Castro theatre during the Frameline39 in June 2015
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The Frameline Film Festival (formerly San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival; San Francisco International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival) began as a storefront event in 1976. The first film festival, named the Gay Film Festival of Super-8 Films, was held in 1977. The festival is organized by Frameline, a nonprofit media arts organization whose mission statement is "to change the world through the power of queer cinema". In 2004, its 28th year, it was renamed Frameline28. It is the oldest LGBT film festival in the world.[a]
With annual attendance ranging from 60,000 to 80,000, it is the largest LGBT film exhibition event. It is also the most well-attended LGBT arts event in the San Francisco Bay Area. The festival is held every year in late June according to a schedule that allows the eleven-day event's closing night to coincide with the City's annual Gay Pride Day, which takes place on the last Sunday of the month.
Films screened at the Frameline Film Festival have been donated to the Hormel Center at the San Francisco Public Library. An initial donation was made in 2005, and the library partnered with the Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC) for conservation of video recordings.
The festival's annual awards include The Frameline Award given to an individual who has played a key role in the history of LGBT cinema, and Audience Awards for Best Feature, Best Documentary and Best Short. Frameline occasionally adds juried awards to the list. Most recently these have included juried awards for Best First Feature and Best Documentary.
- Contrary to local legend the 1977 event in San Francisco was not the world's first gay film festival. That title goes to a "Festival of Gay Films" staged in Australia by the Sydney Filmmaker's Co-op in June 1976. However, that was a one-time event. The Australian Film Institute founded The “Gay and Lesbian Film Festival” that became the direct precursor to today’s Mardi Gras Sydney Gay Film Festival two years later, in 1978. Which leaves the San Francisco event, with its 1977 debut, as first in the US, and the oldest continuous annual Gay Film Festival in the world.
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