Tickets for the 2017 Vancouver Queer Film Festival (VQFF) go on sale today, featuring a line-up of more than 50 films in the annual curated festival celebrating queer cinema.
Along with the films, this year’s festival includes seven visiting filmmakers/directors, nineteen local directors, as well as numerous local performing artists, free events, parties and talkback sessions.
“Our Festival lineup has something for everyone this year,” says executive director Stephanie Goodwin in a media release. “Whether you want to follow a gay cruise liner for a week, fall in love in the German countryside, or celebrate those at Stonewall, expect to be entertained and provoked by the best in queer film from around the world.”
VQFF will open with the Sundance Award-winning film, I Dream in Another Language (Sueño en Otro Idioma). The fourth feature from Mexican filmmaker Ernesto Contreras, written by his brother Carlos, it is the story of a young linguist who discovers a long-standing feud and long-lost love story between two of the surviving speakers of the Indigenous language Zikril.
As its centerpiece gala, the VQFF will feature a talkback with New York-based filmmaker Jac Gares, following the screening of his film Free CeCe, the story of CeCe McDonald, who survived a racist, transphobic attack in Minneapolis in 2011.
Among the visiting international filmmakers are Doris Yeung, writer, director and executive producer of Taxi Stories. Filmed in three countries and featuring a mostly non-actor cast, it is one of the most ambitious films at the festival.
Audiences will also hear from Filipino filmmaker Samantha Lee, whose film, Maybe Tomorrow (Baka Bukas), won the Audience Choice Award at the Cinema One Originals Festival in Manila. New York City poet and author, t’ai freedom ford, will also be in attendance whose work is featured in The Revival: Women and the Word.
Visiting Canadian talent includes Pakistani-Canadian film and television actress, writer and producer, Fawzia Mirza, for the screening of Signature Move, as well as emerging filmmaker Francis Luta, who will speak with audiences after his film Project Gelb.
Festival favourite The Coast is Queer returns for another year. An evening dedicated to local talent, this year’s shorts program features nine short films from some of BC’s emerging and established filmmakers.
The festival will close with the feel-good comedy, Handsome Devil. Described as Dead Poets Society meets Glee, filmmaker John Butler’s sophomore feature shows the true threats of homophobia, while keeping things decidedly optimistic.
“We’re thrilled to be bringing audiences and artists together for once in a lifetime connections at our Festival,” say artistic directors Anoushka Ratnarajah and Amber Dawn. “The caliber of talent and diverse perspectives of our visiting and local filmmakers are sure to challenge and delight our highly intelligent and invested audiences. We look forward to the time we will share together.”
The 2017 Vancouver Queer Film Festival takes place at various locations around Vancouver from August 10-20. Visit http://queerfilmfestival.ca for tickets and information.