Among the news of the 38 Lovers Film Festival, which will take place from 18th to 23rd April 2023 at Cinema Massimo, the three juries, for the first time in the festival’s history, will be chaired by representatives of some of Europe’s leading LGBTQI+ festivals.
For the international feature film competition: Brian Robinson, programmer of the BFI Flare, LGBTQIA+ Film Festival in London.
For the international documentary competition: Bohdan Zhuk, who works at the Kyiv International Film Festival Molodist, the most important Ukrainian film festival, for which he also curates the selection of Sunny Bunny, the LGBTQI+ themed program of the event.
For the international short film competition: Tiina Teras in charge of programming at Festheart, Estonia’s first LGBTQI+ themed festival.
The programme will include around 60 titles including feature films, documentaries and short films from all over the world. Three main competitive sections: All The Lovers, international feature film competition; Real Lovers, international documentary competition and Future Lovers, international short film competition.
The other prizes
A jury of young students will award the Young Lovers – Matthew Shepard prize by choosing a film from the international feature film competition. A special prize dedicated to Giò Stajano will be awarded. Lovers, from an idea by writer Willy Vaira and Claudio Carossa, dedicates this prize to the memory of Giò Stajano, one of the most important and significant figures in Italian LGBTQI culture. The Torino Pride prize will be awarded by the Turin Pride Coordination Board, in collaboration with the Friends of Culture Association and the LGBT Film Festival, to a film that best represents the struggle and militancy of the LGBTQI+ community.
Lastly, the Riflessi nel Buio (Reflections in the Dark) prize, dedicated to a film made in a Country where the homosexual condition is a danger and sometimes a risk to life.
The Lovers Film Festival is powered by the National Museum of Cinema and takes place with the contribution of the MiC, the Regione Piemonte and the City of Turin.