11 days. Six Venues. 79 Films. 20 Countries. The 25th annual Vancouver Queer Film Festival offers something for everyone.
“We’re excited to host Canadian premieres, acclaimed directors, and award-winning films – including the Teddy Award-winning In the Name Of which tackles the topic of repressed homosexuality in the Catholic Church,” said Shana Myara, Director of Festival Programming. “We’re also screening the summer blockbuster comedy G.B.F. with Megan Mullally of Will & Grace and Natasha Lyonne of the breakout Netflix hit Orange Is the New Black. The wildly-popular web series The Outs is also coming to the festival, with director Adam Goldman attending.”
This year’s festival will also spotlight queer cinema from India with the Canadian premieres of three films including Chitrangada: The Crowning Wish, the last film released by acclaimed Bengali actor/director Rituparno Ghosh. Also screening as part of the focus on India are the colourful Bollywood epic Queens: Destiny of Dance, and In-Between Days, a documentary about two transgendered best friends who are edged into the sex trade.
The 2013 festival also showcases Canadian and local talent with films like Margarita – starring Patrick McKenna of Traders and The Red Green Show – and Last Chance, a poignant documentary about LGBT refugees navigating the Canadian immigration system.
Local films include Lace Bite, about the 40 women involved in the Guiness World Record-breaking ice hockey game in support of the fight against Cystic Fibrosis, and My Other Me, a rare glimpse into Vancouver’s vibrant ‘cosplay’ (costume play) community. Local directors’ short films will again compete for the OUTtv Hot Pink Shorts Award and GayVancouver.Net Coast is Queer Award.
“Film has the ability to showcase our stories, document our history, and challenge us to grow, evolve and progress,” added Drew Dennis, Executive Director of Out On Screen. “As the festival marks 25 years of celebrating queer lives, we can reflect on how far we’ve come, and continue building our future.”
The opening gala screening will take place at the Vancouver Playhouse Theatre, the festival’s largest venue yet. Programming also includes post-film galas, parties, community discussions, filmmaking workshops and an official PechaKucha-powered event reflecting on the past 25 years of queer film.
Screening 11 days of films at six venues across Vancouver from August 15 to 25, the 25th annual Vancouver Queer Film Festival offers something for everyone. Featuring 79 films from 20 countries, VQFF is Vancouver’s second-largest film festival, and is the largest queer arts festival in Western Canada. Tickets are available now at queerfilmfestival.ca and at participating venues.