Welcome to the 34th annual Tampa Bay International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival!

So much has happened over the past 34 years of world class LGBTQ+ cinema in Tampa Bay. TIGLFF began as an event for the community to come together and watch films that reflected their lives and times, and it grew to become an annual eleven-day event where we enjoyed films with friends and saw people we only saw once a year, at this festival that dominated the Tampa Theatre and quiet downtown Tampa. Then came increased acceptance and equality - long fought for by earlier generations - that changed the urgency of an event like TIGLFF. And, for a moment, we thought things were getting comfortable.

Whether we want to admit it or not, those hard-earned equalities are under attack. During these times of fear mongering and hate, TIGLFF is more important than ever. We won’t hide or blend in, but will shine with Pride. After all, we’re here and we’re Queer!

This year we’re trying something different and celebrating mini-festivals on each side of the bridge over the next few months. And we have some exciting things in store for you at TIGLFF Tampa, including guest appearances, exclusive screenings and special events.

Opening Night at the Tampa Theatre will be a celebration like no other, with not one but two very special opening film events. The Mattachine Family, a touching, romantic crowd-pleaser, celebrates where we’ve been and where we’re going, as well as our unique chosen family structures. Immediately following a conversation with guests from the film, some Big Easy Queens will welcome us back to the theater with a mini-cabaret pre-show before that film. With stunning sets and a cast that clearly had a blast making this drag extravaganza, we’ll enjoy a communal Opening Night extended screening celebration in our historic Tampa Theatre home.

The rest of the weekend at the AMC Westshore will be just as captivating, with Spotlight screenings featuring queer icons like Billy Porter and Guinevere Turner on Friday. Saturday is a jam packed cinematic celebration with features and shorts from Nigeria, France, Mexico, Switzerland, the UK, Germany, Belgium, and all over the US (including some great local shorts!). Closing Day on Sunday is an Indigo Girls extravaganza, punctuated with the enchanting and romantic musical, Glitter and Doom.

We can’t wait to see you all at the movies!

Rob Akins

Rob Akins

Board President

K.J. Mohr

KJ Mohr

Program Director