Reel Pride Film Festival 2023
Reel Pride Film Festival is the annual project of The Winnipeg Gay and Lesbian Film Society, Inc., a non-profit community group formed in 1985 to bring LGBTTQ* film to Winnipeg audiences. We are now the oldest LGBTTQ* film festival in Canada. From the beginning the group’s activities have been carried out by volunteers.
Since 1985, nearly a thousand films that otherwise might not have been seen in a Winnipeg cinema have been screened. From 1985 to 1989, the Society organized film nights – monthly film screenings advertised through mail-outs. The first film festival, a joint project of the Society and Plug In Gallery, was produced in 1987 and titled "Counterparts: International Festival of Gay and Lesbian Films." Five further "Counterparts" festivals were organized by the Society, at about 18-month intervals.
The name "Reel Pride" was adopted in 2000, reflecting the recognition that our community included more than just Lesbians and Gays. Reel Pride has occurred every year since then, and it adopted a Fall timing in 2002. In 2004, the Canadian LGBTTQ* Short Film Competition was added to the program. 2019 was the 25th film festival, and the anniversary marked a return to the Gas Station Arts Centre, our home since 2010.
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