Essential Film Festivals, Cinema Diverse: The Palm Springs Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

Established in 2008, The Palm Springs Gay and Lesbian Film Festival is an annual event. The festival’s 7th edition in 2014 begins on 18th September and will run until 21st September at The Camelot Theatre in Palm Springs.

The Gay & Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgendered film festival this year includes 28 feature films and in excess of 30 short films. Highlights will include: Saugatuk Cures, the opening film and a world premiere from director Matthew Ladensack, dealing with issues such as conversion therapy, religious freedom and gay marriage; Violence of the Mind, a 2013 horror thriller from Alex Pucci, telling the story of Sebastian who meets an older man and enters a forbidden world where the line between fantasy and reality becomes blurredSnails in the Rain from director Yariv Mozer, set in Tel Aviv it details a summer in which Boaz a student receives anonymous love letters, which interferes with his life with his girlfriend and undermines his sexual identity and; The Way He Looks, an award-winning coming of age drama from director Daniel Ribeiro.

Palm Springs

Film Festival Location

Palm Springs, with its fabulous sunshine is an unbeatable destination and one of the most popular gay destinations in the country.

Palm Springs is an extremely gay-friendly city. With a LGBT population of around 40%, same sex couples can explore the area hand in hand freely. There are more gay exclusive resorts here than anywhere else in the world and also a vast number of gay bars, restaurants and shops.

The gay scene is focused in Warm Sands, southeast of downtown and 10 minutes further along in the San Lorenzo Road area where there are many gay bars and clubs to choose from.  The Barracks is the hangout for gay men into uniforms, bears, leather, fetish and more; Hamburger Mary’s is a renowned gay restaurant chain where food and cocktails can be enjoyed; Hunters Nightclub is the largest and most popular of gay bars

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Film Festival Accommodation

Viceroy Palm Springs is a boutique hotel in a prime downtown location, offering stylish luxury accommodation, modern conveniences, exceptional service and fine dining. Set in private courtyards the hotel offers a gym and spa, swimming pools and delightful gardens. The Citron Restaurant serves modern Californian cuisine with unique choices of meats, seafood and poultry. A breakfast is also provided each morning.

Another fantastic choice is The Willows Historic Palm Springs Inn, a small and unique luxury hotel, also in a prime downtown location. Rooms are sumptuous and all designed to be a private paradise featuring hand-picked antique furniture and all modern amenities. La Vallauris Restaurant serves 4-star French cuisine, which guests can choose to enjoy in the dining room, on the waterfall verandah or in the privacy of their patio.

Palm Springs pictures reproduced courtesy of Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism

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