Interview with Festival Director Mark Lyminster (RAINBOW UMBRELLA FILM FESTIVAL)


Following the success of UNRESTRICTED VIEW FILM FESTIVAL and UNRESTRICTED VIEW HORROR FILM FESTIVAL, we are delighted to announce our first LGBT Film Festival, RAINBOW UMBRELLA, which will take place at THE HEN & CHICKENS THEATRE on 12th – 14th January 2018. The programme will be announced in December 2017 and tickets will go on sale at


Matthew Toffolo: What is your Film Festival succeeding at doing for filmmakers? 

Mark Lyminster: The Rainbow umbrella film festival is I believe succeeding in giving a voice to independent LGBT film makers, a chance for their work to be seen and aired as well as meeting like minded film makers once the festival is up and running.

What would you expect to experience if you attend the festival this​
year (2017)?

I think you would expect to experience a warm and welcoming environment filled with positive film makers actors crew and audience, the feeling of belonging and a chance to share ideas and experiences of life and of film making.

What are the qualifications for the selected films?

The qualifications for the films are that they are made with a elements of truth, a journey for the characters and stories we can all connect and relate too.

Do you think that some films really don’t get a fair shake from​
film festivals? And if so, why?

Our aim is be open minded and as fair as we can be to give all films a chance to be seen and shared with a wider audience.

There are so many elements that go into making films and I think sometimes films are not given a chance if they are not firing on all cylinders so to speak.

What motivates you and your team to do this festival?

We are motivated by the passion people have to tell stories and to share these experiences, we have a good range of selectors for the festival all of whom bring their own energy and passion to the process.

How has your FilmFreeway submission process been?

The submissions have been very interesting, from the very slick and polished to the more rough and ready,it has been good too see a wide range of topics and from all around the world.

Where do you see the festival by 2020?

It would be amazing for the festival to extend to a week, a real celebration of wonderful LGBT film making, a must see event in peoples diaries would be great and playing in a lovely modern cinema complex, maybe even in several cinemas simultaneously.

What film have you seen the most times in your life?

The film I have seen the most times is Clue staring Tim Curry, a fab cast a three different endings to a wonderful colourful and camp who-dun-it

In one sentence, what makes a great film?

  Peoples stories

How is the film scene in your city?

We are very very lucky with the film scene here in London,so much going on and catering for everyone.


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Interviewer Matthew Toffolo is currently the CEO of the WILDsound FEEDBACK Film & Writing Festival. The festival that showcases 20-50 screenplay and story readings performed by professional actors every month. And the FEEDBACK Monthly Festival held in downtown Toronto, and Los Angeles at least 2 times a month. Go to for more information and to submit your work to the festival.

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