The Scottish Queer International Film Festival 2017 expands to 5 days with 40 events and special preview screenings around Scotland.

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The full programme for the 2017 Scottish Queer International Film Festival gets underway this week. The third annual celebration of the best and boldest in queer filmmaking will open and close with two major Scottish premieres. Queer filmmaking hero Bruce LaBruce will be in Glasgow to introduce his latest film The Misandrists on Wednesday 27th September and on Sunday 1st October the festival closes with the first Scottish screening of Signature Move, Jennifer Reeder and Fawia Mirza’s hilarious and honest look at the queer Muslim experience, love, family and female Mexican wrestling which garnered huge buzz at this year’s SXSW.

‘Play the Devil’ (cert. 15)

As a teaser to the 2017 festival, SQIFF have already hit the road, bringing a selection of queer movies to venues including Edinburgh, Dundee, Aberdeen, Inverness and Stornoway from 21st to 26th September.

“We are really pleased to bring SQIFF to audiences in Scotland for a third year, offering a unique selection of queer cinema and an ethos of challenging barriers to accessing the arts. Expanding to five days this year is an achievement for us and we also have more filmmaker and artist guests than before travelling to take part in the Festival. As always, our focus is to provide a space for LGBTQ+ communities to explore their creativity, make connections, and feel welcome at an event designed to meet their needs.” say the SQIFF Team.

Across five days, SQIFF will host 40 screenings, workshops and inclusive parties at venues across Glasgow. Highlights include:

  • Queer lives taking centre stage with a host of feature documentaries including Chavela (28 Sep), a fascinating look at the life of legendary Mexican ranchera singer Chavela Vargas, who defied all social expectations, revolutionised music and romanced a series of celebrated women, including Frieda Kahlo.
  • Looking Awry, a focus on how bisexual desire is represented on the big screen, from well-known Hollywood thrillers to queer underground filmmaking. As well as screenings of Gregg Araki’s ‘Beverley Hills 90210 on speed’ Nowhere (30 Sep) and Sheila McLaughlin’s dissection of queer jealousy She Must Be Seeing Things (1 Oct), Jacob Engelberg will host an eye-opening illustrated talk through cinematic invocations of bisexuality (30 Sep).
  • Handpicked showcases of short films from around the world and right on our doorstep, including a variety of stories surveying the trans experience in Switching Teams (30 Sep), a bunch of Defiant Dykes (30 Sep) proudly rejecting the demands of both hetero and queer cultures and Queer Scotland III (1 Oct), an array of the most exciting queer filmmaking happening in Scotland.
  • The return of the hugely popular Feminist Porn Night (29 Sep), featuring an award-winning slice of hot queer Berlin vampire action in Enactone, with director Sky Deep in attendance.
  • A celebration of the life and work of Glasgow-based artist, activist, drag king and educator, Diane Torr (1 Oct), who sadly passed away earlier this year. Includes a chance to see Katarina Peters’ feature-length documentary Man For A Day, filmed at one of Diane’s renowned gender workshops in Berlin.
Diane Torr
Diane Torr

There will also be a series of free workshops from leading industry professionals designed for LGBTQ+ creatives, including a masterclass with Emmy-nominated director Catherine Gund. The festival comes to a close with two huge dance parties, with Free Pride hosting Glasgow’s finest LGBTQ+ DJs at The Art School on 29th Sept and the one-night-only return of Lock Up Your Daughters at the Drygate Brewing Co on 30th Sept.

Tickets to all screenings at SQIFF Festival Hub the CCA, Glasgow Women’s Library and Transmission are priced on a new sliding scale from free to £8, an honesty scheme which allows audiences to pay what they can based on their personal circumstances and keeps the festival accessible for all. All SQIFF venues are wheelchair accessible, all screenings feature English language subtitles or captions and many events are BSL interpreted.

SQIFF is a not-for-profit organisation, funded by Creative Scotland and FilmHub Scotland. They received £36,000 from Lottery funds for the 2017 festival, ensuring all events remain accessible for all, including subtitling, captioning as well as BSL, audio description and other measures.

Jennifer Armitage, Screen Officer at Creative Scotland said: “Creative Scotland is proud to support the Scottish Queer International Film Festival 2017. SQIFF’s vision to celebrate LGBTQI cinema in all its forms has seen it grow into an internationally significant festival that helps to meet the need for greater equality, diversity and inclusion in Screen culture. This year’s expanded programme is full of ground breaking films and innovative events, and we are delighted that the festival will be hitting the road with a series of screenings before the festival starts, enabling audiences from communities across Scotland the opportunity to get a taste of the SQIFF programme and celebrate its accessibility and inclusivity.”

Scotland’s queer arts and culture magazine, Scene Alba, will have a full review of the Festival in the next edition – make sure you check out for all the latest.

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