Essential Film Festivals, GAZE International LGBT Film Festival

WIN tickets to GAZE and dinner at Dylan Hotel

Kicking off July 30th, the GAZE International LGBT Film Festival returns with a collection of the best modern LGBT stories on film.  The 23rd edition of GAZE runs through Ireland’s August Bank Holiday weekend, presenting a program of 40 features and shorts.

Among this year’s collection is The New Man, a bold and personal story about Stephania, who spent her early life as a male activist inspiring social change in Central America, and now faces the challenge of being accepted by society as transgender.

As a compliment to closing film, Tab Hunter Confidential, GAZE presents a retrospective viewing of John Waters’ work, Polyester.  Starring Tab Hunter and Divine, this is the film that inspired director Jeffrey Schwarz’s film about closeted actor Hunter.  In stark contrast, To Russia With Love follows openly gay figure skater Johnny Weir and a handful of gay athletes as they attend the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics amidst Russian anti-gay sentiment.

Celebrating its tenth anniversary, Breakfast on Pluto will be available to festival audiences in a special anniversary screening.  The film follows Patrick “Kitten” Braden a young trans woman who leaves her small Irish community for London.

Another Irish gem in this year’s festival is the film The Participants. Making its world premiere at GAZE 2015, the film is filmed in Ireland’s midlands, a remarkable landscape that serves as a unique backdrop for Irish LGBT director Paul Rowley’s latest film.

GAZE International LGBT Film Festival

Film Festival Location

Dublin enjoys a vibrant gay community, and is a city in which gay culture is very much entwined with straight culture.  Travelers will discover an incredible nightlife that is open to all walks of life, synonymous with the exceptionally relaxed attitudes Dubliners have towards sexuality.  The oldest gay bar is The George, which attracts a younger crowd due to its open dance floor and fantastic drink specials.  The city also enjoys a collection of lively night clubs offering nightly specials, including special gay-themed party nights.

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Film Festival Hotels

Set on a historic Victorian avenue, the Dylan Hotel is a charming and luxurious 4-star hotel in the heart of Dublin’s vibrant cultural centre.  Guests will discover incredible chic design and impeccable service in one of Dublin’s most desirable neighbourhoods.  Designed for comfort, travellers will easily feel at home in fashionable Dublin.

Starting now, film fans have the opportunity to win 2 free tickets to the GAZE International LGBT Film Festival, including dinner for two and a bottle of wine at the Dylan Hotel’s chic and sophisticated restaurant, Tavern.  This special package grants access to all of the festival’s regular programming, excluding the opening and closing galas.  Visitors may enjoy the nearly 40 films, and spend each night resting in absolute comfort and luxury at the Dylan Hotel.

Dave Croyle

Dave Croyle

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