The Paris Feminist and Lesbian Film Festival, Quand les lesbiennes se font du cinéma, started in 1989. Over the years, Quand les lesbiennes se font du cinéma has grown in size and reputation. It has moved from venue to venue to accommodate the ever increasing interest and demands of the lesbian public. A public that has grown from a few hundred in the beginning, to 2000 in the year 2000.
It was, and continues to be, a conscious political choice to make the festival a women only event, despite the problems this entails in terms of finance, finding a venue and negative reactions within the gay and lesbian community. The choice is part of the ongoing fight against lesbophobia: lesbians don't only ask for a room of their own, but insist on their right to be centre stage.