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The Latest from VQFF

  • Welcome to the 32nd Vancouver Queer Film Festival!
    July 27, 2020

    The Vancouver Queer Film Festival (VQFF) is a vibrant space for queer arts, culture, and community. It showcases dynamic and thought-provoking films from British Columbian filmmakers as well as other Canadian and international directors and storytellers. 

    As Western Canada’s largest queer arts event, the Festival curates films which contextualize and celebrate queer lives and experiences and prioritize foregrounding diverse identities in our communities, including narratives from trans people, queer people of colour, and Indigenous people. 

    Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the 32nd annual Vancouver Queer Film Festival has adapted to an online format in order to offer at-home audiences the best in independent queer cinema along with workshops, artist Q&As, panels, parties and – most importantly – the feeling of gathering with friends and kin. Out On Screen is working hard to ensure this year’s Festival is accessible and safe for community members who are immunocompromised or part of another vulnerable sector.

    Curated by Artistic Director, Anoushka Ratnarajah, the theme of this year’s Festival is “Still Here”.

    “VQFF is on this August, and will feature films and interdisciplinary programming from queer filmmakers and artists whose work shows the many ways we fight for the fullness of our lives, for what and who we love, and for our shared futures. Our theme this year is ‘Still Here’, because our survival is an inevitable miracle. Nothing can stop us from taking root; we will always reach for the light and sky.” – Anoushka Ratnarajah

    Welcoming its presenting sponsor RBC once again, this year’s Festival will open on August 13th with Pier Kids followed by a virtual celebration of our local queer community. Pier Kids is a vital participatory documentary about the lives of homeless Black queer and trans youth who frequent the Chelsea Piers in New York City, and offers a type of intimacy that’s rare in documentary films. It’s goal is to shrink the distance between the concepts of racial/gender marginalization by making the experience personal and specific. It an act of resistance to traditional storytelling forms.

    The Festival’s Centrepiece Gala film is Lingua Franca, an ambitious feature film that follows a trans Filipina migrant as she navigates being undocumented in a Trump-era America. The film is written, directed by and stars trans actress Isabel Sandoval, who will join audiences virtually to discuss the film in a digital Q&A.

    VQFF will once again feature a variety of youth focused programming, including a Youth Gala screening of the inspirational documentary Changing The Game, which follows three boundary-breaking young trans athletes changing the face of sports in their communities and across the United States.

    Finally, this year’s VQFF will close with the heartwarming queer Muslim romantic comedy, Breaking Fast, directed by Mike Mosallam.

  • Volunteer at VQFF 2020
    June 24, 2020

    Every year, the face of the Vancouver Queer Film Festival is the volunteers! Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, VQFF 2020 has adapted to an online format to ensure we can offer the festival experience to our at-home community.

    As we move digital, we continue to need the support of dedicated individuals gifting their time and skills to realize our mission and facilitate the important work of increasing LGBT2Q+ representation in film and society.

    Volunteer Perks Include:

    • Screening tickets pack
    • VQFF 2020 volunteer t-shirt
    • Volunteer appreciation party

    To sign up as a volunteer, click here! You will be redirected to create a Timecounts account and fill out the VQFF 2020 Volunteer sign up form. We can’t wait to distantly meet you and get you involved in the festival!

  • Out On Screen stands in solidarity with Black communities
    June 3, 2020

    Out On Screen and its programs, the Vancouver Queer Film Festival and Out In Schools stand in solidarity with Black communities fighting against injustice, institutionalized racism, and police violence. 

    As we enter Pride month, we are reminded that before there were film festivals and parades there were protests and riots, often led by Black and Brown trans queer people. None of the rights and freedoms queer and trans people have gained, or have yet to gain, would exist without the work of Black queer and trans leaders, artists and thinkers like Miss Major, Marsha P. Johnson, Bayard Rustin, Audre Lorde, James Baldwin, Dionne Brand, Faith Nolan, Kim Katrin Milan, Angela Robertson, and many other Black queer activists whose names may be unknown to us, but to whom we owe a great debt.   

    We are a queer arts organization that values intersectionality, anti-oppression, social justice, respect, and equitable inclusion. We are nourished by the audacity of LGBT2Q+ storytellers and artists who join us to celebrate and illuminate the richness of queer communities on screen and in schools. 

    We are committed to using our platforms to centre the artistry and stories of Black LGBT2Q+ people. Over the coming weeks we will be sharing films and educational resources that centre and highlight Black thought and stories. We believe in the transformative empathetic power of storytelling to change the world, and hope our communities will join us in this learning.

    It is our responsibility specifically as an arts organization to remain committed to unlearning the ways in which we enact anti-Blackness. Black labour, skill and artistry has informed, benefitted and been appropriated by the arts community for decades, and it is unfair for the most marginalized members of our community to carry the majority of the burden to dismantle the systems that oppress them.

    Our liberation is bound together. Black Lives Matter.