PALM SPRINGS, Calif. -

Palm Springs' annual gay and lesbian film festival will screen more than 50 films starting this week.

The sixth annual Cinema Diverse: The Palm Springs Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, put on by the nonprofit Palm Springs Cultural Center, will be held Thursday through Sunday at Camelot Theatres in Palm Springs.

The festival will open at 5:30 p.m. Thursday with a screening of ``Southern Baptist Sissies,'' a question-and-answer session and reception for the cast. The film, based on a play by Del Shores, follows the lives of four gay boys who grow up in the Southern Baptist Church.

Other featured films include director Jane Clark's award-winning drama ``Meth Head,'' documentary ``Disturber of the Peace'' about an actor-turned activist and Episcopal priest, anti-bullying documentary ``Teach Your Children Well'' and the world premiere of ``Celluloid,'' a psychological thriller from Great Britain.

The festival will close Sunday night with ``I Am Divine,'' a new documentary about drag queen Divine, and ``Last Match (La Partida),'' a story about two Cubans in Havana by Spanish director Antonio Hens.

The festival schedule is posted on its website.

A pass good for six films is $69, a pass for all films is $149 and a pass for all films and the opening-night reception is $169. Individual screening tickets are $13 with the exception of opening night, which is $15.

Tickets can be purchased at the Camelot Theatre box office, 2300 E. Baristo Road, by calling (760) 325-6565 or (888) 718-4253, or online at www.cinemadiverse.org or www.camelottickets.com.