Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Queer Palm

It’s that time of year again.  The Cannes Film Festival where the world of film is celebrated!  And while all eyes are on the famous city, there is another large event within the festivities to be revered as well, that being the Queer Palm Film Festival from May 14-25th.
Inspired by the Teddy Awards at the LGBT film festival in Berlin, Queer Palm was founded by Franck Finance-Madureira in May of 2010 to give more visibility to the LGBT film community.


Queer Palm works within the Cannes Film Festival and is gaining in popularity by the year.  It is where producers and directors of LGBT films can showcase their work to potential distributors and is part of a gay, lesbian, bisexual, transsexual and queer independently-sponsored award presented by specially selected jurors.
The jury for the 2014 Queer Palm is chaired by this year’s president, Canadian director Bruce LaBruce.  Also included as jurors are: Anna Margarita, the director of Who’s Afraid of Vagina Wolf?, Joao Ferreira who is programmer and artistic director of the Queer Lisboa in Portugal, along with the Brazilian director Ricky Mastro and journalist Charlotte Lipinska.


There are a total of 13 films from around the world in this year’s Queer Palm Festival and they are as follows:

Bande de Filles - Celine Sciamma (France)

Fighters - Thomas Cailley (France)

Dohee-Ya - July Jung (South Korea)

Faire L'Amour - Djinn Carrenard (France)

Mommy - Xavier Dolan (Canada)

Party Girl – Marie Amachoukeli, Claire Burger and Samuel Theis (France)

PiĆ¹ buio di mezzanotte – Sebastiano Riso (Italy)

Pride – Matthew Warchus – (United Kingdom)

Breathe – Melanie Laurent – (France)

Saint Laurent – Bertrand Bonello – (France)

When Animals Dream – Jonas Alexander Arnby – (Denmark)

Whiplash – Damien Chazelle – (United States)

Xenia – Panos Koutras – (Greece)

This will be the perfect chance for those interested in all types of cinema to see the diversity of the LGBT Queer Palm films being presented this year and network with the best.  If you don’t get the opportunity to see all the films at the festivities be sure to add them to your future watching list.
Here's to another great Queer Palm Film Festival!

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