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CHAIRPERSON’S




      WELCOME












































       Welcome to the 28th GAZE International LGBTQ+ Film Festival.


       I have sat down many times to write my intro, and somehow the words
       have been harder to find this year. I’ve been trying to avoid the ... what
       a year … in these strange times … who could have imagined … type of
       comments, however it would be remiss of me not to start with a quick
       reflection on this extraordinary year that continues to shake us all to
       the core.


       At our Board meeting in March, one of our Directors kicked off
       the discussion by saying ‘’look, we’re going to have to get very
       comfortable, very quickly, with making uncertain decisions with
       incomplete information’’ so the Board and Staff team settled in for the
       ride. Multiple Whatsapps, hard discussions and challenging financial
       questions later, we are beyond thrilled to welcome you to the 28th
       GAZE International LGBTQ+ Film Festival. We can’t wait to get
       together again, virtually and a little bit literally, to celebrate the power
       of our stories. We hope you’ll be inspired, enraged, encouraged, that
       you’ll laugh and most importantly feel connected. We are immensely
       proud of our team, Anna Taylor and Seán McGovern, who despite all
       uncertain odds, have delivered a beautiful, topical and compelling
       festival of films and events.




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