Message from the President

Message from the President

Welcome to the 29th Annual Tampa Bay International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival!

As we prepare to delve into our fourth decade, it brings us great pride and pleasure to be able to continue delivering an outstanding and exciting array of cinema to Tampa Bay. We begin our festivities this year at the historic Tampa Theatre and end the Festival at freeFall Theatre, with our closing ceremonies at the AMC Sundial. We are extremely fortunate to have extraordinary support from both cities, Tampa and St Petersburg, as we strive to celebrate our entire Tampa Bay LGBTQ community.

This year’s films showcase our lives and loves in almost twenty different countries across the world, as well as productions created right here in the Tampa Bay area. The Festival is our time to laugh and cry together; to be awed, touched, moved, and turned on; to share in original stories from across the globe that are relatable and strange, hilarious and devastating, infuriating and heart-warming. With the Festival we get exclusive premieres of the stories that matter to us, and we get to experience them in one another’s presence. This is a special time indeed.

Thank you to our sponsors, advertisers, filmmakers, volunteers, board, staff, individual and community alliances, and, most importantly, YOU for making this celebration possible. The economic resources and energy you contribute make this festival happen. TIGLFF is so very important to so many individuals, a cornerstone of our community, and a vital thread within the fabric of a larger global independent film industry.

We are excited to be with you on the orange carpet as we celebrate the 29th Annual Tampa Bay International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. See you at the movies!

Be ready. Be open. Be involved.   YOU are what this is all about!


John Vandermolen
TIGLFF President


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