As the Board President for the Tampa Bay International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, I am delighted to be in a position to share a stellar report on our 29th Annual Festival. As you heard me mention so many times throughout the festival, I cannot express enough thanks to our sponsors, donors, patrons, volunteers, as well as our board and staff members.
Producing this festival requires an extraordinary amount of effort from many people and, of course, funds from our supporters to enable us to offer so many films and events that bring our community together. We see people at the festival whom we may not see all year long, and that is a big part of what makes the Festival so vital to our community. All of the support we receive ensures that we can continue celebrating together for many years to come.
This year we showed 60+ films and shorts from almost 20 countries across the globe and, again, our Program Director, KJ Mohr and our screening committee did a spectacular job finding those films to bring to fruition our mission of Entertaining, Empowering and Enlightening our community and patrons. I know I am not alone when I say that I see movies during the festival that are profoundly impactful, movies that, without the Festival, I would likely never have had the opportunity to watch.
This year we also saw an increase in our attendance, and I know that with the renewed excitement and energy we all felt during the Festival, we will see this audience grow even more in the upcoming year.
Mark your calendars now for next year’s dates, October 4-12 for the 30th Annual Tampa Bay International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival. If you are not already a pass holder, I highly recommend becoming one for our 30th Year in 2019 so you can enjoy any and all the films and programs during the 9-day event.
Again, thanks so much for your support during 2018. We look forward to seeing you at the movies in 2019!