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28th Annual Tampa Bay International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival

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Presented by Tampa Bay International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival at Tampa Theatre, Tampa FL

Oct 06 - 15 2017
28th Annual Tampa Bay International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival

43 features 86 films 43 shorts 1 live performance 23 Countries

The 28th Annual Tampa International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival will take place this fall, Friday, October 6 – Sunday, October 15th. As in years past, the main festival venue will be the Tampa Theatre (711 N. Franklin St, Tampa), Museum of Fine Arts – St. Petersburg (255 Beach Dr NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701) on Sunday, October 15th, and the St Petersburg venues will be the AMC Baywalk/Sundial (151 2nd Ave, North St. Pete), North Straub Park, (400 Bay Shore Dr NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701) , Epic/Empath (3050 1st Ave S, St. Petersburg)

This year’s program includes 46 Programs, 86 films (43 feature films and 43 shorts) from 23 countries, including China, Germany, Spain, Australia, Belgium, UK, Brazil, Canada, Cuba, Colombia, France, Iceland, Ireland, Japan, Finland, Israel, Austria, Croatia, Armenia, Argentina, South Africa, Mexico and USA. One (1) live performance, 4 parties/receptions, 5 local films, with many visiting filmmakers.

Opening Night (FREE) at the Tampa Theatre with Freak Show, “Sometimes, you just gotta dress a bitch down.” Oh, so true, Billy Bloom. Seventeen-year-old Billy was born to be fabulous and is proud, gorgeous, gay, and deeply connected to his fabulousness through his “Muv” (Bette Midler)..

Our documentary centerpiece The Lavender Scare, features Tampa’s very own David K. Johnson. Based on the groundbreaking book by USF professor David K. Johnson, the parallels in this historical documentary are more relevant today, than any of us want to think about. A movement started with assumptions born in bigotry and fueled by fear, and led to the persecution of thousands of gay men and lesbians that lasted for decades. Johnson’s book, published in 2004, opened a part of history that has been veiled and even overlooked in the historical account of Joseph McCarthy’s infamous witch hunt against his perception of subversives to the security of the United States. Johnson accessed newly declassified documents, spent years researching the records of the National Archives and the FBI, and interviewed former civil servants to create an unprecedented account of government-sanctioned discrimination that ruined the lives of thousands of people and sent millions deeper into secrecy and fear. Over ten thousand government employees, military personnel, and civil servants were questioned, threatened with exposure and shamed into resigning from their jobs.

Please join us at the Museum of Fine Arts in St Petersburg, for our annual Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival Youth Program (FREE) on Saturday, October 14th 2017 from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. We invite all youth and their supporters to join us in celebrating diversity and hope that you will join us.  This year we will be featuring the amazing film “Just Charlie” detailed below.  This feature film will be preceded by a short film “Escaping Agra”. TIGLFF will be providing lunch along with the programming.

Program Director KJ Mohr said, “The variety of films this year is astounding, from hard-hitting and extremely moving documentaries, to hilarious stand-up comedy, to fantastic dramas, to some of the best short films we have ever seen at TIGLFF.”

Friends of the Festival’s mission is to showcase an exceptional selection of compelling cinema by, for or about the LGBTQ+ community that entertains, enlightens and empowers the Festival audience.


General Admission


6 – Pack of Tickets

Individual Tickets

***Arrive Early – Seating is First Come, First Serve.

Contact: 813.879.4220

    Official Website


Additional time info:

Above times are for the Tampa Theatre.  See TIGLFF.COM for other dates/times/locations

* Event durations (if noted) are approximate. Please check with the presenting organization or venue to confirm start times and duration.


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Tampa Theatre

711 N. Franklin Street, Tampa, FL 33602


Nearby city garage, street parking and paid lots.


    • Assisted Listening System
    • Info
    • Sign Language
    • Wheelchair Access

Wheelchair access to ground-level seating only. Accessible restroom on ground level. Sign language interpreter can be made available by prior arrangement.

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