Frameline Film Festival

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Frameline is a nonprofit media arts organization that produces the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival, the oldest ongoing film festival devoted to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) programming currently in existence.[1][2] Frameline's mission statement is "to change the world through the power of queer cinema".

With annual attendance of 60,000 to 80,000 it is the largest LGBT film exhibition event in the world and it is the most well attended LGBT arts event in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Festival is held every year in late June according to a schedule that allows the eleven day event's closing night to coincide with the City's annual Gay Pride Day, which takes place on the last Sunday of the month.

In 2004 the festival changed its name to the shorter Frameline28,[3] the festival being the 28th annual event. Subsequent festivals have followed this naming pattern. The 39th festival was held June 18 to 28, 2015 at the Castro Theatre, The Roxie, and Victoria Theatre in San Francisco.[4]

Films that were screened at the Frameline Film Festival have been donated to the Hormel Center at the San Francisco Public Library.[5] An initial donation was made in 2005, and the library has partnered with the Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC) for conservation of video recordings.[6]


The festival's annual Awards include The Frameline Award given to an individual who has played a key role in the history of LGBT cinema and Audience Awards for Best Feature, Best Documentary and Best Short. The Festival occasionally adds juried awards to the list. Most recently these have included juried awards for Best First Feature and Best Documentary.[7]

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  1. ^ Stack, Peter, "Gay Film Festival to Go On Despite Director's Vanishing". San Francisco Chronicle, Friday, January 20, 1995, pp. D1.
  2. ^ Contrary to local legend the 1977 event in San Francisco was not the world's first gay film festival. That title goes to a "Festival of Gay Films" staged in Australia by the Sydney Filmmaker's Co-op in June 1976. (See: Queer cinema as a fifth cinema in South Africa and Australia, by Ricardo Peach, PhD Thesis;jsessionid=5ED3E42735FC6B492419FECC51EAF375?R=DSPACE_%2Fwww%2Fapps%2Futsepress%2Fdspace%2Fassetstore%2F14%2F98%2F93%2F149893218288535254059250095790480807227) However, that was a one-time event. The Australian Film Institute founded The “Gay and Lesbian Film Festival” that became the direct precursor to today’s Mardi Gras Sydney Gay Film Festival two years later, in 1978. (see Which leaves the San Francisco event, with its 1977 debut, as first in the US, and the oldest continuous annual Gay Film Festival in the world.
  3. ^ Meyer, Carla, "Gay festival trims name, adds screens". San Francisco Chronicle, Wednesday, May 26, 2004, pp. E1.
  4. ^ Frameline website entry (April 3, 2015)
  5. ^ Majko, Matthew (2015-10-01), "Frameline film trove finds home at Hormel center", Bay Area Reporter, retrieved 2015-10-13 
  6. ^ Cump, Sarolta Jane (2011-10-06). "It just gets better all the time: Preserving the Hormel Center's Frameline Movie Archive Project". Day of Digital Archives. Retrieved 2015-10-13. 
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