Florence Queer Festival: the importance of LGBT cinema and theatre

The most important Tuscan cinema and theatre festival dedicated to queer culture is back in November 2024!

The festival

The visual arts are a powerful, sometimes more immediate, means of opening the mind, raising awareness and creating social responsibility. IREOS, the self-managed Florentine queer community that created the Florence Queer Festival, is well aware of this. Today, it’s the most important Tuscan event dedicated to queer video, cinema, theatre, photography, literature and costumes: gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans and all other identities.

The 22nd edition of the festival will take place from November 27 to Decemebr 1st, 2024 in Florence at the Cinema la Compagnia.

History and friends of the FQF

Formed in 2003 as a small, 4-day local event at Teatro Puccini, thanks to the skill of IREOS and the passion of the public, it has gradually transformed into one of the most important LGBT events in Italy. It gathers together many friends and collaborators on the Florentine scene: Teatro Puccini, Teatro di Rifredi (joining the festival in 2008 with the Queer Theater), Spazio Uno, Cinema Alfieri, La Compagnia, IED Florence, and, last but certainly not least, the Odeon Cinema, becoming part of its 50-day-long International Film Festival.

The festival is now a vast archive of high-quality video-cinematographic material of great international scope that interests a wide-ranging audience.

LGBT feature film and video competition

Additionally, every year the festival launches a competition for young videomakers and directors who present their LGBT themed videos and films in front of a jury. Here, you can find more information on how to participate in the feature film competition. Videoqueer, on the other hand, is the national short films competition dedicated to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender universe, organized by the Florence Queer Festival. The selected videos enter the program of the festival. 

The Florence Queer Festival is organized by the Ireos association - Self-managed Services Center for the Queer Community of Florence, in collaboration with Arcilesbica Firenze and Music Pool, with the contribution of Fondazione Sistema Toscana - Regional Mediateca and with the patronage of the Municipality of Florence.

Photo header credits: www.florencequeerfestival.it