Freedom, justice and tolerance should be the pillars of any society. We believe Israel must guarantee full social and political equality to all, regardless of religion, race, sex or sexual orientation.
As committed members of the Israeli LGBT community, we struggle for equality and respect by creating a serious, often controversial discourse through the medium of queer cinema. The Tel Aviv International LGBT film festival is the manifestation of this struggle.
We have come a long way since our 2006 launch. Held in the small halls offered by Ha’Ozen Hashlishit (Hebrew for “third ear”) record store, the first festival opened with a screening of Greg Araki’s Mysterious Skin. The venue was fully booked throughout the five-day event; it was clear we had created something that had to continue and grow. A year later we moved into the Tel Aviv Cinematheque, it has been our home ever since.
MovieMaker Magazine chose TLVFest to one of the 25 Coolest 2018 Film Festivals in the World. Selected twice (2014 & 2015) by INDIEWIRE as one of the 10 LGBT film festivals not to be missed. Yair Hochner the founder and artistic director of the festival, was invited to be a featured jurist at important international festivals, including the Cannes Film Festival, the Berlinale Festival and the Guadalajara Festival, the largest film festival in Central and South America.
TLVFest hosted drag artists from around the world, including: SF Drag Legend Peaches Christ, NYC Drag Legends - Sherry Vine & Jackie Beat, Berlin Drag Legend Gloria Viagra & RuPaul’s Drag Race stars: Jinkx Monsoon, Sharon Needles, Peppermint, Alexis Michelle. We hope to host more drag artists in the next festivals as well.
TLVFest must stand firm against violence, corruption, and intolerance, and fight for the freedom of speech and civil rights of the LGBT community and of minorities living in Israel. We are here to continue spreading LGBT culture and cinema across the country, provoke thought, bring down walls, and build Bridges between different cultures.
The TLVFest team is already hard at work on 2020 edition. Help us to continue celebrating local and international queer cinema and promote a more tolerant and respectful Israeli society.
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The TLVFest team.