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Greetings Friend,

TIGLFF is at a very important crossroads.

After 34 years, we find ourselves facing some difficult decisions. Most importantly, can we generate the interest, the energy, and the funds to continue our operations? Or is it time to fade out, and allow it to end?

Every year there are questions from the press and patrons about the relevance or need of an LGBTQ Film festival. As streaming platforms evolved, programming progressed, as well. The availability of Queer films grew across all platforms and the perception was that if Netflix (insert any streaming service) picked up a Queer film then it must be better than the films not selected.

It is true that there are more Queer films in streaming platforms. However, most films are curated to reach mass appeal, made by filmmakers presenting a narrow view of Queer life. There are hundreds of quality films that are not selected. Films that explore themes that are uniquely relevant to LGBTQ people; films that delve deeper into the LGBTQ perspective, beyond coming out stories.

Films from countries like Iran, Russia, China, and Cuba, where just making the film risks the freedom and sometimes the very life of the filmmaker. Beautiful films about love and lust and family and friendship in the context of LGBTQ life. And in Florida, we naively thought we were finally gaining momentum for LGBTQ people. However, in the past year progress has been squashed, and like a broken rollercoaster, we have stalled, and we are drifting backward, picking up speed at a disturbing rate.

TIGLFF's responsibility remains as it was when it began - to shine the light on LGBTQ people to connect us not only to each other but to our communities. We are always mindful of the personal impact of TIGLFF. Every year we hear the stories of LGBTQ people, who say they have seen or heard about the festival for many years before finding the courage to check it out for themselves.

For someone struggling to come out, buying that first ticket and sitting with other LGBTQ people, watching their lives on screen, is life changing. The telling and hearing of stories is a connection, and this is the mission of everyone who gives so much to ensure that TIGLFF happens every year.

Your voice is important in the decision of the future of TIGLFF. We invite you to join us for a Virtual Town Hall meeting where we will take your questions, listen to your ideas and most importantly, give you an opportunity to get involved in the future of the Tampa International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival.

Virtual Town Hall Meeting. February 6, 2024, at 6:30pm.


A Zoom link will be sent to you on February 5th, to ensure your seat.

Thank you for your interest and support.

We hope you can join us.

TIGLFF Board of Directors

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