The Holebifilmfestival was organized for the first time in 2001, when a dozen LGBT-themed films were screened in the smallest cinema in Leuven. During the next few years the festival became more widely known and gained more visitors. More film screenings were organized and the festival moved to two larger movie theaters. After a few years screenings were started in other cities throughout the province of Flemish-Brabant, supported by the provincial government.
To celebrate the tenth anniversary, a grand opening night was put together for an audience of a few hundred people. Several Flemish celebrities took part in this event, that was dedicated to LGBT films. Specifically for this theme, a short film contest was organized, holebikort. This contest was the thread that bound the show together, and the audience was given the final word on the final score of the winners.
Because of the unhoped-for success of this contest, and due to the many international participants, it was decided to continue the initiative the following years, each time successfully. In 2023, the contest is organized for the 14th time.
These are the winners of the previous editions:
|2021||Spain||Lo Efimero||Jorge Muriel|
|2020||United Kingdom||S.A.M||Eyre and Ely|
|2017||Belgium||Calamity||Maxime Feyers & Séverine De Streyker|
|2016||United Kingdom||Balcony||Toby Fell-Holden|
|2014||Spain||Moiré||Estefanía Cortés & Juancho Bañuelos|
|2013||France||Le maillot de bain||Mathilde Bayle|
|2012||Belgium||Kus me zachtjes||Anthony Schatteman|
There's also a full overview of all awards and nominees