TLVFest faces a huge problem and we need your help!
The Israeli Culture ministry is refusing transfer of our 2018 annual budget support, a promised sum of NIS 217,000 (around $60,000 – third of the festival budget).
The official reason is a bureaucratic error made 5 years ago on a budget request submitted by the Tel Aviv Cinematheque. The ministry added that it will also freeze its expected support to the 2019 festival.
This scandalous decision will not allow the festival to continue its normal operation and will force it to shut down.
We all know the real reason behind this. The current Israeli Culture Ministry has become very right wing and the LGBT issue has become much less attractive to them.
TLVFest must stand firm against violence, corruption, and intolerance, and fight for freedom of speech and civil rights to the LGBT community and all 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 cultures.
TLVFest must continue to fight for freedom, justice, tolerance, and social and political equality for all, regardless of religion, race, gender or sexual orientation.
Thank you so much for your support
TLVFest, Tel Aviv’s International LGBT Film Festival is a unique annual event taking place each June at the Tel Aviv Cinematheque. The festival offers public screenings of films with no Israeli distribution, meetings with local as well as foreign filmmakers, panel discussions and special events. The impressive program includes many exciting films while aspiring to enrich and empower tolerance and pluralism in Israeli society.
In addition to displaying worldwide cinema, the festival encourages Israeli original work, awarding Best Film in the competitive Israeli program and provides exposure and a public stage for local filmmakers. The festival runs the TLVFest Movie Club, a monthly screening and other cinema related events throughout the year. The festival purchases theatrical rights of selected LGBTQ international films, and distributes them in Israel.
TLVFest – Tel Aviv LGBT Film Festival
2 Shprinzak St,
6473802, Tel Aviv