Welcome to Queer Wave 2021
At Queer Wave, we believe there is an extraordinary breadth
of LGBTQ+ cinema that deserves to be discovered.
We aspire to bring audiences in Cyprus some of the best titles from all over the world, many of which they would never have the chance to relish otherwise. Through the transformative power of cinema, we hope to share with you some of the most unique cinematic experiences, promoting a culture of acceptance and solidarity nation-wide.
Last year, the pilot version of the festival was held online in August in between lockdowns, during the brief summer relief. It was created as a response to the problematic and chronic absence of LGBTIQ+ films from the Cypriot market and focuses on films that had never been screened on the island before. This year, Queer Wave returns for an in-person version and with even more topics to address.
Continuing to amplify voices, the festival aims to provide a safe space for self-expression for the LGBTIQ+ community and its allies, by embracing diversity and enriching the quality of cultural events in Cyprus. Following its first edition online, Queer Wave received international recognition as one of the 20 finalists shortlisted for the 2021 Commonwealth Youth Awards, amongst 1000 applications from 43 countries of the Commonwealth.
We welcome LGBTIQ+ individuals and allies, artists, devoted cinephiles of all ages, and every other open-minded person curious to discover something new.