The 18th Connecticut Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
June 3 – 11 at Cinestudio in Hartford, CT
Info: P: (860)586-1136

The Connecticut Gay & Lesbian Film Festival is 18 years old! And we’re having a special celebration from June 3 – 11. It’s the biggest PRIDE month event in the state! People from all over New England and New York will be coming to Cinestudio in Hartford, CT to enjoy one of the most popular and respected film events in New England. Enjoy 9 days of LGBT films, documentaries and shorts. This is an event for all film lovers that will entertain, educate, challenge and move you. Plus there will be wonderful parties on the opening and closing nights, visiting filmmakers and much more. Some of the highlights include:

My Summer of Love (Paul Pavlikovsky, UK, 2004) 
Winner of the British Academy of Film & Television Arts for Best British Film of 2004. Mona lives with her increasingly evangelistic brother Phil, with whom she runs a local pub. Increasingly alienated, Mona meets the ethereal and willowy Tamsin, who has just been expelled from boarding school. The two exiles join forces and retreat into an increasingly romantic and sexualized place of comfort. But like all utopias, there is bound to be a day of reckoning… ( [June 3]

Eating Out (Q. Allan Brocka, USA, 2004) 
No need to dine in tonight. Get ready to feast on a buffet of ripe one-liners, meaty innuendo and oh-so-sweet eye candy. This sexy comedy was recently featured on the cover of The Advocate and stars hottie Ryan Carnes of Desperate Housewives. The first feature film from the director of Rick & Steve, the Happiest Gay Couple in all the World, Eating Out is guaranteed to be one of the most popular films at the Festival ( [June 4]

Beautiful Boxer (Ekachai Uekrongtham, Thailand, 2003) 
Based on the true story of Thailand's famed transgender kickboxer, Beautiful Boxer is a poignant action drama that punches straight into the heart and mind of a boy who fights like a man so he can become a woman. Believing he's a girl trapped in a boy's body since childhood, Parinya Charoenphol sets out to master the most masculine and lethal sport of Thai boxing to earn a living and to achieve his ultimate goal of total femininity ( [June 7]

Same-Sex Marriage Showcase
Since we in Connecticut know first hand all about the struggles of same-gender couples and their families, the Film Festival is please to present four outstanding documentaries on this emotional topic. For our "Marriage Matinee" on June 4th, we are showing Saying "I Do" the story behind the Massachusetts’ Supreme Court Ruling in the Goodrich V. Dept of Public Health that lead to the ruling that same-sex couples have the right to marry in MA. Late Wedding, the touching story of Ale and Oscar together for 48 years who finally decide to tie the knot. Other programs will show when couples in San Francisco were getting married at City Hall, Flowers From the Heartland helped to make the day extra special. And when a male couple feels the call of Paternal Instinct, they work with a surrogate mother to make their dream of fatherhood come true.

> Enjoy the Cinema Café before some evenings hosted by local restaurants like Alchemy and Timothy’s; 
> Support the Film Festival and win great prizes at our silent and live auctions; 
> View a Youth-focus Matinee on Sunday, June 5th; 
> Consider the work of 3 outstanding filmmakers born in Connecticut; 
> Experience a variety of documentaries exploring issues, history and stories of LGBTQ people; compelling dramas and hilarious comedies and as always the best short films that you’ll see anywhere. 

Keep checking our website for more updates. The 18th Connecticut Gay & Lesbian Film Festival promises to be a celebration of PRIDE and film that you won’t want to miss!

Opening/Closing night - $15 regular / $12 senior/student (June 3 & 11)
Weekend nights - $9 / 7 (June 4, 5 and 10) /Weeknights & matinees - $8 / 6
Three day pass (excluding Opening & Closing Nights) - $23/Festival Pass - $69