The idea of the Turin International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival “From Sodom to Hollywood” was born in 1981 when filmmaker, Ottavio Mai and Giovanni Minerba, realized that a great amount of important gay films never came out in Italy. After several years of development and looking for funding, the festival came to life in 1986, with the financial support from Turin Province and Piedmont Region, besides the artistic and cultural support of many important national and international institutions like Museo Nazionale del Cinema, British Council, Goethe Institut, Colegio de Salamanca, B.F.I., Canadian Embassy, Spanish Culture Office, Centre Culturel Français. In the beginning it was only a film show, but in 1989 it became a real festival, and in 1990 it obtained an official recognition from the Ministry of Tourism and Show.
Among its goals, this Festival has always had not only the need to show new films, but to keep a particularly aware Italian “eye” on the artistic and internationally acclaimed cinema that otherwise would never have a go in Italy- A kind of cinema that has always had many difficulties to find a distribution in Italy.
Attended by “professionals” (film critics and journalists), students and passionate film experts, this Festival has always kept a strong bond with the common filmgoer, offering spectacular moments taken from international realities and giving the new generation the opportunity to discover, through many retrospectives, the fundamental characters of gay films and culture. The Festival is distinctint in that it is one of the few GLBT festivals in the world to receive a general recognition from the public and the press, newspapers and TV, following the event with increasing interest and support.
The Festival Awards Juried Prizes in the following categories:
Best Feature Film Award
The Special Jury Award
Best Short Film Award
And Audience Awards in the following categories:
Best Feature Film
Best Short Film
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