TLVFest Celebrated Its 16th Anniversary and Returns to Cinema Halls In Israel



The LGBTQ+ film festival TLVFest is back in full swing. The festival will feature 150 films, of which 47 are Israeli short films – 10 of which made by youth from various film education programs throughout the country. Furthermore, it will host a series of panels which will include: Queer Palestinian work within Israel with mk Ibtisam Mara’ana-Menuhin and with actress and filmmaker Samira Saraya, moderated by Khader Abu Seif; Queer cinema panel with Bat-El Mosari, Sivan Noam Shimon and Dr Jasmin Max Sasson; A conversation with the creators and actors of “Panel Milan” moderated by Dafna Lustig; and many more. Back for the third time, with six new contestants is TLVfest’s drag contest, judged by Rupaul’s Drag Race stars Ginger Minj and Latrice Royale.



The opening Israeli film: “Two” directed by Esther Elkayam. Bringing the complex journey across of a couple of women bringing a child into this world.

The closing film: “Supernova” starring Stanley Tucci and Colin Firth, delivering an impressive performance about a couple set out on a journey across the UK, fighting to keep a secret that will change their lives

Dozens of award-winning international movies from the world’s leading festivals, including:

The Novice by Lauren Hadaway; winner of the best film, best actress and best cinematography awards at the Tribeca Film Festival, 2021 | Cowboys by Anna Kerrigan; winner of best actor (Steve Zahn – The White Lotus) and best screenplay awards at the Tribeca Film Festival, 2021 | Private Desert; receiver of the fan-favorite award at the 2021 Venice Film Festival and Brazil’s Oscars nominee, 2022 | Swan Song; A bitter comedy about the journey to rediscovery at an old age with iconic queer actors Udo Kier and Jennifer Coolidge (White Lotus) and Linda Evans (Crystal from “Dynasty”) with a surprising comeback (2021 SXSW) | Language Lessons by actress Natalie Morales, marking her debut as a director, with Mark Duplas (The Morning Show)  winner of fan-favorite award at SXSW, 2021, and premiered at the 2021 Berlin Film Festival | The Scary of Sixty-First by Dasha Nekrasova; winner of the 2021 debut award at the 2021 Berlin Film Festival, the story of two young women who unknowingly move into a Manhattan apartment that used to belong to Jeffrey Epstein.

On November 20th, International Transgender Remembrance day – commemorating the victims of the transgender community who have fallen victim to transphobia and raising awareness on issues relating to the community’s rights – a collection of short films on the topic will be featured. The 12 films will provide and inspiring and hopeful insight of the transgender community around the world. A panel will be held with key figures of the Trans community in Israel, following the screening of the film “Trans – I got Life”. Additionally, as per every year, the documentary “That’s Gila, That’s me” by director Alon Weinstock will be screened, telling the story of Gila Goldstein – one of the first transgender women in Israel, who passed away four years ago.

Yair Hochner, Festival founder and director: “Since the cinematheque returned to its previous activities, the festival’s events have filled its halls with great success: last June’s pride weekend, last summer’s screenings of “Matthias and Maxime” by Casbia Dolan or the drama “Good” about artist Tove Jansson, and these days with the “Seven Days” comedy. A year ago the festival took place online and I did not experience the contact with the audience, which is an integral part of the festival and therefore, I am extremely pleased that we are returning with 10 days and 150 wonderful films coming from the most influential festivals around the world”

The international LGBTQ+ festival is held in partnership with the Tel Aviv cinematheque and the support of the Ministry of culture – National Film board, Tel Aviv-Yafo municipality, Gilead, Dell, Space – fitness clubs, Ima Polania, UNIQ, TAU club, Gesher foundation, PrideTV, Cinema Lev, Embassy of Germany, Embassy of Canada, Austrian cultural forum, Institute of French culture and the Embassy of France, Embassy of Spain, Cervantes institute, Embassy of Estonia, Embassy of Argentina, Embassy of Colombia, Embassy of Lithuania, Lithuanian Film Center, Northern Rhine-Westphalia Ministry of Economy, Science, Education, Youth and Culture in Israel.


11 – 20 November 2021 | Cinematheque Tel Aviv and Ennis Cultural Center in Jaffa








Tel Aviv Cinematheque – Ha’Arbah street 5 Tel Aviv

Ennis cultural center – Pa’amonim street 9 Tel Aviv


Ticket sales have started on the Festival’s website:

Festival tickets pricing:

Single ticket 46 NIS

4-movie ticket 140 NIS

10-movie ticket 250 NIS

VIP code TLVFest to be used throughout the festival – 500 NIS

(not including opening or closing events or the drag contest)


Opening and closing events 60 NIS

Short movie ticket 30 NIS

5-short movie ticket 125`NIS

Panels and talks 25 NIS

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