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About Pride Films and Plays (PFP)

About Pride Films & Plays

The mission of Pride Films and Plays is to change lives through the generation of diverse new work (or work that is new to Chicago) with LGBTQ+ characters or themes that is essential viewing for all audiences. We accomplish this mission through fully-staged productions, writing contests and staged readings, film screenings, and special events. We foster long term relationships with artists to create programming that is as diverse, unique, and complex as the community we represent. In 2015, Huffington Post called PFP “A powerful and empowering entity.”

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  • In our first four Jeff eligible seasons, 10 our of 12 productions were Jeff Recommended, and we earned 14 Jeff Nominations and 4 Awards, including Best Musical and Best New Work for Leo Schwartz’s Under A Rainbow Flag. This year two of our productions – The Boy From Oz and Men On The Verge Of A His-Panic Breakdown, have already been Jeff Recommended.
  • The PFP production of At The Flash, (a Gay Play Contest winner) has played in Los Angeles, Dublin, and Philadelphia. The Book of Merman is being licensing across the country.
  • Our Great Gay Play Contest, Great Gay Screenplay Contest, and LezPlay (for lesbian scripts written by women) culminate in festivals at Center on Halsted, with each of the 15 finalists receiving $400 in addition to rehearsal time and public performance.
  • Queer Bits Film Fests happen during June and November.
  • 6 Artistic Associates lead the company in partnership with the Executive Director. They shape the season, and serve as producers for various festivals or productions. They are supported by a multi-generational Artistic Ensemble of 25 actors, designers, crew members who are straight and LGBT. Contest finalists join our Writers Network. We turn to them when responding to contemporary issues. When trouble was brewing concerning LGBT issues in Russia in 2014, we staged a one night event Sochi: Three Plays About Gay Athletes.
  • PFP Films is thrilled to be a part of Chicago Community Trust’s Smart Growth program for the next three years, as well as Arts and Business Council’s OnBoard program to strengthen our board.

To see the upcoming performances of Pride Films and Plays check out our upcoming events’ page!

Keep up to date with the most recent happenings within PFP on our Twitter page!