This thoughtful documentary about a transgender man named Freddy who undertakes to start a family by becoming pregnant. Though Freddy yearns to raise his own child, pregnancy challenges his understanding of masculinity, gender, and parenthood more than he could have ever imagined.
Anandhi understands loss. Her parents and relatives perished into the waves of a Tsunami off the coast of India. Her Uncle Singaram feels the loss even deeper, as he is the only one left to look after Anandhi, with all the tenderness and the hand wringing of an anxious father.
Karen and Barry Mason were just looking for a way to support their young family when they became distributors for Hustler Magazine. When they took over the renowned LA sex toy and video store Circus of Books, they became fully immersed in the gay community and became a safe place for queer people.
Heartbroken Karen becomes unwittingly entangled with the younger Lana after breaking into her ex's lake house on a bender of passion and without much forethought. She comes to find that Lana is a loose cannon, and with a little weed and nothing better to do, the women grow a friendship that might be another bad idea.
In this charming romance, Benjamin is a young filmmaker in London, boyishly handsome, awkwardly brilliant, full of self-doubt. He must navigate the pretentious local arts scene to build his career, and his love life sucks. He bogs himself and others down in obscure philosophical banter.
For young transgender athletes, the sport they love often turns into a minefield of controversy. Decried as cheaters if they excel or barred from competing among the gender they identify with; positive outcomes are rare. But when a sport is a lifeline, what is fair?
Join us for a collection of six short films that celebrate the history of queer people from long before Stonewall to the present day.
When two grandfathers from different backgrounds fall in love, telling their families is the last hurdle before their wedding. What better way to get it over with than to bring them all, unsuspecting, to neighboring beach houses, drop the bomb and watch the fireworks begin?
When a hunky, brooding, and hardened debt collector and martial arts practitioner Dung “Thunderbolt” threatens to set fire to a pile of traditional opera costumes for an upcoming performance, one of the actors, Linh Phung, steps in to argue for more time. This non-traditional meeting instead ignites a slow burn between the two men.
Carolyn, Joanna, Laurel, and Charlotte are your average teenage girls in rural Ohio: they front afro punk bands, make out with fellow cheerleaders in the woods, and deal with unstable parents. But when Carolyn disappears one night, the town must come together to investigate this unimaginable trauma.
When does a critically “bad” film become a cult film? Is “camp” manufactured or does it just happen? Jeffrey McHale’s documentary asks these questions, but in the subtlest of ways. McHale digs deep in his detailed exploration of the nuances and the blatant exploitation of Showgirls, the 1995 worst everything in cinema.
Suzanne never does the same show twice. She can’t. She doesn’t write anything down. She charges boldly onto the stage and what happens is always a mystery and a delight. So if you have seen her before, never fear, she has new and fun stories and observations every day! Be prepared for 90 minutes of laughter and fun!
Time bends in this sexy film about the chance meetings of two scruffy, handsome men. Ocho meets Javi while vacationing in Barcelona. The electricity between them is immediate.
Merab has been dancing since he was ten. He aspires to make the National Ballet and he feels confident, until Irakli shows up. Irakli is strong, handsome, and confident in the way someone can be when they have always been better than everyone else.
The San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus set out to bring their message of hope and resiliency in response to the 2016 presidential election by spending a week touring throughout the deep south.
The Chorus, joined by The Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, brought a message of music, love, and acceptance to communities and individuals confronting intolerance.
From The Director of "For The Bible Tells Me So" This new documentary takes us on a journey of understanding and sheds light on religion, gender identity, and sexual orientation in America. At the core of the story are four families whose faith is their source of strength and, sometimes, a source of pain.
See it before anyone else! Official Release Date: 28 February 2020 Maya and Annie are a middle age couple with two kids - a new baby boy and Frances, a fascinatingly precocious six-year-old, who needs a nanny. Frances gets the final say on the nanny and after her first choice flames out, she selects Bridget,…
Since we can't gather together in person... We are excited to announce the launch of our new virtual screening platform TIGLFF Online, where we will be presenting regular virtual screenings! The program is curated by our new Director of Programming Derek Horne. We are kicking off the series with a free short film retrospective of…
Our First Virtual Full Length Film! Mo Hamoud, a mid-30s doctor living in West Hollywood, is full of passion and optimism which shows in every interaction he has. We meet him as he prepares to host dinner for his family on the first night of Ramadan, the holiest time of year for Mo, when Muslims…
Elisabeth Moss stars as renowned horror writer Shirley Jackson who is on the precipice of writing her masterpiece when the arrival of newlyweds upends her meticulous routine and heightens tensions in her already tempestuous relationship with her philandering husband. The middle-aged couple, prone to ruthless barbs and copious afternoon cocktails, begin to toy mercilessly with…
To celebrate Pride Month, we present a pair of inspiring documentaries about two transgender musicians who are living their lives in true harmony. Cidny Bullens and Glenn Copeland reflect on their transformational musical journeys. Program Features Two Films The Gender Line– (13min/2019/USA) Directed by T.J. Parsell Inspiring portrait of transgender rock star, Cidny Bullens (formerly…
Celebrate Father’s Day and Pride Month with a sneak preview of this poignant and comedic drama about a son coming to terms with the memory of his deceased dad who lived his later years out and proud. Starring Norbert Leo Butz (Bloodline) and Cheri Oteri (SNL) When a disillusioned New Yorker's father dies, he goes…
This three-part French mini-series tells the story of Charles, Victor, and Bao. Three generations of men from the same family, who are transformed by the social progress happening in the country. Each episode is dedicated successively to each one of them, around three historic moments. Retrospective and epic, the series also portrays a family as…
In the spirit of Pride Month, we present two documentaries that starkly contrast the state of the LGBTQ+ community in the U.S. and Russia. The Countdown is a short documentary produced by the St. Pete City Council chronicling the preparations for last year's Pride Week Parade and Festival which marked the 50th Anniversary of the…
Take a trip into the past with these classics of early queer cinema that were all way ahead of their time. This trilogy of restored classic films presented by Kino Marquee include Victor and Victoria, Mädchen in Uniform, and Michael. See all three for $15 and you'll have 10 days to watch. Or choose individual…
TIGLFF is proud to present a special advance screening of the fabulous new comedy STAGE MOTHER, starring Lucy Liu, Adrian Grenier, and Jacki Weaver as a conservative church choir director who inherits her late son's San Francisco drag club. This film is guaranteed to lift your spirits! PURCHASE TICKETS/VIEW FILM HERE
The NYC Port Authority is a mecca dedicated to getting people where they need to go but when Paul, a young Midwestern probation dodger with a damaged past and a chip on his shoulder, first arrives here - he’s got nowhere to go. His desperate search for a sense of belonging finds him reluctantly working for crooked movers who prey on the poor.
An inspirational tribute to the fascinating life and career of Franco Stevens, creator of the ground-breaking lesbian magazine Curve, which generated a world-wide sense of community and positive visibility for gay women.
Cocooned in strict Muslim beliefs about family, faith, and food, Mo – an adorably shy gay doctor in postbreak-up mode – cautiously expands his comfort zone during Ramadan to connect with Kal, an All-American gay actor who happens to speak Arabic and make great mloukieh (jute stew).
Move over Cinderella… this modern queer fairytale belongs to Ellie who has her very own fairy godmother in the form of her reincarnated Aunt Tara appearing just in the nick of time to give advice to Ellie who is coming out to her mother and trying to pursue Abbie, the girl of her dreams at school.
Meet H. Alan Scott: a gay former Mormon/converted Jew/cancer survivor/writer-comedian, as he finds his spiritual path while preparing for his Bar Mitzvah, traveling to Israel during their Gay Pride celebration, and immersing himself in Jewish life and culture.
Grab a tall one and settle in to watch this intimate documentary that chronicles the reflective journey of southern-born, black gay researcher and performer, E. Patrick Johnson as he travels home to North Carolina to come to terms with his past.
Peak inside a playfully loving family and their coming out, coming-of-age, and coming around discoveries as they unravel their long-held layers of prejudice and pride.
Filmed covertly without permission from the Cuban government, this intimately epic documentary fluctuates between the past and the present, contrasting the struggles that different generations of drag queens have faced in their country.
A horny teen left alone by vacationing parents may have a familiar ring but this film’s intimate treatment of a gay boy’s early sexual explorations is far more original with its mystery and mayhem mix of thriller and coming-of-age story.
From birthdays and bat mitzvahs to prom dates and expiration dates, this bittersweet program celebrates those special occasions that leave indelible impressions on a life’s journey from adolescence to adulthood
Oh the places you’ll go… with these sexy, sensual, surreal, and silly journeys into the subconscious.
These sly and sardonic shorts prove that technology can’t improve our relationships when it comes to the confusion spawned by human flaws in communication
In this bittersweetly nostalgic drama-rama-com set in 1994, pop-culture references and witty wordplay are as plentiful as clues in a mystery novel when five high school theater friends dress up in costumes for one final murder mystery party before they leave for college.
Stage Mother delivers the ultimate wish-fulfillment fantasy for any misfit who longs for their parent’s unconditional approval. This feel-good, laugh-out-loud, sing-along comedy proves that it is never too late to change your mind, change your views, and change your life.
In this uber hip, pop culture film laced with electrifying emojis, the stunningly gorgeous Anna Celestino Mota stars as Alice Junior - a high octane social influencer and Teen Top Model trans girl – who panics when she finds she must move to the Brazilian hinterlands to attend a Catholic school.
Nudity is beautiful - this is the theme of famed Belgian choreographer Thierry Smits’ new production. We follow eleven male dancers as they bare more than just their bodies, they bare their souls for all to see.
When a disillusioned New Yorker’s father dies, he goes home to Cape Cod and prepares the house for sale while sharing it with his father’s temperamental live-in boyfriend. Grieving, they circle each other, butt heads, and are forced to negotiate how to remember the man they both loved.
Set in the Russian-Jewish enclave of Brighton Beach during the 1980’s, this contemplative coming-of-age/ coming-out story follows the soul-searching journey of David, a closeted gay Yeshiva student who moves in with his grandfather in a Jewish religious center.
Come for the eye candy of hunky rugby players and their spunky lesbian coach…stay for the meaningful stories, exciting tournaments, and the surprising half-time drag show.
When up against formidable odds, these truth-seekers discover that the ultimate battle is waged within their own minds and, to win a sense of peace, they must out-maneuver themselves.
It’s not me…it’s YOU. These perceptive shorts show that sometimes the only identity crisis that’s going on is the one that’s happening in someone else’s judgmental mind.
In these inspiring documentaries, change-making role models use their ingenuity and integrity to disrupt the status quo and help define a “new normal.”
When a young married couple becomes involved with another woman, they learn to navigate the emotional intricacies of a polyamorous relationship in this tenderly told, relatable story about the pursuit of love.
In this monumental coming-out-story, Colonel Patsy Thompson and her wife Barbara Brass reveal how they had to keep their relationship secret for years in order to preserve her military career.
There’s a silent synchronicity on the screen when Noah, a disillusioned musician, returns home to Australia for some soul searching and falls for Finn, a deaf trans DJ.
Meet Ryan, Shanita, Stacey, Taylor, …and Wy’east (the Native American name for Mt. Hood) which is also a character in this glorious documentary that captures the spectacular scenery of Oregon’s tallest mountain.
Tender lesbian love story. Edge-of-your-seat thriller. Wickedly amusing dark comedy. Director Filippo Meneghetti delicately blends disparate genres in a grippingly unique tale about “open-door policy” neighbors.
The intention of this year’s Inaugural Festival is to highlight and elevate Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR). We hope for this festival to help celebrate transgender lives & experiences, further creating a safe world for our transgender family to live in. Please join us virtually during the International Transgender Day of Remembrance, November 20th, through November 22nd to participate in this historic event.
On Friday, Dec. 18, we will hold a free Watch Party of the hit lesbian comedy LezBomb followed by an interactive Q&A with director Jenna Laurenzo. To join in, you must be a member of Amazon Prime (remember, if you don’t already have Prime you can always sign up for a trial membership). The…
On Saturday, Dec 19 at 8PM we will hold an interactive Q&A with director Rob Williams and cast members from his films Make the Yuletide Gay and Shared Rooms. The two films will be available to stream all weekend... Be sure to watch his films before the Q&A to get your questions ready to type…
“The Patron Saint of Pop Culture”: What do Dolly Parton, Beyoncé, and Cam Parker all have in common? They’ve all saved us from the clutches of basic-ness through pop culture! Follow the short of this Tampa-based artist who has provided artwork and designer jackets to artists like Lady Gaga, Lizzo, and Janet Jackson, all while…
Aggie is a feature-length documentary that explores the nexus of art, race, and justice through the story of art collector and philanthropist Agnes “Aggie” Gund’s life. Emmy-nominated director Catherine Gund focuses on her mother’s journey to give viewers an understanding of the power of art to transform consciousness and inspire social change. Aggie is internationally recognized…
Cleophas and His Own: In September of 1943, the typescript of a private, unpublished narrative was discovered in Corea, Maine, among the belongings of the American modernist painter and poet Marsden Hartley — just a few days after his death. This powerful and poignant elegy called Cleophas and His Own and written by Hartley to assuage his grief…
We’re kicking off the 32nd annual festival at the historic Straz Center in downtown Tampa with a dazzling evening of friends, cocktails, and music. Be among the first to pick up your program and see trailers for this year’s film festival. So that you’re ready for opening night, you will be able to purchase or pick-up…
Natalie Morales directs this charming feature film that she stars in alongside Mark Duplass, her co-writer, to tell a story that is extremely timely and and underscores the importance of human connection in this technologically isolating time.
Antonio is a 30-year-old family man, whose life finds an unexpected twist when he's suddenly dumped by his husband, whom he depends both psychologically and economically.
Mervi and Kata, a lesbian couple living in Helsinki, are considering coming out of the closet but when they visit Mervi’s hometown and family, all hell breaks loose.
Screen legend Cloris Leachman gives a masterful final starring performance in this bittersweet family drama as an old woman in rural Prince Edward County, Ontario whose mental and physical decline means she may soon be moved to a nursing home.
This darkly thrilling sports drama about a queer college student climbing the ranks of her university’s rowing team is based on director Lauren Hadaway’s own experiences as a competitive collegiate rower.
This provocative documentary tells the story of San Francisco's beloved Gay All-Male Revue of the same name. BALONEY's co-creators, Michael and Rory, invite their collaborators and audiences to embrace the sexualized aspects of striptease and burlesque alongside a blend of fantasy, confession, and social commentary.
This tongue-in-cheek homage to spy thrillers and screwball comedies follows a lesbian private eye who is hired by a desperately jealous Russian professor to follow his wife who he is convinced is cheating on him. Having to travel to Montreal for the stakeout, she must sleep in her car since most hotels in Montreal were closed during lockdown.
Based on the late Sergey Fetisov’s memoir “The Story of Roman,” this romantic drama tells the story of star-crossed lovers who have the supreme misfortune of falling into a relationship during the height of the Cold War in the Soviet Union, where someone is always looking over your shoulder and sexual relations between two men is punished with five years’ hard labor.
When two generations of Israeli women fall for a German and a Palestinian, chaos follows in this romantic misadventure crossing all borders.
After the murder of their parents, Nick and Steve Wellington are left to share their inheritance. However, when the masked Figure shows back up to finish what was started, The Wellington boys will learn the hard way…that blood runs thicker than water.
A full-length documentary about the explosion that happened when punk met feminism, told through the lives of a gang of lesbian, trans and queer people in the riotous London of the 1980s.
Horrified by Catholic leaders’ silence in the wake of the Pulse nightclub massacre, Father James Martin writes a widely-acclaimed book and tours the country speaking with the news media, local parishes and LGBTQ+ Catholics with his message of “compassion, respect, and sensitivity.”
AIDS Diva: The Legend of Connie Norman and Yes I Am – The Ric Weiland Story
Portraits of two activist heroes.
Growing up gay in the South is hard enough, but to be an openly gay woman in country music is nearly impossible. Nashville is a man's town, yet this group of gay women have persevered anyhow.
Wes Hurley’s autobiographical dark comedy about growing up gay in the Soviet Union and emigrating to America with his mail-order bride mother is divided into two strikingly different halves featuring two different pairs of actors playing the nick-named Potato and his mother.
Move over Felix and Oscar, the latest odd couple is Alan and Jesse, two mismatched strangers who are paired together by a children’s theater company to perform low-budget productions of Robin Hood and A Christmas Carol in elementary schools.
Break out your best costume and join the sisters on Halloween for a treat you won’t soon forget! A Little Hocus Pocus is a 90 minute interactive tribute show that turns one of our favorite holiday classics (Hocus Pocus) on its head.
https://transfilmfest.eventive.org TIGLFF & St Pete Pride are excited to announce that the Trans Fest will be returning from November 19th - November 21st, 2021. The Tampa Bay Transgender Film Festival is to highlight and elevate Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR). To its Co-Founders, this Festival is an echo of the Netflix Documentary titled Disclosure. Have…
The story of two girls. Randy is a low economic class lesbian living with her aunt and other lesbians. Evie is a wealthy popular girl with a boyfriend. When Evie befriends Randy, she begins to feel a passion for her she's never felt before. What follows is a sweet, tender romance between the two while Evie is cast away by her friends and Randy is chided by her family. The two don't care, though, because they are in love.
In 1958, a young trans woman named Agnes entered a study about sex disorders at UCLA to get the gender-affirming care she needed, by any means necessary. Her story was long considered to be exceptional until never-before-seen case files of other patients were found in 2017. Directed by Chase Joynt (No Ordinary Man) and featuring an all-star cast of transgender artists and performers, Framing Agnes uses re-enactment and genre-blurring storytelling techniques to breathe new life into previously unknown people who redefined gender in the midcentury. Featuring Angelica Ross, Jen Richards, Zackary Drucker, Silas Howard, Max Wolf Valerio, and Stephen Ira.
Portrait of photographer David LaChapelle, filmed over four years. Inspired by the great Andy Warhol, eccentric photographer David LaChapelle has created a surreal and boundless world where women are pictured swinging from crystal chandeliers, squashed by giant hamburgers and half-swallowed by sharks. The film tracks the input of his creative entourage as they transform studio surroundings and delves into LaChapelle's complex sources of inspiration as he grapples with the brutally commercialized and profoundly pornographic industry he both embodies and satirizes with one click of his shutter.
During a Christmas season in 1950s, Therese Belivet, a shopgirl with photography hobby works at a Department Store in Manhattan named Frankenberg's, the place she met Carol Aird, a semi-divorced woman. Carol's loveless relationship with her former husband, Harge Aird took both Therese and Carol into an unexpected relationship. While Therese had to stop her relationship with her boyfriend, Richard, Carol has to face new problem- the morality clause from her own husband. This relationship can be unstable, and their own reliance to make the continuity of their relationship are tested.
Sultry crime boss Lucy Diamond (Jordana Brewster, The Fast and the Furious) is back in the states and the D.E.B.S.- an elite team of paramilitary college co-ed superspies- are hot on her trail. But when their top agent, gorgeous Amy Bradshaw (Sara Foster, The Big Bounce), mysteriously disappears after coming face to face with the attractive young villainess, the D.E.B.S. begin a full-scale search for Lucy's secret lair, never suspecting that Amy may not want to be rescued after all, in this smart and sexy spy spoof about love at first gun sight.
Working single mother, Amara, leaves her two boys at home with their domineering Aunt Rose. Rose has her eyes on the older son Ulysses as he steals nylons and wears his mother’s shoes. Ulysses is just beginning to explore his identity and sexuality. When Rose demands an end to it, the boy escapes to the Village and discovers both supportive friends and the inspiration to become exactly what he is feeling inside. A musical coming-of-age story is all the better for tackling multiple sides of the young LGBTQ experience, with compassion and heart combined.
WELCOME BACK TO LIFE! The Tampa Bay International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival is proud to welcome back SUZANNE WESTENHOEFER for one great afternoon of comedy, camaraderie, and community. Thanks to the support of our financial sponsor Toni Russell of the Russell Property Group and media sponsor ProSister Radio, Suzanne will be at the…
17 year old Ellie is struggling to find the courage to ask her classmate, Abbie, to the formal. Luckily her Aunt Tara, a lesbian who died in the 80's has shown up as a "Fairy Godmother" to dish out advice, whether Ellie wants it or not.