CINEMA DIVERSE: The Palm Springs LGBTQ+ Film Festival, is dedicated to advancing and further strengthening our diverse gay community through the establishment of a world-class forum that presents lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender cinema from around the world. We bring together film artists, film lovers and industry professionals in a celebration of motion pictures that reflect, inform, enrich and often transform lives.

Cinema Diverse is a program of the Palm Springs Cultural Center, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to advancing education, to nurturing community-wide participation in the cultural arts, and to sponsoring scholarship awards for deserving individuals. For more information, please visit

Festival Favorites - Audience Choice
Director's Choice

Films and videos should be of interest to lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender people. We will consider narrative, documentary, experimental and/or animated films and videos (features and shorts). DCPs, Blu-Rays or DVDs can be accepted for viewing.

Festival prefers not to exhibit in DVD format.

Overall Rating
  • Loic Pichot

    Cinema Diverse is an amazing festival. I was lucky enough to have my first screening ever there. I've met wonderful people. I've watched great movies. The QAs were really engaging. Shoutout to Michael, Katie, and the whole team for their wonderful work. I had such a fantastic time. I'll be back!

    October 2023
  • Philip Pierce

    A wonderful festival. Very welcoming, some very fine films and audience was quite appreciative. Programming and staff were lovely. Great weather too!

    October 2023
  • Ryan Paige

    A great festival with very thorough communication - we were thrilled to be part of the official selection!

    October 2023
  • Peter Groynom

    Really fun festival, great turnout, and met some wonderful filmmakers. Many thanks to the organizers for putting together two weekends of great content!

    October 2023
  • It was a great honor to participate in the festival with my film "Soft Sign"

    October 2023