Gay and Lesbian Film Festivals are becoming big business these days, producers and directors jetting across the world to get their films in front of bigger and bigger audiences. Queer cinema gives the gay community a chance to show the gay love story, the normative homosexual lifestyle and challenge issues and politics in society across the globe.
Q! Film Festival, Indonesia, is the largest queer film festival in Asia which occurs between July and August. This film festival has an interesting history, Indonesians have faced strong and often violent backlash from the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) who in 2010 threatened to burn down venues hosting the gay film festival, however it still went ahead in five cities. Unfortunately there is no live page of information, but subscribe to the Twitter feed for updates.
One of the largest, The London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, now sells out weeks before the event starts – so if you’re a keen cinema go-er you might just want to start planning your visit and preparing to book those tickets as soon as they go on sale.
These film festivals can take you to some plush locations, and for some countries and cities they are the gay event of the year. So we’ve compiled a list of the film festivals coming up that we suggest you check out, then come back and tell us all about them.
- Out in Africa Film Festival, Cape Town, South Africa
- MIX Copenhagen Film Festival is annually in 19 – 28 October 2012
- The Pink Screens Festival, Brussels 8 -17 November 2012, film festival at Cinéma Nova
- Puerto Rico Queer Filmfest in November 2012
- Helsinki, Vinokino Film Festival is scheduled for 9 – 11 November 2012
- Czech Republic Mezipatra Gay and Lesbian Film Festival in November has been present since 2000
- Brussels Gay and Lesbian Film Festival in 28 January – 6 February 2013 welcoming its 27th edition
- The London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival in March/April 2013 will soon announce it’s 27th edition
- Vues d’en face in Grenoble, France during April 2013
- Milan Gay and Lesbian Film Festival in June, Facebook
Are we missing any? Let us know.