Tampa Bay International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
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TIGLFF is now a 9-day (previously 11-day) juried LGBTQ+ community film festival, one of the largest and longest running of its kind in the world. Opening Night is traditionally the first Thursday of October and includes 30-40 film screening events, plus several cornerstone parties used to help raise operating funds for the film programming.
Since 1990 TIGLFF has been held at the historic Tampa Theatre, a gloriously restored 1,400 seat theatre built in 1926. Few film festivals in the world have access to a venue as spectacular as this. Those that do typically will open and or close their festival in a large historical theater, but few have such a space for the entire duration of an 11-day run year after year. What makes TIGLFF even more special is the street space and plaza out front of the Tampa theatre, which are closed and rented by TILGFF each year for tables, tents, vendors and music, giving the festival community a place to gather and celebrate films, community and the refreshing October weather.