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Frameline

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  • The world's oldest LGBT film festival!
  • Frameline presents free monthly screenings at the LGBT Community Center, the landmark San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival as well as special premieres and screenings throughout the year.

Frameline

Frameline: The San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival is unquestionably the grand-daddy of all LGBT film festivals. Founded in 1977, this popular event is the longest running, largest, and most widely recognized and respected LGBT film event in the world. It annually draws attendance of 60,000-80,000, representing the culturally diverse Bay Area LGBT and LGBT-friendly audiences, as well as significant tourists from the rest of the U.S. and internationally.

Frameline also presents year-round exhibition events, including Frameline at the Center, monthly free screenings of socially relevant work at the San Francisco LGBT community Center; members-only screenings; special events; and sneak previews of upcoming theatrical LGBT-themed feature films and documentaries.

In addition to its public exhibition and festival, Frameline also serves as an educational and institutional distributor of LGBT-themed documentary, narrative, experimental, and short films. The organization's mission is to strengthen the diverse lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and further its visibility by supporting and promoting a broad array of cultural representations and artistic expression in film, video and other media arts. Frameline, together with its neighbor to the south, Outfest, and east coast events such as NewFest and Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, have traditionally taken place in the warm summer months, often coinciding with their cities' official LGBT Pride Months, and otherwise capitalizing on the weather to draw attendees to their screenings, parties, and events. Frameline, which uses, among other venues, the landmark Castro Theatre in the heart of the city's gay neighborhood, annually closes on the last Sunday of June, SF's LGBT Pride Parade, providing a decidedly festive environment to celebrate all things gay.

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