Smash hit movie Booksmart will have a preview screening at the Light House Cinema

The 27th edition of the GAZE LGBT Film Festival was officially launched last week, revealing an impressive line-up of Irish and international films.

The festival, which will run from August 1 to 5, will take place at Smithfield’s Light House Cinema, where numerous filmmakers will discuss their work and meet audiences after screenings of their films.

Chairperson of the Board of GAZE, Sarah Williams, said: “We’re thrilled to launch this very ambitious festival programme. We share the belief that equality is non-negotiable and sharing the power of our LGBT stories is what GAZE is all about.

“GAZE is about visibility, advocacy, remembrance and sharing a vision for the future.
“We are passionate about providing a platform for new international and Irish LGBT film and look forward to welcoming a broad audience to this year’s event.”

Films announced to screen at the festival include the opening gala screening of Deep In Vogue, a look at the Manchester vogue scene, as well as films Mapplethorpe – detailing the life and art of photographer Robert Mapplethrope – and JT Leroy, which will close out the film festival.

GAZE programmer Roisin Geraghty said: “This year’s programme is intersectional, intergenerational, and as always, international. We really hope that audiences will come to support the festival and enjoy the selection of films and discussions on offer.

“This year marks my fifth and final GAZE programme, and I want to say thanks to colleagues, sponsors and audiences alike for their support.”

This year’s festival will have a spotlight on Latin American LGBT films as well, showcasing five features from countries including Venezuela and Colombia along with numerous short films represented across the shorts programmes in the festival.

GAZE is also partnering with the IFI’s Education Department and BeLonG To Youth Services on a special 15 to 18-year-olds screening of Handsome Devil, including a Q&A with writer and director John Butler.

Screenings form a key part of the GAZE 2019 Film Festival programme, but the festival will also include special events including a special Queer Family Event on August 5.

This will include a special screening of The Little Mermaid and Drag Queen Story Time at The Gutter Bookshop in Temple Bar.

Full details of all the events are available at gaze.ie, where tickets are also on sale.

The GAZE 2019 Film Festival takes place at Light House Cinema, Smithfield, from August 1 to 5 2019, with select events taking place in the IFI and The Gutter Bookshop.