Following the success of 2023's festival , we are delighted to announce the seventh RAINBOW UMBRELLA Film Festival, which will take place at THE HEN & CHICKENS THEATRE in January 2024. The programme will be announced in December 2023 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 2020
2. Judges are not able to give feedback

Overall Rating
  • AriĆ© Chamouni

    Lovely festival, very happy our film was screened in London ! Mark is very reactive and gives feedbacks !

    January 2023
  • Tzu Tung Chen

    100% recommend Rainbow Umbrella Film Festival!! Amazing selections and I'm happy our film can be a part of them.

    January 2023
  • 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