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Out Film CT

Out Film CT is a nonprofit cultural organization that presents outstanding LGBT cinema throughout the year, culminating in the nine-day Connecticut Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, the state’s longest-running film festival. In 2012 the festival will celebrate its 25th season. What started in 1988 as a modest undertaking has been transformed over 25 years into a blockbuster cultural event that brings together people from throughout the state and beyond to watch a distinctive mix of the very best dramas, comedies, documentaries and short films that capture the essence of the LGBT experience.

Films shown at the festival not only entertain and enchant, they also educate and shed light on important topics such as bullying, AIDS, queer history, the struggles of gay athletes and the challenges facing older LGBT men and women. The films originate not only from the U.S., but also from Asia, Australia, Africa, Europe, the Middle East and the Americas, demonstrating that the LGBT experience is not only unique and personal but also universal.

 

Each year the film festival committee goes to great lengths to ensure that the lineup appeals to many tastes and a wide range of people, reflecting a diversity of gender, ethnicities, orientations and identities. The festival enables our community and its allies to watch films that otherwise would not be shown in the state and creates a forum for lively discussions about stories, characters, issues and events. In addition, the festival provides a unique opportunity for audiences to interact with film directors, actors and other members of the filmmaking community through post-screening Q & A sessions and at the popular reception events.

 

The 25th Connecticut Gay & Lesbian Film Festival will take place June 1 through June 9, 2012, at Cinestudio, on the campus of Trinity College in Hartford.  The 14th annual EROS Film Festival, organized by Out Film CT for Trinity’s gay/straight student alliance, will take place in November 2012.  For more information or to volunteer, call 860-586-1136, or visit www.OutFilmCT.org.