This August bank holiday weekend marks the 20th birthday of the GAZE Dublin International LGBT Film Festival, which is set to be bigger and better than ever. This year is an extra special year as the event takes a retrospective look at what has made the festival such a highlight in the LGBT social calendar, as well as bringing the most talked about and award winning new queer cinema from the far corners of the globe to the wonderful Light House Cinema.
The 20th edition programme will once again represent the huge range of diversity in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community internationally. From Thursday, August 2nd until Monday, August 6th the hottest new independent features, documentaries, shorts, award winners and experimental films in Irish and International film will be shown exclusively at the Light House cinema in Smithfield. Unmissable films include “All the Way Through Evening” from Rohan Spong and “Sexing The Transman” from Buck Angel.
Speaking on the announcement of this year’s festival, Noel Sutton, GAZE 2012 Festival Manager commented; ‘We couldn’t be more excited about the 20th GAZE festival. Like any arts festival, the experience doesn’t end with conclusion of a specific event. One of the key features of GAZE is the ability the festival has to create a social context for cinema lovers to mingle, discuss the programme, and generally have a good time in a great space that we have in the Light House Cinema. This year, celebrating our 20th year, we’re hoping to build on our reputation as a festival that is not only cerebral, creative and thought provoking, but also great fun.’
The Festival Club, where cinemagoers, guests, volunteers and organisers gather throughout the festival, is the heart of the social side of the festival. It’s here that a supplementary programme of events will take place, from DJs, birthday parties and music performances, and where attendees can unwind and have great fun.
‘I’m so excited by some of the amazing films that I have had the opportunity to programme. The diversity and quality will speak for itself when they hit the screen.
The programme is almost complete with just a few slots left to fill but already I’m so excited by some of the amazing films that have come across my desk. We put out an open call for submissions for both international and Irish LGBT film and the response was tremendous. It’s especially encouraging to have received so many Irish submissions. I can’t wait to share all the treasures and gems I’ve discovered with our GAZE audiences in August’ said David Mullane, Festival Programmer for GAZE 2012.
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