Torino GLBT Film Festival
Opening film29 April 2015
Closing film4 May 2015
LocationTorino, Italy
Festival dateApril 15–22, 2010
[Torino GLBT Film website]

Torino GLBT Film Festival is an LGBT film festival in Torino, Italy.

In 1981 Ottavio Mai and Giovanni Minerba decided to stage their own rebellion against mainstream movies where homosexual "characters" were always relegated to marginal roles and/or to offensive stereotypes. Their opposition took the form of their first film, shot in video, Dalla vita di Piero. The film was well received at Festival Cinema Giovani di Torino, Turin's festival for young film-makers, and was then presented at several international festivals.

So the seed of the Torino International Film Festival on Homosexual Themes, "From Sodom to Hollywood", was planted. As Mai and Minerba traveled to the various festivals to present their film, they realized that there were many excellent films being made on GLBT themes that were never released in Italy in any shape or form. They therefore began to work on the concept of a Festival and presented their ideas to local government bodies: to the Piedmont Regional Council, to the Turin Provincial Council and to the City Council of Turin. For three years they received no response. Then in 1985, the City Council appointed a new Councillor for Culture, Marziano Marzano, a man of open, liberal ideas, and non-conformist attitudes. With his support the first festival took place in 1986, in the face of the fierce opposition and controversy which was to dog the event over the years to come. The festival also managed to obtain funding from the Turin Province and from the Piedmont Region, and, subsequently, the invaluable artistic and cultural backing, which has been maintained through the years, of such prestigious national and international bodies as the Museo Nazionale del Cinema, the British Council, the Goethe Institut, the Colegio de Salamanca, the B.F.I., the Canadian Embassy, the Spanish Ministry of Entertainment, and the Centre Culturel Français.

Initially conceived simply as a program of films focusing on GLBT themes, the event became a Festival in 1989 and was recognized as such by the Italian Ministry of Culture and Entertainment in 1990. Since 2006 the Festival has been under the administration of the national film museum, the Museo Nazionale del Cinema di Torino, while Giovanni Minerba still remains the overall Director.

As well as presenting films not yet screened in Italy, our Festival has always considered its most important role to be that of vigilant observers, on behalf of Italian audiences, of developments in a certain kind of cinema, which would otherwise have absolutely no possibility of being released in theaters in Italy, either for commercial or non-profit screenings.

  • Deadline: January
  • Categories: Shorts, features, documentary dealing with lesbian and gay issues or with a lesbian/gay subtext
  • Requirements: 16mm or 35mm comopt prints only. Films for competition must have been produced in the last 24 months and must not have been released commercially in Italy. No restrictions on running time
  • Awards: Jury prize and audience award
  • Fees: None
  • Festival address: 24 TORINO GLBT FILM FESTIVAL, Museo Nazionale del Cinema, Via Montebello 15, 10124 Torino, ITALY
  • Tel: +39 011 813 88 50
  • Fax: +39 011 813 88 93
  • Email address:

Festival Director: Giovanni Minerba

Programming Dept.: Cosimo Santoro, Davide Oberto, Ricke Merighi

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