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Frameline 2016

The SF International LGBT Film Festival

Frameline is the official name for the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival. It's the largest and longest running LGBT film festival in the world.

Each year, the festival draws more than 60,000 people from San Francisco, the Bay Area, and around the world. It's also the most attended LGBT arts program in the area.

All films focus on the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community. Shows discuss a wide variety of topics including adoption, HIV/AIDS, and history. Other topics include immigration, marriage equality, and relationships.

The majority of the films show at the Castro Theater. Other venues in San Francisco include the Roxie Theater and Victoria Theater in the Mission. Some will also show at the Rialto Cinema Elmwood in Berkeley.

2016 Frameline Schedule

This year's Frameline Film Festival runs from June 16-26, 2016.

Opening Night

Frameline opens this year with Kiki. This documentary focuses on what it's like in the ballroom scene today and the importance of this form of expression to the LGBTQ youth of color.

It's on Thursday, June 16 at 7pm at the Castro Theater.

Other Highlights this Year

  • AWOL: A recent high school tomboy graduate falls for a leggy blond. She later finds out her new flame has both a husband and kids. The story follows their romance and the cost of same-gender love for those that can't afford it.
    • Wednesday, June 22 at 6:30pm at the Castro Theatre
    • Saturday, June 25 at 7:30pm at the Landmark Theatres Piedmont

  • Pushing Dead: This comedy hits on serious topics including healthcare bureacracy, the stuggles of a longtime HIV patient, and more. This funny, yet warm movie is by San Francisco writer-director Tom E. Brown.
    • Saturday, June 18 at 6:30pm at the Castro Theatre
    • Tuesday, June 21 at 9:30pm at the Rialto Cinemas Elmwood

  • The Trans List: A documentary that allows the transgender people to tell their stories, experiences, and struggles to the rest of the world.
    • Saturday, June 25 at 4pm at the Castro Theatre

Find the entire schedule for this year's film festival.

Closing Night

Frameline closes on Sunday, June 26 with Looking, HBO's breakout series. It's the story of three gay men living in San Francisco. Their messy and complex story shows how staying optimistic can lead to great friendships in the end.

It starts at 7pm at the Castro Theater.

Ticketing Details

You can buy your tickets online in advance, at the Frameline Box Office at 575 Castro Street (between 18th and 19th), or when you arrive at the venue. I highly recommend you buy them in advance as many of the top films will sell out.

Most tickets can be purchased online until around 6pm the night before the show.

You can pick up your tickets at Will Call on the day of the show. It opens 30 minutes before the first film that day and you can pick it up at anytime. If you buy more than one set of tickets in advance, all are held at the theater where the film is showing and can be picked up only on the day of the show.

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Pinot Days: One of the best wine tastings this year in SF is Pinot Days. This event is held each June in an easy to access downtown location. It's the best place to sample some of the more flavorful Pinot Noir wine from the US and Beyond. Click here for more details.

Stern Grove Festival: June is when you will also find the opening weekend for this year's Stern Grove Festival. Join other music lovers at Stern Grove for free music and fun. You will find these free concerts every week between mid-June and mid-August. Click here for details on this year's performers.

Folk Festival: The Free Folk Festival is also in June. During the festival, stop by the Cyprian's Center for free music, workshops, and evening dance parties. Click here for more details.

Savings Tip: Another great way to find the best events this weekend is through On this site, you will find tickets to up to 200 events in the SF Bay Area. Tickets for all are offered at up to half-off the full retail price. Click here to take a look at the tickets currently offered on

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