only important, it is vital to the continued growth to of our community”. “It is an absolute honor to be as part of QFEST-LGBT and I am so excited to experience the talent that makes our city so amazing.”
---Lee Marshall


The San Antonio LGBT International Film Festival

San Antonio QFest is committed to bringing awareness of the LGBTQ community to the greater San Antonio region. To achieve this goal the festival will showcase film pieces of art which will illustrate the community by being created for, by, or about the LGBTQ community.

If you are interested in joining the QFest committee for 2022 email

The 9th Annual San Antonio LGBT International Film Festival proudly accepts entries on FilmFreeway, the world's #1 way to enter film festivals and creative contests.

October 2022 - TBA

The board of San Antonio QFest, as well as the board of our parent organization, Pride San Antonio, want to thank each of the filmmakers for their submissions to the 2021 film festival.  When we decided to bring back the film festival in 2021 in the spring, COVID-19 cases were dropping and vaccinations were rolling out.  With the current rise and lethality of the pandemic, we determined, at this time, we cannot in good conscious hold an in person event.  If even one person got sick, or even worse died at our event, we would not forgive ourselves.

We, as filmmakers and connoisseurs of this unique visual artistic medium, understand the value of having an in person event.  We considered changing our event to a virtual one in order for the film makers to get immediate exhibition, but we realize it's the personal interactions one will have with directors and actors at a live event that make film festivals such a unique experience.  Therefore, our board has decided to push our official selections from the 2021 film festival to a live in person event in 2022.  Each filmmaker will receive laurels representing selection for the 2021 year.  Each filmmaker from the 2021 class was personally reached out to and informed of their status with San Antonio QFest and we will continue communicating directly with this diverse class about upcoming developments.

We know it is a disappointment that we cannot have the in person festival this year and trust me, we are deeply saddened by it.  But these times call for flexibility so we will do the best we can to put on a quality event for those chosen for next year’s event.  Please look for future communication outlining those that were selected for this years class!

San Antonio QFest Juror
Gilbert Lopez is chairmen of the board for Woodlawn Pointe. He is a founding member of Players At The Pointe, San Antonio's newest LGBTQ theatre troupe, along with Kristi Waters and Jose DeHoyos, producing their iconic Golden Girls parodies.  He has been an employee of  AT&T for 43 years. 

Pride San Antonio Board Liaison to San Antonio QFest-LGBT International Film Festival

James Poindexter is a co-founder of the San Antonio QFest-LGBT International Film Festival. James is a graduate of Texas State University with a B.A.  in Political Science and Minors in Theatre Arts and Criminal Justice. James, a public schoolteacher certified in Secondary Composite Social Studies and Gifted and Talented Education,  is a former nominee for the Disney Hand Teacher Award. He is James is currently pursuing master’s degrees in Political Science and Education Administration. In his 15 years of service to the San Antonio community with Pride San Antonio, in addition to San Antonio QFest, he is the co-founder of the following programs- the San Antonio Pride Softball League, San Antonio Women’s Pride Softball League, and the Pride San Antonio Gay Basketball League. James had originally pitched the idea of an LGBT film festival in 2008 and the idea eventually came to fruition in 2013. James is a film lover and enjoys spending time with his husband of 31 years and their pets watching movies and hanging out at home.

 “Film is a window into our culture and provides opportunities for our community to educate each other as well as to recognize, accept, and celebrate our differences.”
---James Poindexter

QFest Committee

San Antonio QFest Juror
Christian is a Communication student at UTSA. As an LGBTQ+ San Antonio native he is very excited to be involved in the events that make his hometown special.  He has a background of leadership at the collegiate level and involvement with UTSA’s only LGBTQ+ organization for students. This will be his first year working with QFest San Antonio, and  his affinity for and of love film, art, theater, and music drew him to this event.

San Antonio QFest Juror
Elianet joined San Antonio QFest in 2016.  Elianet is a graduate of Communications Arts High School.

“I think film is a great artistic outlet to express one's own beliefs and share their experiences of the LGBT.

Sometimes people don't listen to words alone but can be moved with actions and music.”

---Elianet Mata

FilmFreeway-SA Qfest