Grenoble International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
Vues d'en face, in short...
project originated with some twenty people, voluntaries
from different origins and with different sensitivities,
who got together with the aim to create a film festival
driven by a desire to promote cinematographic works presenting
gay and lesbian characters or themes, and by the wish
to present French and foreign films that had been passed
over by the official distribution and exploitation circuits.
This is how the Festival International du Film Gay et
Lesbien de Grenoble was born, in March 2001.
If the screening of films that are rarely distributed
in France is the festival's raison d'être, it also
aims to play a part in the evolution of mentalities in
the acknowledgement and respect of differences with a
challenging film selection, the visibility of its communication
schemes, and by not limiting its audience to the gay community.
d'en face" has found its niche in the Grenoble cultural
landscape with the support of private and public sponsors,
as well as that of film business professionals. Every
year, for a week, a wide array of cinematographic works
can be seen on a big screen. It is a congenial week, favorable
to exchanges between the organising team, the public and
Each edition of "Vues d'en
face" draws more than 2,000 viewers and offers a
selection of some twenty feature length films and as many
short ones from the world over. The films that have remained
unreleased in France are translated and subtitled by the
Eight years after the birth of "Vues d'en face",
the offer of cinematographic works dealing with the various
aspects of homosexuality are still few and far between,
in spite of several big public hits and the creation of
other gay-lesbian-bi-trans festivals. This is why "Vues
d'en face" is keen on programming a great number
of atypical films, and practices an open policy by trying
to appeal to an ever-wider audience.