IS IT QUEER ENOUGH?: AN ANALYSIS OF THE CRITERIA AND SELECTION PROCESS FOR PROGRAMMING FILMS WITHIN LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, TRANSGENDER AND QUEER FILM FESTIVALS IN THE UNITED STATES
June, Jamie L.
This research project is an attempt to document in writing both the varying definitions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (lgbtq) film and the methods of programming that lgbtq film festivals use when selecting films for exhibition. This paper is intended to support communication and information sharing between lgbtq film festivals, providing the organizations with data that will further the professional fi eld of queer fi lm exhibition. I have selected to focus on lgbtq film festivals for this study due to the role they play in defining and developing the genre of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer film. For this study, I identified 57 lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer film festivals in the United States by using online databases, websites and film festival directories. I mailed a letter of introduction along with a survey to each of the festivals, asking them to provide information about their organizations, their decision-making processes, and how they define lgbtq film. Responses from 17 lgbtq film festivals are included in this study.