Our Mission


Mission Statement

To showcase a selection of compelling film and video by, for or about the LGBTQ+ community that Entertains, Empowers and Enlightens the festival audience.

About Friends of the Festival

Friends of the Festival, Inc. (FOF) is a non-profit (501c3) organization that produces the Tampa Bay International Gay, Lesbian Film & Arts Festival, which began in 1990 through the outreach of several local community based organizations. The first Film Festival was created as a fundraiser under the name Pride Film Festival, followed by Suncoast Film Festival. Then in the late 1990’s became known as the Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (TIGLFF) and in 2015 renamed the Tampa Bay International Gay, Lesbian & Arts Film Festival (TIGLFF).

Over the course of the past 27 years, TIGLFF has showcased thousands of films for the LGBT community of Tampa Bay. Located primarily at the historic Tampa Theatre on Franklin St., TIGLFF has helped usher in a renaissance of Tampa’s downtown.

In 2005 FOF began expanding content to include a year-round film series with screenings in both Tampa and St. Petersburg FL. 

As we celebrate our 28th annual Film & Arts Festival, we look forward to highlighting through film the artistic, social, and political changes that are impacting the global LGBT community.