LGBT Movie Festivals: Articles


Incest, Ghosts and Robert Pattinson: Gay Movies from South America and Spain

Cristian Mercado, Manolo Cardona in Javier Fuentes-León's Undertow. The 23rd edition of image+nation, Montreal's lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender film festival, will kick off with a screening of Javier Fuentes-León's Peruvian drama Contracorriente / Undertow at the Cinéma Impérial on Thursday, Oct. 28. The World Cinema (Dramatic) Audience Award winner […]


'Is It Just Me?,' 'Elena Undone': Outfest Movies

JC Calciano's Is It Just Me? (top); Nicole Conn's Elena Undone (middle); Roberto Moreira's Paulista (bottom) JC Calciano's Is It Just Me?, Anna Margarita Albelo's Hooters!, Roberto Moreira's Paulista, and Nicole Conn's Elena Undone are some of the films screening at Outfest 2010 on Friday, July 16. Is It Just […]


Alicia Silverstone & 19th-Century Lesbian Romance: Outfest Movies

Maxine Peake in James Kent's The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister (top); Alicia Silverstone, Clueless (upper middle); Lio in Myriam Aziza's The Evening Dress (lower middle); Jane Lynch, A Gaythering Storm (bottom) James Kent's The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister, Amy Heckerling's 1995 sleeper hit Clueless, Myriam Aziza's […]


Sensual Argentinean Gay Drama 'Plan B,' Religious Bigotry in 'Children of God': Outfest

Manuel Vignau, Lucas Ferraro in Marco Berger's Plan B (top); Fernanda Cardoso's Bloomington (bottom) Synopses from the Outfest website for Saturday, July 10. Plan B Best-laid plans are put to the test in this topsy-turvy romantic comedy from Argentina. After being dumped by Anna, Bruno secretly befriends Anna's new boyfriend […]


Robin Wood Tribute, Frameline Screens 'The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister'

Toronto's Cinematheque Ontario will present five movies as a tribute to Canadian film critic and educator Robin Wood, beginning Friday, June 18. According to the Cinematheque's release, Wood “changed the way we appreciate cinema. His audacious and insightful reviews made him a critic of astonishing power. This tribute reflects his […]


Indie Gay Film Actor Matthew Montgomery to Receive Philadelphia QFest Honor

Matthew Montgomery and Steve Callahan, Role/Play (top); Montgomery in Robert Gaston's Flight of the Cardinal (bottom) Described as “an unheralded superstar in the American independent gay filmmaking scene,” Matthew Montgomery, among whose credits are Gone, But Not Forgotten, Back Soon, Socket, and Pornography: A Thriller, will be the recipient of […]


Torino Gay Film Festival: 'Another Love Story' & 'Oy Vey! My Son Is Gay!'

Américo Ortiz de Zárate's Otra historia de amor / Another Love Story (1986), Monika Treut's My Father Is Coming (1982), and Evgeny Afineevsky's Oy Vey! My Son is Gay! (2009) are a few of the screenings to be held at the 25th Torino GLBT Film Festival on its closing night, […]


Robert Pattinson & Sexually Explicit 'Taxi Zum Klo': Torino Gay Film Festival

Maria Beatty's Boy in a Bathtub (top); Enrique Buchichio's Leo's Room (middle); João Gabriel Vasconcellos, Rafael Cardoso in Aluisio Abranches' From Beginning to End (bottom) Maria Beatty will be honored with a screening of Boy in a Bathtub at the 2010 Torino GLBT Film Festival - Da Sodoma a Hollywood […]


British Indies' Awards + Gay Seattle Winners & Host Ricky Gervais

Katie Jarvis in Fish Tank (top); Sam Rockwell in Moon (middle); Carey Mulligan, Dominic Cooper in An Education (bottom) 'Moon,' 'Fish Tank': British Independent Film Award Nominations Andrea Arnold's Fish Tank leads the list of 2009 British Independent Film Award nominees. The tale of a rough teenager (Katie Jarvis) whose […]


Gay Boys Shorts & 'American Primitive' + 'Pornography' Horror Thriller & Outfest Awards

July 19: The tale of a poor backwater family struggling against poverty, addiction, and assorted personal and social maladies, Tina Mabry's Mississippi Damned was the jury's pick for best U.S. narrative film at this year's edition of Outfest, Los Angeles' gay and lesbian film festival. Among the other Outfest 2009 […]


Don Roos to Receive Achievement Award: Outfest

Filmmaker Don Roos, probably best known for the dramatic comedy The Opposite of Sex, will be the recipient of this year's Outfest Achievement Award. Described as “Outfest's highest honor” the Achievement Award “is presented in recognition of a body of work that has made a significant contribution to LGBT film […]


Dustin Lance Black Sex Scandal Nonsense + Frameline & 'Beyond Hate'

Frameline 33: The San Francisco LGBT Film Festival Frameline 33, the 2009 San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival, kicks off on Thursday, June 18, with screenings of Richard Laxton's An Englishman in New York (above, top photo), starring John Hurt as Quentin Crisp, and Bonham Sláma's rural Czech drama The […]


Gay 'Boy' & Gay Fathers: Torino GLBT Film Festival Awards +Miami Festival

2009 Torino GLBT Film Festival Awards 2009 Torino GLBT Film Festival: April 23–30. Best Feature Film: Leonera / Lion's Den by Pablo Trapero (Argentina/South Korea/Brazil, 2008) Special Mention: Actress Martina Gusman for Lion's Den Special Jury Award: Elève libre / Private Lessons by Joachim Lafosse (Belgium, 2008) Special Mention: Actor […]


Torino GLBT Film Festival: Q&A with Festival Director Giovanni Minerba

  Giovanni Minerba, director of the Torino GLBT Film Festival, and his staff have been busy selecting entries for the 24th edition of Turin's annual gay & lesbian film event, which will take place April 23-30. In addition to competition and out-of-competition screenings, the festival will feature homages, retrospectives, and […]


Jack Wrangler & 'Fucking Different Tel Aviv': London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival Goes Places

London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival 2009 Friday, March 27, highlights Schedule and synopses from the LLGFF website The Naked Civil Servant Directed by: Jack Gold. Cast: John Hurt, Liz Gebhardt, Patricia Hodge: Country: UK. Year: 1975. Running time: 85min. This dramatization of Quentin [Crisp]'s first volume of autobiography won […]


Torino GLBT Film Festival: From Ventura Pons & Ferzan Ozpetek to 'Gays Gone Wild'

Apr. 28: Filmmaker Kit Hung (above, with festival programer Cosimo Santoro), whose Soundless Wind Chime was screened at the 2009 Torino GLBT Film Festival. In the film, a young Chinese man gets involved with a Swiss con artist drifting away in Hong Kong. Tribute to Spanish filmmaker and painter Adorfo […]


Homo Horror: Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival

The 13th Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, which runs until October 26, is spotlighting “Homo Horror” flicks. No, those are not a series of Christian (or Muslim or Jewish or Hindu, etc.) cinematic teachings on the Abominable Homo. Instead, Seattle festival organizers have come up with a series celebrating […]


Jehovah's Witness Movie for the Oscars + François Ozon Non-Traditional 'Angel'

Charlotte Rampling, Sam Neill, Romola Garai, Michael Fassbender in Angel. François Ozon's 'Angel': Not traditional at all François Ozon is interviewed by The Times' Kevin Maher, who wonders what attracted the director of the unusual 8 Women and Swimming Pool to Angel, an English-set period drama that opens in the […]


From 'Sordid Lives' & Meryl Streep to 'A Jihad for Love' & Peter Berlin: Outfest LGBT Movies

July 9 update: Outfest 2008, the 26th Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, kicked off last night at downtown Los Angeles' historic Orpheum Theatre with a screening of Laurie Lynd's Breakfast with Scot, in which a straitlaced gay couple tries to handle an orphaned 11-year-old boy with a passion […]


'Gay Cure' & Gus Van Sant + Gay Murders & Anti-Gay Bigotry in Holy Land: London Gay Film Festival

The 2008 London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival kicked off last night, March 27, with a screening of Alek Keshishian's romantic comedy Love and Other Disasters (which will screen again on Sat., March 29), starring Brittany Murphy, Matthew Rhys, Catherine Tate, Stephanie Beacham, Dawn French, and Richard Wilson. Among the […]


Melbourne Queer Film Festival: Q&A with Festival Director Lisa Daniel

While London's Lesbian & Gay Film Festival is going on in full force, here's a brief q&a (via e-mail) with Lisa Daniel, the director of another gay film festival elsewhere in the world, the Melbourne Queer Film Festival. First held in 1991, the Melbourne Queer Film Festival is reportedly one […]


Favorite Boys Shorts & '25 Cent Preview': More Outfest Movies

A series of boys' shorts, girls' shorts, and Outfest 2007 winner 25 Cent Preview, about two San Francisco street hustlers, have been scheduled for the Outfest screenings in the upcoming weeks. The screenings will be held at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood. Director Cyrus Amini is expected to attend the […]


Outfest Winners: The Bible vs. Gays + Down with Traditions in The Philippines

Cyrus Amini's 25 Cent Preview (left), the story of two down-and-out San Francisco street hustlers, was the Grand Jury's choice for best American narrative feature at the 25th Outfest – the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Film Festival. The film's stars, Merlin Gaspers and Dorian Brockington received a joint best […]


Outfest Movies: Electric Orgasms & Transsexual Porn Star Buck Angel + Gay Goes Straight in 'Kiss the Bride'

Outfest 2007 - Thursday A few intriguing titles that will be screened at Outfest on Thursday: Set in London, Alek Keshishian's French-Anglo-American-made romantic comedy Love and Other Disasters (above, 7 p.m., at the Directors Guild in West Hollywood) follows an American (Brittany Murphy) obsessed with both matchmaking and Breakfast at […]


Outfest Movies: Does the Bible Justify Anti-Gay Hate? + Restored 'Parting Glances'

Robert Cary's Save Me, the story of a substance-abusing gay man who attempts to be cured of both his addiction and his homosexuality, will open the 25th Outfest, the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, which kicks off this evening at the Orpheum in downtown Los Angeles. Eleven days […]


21st London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival

The 21st London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival will take place from March 21-April 4, 2007. Among the scheduled films are: Jamie Babbit's Itty Bitty Titty Committee (right) will be the opening night gala presentation. Babbit's comedy revolves around the romantic and political entanglements of a plastic surgeon's assistant and […]


Outfest Awards: Lesbian Romance in 'The Gymnast' & Controversial 'Loving Annabelle'

Outfest - Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Film Festival Awards Outfest 2006 was held between July 6-17, 2007. Among the winners of the 2006 Outfest - the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Film Festival - were: Ned Farr's The Gymnast, the story of a former gymnast who falls in love […]


Paris Is Burning + Gay Romance in Chicago & Robert Redford in the Amazon

'La Haine' with Vincent Cassel. 'La Haine' movie proves prophetic: Paris when it boils As the fall 2005 riots in the poor, crime-ridden Parisian suburbs continue into their ninth day – having now spread to other French cities – I would like to recommend screenwriter-director Mathieu Kassovitz's 1995 movie La […]