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Vancouver Queer Film Festival
An event every day that begins at 12:00am, repeating until August 19, 2018
Out On Screen presents the 30th annual Vancouver Queer Film Festival (VQFF) this summer.
“The value of queer film as a transformational art medium is just as critical today as it was 30 years ago,” says executive director, Stephanie Goodwin. “The Festival is a place for the LGBT2Q+ community to call home as well as an important platform for films that queer the narrative, that illuminate and celebrate LGBT2Q+ lives in all their dimensions and complexity.”
Celebrating the best in independent queer cinema, the Vancouver Queer Film Festival is Vancouver’s second largest film festival and the largest queer arts event in Western Canada. More than just film, the Festival also hosts performances, workshops, panel discussions, parties and more, creating a unique community space for eleven days each August. This year’s Festival will feature four film spotlights: Youth, Trans Women in Film, Indigenous Cinema, and a Spotlight on the Artist.
VQFF 2018 opens at the Vancouver Playhouse with the Canadian premiere of Yen Tan’s 1985, the story of a closeted young man who returns to his small Texas hometown to spend Christmas with his working-class Christian family.
The Festival’s Centrepiece Gala Film is the dramatic comedy White Rabbit co-written by and starring comedian Vivian Bang, who takes us on the often awkward and hilarious journey of a queer Korean American performance artist struggling to be heard and seen in modern Los Angeles.
The Vancouver Queer Film Festival celebrates B.C.’s most standout emerging and established filmmakers with Festival favourite The Coast is Queer – an evening dedicated to local talent. In addition, the Festival will be hosting its Troublemakers program again, which is an inter-generational filmmaking project that centers the stories of local queer elders and fosters the filmmaking talents of local queer youth.
Check the Vancouver Queer Film Festival for a complete listing of films and showtimes.