Queer Lisboa – Lisbon Film Festival 2021

Queer Lisboa is the sole Portuguese Film Festival dedicated exclusively to screening gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and transsexual themed films, a genre known as Queer Cinema.

  • Event Dates

    From: Friday, Sep 17th, 2021
    To: Saturday, Sep 25th, 2021

  • Key Highlights

    • Cultural events
    • Parties
    • Films

Lisbon Film Festival – Europe’s Leading Gay Cinema Event.

Queer Lisboa – International Queer Film Festival is the first Portuguese Film Festival dedicated exclusively to screening gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and transsexual themed films, a genre known as Queer Cinema. This is a genre that outbreaks with increasing expression in major international film festivals and it’s the goal of Queer Lisboa to program what is more relevant in aesthetic and narrative terms in the worldwide panorama, trying to compensate the fact that the access to this cinema is restricted to the mainstream audience.

The programmed films are organized in the Competitions for Best Feature Film, Documentary, Short Film, School Film (short format) and Queer Art, this last one dedicated to more experimental languages. In parallel to the central program there will be non-competition sections, special screenings, film programs dedicated to a filmmaker, theme or country, retrospectives on the representation of homosexuality in film history, sections dedicated to Queer Cinema subgenres, as well as a set of parallel activities such as workshops, exhibitions, and installations.

Queer Lisboa was created in 1997 and is Lisbon’s oldest film festival. Through the years the festival consolidated its reputation internationally and at this moment it is one of the most recognized festivals of its genre in an European level and worldwide, for the quality of its programming and activities as well as the guests that it attracts.

The Festival has also established privileged relations with some of its European and world fellow festivals, with whom Queer Lisboa regularly exchanges programs, creates formative and cultural interchanges and to where its programmers travel on a regular basis. This network is also fundamental to the promotion of Portuguese cinema abroad.

The event takes place every year in September. Several cultural events and parties take place in and around the event.

Here are the hotels we recommend that have good reviews and keep you close to all the action

Lisboa Carmo,   SANA Lisboa,   HF Fenix Garden,   The Late Birds.

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Where to Stay

Most of the best hotels are located in the
Baixa/Chiado district.

The two main gay areas in Lisbon are the
Barrio Alto and Príncipe Real.

Barrio Alto
is popular With tourist and locals alike enjoying
a drink in one of the many bars and restaurants.
Here you will find some Great Hotel Options
close to all of the main attractions.

Príncipe Real is where you will find the real
gay heart of Lisbon and the  busiest gay bars.
This area is home to some of Lisbon’s
Chic Boutique Hotels and the majority of
Designer Tourist Apartments.

Those looking for a Villa for a special occasion
will find some stunning options located outside
the city and along the nearby beaches.

Save up to 30% on Hotels

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Recommended Hotels in Lisbon

Lisbon is quite a compact city with two distinct gay districts,Principe Real area and in the old Bairro Alto quarter. Barrio Alto tends to lean more towards the mixed, gay-friendly groups. Principe Real hosts the best bear and cruising bars. We have selected hotels within easy walking distance from both areas. Remember, Lisbon is a city of hills, so sometimes a taxi is the best option!

Lisboa Carmo Hotel
4 Star, Great Location

Lisboa Carmo


Located in the heart of the city, the hotel features luxury rooms with classic & contemporary décor. with views of Lisbon’s old town

SANA Lisboa Hotel
4 Star, Great Views!

SANA Lisboa


SANA Lisboa Hotel rooms are decorated in a contemporary style and have views over the Old City and offering spacious en suite rooms.

HF Fenix Garden
3 Star, Design Hotel

HF Fenix Garden


The stylish Hotel Fenix Garden is situated in the centre of Lisbon, just steps away, while the high-end shops and boutiques. Free WiFi

The Late Birds
Gay Hotel

The Late Birds


Located in Bairro Alto this Gay Men’s Guesthouse offers an outdoor swimming pool, a garden, a sun deck and a lounge bar.

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Lisbon Bear Pride

Lisbon Bear Pride is the annual bear's weekend, hosted by TR3S Lisboa. With bar nights, amateur bear strip contest, sauna and parties.

Recommended Apartments in Lisbon

Sunshine 1
3 Bedrooms

Sunshine 1 Apartment in Lisbon

Comfortable renovated 3-bedroom apartment in Bairro Alto, the historical center of Lisbon. Though the nightlife is only 5 minutes away from the apartment, you do not hear any noise at night. Local restaurants are 100 meters

Charming Apt
3 Bedrooms

Charming Apartment in Lisbon

Bairro Alto is one of the liveliest and youngest districts of Lisbon. The neighborhood has a multitude of bars, restaurants and shops open until late at night. Ideal for a short break to enjoy the most vibrant district of Lisbon!

Sky View
1 Bedroom

Sky View Apartment in Lisbon

Quiet cozy and picturesque that hides behind a cosmopolitan life illuminated by the unique lightness of Lisbon, This is Lisbon Sky View Loft. An independent House, strategically located between typical neighborhoods

Chiado Loft

Chiado Loft Apartment in Lisbon

This duplex apartment with a patio is on the 4th of a building in Chiado. It was just entirely renovated. A very comfortable lounge area with a Patio, kitchenette and a bathroom on the lower floor. It is the ideal place to stay!

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