Thursday, December 12, 2013

Bloomington PRIDE Film Festival Announces 2014 Festival Program

Bloomington PRIDE Film Festival Announces 2014 Festival Program


BLOOMINGTON, Ind.: The Bloomington PRIDE Film Festival, approaching its 11th anniversary, has announced the program of films and performers for the January, 2014 film festival.


The annual film festival, which celebrates LGBTQ culture in Bloomington and around the world, will feature 26 films, including four feature-length films and 22 shorts. Movies screened at PRIDE all have content concerning LGBTQ people as well as their families and communities. The 2014 festival has movies from four continents, by professional filmmakers and MFA students alike. The films’ stories cover topics like transgender parenting, bullying, the joys and woes of being single, coming out, HIV/AIDS, cat allergies, and so much more.


A diverse screening committee of fifteen volunteers previews and selects films for the festival. This year, the committee sorted through 155 movies, with a majority having arrived by open submission, reflecting on the popularity of the PRIDE Film Festival.


“We work hard to make sure films represent all kinds of people and issues among the LGBTQ community,” said the festival’s co-director, Abby Henkel. “There’s not just one way to be gay, bisexual, queer, etc., and we are proud to offer a festival program as diverse as the community we aim to serve and celebrate.”


With so much to be proud of regarding LGBTQ rights -- Indiana University and the Bloomington City Council both joined the Freedom Indiana coalition opposing HJR6, and the IU GLBT Alumni Association recently announced a new scholarship fund – PRIDE’s place in the Bloomington community has never been more prominent. Nationally, more and more states are adopting marriage equality, and the U.S. Senate achieved bipartisan support for a ban on workplace discrimination. Coming on the heels of a world-famous mass same-sex wedding blessed by Mayor Mark Kruzan at the 2013 festival, PRIDE planners assure fans that the 2014 festival will be at least as thrilling as the last.


Bloomington PRIDE is supported by Markey’s Rental and Staging, Jeff Franklin/FC Tucker, Visit Bloomington, Oliver Winery, Jill Reitmeyer/The Dental Care Center, Lisa Baker DDS, SIWY Plastic Surgery, the IU GLBT Alumni Association, The Word, and the Bloomington Arts Commission. You can hear more about PRIDE on bloomingOUT Radio on WFHB FM, December 19 at 6pm.


Mission: Through community-based events and services, Bloomington PRIDE celebrates queer arts, creates safe and inclusive spaces, and challenges stereotypes to enrich LGBTQA community culture. For more information about tickets, films, volunteering for PRIDE, donation options, and events, please visit