Film festivals
The long-running Frameline Film Festival is held annually at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco.
The long-running Frameline Film Festival is held annually at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco.

An LGBT film festival or queer film festival is a specialized film festival that has an LGBTQ+ focus in its selection of films.[1][2][3] LGBT film festivals often screen films that would struggle to find a mainstream audience and are often activist spaces for awareness-raising around LGBT rights as well as for community building among queer communities.[4][5]

The first LGBT-focused film festivals were organized in the United States as part of the awakening LGBT movement in the United States in the 1970s. The longest-running film festival with an LGBT focus is the Frameline Film Festival in San Francisco, which was established in 1977.[6] Until the 1990s, LGBT film festivals were mostly informal screenings in Western countries. In the 1990s, NGOs were founded to create and promote queer-focused film festivals and festivals became more commercialized. Around this time, more queer-focused film festivals began to emerge, especially in East Asia and Eastern Europe.[7]

LGBT film festivals use different labels to promote their focus on LGBT topics, for instance "gay and lesbian" (such as the Hong Kong Lesbian & Gay Film Festival); "queer" (such as the Asian Queer Film Festival); "rainbow" (such as the Rainbow Reel Tokyo); "LGBT", "LGBTQ", and other variations of the acronym (such as the Connecticut LGBTQ Film Festival); or they might not use a label in their name at all (such as the MIX NYC).[8]

In 2020, several queer film festivals—Los Angeles' Outfest, the New York Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Film Festival, Toronto's Inside Out Film and Video Festival, and San Francisco's Frameline Film Festival—partnered to launch the North American Queer Festival Alliance, an initiative to further publicize and promote LGBT film.[9]


Name Location Established Notes
City or cities State, province or region Country
&PROUD Yangon LGBTIQ Film Festival Yangon Yangon Region  Myanmar 2014 Now part of Yangon Pride, yearly at the end of January
Abhimani Film Festival Colombo Western Province  Sri Lanka 2006 Also known as Celluloid Rainbows, this is the oldest LGBT film festival in the South Asian region,[10] and the only LGBT film festival in Sri Lanka.[10]
Aomori International LGBT Film Festival Aomori Aomori Prefecture  Japan 2006
Asian Queer Film Festival Tokyo Greater Tokyo Area  Japan 2007
Asterisco Festival Internacional de Cine LGBTIQ Buenos Aires  Argentina
Atlanta Film Festival Atlanta Georgia  United States 2008, 1976 (original festival) Listed for the Pink Peach Prize LGBTQ Film Award, 2008
Bangalore Queer Film Festival Bangalore Karnataka  India 2008
Bangkok Gay and Lesbian Film Festival Bangkok Bangkok Metropolitan Region  Thailand 2015 Defunct in 2016
Beijing Queer Film Festival Beijing Beijing Municipality  China 2001
BFI Flare: London LGBTIQ+ Film Festival London Greater London  United Kingdom 1986
Budapest Pride LGBTQ Film Festival Budapest  Hungary
Chennai International Queer Film Festival Chennai Chennai Metropolitan Area  India 2005
Chéries-Chéris Paris  France 1994
Festival de cine LGBT El Lugar Sin Límites Quito, Guayaquil and others  Ecuador 2002
Cine Movilh Santiago  Chile
Cinema Queer International Film Festival Stockholm  Sweden
CINEMQ Shanghai Shanghai


 China 2015
CineQ Queer Film Festival Birmingham West Midlands  United Kingdom 2019
Connecticut LGBTQ Film Festival Hartford Connecticut  United States 1988 Produced by Out Film CT. Connecticut's longest-running film festival.
Damn These Heels LGBTQ Film Festival Salt Lake City Utah  United States 2003 Longest-running LGBTQ film festival in the Mountain West[11]
DOTYK Minsk Minsk Region  Belarus 2015
DIGO Goiás Goiânia  Brazil 2016
Durban Gay and Lesbian Film Festival Durban  South Africa
Ehime LGBT Film Festival Matsuyama Ehime Prefecture  Japan
FACE à FACE Saint-Étienne Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France 2005
Faroe Islands International Minority Film Festival Torshavn  Faroe Islands 2017
Fairy Tales Queer Film Festival Calgary Alberta  Canada 1999
FestDivQ Caracas  Venezuela
Festival Mix Brazil de Cultura da Diversidade São Paulo  Brazil
Festival MIX Milano Milan Lombardy  Italy 1986 Festival MIX Milano of GayLesbian cinema and Queer culture
FilmOut San Diego San Diego California  United States 2005 San Diego's only LGBT film festival
FFTG Awards Film Fest New York Worldwide  United States 2020 International digital film fest
FIRE!! Mostra Barcelona Catalonia  Spain
FiveFilms4freedom Online Online  United Kingdom 2015 World's first online, global and free 10-day LGBT film festival, created by the British Council and British Film Institute, and supported by the UN Free & Equal campaign
Frameline Film Festival San Francisco California  United States 1977
Gay Film Nights Cluj-Napoca Cluj County  Romania 2004
Gaze Dublin Leinster  Ireland 1992
Geelong Pride Film Festival Geelong Victoria  Australia 2017
GFest – gayWise LGBT Arts Festival London Greater London  United Kingdom
Hamilton Queer Film Festival Hamilton Ontario  Canada 2021
Hong Kong Lesbian & Gay Film Festival Central and
Pok Fu Lam
Hong Kong Island  Hong Kong
Image+Nation Montreal Quebec  Canada 1987
ImageOut Rochester New York  United States
In & Out Nice Alpes-Maritimes  France 2009
Inside Out Film and Video Festival Toronto and Ottawa Ontario  Canada 1991
Iris Prize Film Festival Cardiff Wales  United Kingdom 2007
Kagawa Rainbow Film Festival Kagawa Kagawa Prefecture  Japan
KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival Mumbai Maharashtra  India 2010
Kansai Queer Film Festival Osaka Osaka Prefecture  Japan
Korea Queer Film Festival Seoul Seoul Capital Area  South Korea 2001
Kreivės Vilnius Lithuania  Lithuania 2014 The festival is open to feature films, documentaries and short films focusing on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex themes.[12][13]
Leeds Queer Film Festival Leeds West Yorkshire  United Kingdom 2005
LesGaiCineMad Madrid Community of Madrid  Spain 1996
Lethal Lesbian Tel Aviv  Israel 2008 Screens independent films by and about women who love women.
LGBT Film Festival Warsaw  Poland 2010 Largest festival of LGBT cinema in Central and Eastern Europe
LGBT+ Film Festival Bangkok Bangkok Metropolitan Region  Thailand 2018 Curated and hosted by Bangkok Screening Room
Ljubljana LGBT Film Festival Ljubljana Central Slovenia  Slovenia 1984[14] Europe's oldest gay and lesbian film festival[15]
Llamale H Montevideo  Uruguay
London Lesbian Film Festival London Ontario  Canada 1991
Lovers Film Festival - Torino LGBTQI Visions Turin Piedmont  Italy 1986
Making Scenes Film and Video Festival Ottawa Ontario  Canada 1992 Defunct in 2005; replaced with Ottawa edition of Inside Out.
Mardi Gras Film Festival Sydney New South Wales  Australia 1993
Mawjoudin Queer Film Festival Tunis Tunis Tunisia 2018
Melbourne Queer Film Festival Melbourne Victoria  Australia 1991
Merlinka Festival Belgrade, Novi Sad, Sarajevo, Tuzla, Podgorica Former Yugoslavia  Serbia  Bosnia and Herzegovina  Montenegro 2009 Only queer film festival that is organized in several countries.
Mezipatra Brno and Prague Moravia and Bohemia  Czech Republic 2000
MICGénero Mexico City State of Mexico  Mexico
Milwaukee LGBT Film & Video Festival Milwaukee Wisconsin  United States 1987
MIX Copenhagen Copenhagen Copenhagen Metropolitan Area  Denmark 1986
MIX NYC New York City New York  United States 1987
Muskoka Queer Film Festival Bracebridge, Huntsville Ontario  Canada 2020 Launched online during the COVID-19 pandemic following the cancellation of its planned live inaugural edition[16]
National Queer Arts Festival San Francisco California  United States 1998
NewFest New York City New York  United States 1988
North Carolina Gay & Lesbian Film Festival Durham North Carolina  United States 1995
Notre Dame Queer Film Festival Notre Dame Indiana  United States 2004
Oslo/Fusion International Film Festival Oslo  Norway
OUTeast Film Festival Halifax Nova Scotia  Canada 2012
Out in Africa Johannesburg and Cape Town Gauteng and Western Cape  South Africa 1994
Out and Loud Pune International Queer Film Festival Pune Maharashtra  India 2017
Out North Queer Film Festival Whitehorse Yukon  Canada 2012
Out on Film Atlanta Georgia  United States 1987
Out Takes: A Reel Queer Film Festival Auckland and Wellington Auckland Region and Wellington Region  New Zealand 1995
Outburst Queer Arts Festival Belfast Belfast Northern Ireland  United Kingdom
Outfest Los Angeles California  United States 1982
OutfestPeru Lima  Peru
OutLove International Film Festival[17] Fort Myers Florida  United States 2020
Outview Film Festival[18] Athens Greece  Greece 2007
Paris Lesbian and Feminist Film Festival Paris France  France 1989 Women-only film festival featuring films by and about lesbians and feminism
Pink Life QueerFest Istanbul  Turkey
Philadelphia QFest Philadelphia Pennsylvania  United States 1995
Pink Apple Zürich and Frauenfeld Canton of Zürich and Canton of Thurgau   Switzerland 1997
Pink Screens Brussels Brussels  Belgium 2002
Pride International Film Festival Manila Metro Manila  Philippines 2004 Films specialising in HIV and AIDS awareness
Puerto Rico Queer Filmfest San Juan Puerto Rico  United States
Q! Film Festival Jakarta Greater Jakarta (Jabodetabek)  Indonesia 2002 Asia's largest LGBT film festival,[19] and the first in a predominantly Muslim country.[20] It was established in 2002 and closed, until further notice, in early 2017.
QFest Houston Texas  United States 1997
Queer City Cinema Regina Saskatchewan  Canada 1996
Queer Film Festival Oldenburg Oldenburg Niedersachsen Germany 2010
Queer Kampala International Film Festival Kampala  Uganda
Queer Lisboa International Queer Film Festival Lisbon Lisbon metropolitan area  Portugal 1997
Queer Media Festival Manchester Greater Manchester  United Kingdom
Queer North Film Festival Sudbury Ontario  Canada 2016
QUEER-Streifen Regensburg [1] Regensburg Bavaria  Germany 2012
Queer Vision Film Festival Bristol South West England  United Kingdom
Queersicht Bern Canton of Bern   Switzerland 1997
Rainbow Film Festival Honolulu Hawaii  United States 1989
Rainbow Film Festival Shrewsbury Shropshire  United Kingdom
Rainbow Reel Tokyo Tokyo Greater Tokyo Area  Japan 1992 'Rainbow Reel Tokyo' is the official new name for the 'Tokyo International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival' (since 2016).
Rainbow Reels Queer and Trans Film Festival Kitchener-Waterloo Ontario  Canada
Rainbow Visions Film Festival Edmonton Alberta  Canada 2015
Reel Affirmations Washington, D.C. District of Columbia  United States 1991
Reel Out Charlotte Charlotte North Carolina  United States 2008 'Reel Out Charlotte' is the new name for 'GayCharlotte Film Festival' (since 2018).
Reel Pride Winnipeg Manitoba  Canada 1985
Reel Pride Fresno California  United States 1989
Reelout Queer Film Festival Kingston Ontario  Canada 1999
Reeling Chicago Illinois  United States 1981
Rio LGBTQIA+ Film Festival Rio de Janeiro Rio de Janeiro  Brazil 2011 Formerly known as Rio Festival Gay de Cinema, the festival adopted its new name in 2016. Rio LGBTQIA+ Film Festival is the new title of the festival.
RO Q DOC Bucharest  Romania
Roze Filmdagen Amsterdam  Netherlands 1996
San Francisco Transgender Film Festival San Francisco California  United States 1997[21] Originally named 'Tranny Fest'
Screened Out Cablecast film festival Nationwide cablecast  United States 2007 only
SQIFF Glasgow Scotland  United Kingdom 2015
Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival Seattle Washington  United States 1996
Shanghai Queer Film Festival Shanghai Shanghai
 China 2017 New LGBT film festival, run by volunteers and as a not-for-profit community event;[22] opened in September 2017
ShanghaiPRIDE Film Festival Shanghai Shanghai
 China 2015 Originated from ShanghaiPRIDE film screening nights in collaboration with Beijing Queer Film Festival.[23]
Sicilia Queer filmfest Palermo Sicily  Italy 2010 International & New Visions filmfest
Side by Side Saint Petersburg Saint Petersburg
('Federal Subject')
 Russia 2008
Slovak Queer Film Festival Bratislava  Slovakia
Taiwan International Queer Film Festival Taipei and
Taipei–Keelung Metropolitan Area and
Taichung-Changhua Metropolitan Area
 Taiwan (R.O.C) 2014
Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival Tampa Florida  United States 1989
Tels Quel Festival Brussels  Belgium
Thessaloniki International G.L.A.D. Film Festival (LGBTI+) Thessaloniki  Greece 1998
TLVFest Tel Aviv Gush Dan  Israel 2006
Toronto Queer Film Festival Toronto Ontario  Canada 2016
Transition International Queer Minorities Film Festival Vienna  Austria
Translations: The Seattle Transgender Film Festival Seattle Washington  United States 2006 Films by, for, and about transgender, non-binary, and gender-diverse people and the issues facing the community
Vancouver Queer Film Festival Vancouver British Columbia  Canada 1988
Vinokino Turku and Helsinki Southwest Finland (or 'Finland Proper') and Uusimaa (or 'Nyland')  Finland 1991
Way OUT West Film Fest Albuquerque New Mexico  United States 2003
Wicked Queer Boston Massachusetts  United States 1984 Formerly known as the Boston LGBT Film Festival[24]
West Pride Gothenburg Metropolitan Gothenburg  Sweden 2007
XPOSED Queer Film Festival Berlin Berlin  Germany
CINHOMO Valladolid Castilla y León  Spain 2017
ENDIMARIS - Sitges LGTBIQ+ Film Festival Sitges Catalunya  Spain 2021 https://mostraendimarissitges.com/


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