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  • 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 2-16, 2017
  • 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; Jan 2 – Feb 5, 2017
  • Pembe Hayat Pink KuirFest – Life QueerFest  – Ankara, Istanbul; 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 26-28, 2017
  • 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; Jan 27-29, 2017
  • 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


  • 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; Feb 2-5, 2017
  • 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; TBA
  • !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 16-26, Ankara – Mar 2-5, Izmir – Mar 2-5, 2017
  • 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 theSydney 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 2, 2017
  • TEDDY AWARD at the International Film Festival in Berlin – The TEDDY AWARD honors Queer movies in the sections: Best Feature Film, Best Documentary/Essay Film as well as Best Short Film. The 30th TEDDY AWARD will be given away during the 67th Berlin International Film Festival. The location of the festive awarding in 2017 will be the Komische Oper Berlin. Berlin, Germany; Feb 17, 2017
  • 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 sport 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


  • Pride of the Ocean LGBT Film Festival Cruise – Billed as “The Only Floating Film Festival” this is not just a cruise to Alaska. It’s a gay group cruise to Glacier Bay, and a great way to mix and mingle with other LGBT film lovers who may have missed the winning films and documentaries at local festivals around the country. Fort Lauderdale to the Eastern Caribbean Islands; Mar 4-12, 2017
  • Roze Filmdagen; Amsterdam Gay & Lesbian Film Festival  – 18th AMSTERDAM LGBTQ FILM FESTIVAL. Amsterdam, Netherlands; Mar 9-19, 2017
  • Queergestreift Filmfestival – Get ready for two weeks queer cinema full of glittering glamor, compelling dramas, deep feeling and first class entertainment. Konstanz, Germany; Mar 25 – April 5, 2017
  • GLITCH – is a new queer film festival. They have a stunning selection of films, video art, spoken word, filmmaker Q&As, panel discussions, live music and free haircuts. Programmed by Digital Desperados their focus is on films by or about people of colour – so GLITCH is a queer, trans, intersex, people of colour film festival. A contemporary snapshot of queer passions and preoccupations. Road movies, love, prisons, cooking, S&M, life drawing, colonialism, dance, children, electricity, magnets, death, the play of light, lipstick, racism, shop work, night life, poetry, outer space, sex work, pride, mothers, pet dogs and more! Entry to all events is free. All films are subtitled. All live events are BSL interpreted. Glasgow, Scotland; TBA
  • The 29th BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival  The best new and classic LGBT films from around the world. London, UK; March 15-26, 2017
  • 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. Melbourne, Australia; TBA
  • Boston LGBT Film Festival – The Boston LGBT Film Festival is the fourth oldest LGBT film festival in North America and it is largest LGBT media event in New England.Boston, MA; Mar 30 – Apr 9, 2017

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