Cinema Diverse! The Palm Springs Gay and Lesbian Film Festival


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Cinema Diverse is a program of the Palm Springs Cultural Center, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to advancing education, to nurturing community-wide participation in the cultural arts, and to sponsoring scholarship awards for deserving individuals. For more information, please visit

****************Thanks for a Great Festival!****************

Cinema Civerse 2016 is a Wrap.
This was our BEST year ever, and we thank you for that!

Our 2016 Festival was our best ever, despite having our website hacked smack dab in the middle of the festival.

Fortunately for us, and, more importantly for our guests, we were able to redirect our url to our ticketing site so all turned out well in the end. Thanks to everyone for joining us!

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Cinema Diverse: The Palm Springs LGBTQ Film Festival Announces Festival Favorites; Director's Awards.

Cinema Diverse: The Palm Springs LGBTQ Film Festival Announces Festival Favorites; Director's Awards.

The Ninth annual edition of Cinema Diverse: The Palm Springs LGBTQ Film Festival called it a wrap on Sunday night, September 25th, 2016, and today announced its annual selection of audience favorites, plus another group of films selected by the festival director.

“We have historically only published audience awards,” said Michael C. Green, Festival Director, and Managing Director of The Palm Springs Cultural Center. “But this year, I felt we should also give awards to films that the festival felt strongly about. Some films won in both categories, and others won in one or the other." Audience surveys continued to indicate a very high level of audience satisfaction, with most films scoring eighty percent or higher.

"We screened forty four feature films this year, and twenty three of them earned Audience Choice Awards (meaning that they scored eighty five percent or higher on audience surveys)." Green continued. "And out of the fifty seven shorts we screened, twenty of them earned Audience Choice Awards.

Audience Choice Award Winners among feature films included: Akron, An Act of Love, Clambake, Fair Haven, Flatbush Luck, Growing Up Coy, Heartland, I Am Michael, Jonathan, Kiss Me Kill Me, Last Men Standing, Lazy Eye, Major!, Oriented, People You May Know, Remembering the Man, Retake, Shared Rooms, Stonewall: The Movement, Summertime, Throuple, What's the matter with Gerald? and Women Who Kill. Highest among all the high scoring films was this year’s closing night film, Retake, which scored a ninety six percent rating among audience…


Posted by Michael Carroll Green on September 30, 2016 at 1:12pm


Submissions for Cinema Diverse 2016 are closed.

2017 Festival Submissions open on February 17, 2017. We accept submissions through the following online platforms:

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Cinema Diverse: The Gay & Lesbian Film Festival • Palm Springs

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2300 E. Baristo Road, Palm Springs, 92262


68510 East Palm Canyon, Cathedral City, CA, 92234



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