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2014 Festival to Present Twice as Many Films, Expand to Seven Days


The sixth Annual Ft. Lauderdale Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (FLGLFF) is doubling the number of films it will present and extending the schedule to seven days this year, announced Mark Gilbert, board chair and interim festival director. The expansion comes following a hugely successful FLGLFF in 2013 that saw record attendance and ticket sales. Dates for the 2014 event will be Friday, October 10th through Sunday, October 12th, picking up again the following weekend, Thursday, October 16th with the Centerpiece film and party and continuing through Sunday, October 19th, 2014.

“Absolutely, last year was the best Ft. Lauderdale Gay and Lesbian Film Festival ever,” said Gilbert. “Moviegoers truly embraced our line-up of films, our parties and the special guests who came to town. Clearly, the Ft. Lauderdale community supports the film festival and we are thrilled to show our appreciation by bringing more films and more parties to this year’s event.

“As FLGLFF continues to emerge as a significant, stand-alone festival, it’s critical that we bring the best, newest films available to our audiences,” Gilbert continued. “While we will show a couple of the favorite films from last May in Miami, the Ft. Lauderdale festival will definitely not be ‘Miami, the Sequel’. It will be its own, unique experience.”

To bring that unique experience to FLGLFF, Gilbert has hired noted film festival programmer Joe Bilancio from the Rehoboth Beach and Miami gay and lesbian film festivals as programmer for FLGLFF 2014.

Along with a new programmer and the expansion of FLGLFF films, a new venue has been added this year. Films will now be shown at The Classic Gateway Theatre, 1820 East Sunrise Boulevard, and Cinema Paradiso, 503 SE 6th Street.

As screenings and special events are finalized, Gilbert says filmgoers should check the website frequently and sign up for e-mail announcements at Follow FLGLFF on Facebook at, on Twitter @FLGLFF, and on Instagram at


The Fort Lauderdale Gay and Lesbian Film Festival is committed to its mission: to enrich, entertain and educate the public and to encourage a sense of community through the presentation of international and culturally diverse film, video and other media that offer meaningful perspectives on the historic and/or contemporary gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience.