Established in 1995 Sicilia Queer Filmfest is an annual event and the first and only of its kind in Sicily. The festival is held each summer in Palermo and in 2014 will run from 5 to 11 June.
Sicilia Queer Gay & Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgendered film festival in 2014 will examine international short films with 17 entering the competition. 2014 will focus on the cinema of Alain Guiraudie, who will also guest during the event. Film festivals highlights will include: Fliehkraft, a German film from Benjamin Teske telling the story of Leonie, a transsexual who seeks the approval of her father; Tom A La Ferme, a French-Canadian psychological thriller and the fourth feature film from Xavier Dolan; Two Boys And A Sheep, from South Korea’s Lee Hyung Suk dealing with themes of silence, fear and loss of identity; Les Rencontres D’Apres Minuit, a French film, part farce and part B-Movie, from director Yann Gonzalez; and Who’s Afraid of Vagina Wolf?, a French-American film from director Anna Margarita Albelo and detailing a lesbian’s mid-life crisis.
Film Festival, Location
Relatively new as a gay destination, Palermo is the largest of the cities in Sicily and is fast gaining a gay scene with an increased number of bars and clubs. The area is well known for its excellent restaurants and for its cultural attractions of Romanesque Gothic and baroque churches and palaces. It is also well known for its nightlife. Teatro Massimo is the largest theater in Italy.
A number of bars and clubs are welcoming to the LGBT community including Blow Up in Piazza Sant’Anna; Cha Palermo, a gay-friendly café; Exit Drinks, which hosts weekly gay dance parties and shows drag and cabaret performances; and I Candelai which also hosts monthly gay parties with pop and rock nights.
Film Festival, Accommodation
Grand Hotel et Des Palmes is a gay-friendly and luxury four-star hotel situated right in the heart of the city. This stylish modern hotel, hotel provides tasteful rooms with traditional design, wooden furniture and modern conveniences and three fantastic restaurants: Il Gattopardo, The Palmetta and The Sala Specchi all serve Mediterranean cuisine and each offers a unique dining experience.
Another popular choice is the Hotel Plaza Opera which blends Sicilian tradition with smart city-style living. This elegant hotel, together with an unbeatable location, provides stylishly appointed rooms each decorated with genuine modern artwork and 18th century engravings.
Further choice awaits at the Grand Hotel Villa Igiea, an impressive hotel which combines the traditional with all the convenience of the modern. Set amidst breathtaking gardens, the hotel offers stylishly appointed rooms, health and beauty treatments and a choice of restaurants and bars. Cuvee du Jour and Donna Franco Florio restaurants offer a formal dining experience, whilst Des Arcades Lounge Bar serves meals and drinks in a relaxed ambience. Pool Bar and Grill caters for guests during the day.