Budapest Pride film festival comes into its own

For the first time, this year’s Budapest Pride film festival will be held as a separate event series. On its 18th anniversary, the Budapest Pride LGBTQ Film Festival will split off from the Budapest Pride Festival. The lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) film festival will debut at the end of October in the Toldi Theater.

Over the last several years, the film festival has outgrown the summer festival, with frequent time conflicts forcing festival-goers to choose between the events and film showings they would like to attend. By organizing two separate festivals, our goal is to make our events accessible to a greater number of people. Time conflicts between events will be reduced, allowing festival-goers to attend more events in the summer festival and more film showings in the autumn film festival.

Another factor is the importance of providing LGBTQ events year-round. With the summer festival in July and the film festival in October, LGBTQ people and their supporters will be able to participate in an array of cultural and community events that strengthen the community, encourage self-acceptance among LGBTQ people, and build bridges between the LGBTQ community and mainstream society.

The expansion of the film festival will allow for its professional development. As a separate festival, the Budapest Pride LGBTQ Film Festival will be able to attract a wider audience and gain recognition both regionally and within the film industry. With more time to focus on the film festival, we aim to expand the diversity of programming, in terms of both gender-balanced representation and the representation of minority groups within the LGBTQ community.

The first Budapest Pride film festival took place in 1993 under the name Hungarian Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. Organized by the Balázs Béla Film Studio, it was held at the Toldi Theater, which will yet again host the festival this year. 2013 will mark the 18th anniversary of the film festival and symbolize its coming of age.

All LGBTQ people and their supporters are invited to the summer Budapest Pride Festival and March and the autumn film festival. We hope to see you there!