We are Brighton & Hove Pride’s official LGBTQ+ film festival, now in our third year.
2nd – 31st August – online & on TV
We’re delighted to reveal our very special Guest Judges for this year!
Peter Tatchell – Best Documentary (short)
Peter Tatchell has been campaigning since 1967 on issues of human rights, democracy, civil liberties, LGBTQIA+ equality and global justice.
He was a leading member of the Gay Liberation Front 1971-74, and during this time he helped organise sit-ins at pubs that refused to serve “poofs”, and protests against police harassment and the medical classification of homosexuality as an illness. With others, he helped organise Britain’s first Gay Pride march in 1972.
Through the Peter Tatchell Foundation, he works to promote and defend LGBTQIA+ rights and other human rights in the UK and selected other countries, in accordance with national and international human rights law: www.PeterTatchellFoundation.org
Sophia Blackwell – Best Drama (short)
Sophia Blackwell is a performance poet with three published collections. Her most recent book, The Other Woman, was nominated for the Polari Prize. She is also the author of a novel, After My Own Heart.
She has been anthologised by Bloodaxe, Nine Arches and the Emma Press. For the past eighteen months, she has hosted the LGBT+ radio show Out in South London on Resonance FM, producing it at home since March 2020.
She co-hosts and produces The Polari Podcast with Paul Burston and her track London Prayer was released as a single in early 2021. She lectures annually at Oxford University’s Department for Continuing Education on their Creative Writing course.
Miss Hope Springs – Best Comedy (short)
Award winning comedy cabaret chanteuse Miss Hope Springs lives with her husband Irving (and his close hairdresser pal Carlos) in a camper-van in Dungeness.
Hope is best known for her decade-long residence at Le Crazy Coqs in London’s West End and her dazzling array of highly acclaimed all original vintage Vegas songs performed which she performs live at the piano. Hope was recently awarded the Brighton Fringe ‘Latest Loves’ Award for her sold out appearances there this year.
Lucy Irving – Best Animation (short)
Lucy Irving (AKA Like Literally Lucy) is an artist, animator, and author.
Her first short film, The Snugglefug, combined puppetry, live-action and animation, and was selected for the London Short Film Festival in 2018.
She has also written and illustrated two books on mindfulness and creativity published by Ammonite Press: Creative Space Journal and Exercise Your Demons. You can find her on Instagram @likeliterallylucy