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10 LGBT Film Festivals To Head To This July

10 LGBT Film Festivals To Head To This July

While June was clearly a major month for LGBT film festivals, given it was Pride and all — July is really no less plentiful. So in this monthly series here at /bent, we’re offering a directory of some of the most notable festivals in that regard (if you happen to live near these ten cities, at least). From Los Angeles to Dublin to Rio to Barcelona, here’s where to get your LGBT cinema on this July:

Fire! Mostra Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
When: July 3-13
Where: Barcelona, Spain
Programming Highlights: One of Europe’s most notable LGBT festivals, Barcelona’s Mostra has a very nice selection of strong titles we’ve been fans at here at /bent, including “52 Tuesdays,” “Eastern Boys,” “Gore Vidal: The United of Amnesia,” “My Prairie Home,” “The Dog” and “Valentine Road” 
More info and full program HERE.  

Rio Festival Gay de Cinema
When: July 3-13
Where: Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Programming Highlights: As the World Cup wraps up, Brazilians (or visitors) can escape that frenzy and take in a wide array of LGBT film, including home grown films like “The Way He Looks” and “Praia do Futuro,” as well as recent festival circuit favorites like “The 10 Year Plan,” “Fourplay” and “The Rugby Player.”
More info and full program HERE

Outfest: Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
When: July 10-20
Where: Los Angeles, California
Programming Highlights: Definitely one of the biggest annual LGBT film events in the world, Outfest has pretty much every queer film to debut at a festival in the past year: “Appropriate Behavior,” “Lilting,” “The Way He Looks,” “The Foxy Merkins,” “Jamie Marks is Dead,” “Tom at the Farm,” “52 Tuesdays,” “Gerontophilia,” “The Circle,” “The Dog,” “Dior and I,” “Regarding Susan Sontag.” Not to mention special events revolving around two of our favorite TV shows — “Looking” and “Please Like Me.” We could go on and on, and will in a preview of the festival later this week.
More info and full program HERE.  

Leeds Queer Film Festival
When: July 10-13
Where: Leeds, UK
Programming Highlights: This weekend festival has lots of great films, even if they are more often than not a little old on the festival circuit: “United In Anger” and “Mosquita y Mari” case in point, as well as “Who’s Afraid of Vagina Wolf?,” “The Abominable Crime” and “Valencia.”
More info and full program HERE.  

Damn These Heels! LGBT Film Festival
When: July 11-13
Where: Salt Lake City, Utah
Programming Highlights: Just an hour or so from Park City, where so many of the year’s best LGBT films make their debut at Sundance, is a little Salt Lake City film festival with a strong slate: “Compared To What: The Improbable Journey of Barney Frank,” “Appropriate Behavior,” “The Circle,” “Cupcakes,” “Mala Mala,” “Lady Valor,” “My Prairie Home,” “The Way He Looks” “To Be Takei” and “Tom at the Farm” all are screening at the 3 day fest.
More info and full program HERE

Tokyo International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
When: July 12-21
Where: Tokyo, Japan
Programming Highlights: Some fantastic queer cinema from around the world will descend on Japan this July, with “Free Fall,” “Stranger By The Lake,” “Who’s Afraid of Vagina Wolf?,” “G.B.F.,” “52 Tuesdays,” “The Case Against 8” and “Concussion” all in the lineup.
More info and full program HERE.  
Newfest: The New York LGBT Film Festival
When: July 24-29
Where: New York, New York
Programming Highlights: Newfest moves back to mid-summer from last year’s problematically timed early September edition, with a great selection of films heading to their primary venue at Lincoln Center: “Lilting,” “Gerontophilia,” “52 Tuesdays,” “Blackbird,” “The Foxy Merkins,” “I Am Happiness on Earth,” “Tiger Orange,” “Jamie Marks Is Dead” and “The Way He Looks.” We’ll have a full preview of the festival the week before it starts.
More info and full program HERE.  

QFest Houston
When: July 24-28
Where: Houston, Texas
Programming Highlights:  The full program has yet to be announced, but so far Houston’s premiere LGBT film event includes a special screening of “Orlando” as well as “Out in the Night,” “India Blues: Eight Feelings,” and “One: A Story of Love and Equality.”

More info and full program (when it comes in) HERE.

CinemaQ Film Festival
When: July 24-27
Where: Denver, Colorado
Programming Highlights: Denver gets its queer cinema on this month, with the Denver Film Society presenting a program that includes “Appropriate Behavior,” “The Dog,” “My Prairie Home,” “The Way He Looks,” “Lilting,” “Mala Mala,” “The 10 Year Plan” and an event called “Top Gun Bingo” we are more than a little curious about.
More info and full program HERE.  
Gaze: Dublin Lesbian & Gay Film Festival
When: July 31-August 9
Where: Dublin, Ireland
Programming Highlights: Ireland’s biggest LGBT film festival brings the likes of “I Feel Like Disco,” “The Circle,” “Kate Bornstein Is A Queer & Pleasant Danger,” “The Case Against 8,” “Gerontophilia,” “Tru Love,” “The Foxy Merkins” and “We Love Caged Lesbians.” 
More info and full program HERE.  
Are we missing a great LGBT film festival in your town? Tell us in the comments and we’ll add it to the list!

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