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LGBTQ Film Festivals and their Audiences

Chris Perriam and Darren Waldron

in French and Spanish Queer Film

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print July 2016 | ISBN: 9780748699193
Published online September 2017 | e-ISBN: 9781474422017 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748699193.003.0003
LGBTQ Film Festivals and their Audiences

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The chapter covers the emergence and development of specific LGBTQ film festivals in France, Spain and the UK. The festivals studied are FIRE !! (Barcelona), LesGaiCineMad (Madrid), FICGLB (Barcelona), Zinegoak (Bilbao), Chéries-Chéris (Paris), Ecrans Mixtes (Lyon), Des Images aux mots (Toulouse), the London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival/Flare as well as queer film seasons at Manchester’s Cornerhouse cinema, including POUTfest. Audience responses are used to finesse ideas of how the festivals fit into wider discourses on film festivals in relation to niche designing, space and locality, and responsiveness to community and individual spectators’ needs. The chapter draws on the corpus of written questionnaire responses to programmed films across the festivals.

Keywords: LGBTQ film festivals; France; Spain; UK; audiences; cultural politics; solidarity; community

Chapter.  12804 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Film

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