The 2020 Vancouver Queer Film Festival (VQFF) goes online this year from August 13 to 23. Featuring more than 60 films from 10 countries, in addition to the films the festival will include virtual visits from filmmakers, local directors and performing artists, in addition to virtual parties and post-screening Q&As.

“I am so grateful we can still provide a platform for these beautiful stories, especially during this difficult time,” says artistic director Anoushka Ratnarajah. “Within a few months, we had to learn how to digitize our programs and come to terms with the loss of in-person collective and communal experiences. For me, it has become even more urgent and necessary to provide the best and most intersectional platform I possibly can for our incredible filmmakers and for our audiences.”

Among the offerings at this year’s VQFF is Punk as Flick. Streaming on August 22, this collection of short films and archival videos provides a snapshot of Vancouver’s queer punk scene at the turn of the millennium.

Curated by Kim Kinakin and Michael V. Smith, the two draw from the archives of live performances, combined with indie film and video in a celebration of queers making art, building community and pushing the envelope.

In this interview, Vancouver Presents contributor David C Jones speaks with Kinakin and Smith to find out more.

The 2020 Vancouver Queer Film Festival takes place online from August 13 to August 23. Visit queerfilmfestival.ca for tickets and more information.