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Since the invention of the first motion picture camera in 1867, movies have been a means to entertain as well as debate, inspire, and educate. This year, over 100 LGBT film festivals around the world will showcase cinema’s multi-purpose potential by featuring movies ranging from uplifting love stories to controversial commentaries on homophobia.

With filmmakers from around the world offering a spellbinding array of subjects and styles, there will be something for moviegoers of every taste at this year’s LGBT film festivals. In 2010, San Francisco celebrated three decades of gay cinema, while cities like Mumbai hosted their first events to date. Here is a selection of film festivals from six continents that continue to illuminate the lives, dreams, and concerns of LGBT people everywhere.

(Editor's Note: Some of the following film festivals have already taken place. They are included here so you can plan for next year!)

Fairy Tales International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
May, 27-June 4, 2010

reelout: queer film + video festival
January 28-February 6, 2010

London, Ontario
London Lesbian Film Festival
April 23-25, 2010

Image+Nation: Montréal International LGBT Film Festival
October 28-November 7

Inside Out Toronto Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
May 20-30, 2010

Vancouver Queer Film Festival
August, 11-22, 2010

Birmingham SHOUT: Gay + Lesbian Film Festival of Alabama
September 23-26, 2010

Reel Pride
September 16-20, 2010

Long Beach
Q Film Festival
May 8-10, 2010

Los Angeles
Outfest: The Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
July 8-18, 2009

Los Angeles
FUSION: Los Angeles LGBT People of Color Film Festival
March 11-13, 2010

Sacramento International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
October 7-9, 2010

San Francisco
Queer Women of Color Film Festival
June 11-13, 2010

San Francisco
San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival
June 17-27, 2010

San Diego
FilmOut San Diego
April 16-27, 2010

Santa Barbara
OUTrageous: Santa Barbara LGBT Film Festival
November 12-15, 2010

Colorado Springs
Pikes Peak Lavender Film Festival
September 24-26, 2010

Out Film CT: Connecticut Gay & Lesbian
Film Festival
May 27-June5, 2011

Rehoboth Beach
Rehoboth Beach Film Festival
November 10-14, 2010

Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
April 2011

Tampa International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
October 7-17, 2010

Out on Film
October 1-7, 2010

Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival
May 27-30, 2010

Reeling: The Chicago Lesbian & Gay International Film Festival
November 4-13, 2010

PRIDE LGBTQ Film Festival
January 28-31, 2010

Indianapolis LGBT Film Festival
November 12-14, 2010

Boston Gay & Lesbian Film/Video Festival
May 6-16, 2010

Provincetown International Film Festival
June 16-20, 2010

reelpride: Michigan GLBT Film Festival
September 16-20, 2010

Las Vegas
May 13-15, 2010

Southwest Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
October 8-14, 2009

Long Island
Fire Island Film & Video Festival
July 31-August 28, 2010

New York
Mix NYC: The New York Lesbian & Gay Experimental Film/Video Festival
November 9-14, 2010

New York
Newfest: The New York LGBT Film Festival
June 3-13, 2010

ImageOut: The Rochester Lesbian & Gay Film & Video Festival
October 8-17, 2010

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The first Puerto Vallarta International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival (PVIGLFF) celebrates with four days of LGBT films from Thursday, April 28th, through Sunday, May 1st, 2011, in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico.
- Andrew , Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico

reelpridemichigan is not taking place. I called equality michigan today and that is what they told me.
- rc , southfield, MI, USA

Passport misses one of the most relevant gay film festivals in my opinion: Montreal International LGBT Film Festival, in the Gay Capital of Canada. Image+Nation is a key.
- Marc , L.A.

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