Our guide to the 2010 Vancouver Queer Film Festival

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With the 22nd Annual Vancouver Queer Film Festival set to get underway on August 12th, we thought it was time for our annual guide to the Festival. Of course, with 90 films to see in eleven days, it’s simply not possible to take in all the films and festivities. Here is the list of films and parties we’re not going miss this year.


Festival Passes and individual advance screening tickets are available online or at Little Sisters (1238 Davie Street). Tickets will also be available for purchase at all Festival theatres, with the exception of the gala films through self-serve kiosks. For all the ticketing details visit the Vancouver Queer Film Festival website.

Movie Venues

Festival movies are held at four venues:

  1. Cinemark Tinseltown, 88 West Pender Street
  2. Empire Granville 7 Cinemas, 855 Georgia Street
  3. Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Granville Island
  4. Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour Street

Festival Updates

We do the best to ensure the accuracy of our guide.  Changes to film screenings or added screenings will be announced on the Vancouver Queer Film Festival website.

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Thursday, 12 August 2010: Opening gala & party

UndertowUndertow (Contracorriente) @ 7pm
Opening Gala Film
Empire Granville Cinemas
Undertow’s breathtaking Peruvian seaside setting will effortlessly captivate you. It will just as easily sweep you away with the story of Miguel and Santiago-a pair of passionate and handsome men having an affair. But this debut feature by director Javier Fuentes-León delves far deeper than forbidden love on moonlit beaches.

Opening Gala Party @ 9pm
Celebrities Nightclub
Kick up your heels and kick off our 22nd Festival with DJ Landon James and DJ T.

View all the shows on August 12th

Friday, 13 August 2010

Pornography: A ThrillerStrong & Silent Types @ 7pm
Empire Granville 7 Cinemas
These short films voice the things that gay men don’t often talk about, but nonetheless frequently experience.

Youth Gala @ 8pm
Roundhouse Community Centre
Join Vancouver’s young queer and allied artists at our Festival Youth Gala.

Pornography: A Thriller @ 9pm
Empire Granville 7 Cinemas
A quintessential queer Friday the 13th movie, this mind-bending nightmarish thriller flick centres on the mysterious disappearance of fictional gay porn star Mark Anton at the height of his career in 1995.

View all the shows on August 13th

Saturday, 14 August 2010

Children of GodChosen Family Portraits @ 1-5pm
Roundhouse Community Centre
Come get your chosen family portrait taken today (appointments strongly recommended via email

Children of God @ 7pm – Presented by GayVancouver.Net
Empire Granville 7 Cinemas
Juxtaposing the tranquil, idyllic natural beauty of the Bahamas with its tumultuous and homophobic political and religious climate, Children of God examines a conflicted nation.

The People I’ve Slept With @ 9pm
Empire Granville 7 Cinemas
This is it! It’s the feel-good romantic comedy of the Festival.

Hot Mix at 560 @ 11pm
Club 560
Hailed to be the hottest new homo hang out, Club Five Sixty hosts this year’s Hot Mix party.

View all the shows on August 14th

Sunday, 15 August 2010

Off WorldOff World @ 5pm
Cinemark Tinseltown
Winner of the Best Canadian Feature Film at the 2010 ReelWorld International Film Festival, Off World is an ethereal and eye-opening portrait of one of the Philippines’ most notorious slums.

Mr Right @ 7pm
Cinemark Tinseltown
The quintessential question “Is Mr Right really out there?” is explored in depth without sugar-coating or cheesy happy endings. Set in London’s gay SoHo neighbourhood, Mr Right is a real slice of gay life.

The Butch Factor @ 9:30pm
Cinemark Tinseltown
Bears, jocks, sissy boys and muscle queens tackle loaded topics from internalized homophobia to metrosexuality—each revealing what it means to be a gay man today in their own personal, unique way.

View all the shows on August 15th

Monday, 16 August 2010

The Coast is QueerQueer Prom @ 5pm
Cinemark Tinseltown
Each year, Gab Youth Services puts on a queer prom for youth ages 13 to 25. This homophobia-free prom gives those graduating, or still in high school, the opportunity to experience one of life’s milestones as they’ve always imagined it.  This documentary follows the planning of the annual local Vancouver youth event.

Riffs on the Theme of Activism @ 7pm
Director(s) in Attendance
Cinemark Tinseltown
Riffs on the Theme of Activism marks the finale of the celebrated Queer History Project film series, and what better way to celebrate than to invite six new artists to share our stories?

Queer History Project & Coast is Queer Afterparty @ 8:30pm
Lotus Sound Lounge
After back-to-back screenings of Queer History Project and The Coast Is Queer, then head over to Lotus to toast the filmmakers and dance to DJ Extra Feeling.

The Coast is Queer @ 9:30pm
Cinemark Tinseltown
Better and more offbeat than ever, this year’s line up of Vancouver-made short films make it a snap to support your local artists.

View all the shows on August 16th

Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Violet TendenciesViolet Tendencies @ 7pm
Vancity Theatre
Ever wonder what happened to teen star Mindy Cohn aka Natalie in the 1980s hit TV show the Facts of Life? Leave it to homo rom com director Casper Andreas to cast Cohn as the lead in his new hit.

All Boys @ 9:30pm
Vancity Theatre
Follow director Markku Heikkinen as he journeys deeper into the Eastern European gay porn industry and inadvertently discovers the realities of selling sex.

Nicky Click and CJ and the Dolls Live @ 11pm
Catch tranny-pop star CJ and the Dolls and always audacious electro femme Nicky Click on their West Coast tour.

View all the shows on August 17th

Wednesday, 18August 2010

Two SpiritsPlan B @ 5pm
Cinemark Tinseltown
With its near Shakespearian plot twists and surprises, Plan B could be a modern-day farce.

Two Spirits @ 7pm
Cinemark Tinseltown
A beautifully diplomatic documentary that tells the loss of one mother’s son-a son who might have unearthed some answers to our past of what it means to be Two Spirit.

Far Out @ 9:30pm
Cinemark Tinseltown
Like The L Word, Far Out is a witty, gritty, titty series about the sorted lives and loves of urban lesbians.

View all the shows on August 18th

Thursday, 19August 2010: Centrepiece gala & party

Sea PurpleSea Purple @ 7pm
Empire Granville 7 Cinemas
Both triumph and tribulation follow as Angela’s transition to Angelo reshapes an entire village.

Centerpiece Gala Party @ 9pm
The Century House
Viva Amore! Let the romance continue after the Italian Centrepeice Gala film with DJ Mickey Moniker.

View all the shows on August 19th

Friday, 20August 2010

Cross Cultural RomanceThe Owls @ 5pm
Empire Granville 7 Cinemas
This film boasts a truly experimental, collaboratively created thriller, murder mystery, dyke drama.  Imagine Mulholland Drive meets I Know What You Did Last Summer meets a lesbian feminist collective meeting.

Cross Cultural Romance @ 7pm
Empire Granville 7 Cinemas
Through humour, candidness and some tough love, this program of short films explores the complexities of cross-cultural dating, relationships and chosen families.

My Normal @ 9:30pm
Empire Granville 7 Cinemas
Natalie might just consider herself just another Jewish, lesbian, aspiring filmmaker, dominatrix living in Manhattan’s lower eastside.

The Plan B Afterparty @ 11pm
J Lounge
The J Lounge is the place to be after The Plan B screening. Visuals by Jonesy and Trevor Anderson. House DJs LE DUOM (Nic + Tay).

View all the shows on August 20th

Saturday, 21 August 2010

And the Rest is DragOther Nature @ 5pm
Empire Granville 7 Cinemas
Nani Walker’s Other Nature documents a changing Nepal through the eyes of Nepali queer people.

And the Rest is Drag @ 7pm
Empire Granville 7 Cinemas
Calling all kings and king lovers (and we’re especially calling those who don’t quite know what a drag king is) for this contemplative, campy and frequently cocky drag documentary.

View all the shows on August 21st

Sunday, 22 August 2010: Closing Gala & Party

StrellaStrella @ 7pm
Empire Granville 7 Cinemas
Suspense, romance, birth and death are all rendered with incredible gusto in this post-modern Greek tragedy, with just as many twists of strange fate as Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex.

Closing Gala Party @ 9:30pm
Celebrities Night Club
DJ Buzy B and DJ Jef Leppard team up to bring you a night of sweet and slow dancing and fond Festival farewells.

View all the shows on August 22nd

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