See you in the cinema!
Welcome to the 27th Hamburg International Queer Film Festival. If you don’t find what you’re looking for here, please feel free to get directly in touch with us. 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.

Opening Night Gala + Opening Film: "KIKI"
Kampnagel, Tuesday, 17th October at 7.30 pm. Lobby opens at 6.30 pm

It’s that time of the year again and Kampnagel is, as ever, glam: a warm welcome to Prof. Dr. Adele Weiß (retd.), who will be guiding us through this year’s bewitching Opening.
25 years after the Queer Cinema classic “Paris is Burning”, “ KIKI” leads us back to the dazzling voguing houses of Harlem. Incredible costumes, captivating music and important social structures: “ KIKI” shows how important the voguing scene is, especially for black and latin@ LGBTIQs, who call self-confidently for their rights and shine, like the stars they are, not only on stage. “KIKI” was awarded the Teddy Award for best documentary as well as the QueerScope Debut Film Award for the Swedish filmmaker Sara Jordenö and her co-autor, “House-Mother” Twiggy Pucci Garçon.

Centrepiece: "Transit Havana"

Passage 1, Thursday 20th October at 8.00 pm

Malú, Odette and Juani, all transgender, live in Havana and are part of the “Cenesex” programme initiated by Mariela Castro, the daughter of Raúl Castro, Cuba’s president, who heads the centre for sexual education. “Cenesex“ facilitates gender reassignments financed by the state. However, places are limited. Will the protagonists find their luck despite all difficulties? The topic of ’transition’ also holds true for the portrayal of Cuba as depicted in the documentary – a country full of contradictions.



Closing Night Ceremony

Who did the audience vote for? Which film got awarded the JURY PRIZE? Are they among your favourite films? Find out all about it at the Closing Night Ceremony.

We’re starting with a reception, including complimentary drinks, at the Metropolis Bar and will move on to the award show where the JURY PRIZE and the six Audience Awards will be revealed. The winners of the three URSULAs and the MADE IN GERMANY prize will be screened, as well as excerpts from the GLOBOLA, the DOKULA and the JURY PRIZE. Please feel free to join us afterwards at the bar for a chat with the various filmmaker guests.

Festival Photos
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Bildschön. The Anniversary Book!

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)





The film about the festival is now available on DVD:

25 Years of Queer Film and Community in Hamburg

Christina Magdalinou, Silvia Torneden, Ana Grillo, Germany 2014, 85', German/English with English subtitles

>>Trailer ACTING OUT

Christina Magdalinou and Silvia Torneden spent a short year and a half making the film, supported by Ana Grillo, Monika Treut and many many friends. They filmed, interviewed, gleaned the archives, watched hours of footage and edited reams of material. The resulting documentary entertainingly brings across both the unique atmosphere and 25-year history of the festival, and above all, illuminates the complex mesh that both forms and carries it.


Available from filmmakers or directly from the festival office, Schanzenstr. 45.
Impressum   © 2017 LSF