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Essential Film Festivals: Iris Prize Film Festival, Cardiff

Established in 2007, the Iris Prize Film Festival, Cardiff’s International gay and lesbian film festival is the only festival offering the short film prize, the only one of its kind in the world which allows the winner to make a new film. The festival is an annual event and takes place in Cardiff, Wales. In 2014, the 8th festival will run from 8th October to 12th October at Cineworld Cardiff.

Born to Fly

Essential Film Festivals: Oslo Skeive Filmer Film Festival

Established in 1990, and originally founded as a film club, Oslo Skeive Filmer Film Festival is an annual event, an entirely independent, non-profit organisation run by volunteers. In 2009, the film festival moved from June to September, but organised a 3-4 day long “mini-festival” during Oslo’s annual Pride Week in June. In 2014 the 24th festival will run from 19th to 24th September at Oslo’s Cinemateket, a state-of-the-art cinema run by the Norwegian Film Institute.

The 10 Year Plan

Essential Film Festivals: Hong Kong Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

The Hong Kong Gay and Lesbian Film Festival is an annual event, and in 2014 will celebrate its silver jubilee. The festival, the longest standing of its kind in Asia, will run from 13th September to 26th September at four cinemas including Broadway Cinematheque, with the opening party in Woo Bar at W Hotel and the closing party in Azure Bar at Hotel LKF By Rhombus.

Alex & Ali

Essential Film Festivals, Reeling32: The Chicago LGBT International Film Festival

Established in 1981, The Chicago LGBT International Film Festival is an annual event and the second longest running festival of its kind. In 2014, the festival’s 32nd year, it will run from 18th September to 25th September at Landmark’s Century Centre Cinema and Chicago Filmmakers, with an opening night at the Music Box Theatre.

Snails In The Rain

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 8th 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.

Eastern Boys

Essential Film Festivals Lisbon: Queer Lisboa

Established in 1997, Queer Lisboa is an annual event and the only one of its kind in Portugal as well as being the oldest film festival in the country. The festival is held each September and in 2014 will run from 19th to 27th September, at Cinema Sao Jorge, during which many guests including actors, directors and critics from all over the world will attend.

Gerontophilia

Essential Film Festivals, Gaze: Dublin Lesbian and Gay Films Festival

Established in 1992, the Dublin Lesbian and Gay Film Festival was renamed Gaze in 2007. The Festival is an annual event and the largest of its kind in Ireland. The festival is held each bank holiday weekend at the end of July and beginning of August in Dublin and in 2014 will run from 31st July to 5th August at Light House Cinema.

Newcastle

Essential Film Festivals Rio de Janeiro: Rio Festival Gay De Cinema

Rio Festival Gay De Cinema LGBT Film Festival is an annual event, which in 2014 will be held between 3rd and 13th July. Films will be screened in 1&2 Caixa Cultural and Federal Justice Cultural Centre in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The Way He Looks

Essential Film Festivals: Outfest, Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

Established in 1982 by UCLA students Outfest is a leading organisation for the promotion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender equality. Outfest: Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Film Festival is an annual event held each July. This year the 2014 festival will run from 10 July to 20 July at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles.

Hawaii

Essential Film Festivals: Tokyo International Lesbian and Gay Films Festival

Established in 1992, Tokyo International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival is an annual event and the largest, oldest of its kind in Asia. The festival is held each July and since 1996, the venue has been held in Spiral Hall in Tokyo, Japan.

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