Following the success of 2020's festival , we are delighted to announce the fourth RAINBOW UMBRELLA Film Festival, which will take place at THE HEN & CHICKENS THEATRE in January 2020. The programme will be announced in December 2018 and tickets will go on sale at

The festival is run by filmmakers and aims to celebrate the very best in indie and encourage all aspects of independent LGBT film making.

As well as live screenings, there will also be various networking events to be announced shortly.

The Festival is at The Hen & Chickens Theatre, an independent cinema in Islington, North London and the pub below will be the networking and meeting place.

Festival Director Mark Lyminister has worked with Unrestricted View and been Theatre Manager of The Hen & Chickens Theatre for many years. He has also worked extensively as an actor in theatre, film and TV.

" Rainbow umbrella has been set up to encourage actors and film makers from the LGBT community to have a platform to express their hopes, fears, desires and experiences and share them with new audiences. We aim to allow anyone with a voice, an opinion, a vision, a calling, to be free to write, act, direct and be free to express themselves through the medium of film. From first time film makers with little or no budget to the films with more experience and financial clout, they are all welcome under our umbrella!
We want to share films that show every emotion of someone experiencing life as an LGBT person."

Best Feature
Best Foreign Feature
Best Short
Best Foreign Short
Best Director
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Supporting Actress
Best Supporting Actor
Best Cinematography
Best Screenplay

1. No films completed before Jan 2017
2. Judges are not able to give feedback

Overall Rating
  • What an amazing festival! A truly great show of support for independant filmmakers with sold out screeningd for many selected films. This festival is headed up by Mark Lyminster who is professional and only too happy to help - a great experience, I would highly recommend this festival!

    March 2020
  • Juan Carlos Larrondo

    Great attention from part of the organizers, very exited to be part of the festival and their vision.

    January 2020
  • Thanks for including "Bound 4 Heaven!" Great communication from organizers. Our friends who attended say it's a cool venue - pub on a first floor, decent theater with high-quality screen and sound upstairs.

    January 2020
  • Davey Porter

    What a sweet, caring, wonderfully curated film festival. The venue is cool! And I wish them much success and a very long run. Thank you everyone for bringing our little gay movie, "Happy Endings Sleepover" to London, and for placing us as the opening feature film for the festival. We're honored, and thank you so very, very much.

    January 2020
  • Solaris Pictures

    Terrific team, great communication, awesome festival!
    It was truly a privilege screening our film EVENING SHADOWS in the festival's 2018 edition.
    The icing on the cake was winning two awards - Best Foreign Film Award and Best Performance in a Supporting Role Award for our lead actress Mona Ambegaonkar. Wohooo!!
    Check out all our 17 awards & 67 film festival screenings at

    July 2019