Castro theatre during the Frameline39 in June 2015
|Location||San Francisco Bay Area
Founded in 1977, the Frameline Film Festival is the United States' first and oldest film festival devoted to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) programming. It is organized by Frameline, a nonprofit media arts organization whose mission statement is "to change the world through the power of queer cinema".
With annual attendance of 60,000 to 80,000, it is the largest LGBT film exhibition event in the world; it is also the most well-attended LGBT arts event in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Festival is held every year in late June according to a schedule that allows the eleven-day event's closing night to coincide with the City's annual Gay Pride Day, which takes place on the last Sunday of the month.
The festival was previously called the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival. In 2004, the festival's 28th year, it was renamed to Frameline28. Subsequent festivals have followed this naming convention.
Films that were screened at the Frameline Film Festival have been donated to the Hormel Center at the San Francisco Public Library. An initial donation was made in 2005, and the library has partnered with the Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC) for conservation of video recordings.
The festival's annual Awards include The Frameline Award given to an individual who has played a key role in the history of LGBT cinema and Audience Awards for Best Feature, Best Documentary and Best Short. The Festival occasionally adds juried awards to the list. Most recently these have included juried awards for Best First Feature and Best Documentary.