Triple Oscar nominee Albert Nobbs has its African premiere at the first edition of the 19th Out In Africa Gay and Lesbian Film Festival which started on Friday.

The festival runs until Sunday in Cape Town and Joburg.

Glen Close (pictured) received her sixth nomination for her titular role as a woman passing as a man in order to work and survive in 19th century Ireland.

Janet McTeer was nominated as Best Supporting Actress, also in a cross-dressing role, and the film was up for Best Make-up.

Lead actress and producer Dreya Weber will present the drama A Marine Story at the festival. The drama is a reminder of the US’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy which was overturned in September, 2011.

Swedish actor and producer Josefine Tengblad will present Kyss Migh (Kiss Me), while Belgian director Bavo Defurne will present screenings of North Sea Texas.

Former Vuka! Raw Talent award-winner, Sowetan Fanney Tsimong, will present The Secret (Imfhilo), which will play with two SA short films: Anders by Werner Coetzee, and Mthokozisi Lembethe’s Paving Forward.

Other highlights include the British film 9 Dead Gay Guys; the drama Christopher and his Kind; the South American sleeper My Last Round and the German must-see Romeos. – Tonight Reporter

• Out In Africa’s second edition is planned for July 27 to August 5 with the third edition scheduled for October 17 to 28.