ABOUT TLVFest -

Freedom, justice and tolerance should be the pillars of any society. We believe Israel must guarantee full social and political equality to all, regardless of religion, race, sex or sexual orientation. As committed members of the Israeli LGBT community, we struggle for equality and respect by creating a serious, often controversial discourse through the medium of queer cinema. The Tel Aviv International LGBT film festival is the manifestation of this struggle.

TLVFest is recognized for its many local and international achievements. In July 2018, MovieMaker Magazine chose TLVFest as one of the 25 coolest international film festivals in the world. In 2014 and 2015, TLVFest was chosen by Indiewire Magazine as one of the top 10 LGBT film festivals in the world, and Yair Hochner the founder and artistic director of the festival, was invited to be a featured jurist at important international festivals, including the Cannes Film Festival, the Berlinale Festival and the Guadalajara Festival, the largest film festival in Central and South America.

The only LGBT film festival in the Middle East, TLVFest is a fixture of the Israeli pride week. the festival offers a fascinating look into international and Israeli queer cinematic art. It is also an industry hub of activity. We take pride in the many collaborations and creative work that evolved from TLVFest meet-ups, seminars and workshops over the past decade.

We have come a long way since our 2006 launch. Held in the cramped quarters offered by Ha’Ozen Hashlishit (Hebrew for “third ear”) record store, the first festival opened with a show of Greg Araki’s Mysterious Skin. The venue was fully booked throughout the five-day event; it was clear we had created something that had to continue and grow. A year later we moved into the Tel Aviv Cinematheque. The only openly and committedly gay-friendly cinema in Israel, it has been our home ever since, and an important partner in all of our endeavours. Since then, each pride week sees TLVFest growing, reaching more audiences, diversifying its program and exposing more local and global LGBT issues. And we make it a point to support the more disadvantaged members of our local community – transgender people and LGBTs belonging to ethnic and cultural minorities – by giving their daily experiences and struggles a visible spot on the silver screen.

TLVFest has had the pleasure to host many of the queer cinema industry’s most innovative minds. Over the years our guests have included Alan Cumming, Lea DeLaria, Producer Christine Vachon (Boys Don’t Cry, Carol, Far From Heaven), Bruce La Bruce, Mink Stole, Wieland Speck (Berlinale Panorama curator), Lorenzo Vigas (From Afar), Marcio Reolon, Filipe Matzembacher (Tinta Bruta/Hard Paint), Martín Rodríguez Redondo (Marilyn), Jay Brannan (Shortbus), Jamie Babbit (But I’m a Cheerleader), Angela Robinson (D.E.B.S.), Cheryl Dunye (The Watermelon Woman), Mark Christopher (Studio 54), Alanté Kavaïté (The Summer of Sangaile), Daniel Ribeiro (The Way He Looks), Melanie Mayron (Snapshots), Madeleine Olnek (Wild Nights with Emily), Thom Fitzgerald (The Hanging Garden),Gigi Gorgeous, Sherry Vine, Jackie Beat, Joey Arias, Miss Rosewood, & RuPaul’s Drag Race stars: Peppermint, Alexis Michelle, Jinkx Monsoon, Sharon Needles and many, many more filmmakers and artists.

TLVFest is more than a regular film festival it’s runs the TLVFest Movie Club, a monthly screening and other cinema related events throughout the year. The festival purchases theatrical rights of selected LGBTQ international films, and distributes them in Israel.

The TLVFest team is already hard at work on the many exciting ideas that will eventually form the next festival. Join us as we continue celebrating Israeli and international queer cinema and promote a more tolerant and respectful Israeli society.

Yours,
The TLVFest team.

Official Competition – International Narrative
Official Competition – International Documentary
Official Competition - Israeli Short Films - 3000 ILS
Official Competition - International Short Films
Israeli Short Script Competition - 150,000 ILS
Israeli Narrative Pitch - 25,000 ILS
Israeli Documentary Pitch - 15,000 ILS
The full info in our website www.tlvfest.com

2020 ENTRY RULES AND REGULATIONS

GENERAL
TLVFest acknowledges that most of the submissions are made by independent filmmakers, who are making their films without financial support, therefore there are modest submission fees.

HOW TO ENTER
Submit fully-completed entry form.

ENTRY MATERIALS
All entries must include the following:
(1) An official TLVFest “Entry Form” properly completed and submitted;
(2) A link to the film with password (vimeo.com for example) – entries in any other format will not be accepted.

MULTIPLE ENTRIES
Each entered work must be accompanied by its own entry form and by a separate vimeo link.

ELIGIBILITY
Entrants must fully comply with the following Entry Rules & Regulations, including deadline(s) and entry material requirements, selected film requirements and premiere requirements:

(1) The film should be of LGBTQI interest or depict LGBTQI characters;
(2) Non-English language films must display English subtitles;
(3) Submitted works must be Israeli premiere.
(4) Submitted works must have their world premiere after June 2019

KEY DATES AND DEADLINES
August 1, 2019 – Submissions open
February 29, 2020 – Submissions close

filmmakers will be notified via email by April 2020

June 4th – June 13th, 2020 – 15th Annual TLVFest: Tel Aviv International LGBT Film Festival

Please note: TLVFest does not send notifications to entries which have been declined.

IF YOUR WORK IS SELECTED
You must comply with the following requirements by the date(s) designated by the Festival:

(1) You will submit a properly completed online official TLVFest “Entry Form”;

(2) To respect the festival tickets buyers, after the release of the program, a screening of a film cannot be canceled

(3) By entering a submission you acknowledge responsibility for obtaining any and all clearances necessary to exhibit your film at TLVFest Film Festival and hold harmless TLVFest Film Festival and its affiliates against any claim arising out of the exhibition of your film at TLVFest;

(4) You are responsible for delivery of the exhibition copy of the invited work(s) in one of the Exhibition Formats specified below:

Feature film formats: DCP, Quicktime Prores 422HQ (If the film has a DOLBY-E audio track or surround sound, please note so), 35mm film, Blu-Ray (please inform us regarding the frame rate – 24, 25 or 29.97 FPS)

Short Films can be exhibited in DCP, Prores 422HQ (If the film has a DOLBY-E audio track or surround sound, please note so).

Due to our limited capacity to project 16mm, the Festival reserves the right to request that works originally in that format be provided to us in other formats.
Films which are not in English must provide English subtitles.

(5) You are responsible for delivery of the exhibition copy to the address designated by the Festival. The Festival will arrange for, and cover the cost of, the return-shipping of the exhibition copy after the conclusion of the Festival. We recommend shipment via courier in order to track the delivery of your entry;

(6) Your acceptance of an invitation to screen at TLVFest is final. The filmmaker cannot withdraw his/her participation after accepting an official invitation.

FESTIVAL PROGRAMMING
TLVFest programmers will determine the most appropriate section of the festival’s program in which to screen the works that they have selected.

Competition Categories:

World Narrative Features
Open to works from all regions, must be an ISRAELI premiere.
Eligible for: Best Narrative Feature, Honorable Mention for Narrative Feature.

World Documentary Features
Open to works from all regions, must be an ISRAELI premiere.
Eligible for: Best Documentary Feature, Honorable Mention for a Documentary Film.

Shorts (narrative and documentary – under 50 minutes)
Open to works from all regions, must be an ISRAELI premiere.
Eligible for: Best Narrative Short, Honorable Mention for International Short Film.
Shorts will play either in a program of short films, or prior to a feature film.

Israeli Shorts(narrative and documentary – under 50 minutes)
Must be an ISRAELI premiere.
Eligible for: Best Israeli Short, Honorable Mention for Israeli Short Film.

Panorama
Open to works from all regions, Must be an ISRAELI premiere.
Eligible for: Audience Award

By submitting your entry form, acknowledge that if your movie was selected to TLVFest 2020 edition it is impossible to cancel the screening for any reason

By submitting your entry form, you are providing your consent to TLVFest to screen your film, if selected, at the festival. Should your film be selected, TLVFest will send you an acceptance notification and expects an acknowledgement in reply. In cases where no acknowledgement is received, TLVFest will consider your online entry form as providing your permission to screen the film.