Dan Savage Reveals How to Make Awesome Amateur Porn for His HUMP! Film Festival

Thanks to writer and activist Dan Savage, you don't have to be a bona fide porn star for your sex films to get a standing ovation. Savage and the team at The Stranger, the alt-weekly that runs his popular sex column "Savage Love," are back on the road again with HUMP!, a touring film festival showcasing the best, funniest and most touching amateur porn ever made.

It's perhaps fitting that the HUMP! 2016 tour kicks off in San Francisco this Wednesday, January 27 at the Roxie, the venerable indie cinema in the Mission. San Francisco's historical embrace of sex-positivity, fetish culture and queer sensibilities make it the ideal host city for this type of cinematic event. From here, HUMP! and Dan Savage will hit Pittsburg, Los Angeles, Chicago, Montreal and a few other cities. You can get your tickets here.

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These NSFW films will only be shown in theaters and are never, ever made available online -- so the one-time smut-makers can be guaranteed the privacy and anonymity required to explore their kinkiest desires on camera. So if you're even just a tiny bit curious, going to a HUMP! screening in your hometown is the only way for you to view these naughty films.

We've actually been to a few HUMP! screenings and have seen it all: soft-lit non-simulated intercourse, animated movies about genitalia and faux documentaries about being sexually attracted to centaurs. It's say to say, you can expect the unexpected, but always a diverse representation of the sexual spectrum.HUMP Amateur Porn Film FestivalCurious to submit your homemade sex tape for next year's festival? Here are a few tips from Dan Savage, himself, on how you can make a HUMP!-worthy porn debut:HUMP Amateur Porn Film Festival 3Follow you fetish: "The best films are made by people doing what they love and are really personal," Savage said. "We want the festival to be diverse in gender expression and representation. Queer and straight and trans and cis and kinky and vanilla."HUMP Amateur Porn Film Festival 4No 50 Shades of Grey parodies: "We have this strange thing happen every year, like something is in the water and we'll get lots of film that are very similar," Savage said. "One year we got five different James Bond parodies. And they were all really good, but we can't put five James Bond parodies in the show. Two years after that we got all these films with lesbian and bi women all of which incorporated fruits and vegetables. We had a lot of zombie porn the first few years."HUMP Amateur Porn Film Festival 5Don't imitate commercial pornography: "What sets us apart from mainstream porn is that the people making the films are sharing their turn-ons and they're doing something they're passionate about," Savage said. "People who hate to watch commercial porn because they think it's dehumanizing, love HUMP!"HUMP Amateur Porn Film Festival 1Don't worry about production value: "You don't have to be a filmmaker, you don't have to have a professional crew you just have to have something interesting and beautiful and funny and hot that really speaks to you and that you want to share with people. There are films that have been literally shot on people's iPhones and they are grainy without much lighting or much sound quality but they’re great."HUMP Amateur Porn Film Festival 2Be open to straight folks watching your movie: "At the HUMP! screenings we have straight guys watching hardcore gay porn and you have gay boys watching lesbian cunnilingus on the giant silver screen. At first all anybody can see are the differences: what's not their turn-on, what's not the plumbing they want in their own beds. After 15 minutes in, everyone is cheering and laughing and people start to see what's the same: the passion, the lust, the sense of humor, the vulnerability, the desire. Everything that's going on underneath the different plumbing."