We showcase a selection of compelling cinema by, for or about LGBTQ communities that entertains, empowers, and enlightens the Festival audience.
The Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (TIGLFF) was founded in 1990 as a three day extension of Tampa’s gay pride celebrations by representatives of three GLBT organizations: The Tampa Bay Business Guild (TBBG), the Bay Area Human Rights Coalition, and the Tampa Bay Gay Men’s Chorus. Over the course of its first decade the film festival was a fundraising event for a number of local non-profit groups, eventually falling under the umbrella of Tampa Bay Arts.
Dorothy Abbott programmed most of the festivals through the 1990s. Dorothy built industry relationships that put TIGLFF on the national map. She’s also the person who put the word “international” in our name.
Tampa Bay Arts, was an umbrella organization that had taken responsibility for the Tampa Bay Gay Men’s Chorus and several other activities, including producing the film festival. By 1999 Tampa Bay Arts had accumulated a rather large debt. The lender was
To continually showcase selections of compelling film and relevant digital media that entertain, empower and enlighten a diverse audience by, for or regarding the LGBT community and its supporters through the sharing of personal experiences surrounding th