Frameline 2016 - San Francisco International Gay Film Festival 2016

Attending one of the world's most prestigious film festivals

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The historic Castro Theater plays a vital role in Frameline, the annual San Francisco International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival. photo by Andrew Collins

Celebrating its 40th year in 2016, Frameline, the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival is not only the longest-running such event, it's among the world's most successful, drawing some 75,000 participants during its 10-day run each year in late June, around the same time as the San Francisco Gay Pride Festival. The dates this year of Frameline40 are June 16 to 26, 2016.

Attending the SF International LGBT Film Festival

The festival was established in San Francisco in 1977 as a true grassroots event but quickly grew into a prominent annual event, changing its official name to Frameline in 2004. More than 250 films are presented during this 10-day cinematic event, with many of the key screenings taking place at the famed Castro Theatre, an icon of the city's gay community.

Frameline40 details have not yet been released. In the meantime, here' a look Frameline39:

Among the highlights at last year's Frameline were James Franco in I Am Michael, Dianna Agron in Bare, plus Desert Migration, The Summer of Sangaile, Out to Win, How to Win at Checkers, From This Day Forward, Stories of Our Lives, and Those People.

Here's a full calendar of which films are playing when and where, along with details about parties, lectures, and related events.

Where to Stay in San Francisco

Check out the following guides on GLBT-popular hotels and inns around the city: Castro and Mission Gay Hotels Guide, SoMa Gay Hotels Guide, and Downtown San Francisco Gay Hotels Guide.

Buying Tickets to Frameline

You can get discounts, priority admission to all screenings, and a bunch of other benefits by becoming a member of Frameline (basic individual memberships cost $50 annually). You can also purchase a variety of Frameline passes online, including a pass to all Castro Theatre showings, extremely affordable weekday matinee passes, and tickets to different parties and special events, such as the opening film showing and gala, and closing night.