QUEER FILM IN FOCUS AS SQIFF RETURNS FOR 2018 FESTIVAL

The fourth Scottish Queer International Film Festival (SQIFF) returns to Glasgow this year and the full programme has been announced today.

SQIFF will be open 5th – 9th December with an exciting and boundary-pushing night of contemporary LGBTQ+ shorts from around the world.

The festival will take place across five days at venues including the CCA, GFT, The Art School and Kinning Park Complex. There will also be a teaser programme during November touring screens around Scotland.

The 2018 programme includes a focus on queer East Asian and Arab cinema, a selection of the best Scottish queer short films, an asexual reading of the Wizard of Oz and even a queer virtual reality experience!

A SQIFF spokesperson said:

“We are really happy to be focussing more than ever on representing voices marginalised within film culture at this years festival. We are considering queer D/deaf and disabled representation and access, with several events including a discussion on combining access and aesthetics with EJ Raymond, Calgary Kimyoncu and Collective Text, [as well as] a Deaf Perspectives shorts programme.”

“Our efforts to make the festival accessible to more people are increasing this year with a quiet space available at our main venue, the CCA, and a travel fund open to any audience member who couldn’t otherwise afford to come along. After its success last year, we will again be offering a sliding scale ticket price with people choosing what to pay, between free and £8.”

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‘Until Rainbow Dawn’

Highlights across the five day festival include:

– Taiwanese feature ‘Alifu the Prince/ess’ about a trans woman in the indigenous Pakistan community who must come out to her father, and ‘The Story of the Stone’ (main feature pic), a queering of a tale from Classical Chinese literature, thoroughly modernised and set in the midst of Taipei’s 21st century gay community.

– a focus on Queer Arab Lives curated by Samar Ziadat in partnership with Dardishi, a zine and Festival of Arab women’s art.

– Berlin-based porn legend Bishop Black introducing a personal selection of his groundbreaking work, in association with Glasgow’s premier sex boutique Luke & Jack.

– Scottish filmmaker and vlogger Ross Wilcock, presenting short films building on his own video for BBC The Social ‘Online Dating with a Disability’, exploring anxiety around dating and the intersection of queer disabled identities.

– a chance to experience queer virtual reality projects at the SQIFF VR station and explore the possibilities of LGBTQ+ storytelling of this exciting new medium.

SQIFF is funded by Creative Scotland, receiving over £46,000 for the 2018 Festival, and includes opening and closing events sponsored by Merchant City Brewing Company.

Tickets to all events are on a sliding scale based on what you can afford and can be purchased online here.

Images courtesy of SQIFF/Ruth Marsh PR.

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‘A Moment in the Reeds’

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