GAZE LGBTQ+ Film Festival 2021 – Sept 29-Oct 3 (see Trailer)

GAZE international LGBTQ+ Film Festival announce early programme highlights

Dublin | 29 September – 3 October 2021

GAZE International Film Festival announces a return to in-cinema screenings this Autumn, for the festival’s 29 edition, showcasing some of the most exciting LGBTQ+ narratives on the big screen today, and welcoming some of the most sought after LGBTQ+ films to Dublin.

Running from 29 September to 3 October, hosting 11 Irish Premieres for feature films, and 35 Irish Premieres for short films, including European and World Premieres, GAZE opens with the prize-winning and acclaimed genre-bending thriller, The Novice, a cinematic treat, and what queer cinema is all about.

Closing on 3 October with Vivian Kleiman’s colourful, creative, and inspiring documentary, about the LGBTQ+ comic scene of the 1980s: No Straight Lines: The Rise of Queer Comics, the festival will be packed with screenings, including Q+As with the makers of highly-anticipated punk documentary celebration of the London lesbian scene, Rebel Dykes

Featuring a diverse, inspiring, and exciting range of feature length drama and documentaries, as well as an amazing range of shorts, GAZE aims to promote visibility of LGBTQ+ experiences, via some of the best in international cinema.
A festival of this calibre is nothing without big screen cinema, so it means the world to get film reels and audiences back into cinema auditoriums, to see new and classic works, like the beloved film, Beautiful Thing, celebrating its 25th anniversary, and the new Director’s Cut of 1999 cult hit,  But I’m a Cheerleader.
Through incredible film curation, GAZE platforms Queer culture at its best, in all its glorious nuances and subversive contexts.
Following the main festival, in November 2021, GAZE presents its first mini-festival, GAZE West, taking place at the Pálás cinema in Galway, featuring films from the 2020 and 2021 festivals; a small but perfectly formed treat for audiences in the west of Ireland, bringing you a flash of colour as the days get shorter.
Talking about this year’s festival, Eimhin Walsh, new Chairperson of GAZE says:
“We are delighted to be returning to cinemas this year with the same high quality, engaging, and entertaining programme that our audience has come to expect from GAZE. GAZE is all about coming together to celebrate the power of LGBTQ+ stories, and we are looking forward to welcoming our community back for this year’s festival. The last 18 months have been particularly challenging for the arts sector in Ireland and I want to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of our staff, our voluntary board, our funders and supporters, who have kept the wheels turning to make the 29th GAZE happen”.
In his curated programme for 2021, Head of Programming, Seán McGovern, added:
“It means so much to be back in the cinemas where we belong. We’ve put together a tight and robust programme, featuring the breadth of LGBTQ+ stories on screen. The best queer stories engage, excite, provoke and entertain and that’s what GAZE 2021 is about. With so many premieres and more shorts programmes than ever, there is really something for everyone. ”
The specially curated short film programmes will also be accessible again this year, on the IFI’s VOD platform, IFI@Home, making the programme more widely available to LGBTQ+ film buffs in their own homes across the country – and for those who are simply unable to get to a cinema to experience the 2021 festival line-up.
Lead Sponsor Accenture, Core Funded by The Arts Council
GAZE International Film Festival is kindly sponsored by Accenture, funded by The Arts Council, Dublin City Council and is supported by venue partners; Light House Cinema and the Irish Film Institute (IFI). Community partners, and Festival Friends also provide invaluable support.  

GAZE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2021 runs at the Irish Film Institute (IFI), Temple Bar, and the Light House Cinema, Smithfield.

Tickets available directly from screening venues, Irish Film Institute, IFI@Home or The Light House Cinema.

Full programme information will be released on 1 September on


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