The complete line-up for the 2015 Vancouver Queer Film Festival has just been released, and along with it comes a line-up of visiting filmmakers and artists from Canada and around the world.
Spotlight on Canada
Fresh off the success of his CBC miniseries The Book of Negroes, producer Damon D’Oliveira and writer, star, and director Maxime Desmons will present the Vancouver premiere of their feature What We Have (Ce qu’on a) about an émigré looking to escape his past once he moves to Northern Ontario. D’Oliveira and Desmons will also lead lead a candid and informal discussion for filmmakers, with a case study outlining how they got What We Have (Ce Qu’on a) made and into distribution.
The youngest festival guest is 12-year-old Crystal Labonte from Timmins, Ontario, the inspiring subject of the film In the Turn. Crystal and her mother Karen have been fighting for equal rights for transgender youth in their small corner of Northern Ontario since Crystal was denied the right to play sports in her school. Director Erica Tremblay will also be in attendance.
Also in attendance at this year’s festival will be Toronto-based comedy writer and actor Pat Mills who brings his edgy comedy Guidance for its Vancouver premiere.
International Visiting Artists
Cannes-award-winning filmmaker July Jung comes to Vancouver from South Korea to present her complex psychodrama A Girl at My Door as the festival’s Centrepiece Gala and will also present a Script to Screen Master Class.
American director Lonny Shavelson will lead a panel discussion with one of the subjects of his documentary Three to Infinity: Beyond Two Genders, inviting viewers to open their minds and hearts to a future that includes many forms of gender expression.
Belgian-raised and now US-based director Michiel Thomas makes his first trip to Vancouver to present the illuminating Game Face with film subject Terrence Clemens. Game Face presents the story of two athletes waging the biggest fights of their lives: coming out as transgender and gay in their professional careers.
Guides, Tickets and Passes Now Available
Tickets and passes are now available online at http://www.queerfilmfestival.ca with program guides are available at festival theatres as well as Little Sister’s Book & Art Emporium and Black Dog Video.
Now in its 27th year, the 2015 Vancouver Queer Film Festival will showcase over 70 films from 21 countries, with themes ranging from transgender trailblazers to spectacular queer con artists, and a spotlight on Canadian queer films, DIY Gender, queer youth culture and queer films from Latin America.
The 2015 Vancouver Queer Film Festival runs August 13-23 at movie screens around town. Visit http://queerfilmfestival.ca for complete information.