We were so happy to work again with Shrewsbury LGBT+ History Festival. This year we sourced 3 films: 2 feature documentaries, our ‘Festival Choice’ short film, Ionut & Calin, and eight other short films. These were all selected for our Festival 2020, which we had to cancel, so to still be able to screen them, albeit online, was just great. We were very pleased to be able to assist in the appointment of a Marketing Officer to promote these events, thanks to a a grant from the Community Foundation for Staffordshire
For details of all 11 shorts we selected – click here. 3 of the shorts are now accessible without a Password. So – enjoy
After That Party –
Turn it Around –
We screened two documentary feature films at the History Festival:
MARCH FOR DIGNITY (UK/Georgia) 2019. (English subtitles) Film Maker: John Eames
SCREENED ON SUNDAY, 21st FEBRUARY, 3pm, 2021 Trailer: ‘March for Dignity‘, …a small group of LGBTI+ activists in Tbilisi, Georgia attempt to conduct the first Pride march in the country. They face overwhelming opposition ….
In the Programme we were delighted to include an Introduction by the Film Maker, John Eames and a Q & A with John and Mariami Kvaratskhelia, who took part in the extraordinary events in 2019 in Tbilisi, Georgia. Our audience was very moved and we thank them for the generous donations to Tbilisi Pride and interest in screening the film elsewhere in the UK during the Pride season this year
SAY MY NAME (Brazil) 2020 (English subtitles) Film Maker: Juliana Chagas
SCREENED ONFRIDAY, 26th FEBRUARY, 7pm, 2021 Trailer: ‘Say My Name‘ …. two Brazilian trans women struggle for the right to have the name and gender with which they identify in all official documents and who seek respect from their families and society….
The Programme included an Introduction by the Film Maker, Juliana Chagas, the live screening of the film and, afterward, an ‘In Conversation’ with Caroline Paige, the first person in the UK to transition while in military service, and two friends, who talked about the issues raised in the film. Thank you to our audience for their donations to Trans Revolution and For Life
Soon we will need to decide – should we request film submissions, with a view to an on the ground Film Festival in early October 2021 or, should we heed the warnings of a further Covid surge in the late Summer/early Autumn and go on-line. Or something else? Watch this space!
We’ll try to keep abreast of what is going on queer cinema wise. On the ground, venues have started to reopen in Shropshire since May 17th. As we become aware of films of interest we’ll continue to put them on this site – here.
Shropshire Rainbow Film Festival is a charity with registration number 1168000. The number of trustees changes from time to time, as at March 2020:
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The extraordinary film: ‘Victim’, 1961, (UK), about the then prevalent blackmail of gay men, starring Dirk Bogarde (in the role of a high flying barrister) and Sylvia Syms (in the role of his wife) made a huge impression on him.
He has been involved with the Shropshire Rainbow Film Festival for many years. Otherwise he makes presentations about LGBTQ+ history, with a current focus on women who are a part of that history and had a connection to the county of Shropshire.
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Sue Gorbing has lived in Shropshire for 15 years. She was a programmer for the Rainbow Film Festival 2007 – 2010, a founder of the L Fest Cinema which she programmed 2011-2013 and one of the organisers of Shrewsbury LGBT+ History. She is a Director of SAND (Safe Ageing No Discrimination), a Shropshire-based Community Interest Company that aims to increase the expectation and improve the experience of LGBT+ people accessing health and social care as they age. Sue recently returned to the Rainbow Film Festival as a Trustee.
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Geoff has campaigned for LGBTQ rights since Gay Liberation Front days, in 1971. He is actively involved locally, with SAND (Safe Ageing No Discrimination) and Shrewsbury LGBT History.
Geoff has been involved with Shropshire Rainbow Film Festival since it began, in 2006.
We really appreciate the support of volunteers to work with us and help with choosing films, fund raising, promotion and running our events. If you are interested in doing this please contact us.
We are very proud of our supporters. One of the things the festival tries to do is to involve local businesses, charities, trade unions and individuals, providing them with an opportunity to publicly declare their support for LGBTQ+ communities, working with the film festival which is completely organised by unpaid volunteers.
All the income from ticket sales is kept by the main venue, the Old Market Hall, Shrewsbury (a cinema, owned and run by Shropshire Council ), on the basis that we do not pay to use the premises or for their staff costs (but we do also underwrite any loss made). At other venues we simply pay their hire charge. We finance the film licences, all promotional materials/events, advertising and other costs e.g. expenses associated with Q and A sessions with film makers, from sponsorships.
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In line with our mission, the films we screen at the Shropshire Rainbow Film Festival aim to entertain, educate, challenge and change. We also support and publicise local LGBT events and campaigns.