By Christina Schultz
Come celebrate love of all kinds at Berlin’s fabulous and world famous
Gay Pride Parade and Festival: Christopher Street Day (CSD)!
The PRIDE PARADE takes place tomorrow, on SATURDAY, 28 JULY 2018 at 12:00.
Hundreds of thousands of lesbians, gays, bisexuals, trans*sexuals, trans*gender, intersexuals, other queers (LGBTTIQ*) and allies will be hitting the streets on 28 July 2018. What started out as a small, but impressive march with 400 participants decades ago has developed into a forceful political mass rally and a mighty beacon for freedom and human rights. According to the CSD website, there are 59 trucks and 49 walking groups in the parade this year who will pass out information, play great music, give away goodies and spread the love!
Don't miss this chance to show your support for the LGBTTIQ* community and to have a great time!
The parade route begins at Kurfürstendamm/Joachimsthaler Straße and ends up on Straße des 17. Juni between 15:00 and 17:00 in time for the rally at the main stage at the iconic Brandenburg Gate.
For more information about CSD: csd-berlin.de/
To purchase CSD merch: shop.spreadshirt.de/berlin-pride/
To donate to CSD: csd-berlin.de/spenden/
Here are some of trucks 59 participating in the parade with their numbers - click on the names below to find out more information about these LGBTQ* organizations and companies promoting diversity and inclusion! (most of the sites are in Deutsch and in English)
1 Berliner CSD e.V.
3 Berliner Aids-Hilfe e.V.
4 Schwulenberatung Berlin
5 BMW Group DIVERSE
11 queer*human (LGBTTIQ*-AG im Humanistischen Verband Berlin-Brandenburg KdöR)
15 Deutsche Bank AG | dbPride
16 Lesben und Schwule in der BVG
17 OUT tv
23 PRIDE@SIEMENS Berlin
27 Ikea diversity
40 Jugend gegen Aids e.V.
41 USA Botschaft Berlin / GLIFAA
48 United in Pride, Diversity Group der eBay GmbH
53 PayPal Pride
56 Gemeinsam mehr e.V. / Radio QueerLive / die Busche
So...who's joining us in Berlin tomorrow?
If you're there, don't forget to look for yours truly on the Deutsche Bank truck!
By Marina Brafa
Over the past couple of weeks we have been compiling film festivals on each continent that focus on women and LQBTQ+ topics in film, that promote female and queer filmmakers and that empower and help build a network for future projects.
For sure, these lists are by no means complete. There are new festivals appearing and, unfortunately, some are shutting down. The plethora of women/LGBTQ+ festivals represents best the diversity of the community and the creativity that is set free.
While researching festivals what stroke me most was how unequal festivals are spread all over the world. If you think more about this issue it comes with no surprise that there are less festivals on the African continent and in the Middle East, that more and more are popping up in Asian countries and South America and that Europe and North America (Canada and USA, namely) are “well-off” - one might even say saturated. The film industry mirrors the worldwide economic development. However, it does not give clues about the quality. And there is a lot of creative power and skills waiting in African, Middle Eastern and other countries for (financial) opportunities. Therefore, film festivals are important in all countries but especially in financially disadvantaged and more restrictive and isolated nations to showcase the yet hidden talents.
In June, we had the opportunity to speak to Berlin-based director and actress Natalie MacMahon who is a founder of the new Female Filmmakers Festival Berlin. In Part Two of the interview she speaks about her work and experiences as festival founder.
I would be happy to know your answers to the following questions:
How important are women/LGBTQ+ film festivals?
Do they have any impact?
Do we have too many of them in Europe and North America?
Make sure to check out our compilations again!
Fairy Tales Intl. Queer Film & Video Festival
Female Eye Film Festival (Toronto)
herland Feminist Film and Video Workshop (Calgary)
Image+Nation, Montreal's Queer Film Festival
Inside Out Film Festival (Toronto)
London Lesbian Film Festival (London, Ontario)
St. John's International Women's Film Festival
The Future of Film Showcase
The Fairy Tales International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival (Alberta)
Vancouver Women in Film Festival
Vancouver Queer Film Festival
Women in Film & Television (Vancouver)
African American Women in Cinema (AAWIC) Film Festival (New York)
Adam Baran Honolulu Gay And Lesbian Film Festival
Austin Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival
AXW Film Festival
Baltimore Women's Film Festival
Bluestockings Film Series (Portland, Maine)
Censored Women’s Film Festival
Central Illinois Feminist Film Festival Eastern Illinois University
Chi Feminist Film Festival
Davis Feminist Film Festival (Davis, California)
Etheria Film Festival (Boston)
Everett Women's Film Festival (Washington)
Girl Fest (Hawaii)
International Black Women's Film Festival (San Francisco)
LA Femme International Film Festival
Lady Filmmaker's Festival (California)
Les Femmes Underground Feminist Film Festival
Lunafest (a US touring festival)
Madcat Film Festival (San Francisco)
New York City Feminist Film Festival
Pan-African Women's Film Festival (Minneapolis)
Portland Women's Film Festival (Portland, Oregon)
Queer Women of Color Film Festival (San Francisco)
Reel Sisters of the Diaspora (Long Island)
Rocky Mountain Women's Film Festival, (Colorado)
San Diego Women’s Film Festival
San Francisco Transgender Film Festival (San Francisco)
San Francisco Women's Film Festival
San Francisco International Lesbian/Gay Film Festival
Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival
The Athena Centre Film Festival (New York)
University of Buffalo's Annual Women's Film Festival (New York)
Women's Film Festival (Battleboro, Vermont)
Women's Film Festival at McHenry College (Illinois)
Women's International Film Festival
Worldwide Women’s Film Festival
Women of African Descent Film Festival
Women in Horror Film Festival (Georgia)
Afghanistan International Women Film Festival
Kin International Film Festival (Yerevan)
Beijing Queer Film FestivalChina Women*s Film Festival
Hong Kong Lesbian and Gay Film Festival
Shanghai Pride Film Festival
Shanghai Queer Film Festival
Chennai International Queer Film Festival
Kashish - Mumbai International Queer Film Festival
Mumbai Women’s International Film Festival
International Women's Film Festival (Rheovot)
The Tel Aviv International LGBT Film Festival
Asian Queer Film Festival
Rainbow Reek Tokyo
Beirut International Women's Film Festival (BWFF)
&PROUD Yangon LGBT Film Festival
Shashat Palestine Women's Film Festival
International Women's Film Festival
Seoul Queer Culture Festival
Abhimani - Queer Film Festival Sri Lanka
Taiwan International Queer Film Festival
Women Make Waves Film Festival (Taipei)
Ouagadougou Journées cinématographique de la femme africaine de l’image
Mis me Binga (Eyes of Women) International Women's Film Festival
Cairo International Women's Film Festival
Mama Afrika Film Festival
Malawi International Short Film Festival
Sale International Women's Film Festival
African Women Film Festival 2018
Urusaro International Women Film Festival
Films Femmes Afrique
Skirts Film Festival
The International Images Film Festival for Women