Following the success of 2022's festival , we are delighted to announce the sixth RAINBOW UMBRELLA Film Festival, which will take place at THE HEN & CHICKENS THEATRE in January 2023. The programme will be announced in December 2022 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 2018
2. Judges are not able to give feedback

Overall Rating
  • Christopher McNeany

    Absolutely loved screening with these lovely folks. Even with a virtual fest in 2021, they made us feel valued as filmmakers. Great zoom networking and awards presentation was fantastic. Highly recommended!

    December 2021
  • Bernadette Torres

    It was an honor to have taken part in this festival! An overall extremely positive experience with wonderful leadership!

    January 2021
  • Tim Wolff

    SO happy that we screened here!!

    January 2021
  • Jacqueline Rhodes

    This festival is great! Good communication, promotion, and selections. Very happy that my documentary "Once a Fury" was part of it. Highly recommended!

    January 2021
  • 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