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
  • K. Kypers

    I couldn't make it out to the festival personally, but very happy to be a part of it!!

    January 2019
  • Enso films

    It was a great monent for us. Thank you.

    October 2018
  • Kevin McCarthy

    I had an outstanding experience at Cinema Diverse. The hosts were gracious, welcoming, and always available to help with what ever I needed.

    The social atmosphere of the festival is very positive, and there are many opportunities to meet and network with other filmmakers.

    I hope in future they will be able to provide gender neutral rest rooms. I think this would make trans folk feel even more welcome.

    October 2018
  • Nina Oppliger

    Many thanks for screening our short documentary "Being Okey". Communication was excellent and I am sure we would have had a great time in Palm Springs but unfortunately we were not able to attend. good luck with this wonderful festival!

    October 2018
  • Robert Nunez

    I can't imagine a better place to premiere my documentary. Michael Greene and the Cinema Diverse staff made me feel like I was the only filmmaker they were dealing with. They helped us elevate our time there from a screening to an event. I brought several people from the film and they all said that their time there was one of the best weekends of their lives. Cinema Diverse love film and they love filmmakers. So do the audiences. We had a full house for our Friday screening and had people coming up to us to talk about the film all weekend. This was a great experience for me and a great rollout for the film!

    September 2018