L.A. gay filmfest has record year

The 11th Annual Los Angeles Intl. Gay and Lesbian Film and Video Festival was the most successful ever, according to Larry Horne, the fest’s executive director.

The festival, which ended Sunday, took in $ 114,600, up $ 27,000 over last year. The total number of tickets sold was 20,817, up 2,000 over last year at the average price of $ 7.

A full 75% of the programs were sold out. The most popular program was the closing-night comedy/drama, Richard Glatzer’s “Grief,” which was so in demand a second showing was added. Other audience favorites included the Canadian-made AIDS musical “Zero Patience,” the shorts program “Sex, lies and lesbians,” and the documentaries “Sex Is…,””Forbidden Love,””Confessions of a Pretty Lady” (about Sandra Bernhard) and the drama /documentary “I Am My Own Woman.”

Based on its showing at the fest, “Grief” became the first film to be invited to next year’s Berlin Film Festival, and drew distribution interest, as did “Zero Patience.”

Plans for next year’s festival include expansion to both the east and west sides of Los Angeles and a boosted marketing effort.

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