Celebrating its 17th edition, the Provincetown International Film Festival returns June 17-21, delivering an impressive showcase of artistic and gay-themed films. Known as a gay resort, the PIFF continues its mission of supporting creative expression through filmmaking, especially for audiences who fall outside of the mainstream.
With over 45 feature films and documentaries in the program, guests are guaranteed to experience a wide array of extraordinary gay themed films and stories. Among this year’s collection is Grandma, a festival Spotlight Selection from director Paul Weitz. Starring Lily Tomlin, Grandma tells the story of a poet who is mourning her lost lover when her granddaughter shows up in need of help.
Those People is an East Coast premiere from director Joey Kuhn, introducing audiences to a gay painter who finds himself in a love triangle in New York’s Upper East Side. Another moving feature is The New Girlfriend from director Francois Ozon. Ozon’s film tells the tale of a young woman who makes a shocking discovery about her best friend’s recently deceased husband.
The inspiring documentary Out to Win delivers a rallying cry for homosexuality in professional sports, and inspires pride in audiences worldwide. The film includes interviews with athletes such as Billie Jean King, David Kopay, and Martina Navratilona.
Film Festival Location
Resting at the very tip of Cape Cod, Provincetown, Massachusetts has historically been recognized as the perfect vacation destination for the LGBT community. This small coastal town offers picturesque beaches, a bustling harbor, and is home to many local artists and artisans. Gay travelers will find a variety of LGBT friendly businesses, hotels, and restaurants, as well as a talented live-action theater company. Provincetown is also home to the Fine Arts Work Center, with which the Provincetown International Film Festival is affiliated. The Fine Arts Work Center works year-round to promote the growth and development of artists, writers, and film makers from all walks of life.
Film Festival Hotels
Rich with history, Provincetown features a vast collection of historic and colonial-era architecture, set against the crisp sea. The Crowne Pointe Historic Inn & Spa bears the distinction of being one of the most beautifully restored structures in town. Once a sea captain’s home, the building today serves as an elegant hotel complete with spacious suites, a relaxing spa, and an award-winning restaurant.
Another gay friendly accommodation is the Cape Colony Inn. Situated between the town center and the beach, this hotel is unmatched in convenience, making it perfect for guests who want to explore Provincetown on foot. Guests who prefer a beachfront stay, may select the Boatslip Beach Club & Resort. This iconic gay friendly hotel offers stunning views and a high-energy atmosphere to suit a youthful and uninhibited crowd.