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Barcelona to host Gay & Lesbian film festival

Date Posted: 06/10/14

Barcelona to host Gay & Lesbian film festival

Barcelona has long been considered one of the most gay-friendly destinations in Europe, and with the capital set to host its very own International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival this month, that reputation is very much still intact.

Since 2001, this annual extravaganza has highlighted the very best motion pictures focusing on the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, and intersexual (LGBTI) communities, with particular attention paid towards those originating from Catalonia itself.

Past themes have seen films screened that concentrate on sexuality and violence, Islam and suicide, with the festival refusing to shy away from difficult and provocative issues. The aim is to provoke discussion and affect some change in an extremely challenging world.

Previous films featured at the Barcelona Gay and Lesbian Film Festival include Zenne, Mixed Kebab and acclaimed documentary I Am Gay and Muslim.

Visitors to Barcelona while the festival is on can expect to meet the directors of each film screened - and indeed many of the actors - with a vibrant programme of supporting events that includes workshops and Q&A sessions.

At the end of the ten-day event, the esteemed panel of judges will hand out various accolades, with films gaining points for diversity, sensitivity and emotional impact. The categories available include Best LGBTI Documentary, Best LGBTI Feature Film and best LGBTI Short, plus an audience award which sees attendees at the festival vote for their favourites.

The vast majority of films at the Barcelona International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival 2014 are entirely free, although some feature films require a €4 (£3) surcharge. Screenings take place in a number of venues across the cities including Filmoteca de Catalunya and Casa America Catalunya.

Posted by Hayley Brent

European News

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