As it enters its second decade, the Los Angeles International Gay & Lesbian Film & Video Festival, which opens its 10-day 11th edition Thursday at the Directors Guild, can be proud of having brought countless significant films to the city.
In many instances, especially in regard to foreign productions, the festival provides the only opportunity to see them. On a more encouraging note, the festival has indeed launched such key films as "Swoon," "Poison" and "Claire of the Moon," which went on to successful theatrical engagements.
This year the festival will present more than 200 films and videos. Many of the shorts screenings this year will offer both gay and lesbian films and videos on the same program.
The festival's founder and executive director, Larry Horne, has programmed the men's films while associate director Nazila Hedayat selected the women's films. More women's organizations than ever before are sponsoring various programs. The videos have been chosen by a committee headed by the Getty Center's David Jenen.