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January

  • Palm Springs International Film Festival – The Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) is one of the largest film festivals in North America, welcoming 135,000 attendees annually for its lineup of new and celebrated international features and documentaries. The Festival is also known for its annual Black Tie Awards Gala, honoring the best achievements of the film year by a celebrated list of talents who, in recent years, have included Ben Affleck, Javier Bardem, Cate Blanchett, Danny Boyle, Bradley Cooper, George Clooney, Daniel Day-Lewis, Leonardo DiCaprio, Clint Eastwood, Ron Howard, Helen Mirren, Sean Penn, Brad Pitt, Natalie Portman, Charlize Theron and Kate Winslet. Palm Springs, CA; Jan 2-15, 2018
  • Midsumma Festival – Midsumma, Melbourne’s annual Queer Celebration, is a federation of arts and cultural events spread over 85 different venues throughout Melbourne and Regional Victoria. The festival is presented over three weeks from mid-January to February and, having been held annually since 1988, is a significant attraction on the Melbourne festival calendar. Midsumma is funded through the involvement and financial support of our sponsors, our patrons, and our wonderful community. Our vision, mission, profile and strategic objectives are outlined in the Midsumma Strategic Plan: 2014-2016. Victoria Melbourne, Australia; Jan 14 – Feb 4, 2018
  • Reelout Queer Film + Video Festival in Kingston – Reelout exists to celebrate queer media arts and to contribute to community vitality by programming materials that focus on issues of sexuality, race, culture, religion, class, gender, ability, health and age, thereby purposefully drawing together and initiating challenging dialogue among disparate members of the queer communities in Kingston and the surrounding area as well as between the larger Kingston community and the queer community. Kingston, Ontario; TBA
  • Pride: Bloomington’s LGBTQ Film Festival – PRIDE is a Bloomington, IN film festival exploring a wide variety of issues and situations involving the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer communities. PRIDE programs a variety of live performance, lecture, public participation events and films that express a wide range of viewpoints and feature many different personality types and situations, advocating community-wide attitudes of awareness, acceptance, and appreciation of diversity. The goal of the festival is to educate and strengthen the local community and celebrate artistic talent and achievement. Bloomington, IN; Jan 25-27, 2018
  • Pembe Hayat Pink KuirFest – Life QueerFest  – The 7th edition of the Pink Life QueerFest will be held in January 2018 in Ankara and Istanbul.
  • Pembe Hayat KuirFest – Pink Life QueerFest – The first queer festival of Turkey Pink Life QueerFest, an organization to create expression areas for LGBTQ rights struggle through art, collecting different branches from cinema to literature,  from music to video and implementing them through panels, discussions, and workshops. Aiming at opening gender identity roles for discussion, making LGBTQ individuals and organizations in Turkey visible and drawing attention to LGBT politics using the powerful effect of cinema over society, Pink Life QueerFest is going to gather pieces from Turkey’s and world cinema. Ankara, Turkey; Jan 2017 TBA

February

  • MIX NYC – The New York Queer Experimental Film Festival – MIX NYC is a community of artists and organizers joined together to explore, share, and create queer experimental media through an ever-changing constellation of means. We make art for ourselves and our community, not for markets or museums. As always, at MIX 27 we are proud to present the latest in queer experimental film and previously unseen works from legendary lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and other queer-identified figures in avant-garde cinema. New York, NY; TBA
  • Festival des images aux mots – 8th edition of the Lesbian Film Festival, Gay, Bi and Trans Toulouse “Of Images For Words” The Festival  Of Words In Pictures has found its place in the cultural landscape Toulouse film, as well as local and national LGBT movement. Toulouse, France; Feb 5-11, 2018
  • Desperado Gay and Lesbian Film Festival – The Desperado LGBT Film Festival at Paradise Valley Community College showcases the best in LGBT film and fosters diversity and multiculturalism throughout the state of Arizona. Phoenix, AZ; Feb 9-11, 2018
  • Mardi Gras Film Festival – QueerScreen – There have been lesbian and gay film festivals in Sydney since 1978. Initially, these were run by the Australian Film Institute. In 1986, the AFI partnered with what was then the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, to present an annual ‘Sydney Gay Film Week’during the Mardi Gras festival. The film festival was taken over by commercial concerns in 1991 but still screened as a highlight of the Mardi Gras season. Sydney, Australia; Feb 15 – Mar 1, 2018
  • !f Istanbul International Independent Film Festival (Rainbow Films) – The !f Istanbul International Independent Film Festival was founded in 2001 and every February and March, it hosts some 70,000 film buffs and celebrated filmmakers from around the world.  Turkey – Istanbul – Feb 15-25, Ankara – Mar 1-4, Izmir – Mar 1-4, 2018
  • TEDDY AWARD at the International Film Festival in Berlin – The 31st TEDDY AWARD will be in the context of the 66th International Film Festival on Friday, 02.19.2016. Place the festive ceremony is Haus der Berliner Festspiele in der Schaperstraße 24, 10719 Berlin.; TBA
  • Bangalore Queer Film Fest – Bangalore’s fabulous annual queer film event Bangalore India, TBA
  • Cinekink NYC – Featuring a carefully-curated program of films and videos that celebrate and explore the wide diversity of sexuality, with offerings drawn from both Hollywood and beyond, works presented by CineKink range from documentary to drama, camp comedy to artsy experimental, mildly spicy to quite explicit — and everything in between. NY, NY, TBA
  • Pride of the Ocean LGBT Film Festival Cruise – The Caribbean’s warm climate and sparkling waters make it a magnet for water sports enthusiasts. From the beaches and recreational waterways to the lively arts and cultural scene, the Caribbean has become a world-class destination. Labadee, Falmouth, Cozumel; Feb 24 – Mar 4, 2018

March

  • Roze Filmdagen; Amsterdam Gay & Lesbian Film Festival  – 20th AMSTERDAM LGBTQ FILM FESTIVAL. Amsterdam, Netherlands; Mar 8-18, 2018
  • Melbourne Queer Film Festival (Vic) – Held over 11 days in late March, MQFF is the largest and longest-running queer film festivals in Australia, screening the best Australian and International queer films, shorts and documentaries. Mar 15-25, 2018
  • BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival  – Since starting life in 1986 as Gay’s Own Pictures, BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival (formerly BFI London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival) has brought the best in international queer cinema to the South Bank. The festival has evolved to become one of the highlights in the LGBT cultural calendar, a place for the breadth of the community, and a few of our honored friends, to meet and watch and talk and drink and dance and debate. March 22 – Apr 1, 2018
  • GLITCH – We are a groundbreaking 10 day festival with a unique programming focus, either made by Queer/LGBTIQA+ people of color on any subject or films made by directors of any identity featuring/documenting LGBTIQA+ people of color. Glasgow, Scotland; TBA
  • Queergestreift Filmfestival – Get ready for two weeks queer cinema full of glittering glamor, compelling dramas, deep feeling and first class enterfirst-classonstanz, Germany; TBA
  • Cinema St. Louis Qfest – QFest uses the art of contemporary gay cinema to spotlight the lives of LGBTQ people and celebrate queer culture. The event features an eclectic slate of contemporary LGBTQ-themed feature films, documentaries, and shorts. St. Louis, MO; Apr 4-8, 2018
  • Wicked Queer – The Boston LGBT Film Festival is the fourth oldest LGBT film festival in North America and it is the largest LGBT media event in New England.Boston, MA; Mar 30 – Apr 8, 2018

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