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TLVFest or the Tel Aviv International LGBT Film Festival (Hebrew: הפסטיבל הבינלאומי לקולנוע גאה) is an annual film festival held in Tel Aviv, Israel. The festival is focused on LGBT themed film from around the world.[1]

Tel Aviv’s International LGBT Film Festival
LocationTel Aviv, Israel
Founded1 January 2006; 13 years ago (2006-01-01)
Hosted byYair Hochner
Websitewww.tlvfest.com Edit this at Wikidata

The films are primarily screened at Tel Aviv Cinematheque. The festival runs around the same time as, sometimes concurrently, with Tel Aviv Pride.[2]

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HistoryEdit

The first ever LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transsexual) film festival in Tel Aviv was held in 2006, and focused on LGBT-themed films would otherwise never get theatrical, TV or DVD distribution in Israel. The festival took place at the Ha’ozen Hashlishit (Third Ear) music venue on King George Street and screened in five tiny theaters of 20–40 seats each. The festival opened with Greg Araki’s Mysterious Skin and the festival sold out every film, attracting more than 2,000 people.

The festival moved to the bigger Tel Aviv Cinematheque in 2007.

Selected films, screened at festivalEdit

ControversiesEdit

2012Edit

The Israeli Film Council threatened to withdraw funding for the festival; however it didn't cancel the funding.

2017Edit

A number of scheduled speakers canceled their attendance at the event in response to pressure from the BDS movement.[3][4][5] The speakers who withdrew their participation are South African director John Trengrove, Canadian author and screenwriter of Pakistani descent Fawzia Mirza, Palestinian Nadia Ibrahim, who was supposed to sit in a jury panel, and Swiss Jasna Fritzi Bauer, though only Trengrove, Mirza and Ibrahim cited the BDS movement. Jasna Fritzi Bauer and Helene Hegemann claimed schedule clashes as a reason for cancellation. [6] Despite speakers withdrawal, there were not changes in the screen program and the films of those who cancelled their participation were shown during the festival. John Trengrove cancelled his participation after he arrived to Israel on festival dime[7] Palestinian Israeli actress Samira Saraya and filmmaker Maysaloun Hamoud participated in the festival. [8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "LGBTs Talk BDS in TLV". Retrieved 6 May 2016.
  2. ^ "The Tel-Aviv international LGBT Film Festival". Retrieved 6 May 2016.
  3. ^ Stern, Itay (May 29, 2017). "Wave of Cancellations Hits Tel Aviv LGBT Film Festival Due to BDS Pressure". Haaretz.
  4. ^ Spiro, Ami (May 29, 2017). "TEL AVIV LGBT FILM FESTIVAL TARGETED BY ANTI-ISRAEL BOYCOTTERS". Jerusalem Post.
  5. ^ http://imemc.org/article/wave-of-boycotts-hits-israeli-lgbt-film-festival-as-international-artists-heed-palestinian-call-to-respect-picket-line/
  6. ^ https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2017/05/queer-filmmakers-boycotting-israels-lgbtq-film-festival/
  7. ^ http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.792682
  8. ^ http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Tel-Aviv-LGBT-film-festival-targeted-by-BDS-494215

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