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

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

Festival prefers not to exhibit in DVD format.

Overall Rating
  • Angie Comer

    I wish I could've stayed much longer, but I enjoyed meeting the staff and programmers of the festival and the filmmakers as well. Everyone was so kind and I really loved the audience for the block of shorts where my film screened.

    October 2017
  • Edward King

    What a great experience!! Cinema Diverse is a wonderful festival for filmmakers. Everyone was very genuine and nice. They made us feel right at home. The quality of the films was outstanding. I will definitely be recommending them to my fellow filmmakers. Thank you Cinema Diverse for a wonderful experience!

    October 2017
  • Max Cole

    Excellent festival. Excellent. Thank you for selecting our film. Hope to attend in the future. 5 stars!

    October 2017
  • Noelle Messier

    I had such a wonderful time at this festival. Everything was well organized, films well programmed, and filmmaker lounge discussions were excellent. Fabulous networking opportunities with LGBT media companies and a personable and grateful, staff, and audience. Thank you Michael. :)

    October 2017
  • Bin Chen

    Great Festival! Michael is a very friendly and responsible person! Will visit it next time!

    October 2017