Pink Apple


Years running: 26 (since 1997)

Pink Apple

Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.


The Gay and Lesbian Film Festival Pink Apple was founded in 1997 by a handful of film enthusiasts in Frauenfeld in the Canton of Thurgau. The opening of Pink Apple took place in Zurich for the first time in 2003. In the meantime, Pink Apple has become the largest lesbian and gay film festival in Switzerland.

In 2011 63 films from 18 different countries were shown in 85 performances and over 30 film makers presented their work at the festival. In early days, about 500 admissions were sold, but in 2011 more than ten times as many individuals visited both festivals in Zurich and Frauenfeld — over 7500.

The Competition consists of short film, feature film and documentary programmes. Pink Apple also transacts special events, such as lectures, discussions, talks and concerts. 


  • Short Film Award (endowed with 2000 Swiss Francs);
  • Pink Apple Festival Award (Preissumme CHF 3000)
  • ​Audience Award for best feature (1000 швейцарских франков) 
  • Audience Award for best documentary (1000 швейцарских франков) 


  • Films about gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender issues. There are no restrictions for length or genre. 
  • Subtitles language: English

Premiere Requirements

No premiere requirement

Jury and Organizers

  • Board: Doris Senn, Stefan Zehnder, Roland Loosli
  • Programming: Doris Senn, Roland Loosli, Alois Carnier, Natalie Eberle, Reto Noser
  • The Pink Apple Award will be awarded by an independent jury of experts: Donat Blum, Lukas Egger, Claudia Lorenz, Judith Schönenberger.



Zurich, Frauenfeld

Official Website



Pink Apple
P.O. Box 264
8024 Zurich / Switzerland


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Dates & Deadlines
  • Deadline
    February 20, 2022
  • Event Dates
    27 April — 6 May 2022
Categories & Fees

The competition is open to films under 30 minutes in length, which have been produced not more than 2 years ago. Priority for entry will be given to films premiering in Switzerland at the festival

  • Deadline — free

Feature films and documentaries that have been produced during the last 3 years and have a minimum length of 60 minutes.

  • Deadline — free
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