This article is an overview of the growth of GLBT film festivals and also of gay visibility. The focus will be on the analysis of the changes that configured a new cinematography called, at the beginning of the nineties, queer movies (Rich, 1991). Since the San Francisco Gay and Lesbian film festival at the end of the seventies, there was a significant change in the films made for or directed toward gay audiences. This could be noticed from production to exhibition, including narrative aspects and cinematographic techniques, leading one to rethink both the formatting-programming of the festivals and the GLBT cinema itself. New sensibilities and subjectivities contrast with the pioneering film scenes from the militant-identitary matrix, raising questions on body, sexuality and gender.
Queer Movies; Sexuality; GLBT Film Festivals