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.
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.
TLVFest has had the pleasure to host many of the queer cinema industry’s most innovative minds. Over the years our guests have included Alan Cumming, Lea DeLaria, Producer Christine Vachon (Boys Don’t Cry, Carol, Far From Heaven), Queer Legends Bruce La Bruce, John Waters star Mink Stole, Wieland Speck & Michael Stutz (Berlinale Panorama curator), Kim Yutani (Sundance) Lorenzo Vigas (Golden Lion Award Winner Venice film festival – From Afar), Marcio Reolon, Filipe Matzembacher (Teddy Award Winner – Tinta Bruta/Hard Paint), Martín Rodríguez Redondo (Marilyn), Jay Brannan (Shortbus), Jamie Babbit (But I’m a Cheerleader), Angela Robinson (D.E.B.S.), Cheryl Dunye (The Watermelon Woman), Mark Christopher (Studio 54), Alanté Kavaïté (The Summer of Sangaile), Daniel Ribeiro (The Way He Looks), Melanie Mayron (Snapshots), Madeleine Olnek (Wild Nights with Emily), Thom Fitzgerald (The Hanging Garden), International Transactivist and Performers: Buck Angel, Gigi Gorgeous, Miss Rosewood, Zazie de Paris, Maya Jafer and many more
During the 2020 TLVFest online edition we hosted for online conversations the two-time Oscar nominee Jackie Weaver (“Animal Kingdom” and “Silver Linings Playbook”), Primetime Emmy nominee Zachary Quinto (Spock in the new Star Trek movies) and filmmaker, Isabel Sandoval (Lingua Franca) and many others.
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.
The TLVFest team is already hard at work on 2022 edition.
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