May 15, 2015

Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival Plans Major Move

TIGLFF, having just celebrated a highly successful 25th anniversary, is planning a move designed to ensure the festival's success for another 25 years - a change in primary venue from the historic Tampa Theatre to a network of smaller venues throughout Tampa Bay, including downtown St. Petersburg's Palladium Theatre. 

"Tampa Theatre, was and always will be, an integral part of TIGLFF's history", said TIGLFF Executive Director Margaret Murray. "We look forward to working with them on events in the future - the door is not closed on our decades-long relationship."

As the landscape for film festivals, and LGBT film festivals in particular, shifts, TIGLFF has been quick to adapt, embracing new technologies and remaining on the cutting edge of LGBT programming. A move to smaller, decentralized spaces allows the festival to reach audiences where they live. Venues will be spread throughout Tampa, St. Pete and Gulfport, with a record 7 theatres, performing arts centers, and museums being discussed thus far. 

Thom Isbon, TIGLFF Board President says "The board and staff are extremely excited as we implement our vision for expansion of the festival into new venues throughout Tampa Bay.  As we work to build and maintain our audience, we are ever mindful of the traditions of the past 25 years that have brought us to where we are today."

Plans for this year include an evening of comedy and music by Lea DeLaria, star of Orange is the New Black, at the Palladium Theatre on Oct. 3, a pool party at the Hollander Hotel, and LGBT youth programming. 

St. Petersburg, currently experiencing an arts, cultural, and yes, gay renaissance, is the ideal city for an organization with year-round arts programming. 

Wayne Atherholt, Director of Cultural Affairs and International Affairs for St. Petersburg,  states "We are thrilled that TIGLFF is coming to St Petersburg, which has become the arts district for our region. The festival is an integral part of our City of Opportunity and the Arts. " 


The festival dates for this year's Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival are Oct. 2-10.


Details about upcoming events can be found at

Please contact Thom Isbon, Board President, at or Margaret Murray, Executive Director, at for more information.