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Frameline Statement on Consulate Support

March 24, 2016
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Over the past year, Frameline has reflected and listened to the concerns and differing viewpoints in the community in relation to consulate support, especially from the Consulate of Israel.  Frameline’s Board of Directors and Executive Director have come to the conclusion that as the global leader in LGBTQ media arts we stand by our original decision to continue to support all filmmakers, regardless of their country of origin, and will continue to partner with consulates, as needed, to fund film exhibition and filmmaker travel.  In continuing  this policy, we are affirming Frameline’s inclusive arts-­‐focused mission, rather than becoming a proxy in a divisive political issue with many viewpoints but little consensus within the greater LGBTQ community.

SHORTER VERSION 

  • Frameline is a media arts and culture organization that supports the promotion of LGBTQ voices from all cultures in the world.   We do not take a stance against any particular country or culture.
  • Frameline like many other international film festivals in the Bay Area, accepts financial support from cultural organizations and consulates, such as the Israeli Consulate, to cover costs associated with screening international films.
  • Frameline has a long history of working with cultural organizations and consulates as part of the Festival each year, for example the French and Swiss consulates, and the Goethe-­‐Institut (Germany) to support films that represent those countries.


LONGER VERSION
Frameline is a media arts and culture organization that supports the promotion of LGBTQ voices from all cultures in the world.  We do not take a stance against any particular country or culture.  While we understand that funding sources are at times a divisive subject, Frameline supports independent filmmakers regardless of their country of origin, and any funds Frameline receives are used to support and serve our mission and LGBTQ film arts programs.
 

Like many other international film festivals in the Bay Area and throughout the country, Frameline accepts financial support from cultural organizations and consulates, such as the Israeli Consulate, to cover costs associated with screening international films. We use their support to bring international filmmakers to the Bay Area so that these artists can present their works at our Festival and engage in a dialogue with the audience about their films, which are often thought provoking or even critical of their country of origin. It is vital for Frameline to continue its long tradition of providing cross-cultural opportunities to LGBTQ artists and works of cinema from all around the world.
 

The Frameline Board of Directors and Executive Director thank everyone in the community who engaged with us during this process. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at feedback@frameline.org

March, 2016