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The news is out – this year will be TIGLFF’s first year away from the Tampa Theatre, our longtime home.
In many ways, TIGLFF and TT grew up together. Twenty-five years ago, we were as scrappy as the stray cats wandering the streets of downtown after dark. Yet, we somehow found a home in the grand dame of Tampa, and it has been a joyous ride!
However, there are changes afoot. Surely you’ve noticed that people are watching films on their phones now and the multiplex routinely carries LGBT friendly film. We regularly compete with Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu for original LGBT programming – and space in your schedule. We get it, and that’s why we have chosen to adapt and flourish!
We are moving and shifting things around a bit. The Palladium, which has hosted many a TIGLFF event before, will become our home for Opening weekend, Closing Night, and our big events.
During the week, we’ll screen films at venues in Tampa, St. Pete and Gulfport. This will allow us to come to YOU – wherever you are, we’re guaranteed to be pretty close! As the year progresses and we finalize this year’s festival, we’ll be sure to keep you posted.
We’re excited about the new opportunities we see in St. Petersburg. It’s a city with a growing commitment to the arts, is becoming a must-visit destination for the LGBT community, and is a natural fit for TIGLFF as we move into our next 25 years.
“Tampa Theatre has been proud to be TIGLFF’s home for the past quarter century, and we wish them nothing but the best as they move forward. Our doors are always open ,” says Tampa Theatre president and CEO John Bell.
This decision was not made lightly, but was the result of a close, hard look at the festival and how to best position ourselves for success over the next 25 years in a changing world.
We are stewards of the organization, and must often make difficult decisions. This was one of those, but as we begin planning for this year’s TIGLFF, there’s a sense of excitement in the air. We are putting together events we’ve never done before (Lea DeLaria’s coming, Lea DeLaria’s coming!!!!). We’re building relationships with new venues and partnering with new organizations.
And while we’re certainly looking forward, we’re also looking back. We’re looking back at the many, many people who believed in the importance and strength of LGBT stories and lives. We’re looking back – and saying thank you – to the thousands of volunteers and organizations who built the festival into what she is today. We’re looking back, and we’re asking you to come along for the next 25 years.
TIGLFF Board and Staff
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Thom Isbon, TIGLFF Board President, firstname.lastname@example.org or Margaret Murray, TIGLFF Executive Director, at email@example.com
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