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October 31, 2014

Unknown man threw a smoke grenade into the audience

The oldest cinema in the Ukranian capital went up in flames on Wednesday night during the screening of a LGBTI film after a smoke grenade was thrown into the audience.

The fire broke out at 21:41 and raged for five hours until it was put out by 22 fire department units, according to the State Emergency Service.

None of the 100 people at the screening were hurt, but the Zhovten cinema, built in 1931, was badly damaged.

September 30, 2014

The Iris Prize Festival 2014 will feature the work of the world's best LGBTI filmmakers

LGBTI film lovers are excited as the Iris Prize is set to begin next week.

The world's finest LGBTI filmmakers will gather in Cardiff for the seventh time, welcoming guests from US, Germany, Australia, Ireland, Israel, France and many more.

'It is bigger and better than ever before, with the number of feature length movies doubled to 16,' festivla chair Andrew Pierce said.

'I always think of Iris as family. Granted a rather bigger family today than we knew back in 2007 when the world’s finest LGBT filmmakers gathered in Cardiff for the first time.

June 30, 2014

The inaugural Tilde Melbourne Trans & Gender Diverse Film Festival is seeking submissions from transgender and gender diverse filmmakers and films that explore transgender and gender diverse themes

The organizers of the first ever Tilde: Melbourne Trans & Gender Diverse Film Festival have put out the call for submissions for the festival – being held from 21-23 November this year.

The event will be held in partnership with the Sydney Transgender International Film Festival and will be Melbourne’s first international film festival created to showcase the work of transgender and gender diverse filmmakers as well as films exploring transgender and gender diverse themes and issues.

November 28, 2013

Dustin Lance Black, Gus Van Sant and Milk producer Bruce Cohen are traveling to Russia to host a special screening of their Harvey Milk biopic at St Petersburg’s Bok o Bok Film Festival despite a series of bomb threats against the festival

Oscar winning Milk screenwriter Dustin Lance Black and the film's director Gus Van Sant and producer Bruce Cohen will take part in a special screening of the film and a Q and A session at St Petersburg’s LGBT Bok o Bok (Side by Side) Film Festival on Saturday to close the festival.

The three filmmakers are traveling to St Petersburg for the festival despite a series of bomb threats being made against the festival – though none has proved credible thus far and seem mostly to have been aimed at disrupting screenings.

September 9, 2013

Sydney’s LGBT community will get to see their lives reflected on the big screen twice a year with the launch of a second LGBT film festival in the city – the Queer Screen Film Fest

Sydney will host two LGBT film festivals in 2013, with the organizers of the Sydney Mardi Gras Film Festival launching a second stand alone Queer Screen Film Fest (QSFF) for September.

‘The QSFF line up will take audiences from Cannes winners, to sneak previews and retrospectives,’ organizers say.

The festival will screen across two venues in the Sydney alternative culture hub of Newtown – the Dendy Newtown cinema and the Newtown Hotel.

July 5, 2013

New arts festival with 20 events over two weeks starts this month

Brighton Pride will be bigger than ever this year with the launch of a new arts and film festival. The LGBT cultural festival will include 20 events taking place over two weeks in the run up to the annual Pride parade on 3 August.

The festival starting on 19 July covers art, film, theatre and performance; with highlights including Icons, a major LGBT art and photography exhibition in Brighton’s Jubilee Library.

February 23, 2013

Real depictions of gay sex are apparently more shocking than real man-on-donkey action as Australian censors ban a gay movie that was due to screen at LGBT film festivals across the country this year

Australian film censors have banned a movie that contains real sex between two male actors less than a year after they allowed a documentary that contained actual depictions of bestiality to screen at festivals.

I Want Your Love, by American filmmaker Travis Mathews had been scheduled to screen at LGBT film festivals around Australia this year but the Australian Classification Board decided to ban it instead.

November 22, 2012

Kolkata's queer film festival starts tomorrow, showing over 40 films

India’s longest running LGBT film festival will be celebrating its sixth year tomorrow (23 November).

The three-day 'Dialogues' festival in Kolkata, the capital of the Indian state of West Bengal, will showcase more than 40 films of differing genres from coming-of-age dramas and experimental films to documentaries.

Nil, an Indian designer closely associated with the festival, believes it will offer something for everyone.

September 15, 2012

Australia’s Classification Board has allowed a film depicting real sex between men and donkeys to screen at festivals just two years after it blocked the screening of a film depicting real sex between men

Australian censors have allowed the screening of a documentary that contains footage of real sex between men and donkeys just two years after they refused a permit to screen a movie that contained real sex between men.

The documentary Donkey Love, which explores a Colombian folk tradition of men having sex with donkeys, was approved by the Australian Classification Board for screening at this year’s Sydney Underground Film Festival and Melbourne Underground Film Festival.

April 26, 2012

Films, live music performances and talks hit London’s Greenwich with visit of Sundance festival

America's largest independent film festival is coming to Britain today.

The Sundance Film Festival will be taking place at the 02 in Greenwich, south east London and there’s some treats we reckon you’re going to love.

In addition to films, there will be live music performances and other events held each evening from 26 to 29 April.

March 10, 2012

Fringe! The London Gay Film Festival returns to compliment the British capital’s main LGBT film event

A London fringe film festival that provides a fresh take on cinematic coverage is back for a second year.

The British festival’s theme is ‘bigger, bolder, braver’, and offers films, experimental art, parties, and a plethora of other events for the queer community on 12 to 15 April.

Fringe! The London Gay Film Festival was set up as a creative grassroots response to fund slashing of the London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival (LLGFF) last year, when the main event was slashed down to a week.