Durban Gay and Lesbian Film Festival comes to Durban

Durbanites will have to wait until late September to enjoy the seventh annual Durban Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.

With seven feature films, 11 documentaries and almost 30 short films from 14 countries globally, including South Africa, the festival – which now begins on September 28 – expects to speak to the interests of many different audiences.

Festival director Jason Fiddler said: “Ours is an inclusive festival. You don’t have to be gay, or lesbian, or otherwise to appreciate these well-made films. You just need to be open-minded, and make the effort to discover new stories.”

Organisers said in a recent statement that because of last-minute technical issues raised by the Film and Publications Board (FPB) about the broader programme, only the South African feature film Inxeba .

This year the festival is expanding its reach within the Ethekwini region with screening venues that will include Durban’s Outer West LGBTIQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex) communities. 

“From both a practical and demand-driven perspective, #DGLFF2017 has recognised that for many, the journey to ‘town’ is both expensive and often far.”

To this end, Fiddler has successfully negotiated with Tina’s Hotel in Kloof, home to Roland Stansell’s branch of Rhumbelow Theatre, to host two evening screenings of films.

Other venues include the aha Waterfront Hotel and Spa in Point; Alliance Francaise; the Durban Lesbian and Gay Centre in Morningside; and the KZNSA Gallery in Glenwood.

The line-up includes Inxeba, which stars musician and novelist Nakhane Touré as Xolani, a lonely factory worker who joins the men of his community in the mountains of the Eastern Cape to initiate a group of teenage boys into manhood.

 Another film is Thishiwe Ziqubu’s Sina Nomakotshana (Dance with the maiden), a 24-minute short film about a girl falling in love with her contemporary dance partner and coming out of the closet during her traditional Zulu initiation.

Other South African content includes Allan McDonald’s moving documentary Locked in about transgender people within the Xhosa and Muslim communities, including their very real struggles for acceptance. 

The festival will also host the world premiere of  Durban filmmaker Dayakar Padayachee’s 40-minute gay short Shadow, a psychological horror following a gay Indian teen’s decent into darkness during his parent’s growingly ugly divorce, as a malevolent force takes hold.

Further information on the festival and its schedule can be found here.

The Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival – Now MiFo

The Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival (MGLFF), a critically acclaimed event, started in 1998 and is based in the world-renowned historic South Beach neighborhood with additional films screened at locations throughout Miami-Dade County. MGLFF officially changed it’s name to MiFo in 2015. Visit the new website here –

The Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival is committed to its mission: To inspire, entertain and educate the public, encourage a sense of community through international and culturally diverse film, video and other media that offer historical and contemporary perspectives on the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience.

The festival has grown from a 3-day event in which 25 films were presented to the current format of 10 days with over 65 films. The Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival is an internationally acclaimed event serving as a platform for numerous World Premiers, North American Premiers and East Coast Premiers. The Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival is the first MAJOR LGBT film festival to occur in the calendar year, setting the tone for the entire LGBT film festival season.

The Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival - Now MiFo

Desperado LGBTQ Film Festival – Phoenix, Arizona


Check out our facebook page. #DesperadoLGBTQ #DFF #Desperado2021 #DFFLGBTQ #DesperadoQueer

Desperado 2021 uses a streaming platform to maintain connection and share the profound joys that LGBTQ film delivers. For those of us in the film and arts community, the loss of human connections provided through our in-person festival and other local events hits hard; however, we feel that our virtual festival will provide exciting new opportunities.

Desperado LGBTQ Film Festival – Phoenix, Arizona


Based in Austin, Texas — aGLIFF’s mission is to create positive and visible film programs relevant to the lives of LGBTQIA+ identified people, to educate the community about LGBTQIA+ issues, to produce and promote the best in LGBTQIA+ community building events, and to support and partner with other organizations to enlighten the public.

aGLIFF community programs include the Queer Youth Media Project, Queer Black Voices Fund and Queer Spectrum Monthly Screenings.

PRISM, our 34th annual marquee LGBTQIA+ film festival will be held virtually with the potential for in-person events, over two weekends from August 26 – September 6, 2021.


Ljubljana Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

28.11.2015 – 6.12.2015 26.11.2016 – 4.12.2016 25.11.2017 – 3.12.2017 24.11.2018 – 2.12.2018 23.11.2019 – 1.12.2019 12.12.2020 – 20.12.2020

The Ljubljana Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (LGBT Film Festival) is a specialised non-competitive film festival focusing on international gay and lesbian cinema. It was originally launched in 1984, within the Magnus Festival, and as such is the oldest gay and lesbian film festival in Europe and at the same time the oldest international film festival in Slovenia. It is organised by the Roza Club Ljubljana, part of the ŠKUC Association, with financial support from the Municipality of Ljubljana, the Slovene Office of Youth Affairs, ŠKUC-Magnus and the British Council Slovenia.

Ljubljana Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

Austin Gay & Lesbian Film Festival 2017 (official bumper)

aGLIFF- The Austin Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival – was founded in 1987 and became a 501(c)3 in 1995. This year we celebrate 30 years of programming for the Austin community. aGLIFF has grown tremendously in size and scope from a short four-day run of four films primarily focused on coming out and AlDS to a multifaceted nonprofit organization with year-round community programs culminating in our annual film festival program with over 100 films depicting a myriad of issues across cultures, race, immigration status, class, gender identity and expression, age, and religion.

Wednesday 17 to Sunday 28 March 2021

The best new LGBTIQ+ cinema, free short films, events and more.

Thank you to all our filmmakers, guest speakers, sponsors, funders, partners, agencies, collaborators, delegates, supporters and, of course, our audiences around the UK and worldwide for making BFI Flare 2021 a special one.

Find out more how to watch films and events and accessibility.


Talks with Russell Tovey, David France and Joy Gharoro-Akpojotor announced for BFI Flare

What to watch at BFI Flare: Stories of maturity and the queer past

Five Films For Freedom returns to remind audiences ‘Love is still a human right’

Full programme announced for 35th BFI Flare: London LGBTIQ+ Film Festival 2021

World premieres of Rebel Dykes and Firebird announced for 35th BFI Flare: London LGBTIQ+ Film Festival

International premiere of Jump, Darling announced for 35th edition of BFI Flare: London LGBTIQ+ Film Festival

About Us

The mission of the North Louisiana Gay & Lesbian Film Festival is to recognize the important contributions that LGBT people have made to our culture; to educate the general population and raise awareness of LGBT concerns, as well as effect change in the political arena; and to investigate the history of LGBT people in film, including the stereotyping that has been a major part of this history and to counteract this stereotyping with valid, meaningful and diverse portrayals of LGBT people.

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Stay informed by joining our mailing list. Receive timely information about all our events including the Connecticut LGBTQ Film Festival, the ongoing Queer Thursdays LGBTQ film series and other events via email, and receive the printed Festival Flyer via postal mail if you’d like.

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2010 – The Big Gay Musical 

Directors: Casper Andreas, Fred M. Caruso. Paul and Eddie have just begun previews for the new Off-Broadway musical “Adam and Steve Just the Way God Made ‘Em.” Their lives strangely mirror the characters they are playing.  

2018(September) – My Big Gay Italian Wedding

Director Alessandro Genovesi. In this merry movie of matrimony, happily engaged Antonio brings his fiancé Paulo to the exquisite old Italian village of his birth to meet his headstrong parents and reveal his sexuality, setting out on a quest to make a city founded on religious tradition

Tampa Bay Transgender Film Festival

We are excited to announce our first Tampa Bay Transgender Film Festival in partnership with St Pete Pride! The vision for the Tampa Bay Transgender Film Festival, is to create a space grounded in and centered around the transgender community, support those in film who support our community, and share these films with our allies.…

34th Connecticut LGBTQ Film Festival

The film festival committee is gearing up for another exciting year for the Connecticut LGBTQ Film Festival. We’ve already received nearly 400 new film submissions since October, and we’re watching them all now so we can bring you the best in queer film once again this year.

Clearly, pandemic conditions continue, but we’re seeing hopeful signs in the vaccination distribution plan, so we’re currently anticipating that we will have a HYBRID film festival this year—comprised of both in-person screenings at Cinestudio in Hartford, as well as virtual screenings through our online festival platform for those who prefer to stay at home.


TIGLFF showcases a selection of compelling film and video by, for or about the LGBT community that Entertains, Enlightens & Empowers.

TIGLFF is made possible in part by the Arts Council of Hillsborough County and with the support of the Hillsborough Board of County Commissioners.

Leeds International Film Festival

LesGaiCineMad, Madrid LGBTI+ International Film Festival is running since 1996. With an estimated audience of more than 14,000 spectators, more than 120 films shown every year, press coverage, panels, Labs, Industry guests and filmmakers from all over the world attenfing, it is the most important festival in Madrid an a reference among LGBTI+ Film Festivals in the Spanish Speaking Countries.

Audience Awards:Best Spanish Film (from any section)Best Film Directed by Women (from any section)Best Feature Film (Official Section and Panorama International)Best DocumentaryBest Documentary ShortBest Fiction or Experimental Short Film

Jury Awards:A professional Jury will award around 15 prizes in the different categories with an Official Diploma certifying it. Among them, some including Cash Prizes to support the Short Industry:SECCIÓN OFICIAL LARGOMETRAJE:Best Feature FilmBest DirectorBest ActingBest ScreenplaySECCIÓN OFICIAL CORTOMETRAJE FICCIÓN:Best International Short Film: 500€Best Spanish Short Film: 500€Best Experimental Film or Videoart PieceSECCIÓN OFICIAL DOCUMENTAL:Best DocumentaryBest Documentary Short: 500€Best Spanish DocumentaryBest Direction

The films may be eligible for other upcoming awards (Awards in our extensions or from our sponsors). The Cash Awards are considered as screening fees for further extensions of LesGaiCineMad in Spain, Africa or Latin America.

The International LGBTIQ Madrid Film Festival accepts films of all nationalities with LGBTIQ themes, which may be eligible for the various sections of the festival: Feature Films (Official Section and Panorama International), Short Films and Video Art, and Documentaries. The works must not have previously premiered in Spanish cinemas, been broadcast on Spanish television or made available to the public on the Internet or other medias in Spanish territory prior to the festival (due to Covid-19 situation, the festival organization may set exceptions in this regard) , and must have been copyrighted no earlier than 2020. All feature films must be yet unreleased in the Community of Madrid; in the case of the shorts films, this will not be considered a prerequisite, but will be considered positively. The organization reserves the right to include films that do not meet these conditions in the program, albeit not a part of the Festival’s official contest.

Films may be submitted before the 15th of July through FilmFreeway. Works In Progress will be accepted, provided the finalized copy of the film is made available before September 15th. If online viewing is not possible, contact us for further instructions.

Acceptable formats for screening (in order of preference) are: digital formats (ProRes HD, AVI HD, MP4 HD) and physical formats (Blu Ray). No DVDs are accepted for screening. The DCP format will only be accepted if audio or subtitles are available in Spanish. The festival will not return any physical materials used for display unless prepaid postage is provided.

Notification will be sent before 15 October 2017 by email to the address indicated on the application form. If you have any questions you may write us to confirm the status of your case of submitting any material and not having response from the submitter if the film is selected, the festival will proceed to its screening understanding the submission as a will of participance.

Promotional extracts (up to 4 minutes) of the programmed titles may be made and used for theatres, Internet, television or other promotional formats. The material provided by the director may be used for promotional purposes or for the festival catalogue. LesGaiCineMad Organization must be informed in writing of any restrictions in regard to materials.

LesGaiCineMad assumes no liability for damage or loss of material during transportation. If damages occur during the festival, the organization will be limited to bear the costs of repair or replacement of the copy. The festival is not responsible for any offenses related to copyright, these being the sole responsibility of those submitting the work.


About NewFest

NewFest is New York’s largest presenter of LGBTQ+ film & media and the largest convener of queer audiences in the city. Our mission is to give voice and visibility to the wide scope of LGBTQ+ experiences through films and programs that entertain, educate, and empower.