See you in the cinema!
Welcome to the 25th Anniversary of the Hamburg International Queer Film Festival!

The fun is about to start! We strongly advise that you buy your tickets in advance. Everything you need to know about tickets sales can be found here. The festival brochure can be found at selected outlets or pick up your copy from the festival office in the Schanzenstraße.

Highlights. Festival photos. Push-up Club. Bildschön – the 20th Anniversary Book.

Opening Night Gala + Opening Film
Kampnagel, Tuesday, 14th October at 7.30 pm. Lobby opens at 6.30 pm

It’s showtime at Kampnagel and we’re totally excited – it’s not only our 25th anniversary, but tonight is the world premiere of “Acting Out. 25 Years of Queer Film and Community in Hamburg”, the documentary about the festival. Christina Magdalinou and Silvia Torneden have spent a short year and a half making the film, supported by Ana Grillo, Monika Treut and many many friends. They’ve filmed, interviewed, gleaned the archives, watched hours of footage and edited reams of material into a small masterpiece. With its gorgeous shots and sublime soundtrack, the documentary  entertainingly brings across both the unique atmosphere and 25-year history, and above all, illuminates the complex mesh that both forms and carries the festival.

Our favourite presenters, Didine van der Platenvlotbrug and Blessless Mahoney, will be guiding us through the gala evening with a programme including international guests.

Acting Out - 25 Jahre Queer Film and Community in Hamburg
Christina Magdalinou/Silvia Torneden/Ana Grillo, Germany 2014, 85’, digital, German original with English subtitles
Repeat screenings: Rote Flora, Thursday, 16.10., 8pm, with German subtitles (free entry) / Studio, Saturday, 18.10., 3pm, with English subtitles




Nånting måste gå sönder - Something Must Break

Ester Martin Bergsmark, Sweden 2014, 82’, digital, Swedish original version with German subtitles

Passage 1, Thursday 16.10., 8pm

Summer in Stockholm. Between his dull warehouse job and quick sex encounters, Sebastian is searching for his identity, his identity as Ellie, a woman. One night, they encounter Andreas and fall in love with him, who feels similarly. Andreas denies being gay and is constantly challenged in his male identity by Ellie/Sebastian. This powerful film about finding oneself in a world of gender binarity has won various prizes at queer film festivals worldwide and is this year’s worthy Centrepiece.



Closing Night Film

Der Kreis – The Circle
Stefan Haupt, Switzerland 2014, 102’, digital, Swiss-German original version with German subtitles

Passage 1, Sunday 19.10., 5.30pm

Zurich in the mid-1950s: Ernst, a teacher, young and shy, takes a big step: he becomes a member of
“Der Kreis” (“The Circle”), a Swiss gay organisation that was a pioneer of gay emancipation. At his first ballroom event, Ernst meets the transvestite star, Röbi, and falls for him, head over heels. Their love story is the framework of a brilliantly made portrait of the rise and fall of Zurich as the gay mecca of Europe – a chapter of history that with this film is finally getting exposure.




galerievorschaubild2010To whet your appetite for the upcoming filmic and social delights, check out the pictures of last year’s festival… and the year before… and the year before that… and…

Have fun looking around!


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In celebration of 20 years of Hamburg International Queer Film Festival comes the book of the festival! Filled with history and photos, this is a must-have for German-speaking fans of the festival and queer cinema in general. We only have a few copies left, on sale for the bargain price of only 10 euros!

Bildschön. 20 Jahre Lesbisch Schwule Filmtage Hamburg

More info on how to order here. (in German)

Impressum   © 2015 LSF