The programme for the 2019 Scottish Queer International Film Festival (SQIFF) has been released and it promises to be a bumper year for the organisers!
Now in its 5th year, SQIFF has established itself as a firm fixture in the Scottish LGBT+ calendar, not only as an outlet for local and international filmmakers to have their work shown, but throwing a spotlight on queer filmmaking from around the world.
SQIFF 2019 will run from 2nd to 6th October at accessible venues across Glasgow, with tickets priced on a ‘pay what you can’ sliding scale from £0 to £8.
The festival will include a Dragon’s Den-style film pitch where the winner will receive a cash prize and mentorship to bring their film idea to life, supported by erotic boutique Luke & Jack.
It will also feature a hand-picked selection of the best short films from Scotland competing for the Best Scottish Short award in memory of SQIFF co-founder, Kat Lindner, who passed away earlier this year.
Festival Co-ordinator, Helen Wright, said:
“We are really happy to be celebrating the 5th birthday of SQIFF! This year, we are thinking about how we can focus on LGBTQIA+ communities coming together and working together to tackle oppression whilst also foregrounding the voices that most need to be heard right now.”
“The result is a real emphasis on community and collectivity with some important highlights including a stand on religion with a shorts screening co-created with a LGBTQIA+ Muslim charity, Hidayah; several events for Black History Month looking at the unique experiences of queer people of colour; and, our Latinx Legends strand with documentaries about incredible Latin American activists – we hope everyone, queer people and allies, will feel welcome to come along and feel part of the festival.”
Screen Scotland’s Sean Greenhorn said:
“SQIFF has built an incredible reputation over the last four years of providing a platform for underrepresented groups to showcase the cinema they want to see through groundbreaking programming, events and community outreach, creating a festival with a dedicated core audience. This year’s fifth edition builds on this fantastic work and, through cinema, explores conversations and topics that might not otherwise be had.”
You can find out more about each of the events and screenings programmed for SQIFF 2019 here.