coronavirus

We are sorry that, owing to the coronavirus outbreak, we have taken the decision to postpone the 2020 Shropshire Rainbow Film Festival, which was due to take place 2nd – 4th October.

This was not an easy decision, but organising a Festival weekend in October, amid uncertainty as to when things will be back to normal, did not seem feasible.

We have, however, decided that the best way forward is to schedule an event as soon as we can, perhaps as part of the 2021 Shropshire LGBT+ History Festival celebrations in February/March.

The Shropshire Rainbow Film Festival started in 2006 and we know how much it means to our communities and allies – including ourselves, the organisers.

Keep an eye on our website for plans and dates!

These are difficult times for so many of us. We hope that you and the ones you love are okay.

Let us find strength in our communities – local, national and worldwide.

Shropshire Film Festival is a charity with registration number 1168000.  The number of trustees changes from time to time, as at March 2020:

The Trustees

Peter Roscoe

(cis) gay male – pronouns he/him – title none

Peter is a retired lawyer. Perhaps it is no surprise then that the extraordinary film: ‘Victim’, 1961, (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.

He has been involved with the 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


Sue Gorbing

Sue Gorbing

(cis) lesbian – pronouns: she/her

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.


Geoff Hardy

(cis) gay male – pronouns he/him – title none

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.

Grants, Donations & Sponsorship

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.

How To Sponsor

If you would like to support the Shropshire Rainbow Film Festival please get in touch via our sponsor application form.

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.

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