The 29th annual Vancouver Queer Film Festival (Aug 10-20) is now underway. Here are five films you should not miss this year:


From Thailand comes the Canadian premiere of Fathers (Aug 12), a romantic drama about creating your own definition of family.

Chutney Popcorn

Here’s your opportunity to discover/rediscover this 1999 film by Vancouver-born filmmaker Nisha Ganatra. Chutney Popcorn (Aug 16) explores the conflict between sexual and national identities. Plus it is free and is being shown outdoors in the Queen Elizabeth Theatre plaza.

The Coast is Queer

Not a single film, but a series of shorts from local filmmakers, The Coast is Queer (Aug 18) continues to be be one of our favourites each year. From the sublime to the ridiculous, it is always an eclectic mix of documentary, romance, fantasy, and drama.

Signature Move

Muslims, and lesbians, and luchadoras, oh my! Premiering at this year’s SXSW, Signature Move (Aug 11 & 12) is a funny and heartfelt look at modern families and the complexities of love in its many forms.

Handsome Devil

What better way to close out this year’s festival than with a film described as Dead Poets Society meets Glee. In Handsome Devil (Aug 20), an Irish boy’s boarding school is the setting for this feel-good comedy and winner of the Dublin Film Critics Circle Award in 2016.

The 2017 Vancouver Queer Film Festival takes place at various locations around Vancouver from August 10-20. Visit for tickets and information.