We made it! What a whirlwind 11 days of outstanding film and queer community. 12,000 filmgoers came to see over 70 films from 21 different countries! The festival came to a close Sunday night at the Playhouse with a screening of Michiel Thomas’s Game Face, a documentary that captures the present-day struggles of LGBTQ athletes in the US.

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The final short of the festival was screened first. Gwen put together a heartfelt and playful tribute to outgoing Executive Director Drew Dennis that featured local queer stars and pals.

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OUTtv presented the award winners of this year’s festival: OUTtv People’s Choice Award for Best Feature: A Girl At My Door, Director July Jung OUTtv People’s Choice Award for Best Short: Same Boat, Director David C. Jones DavidCJones

Shana Myara presented the Gerry Brunet Memorial Award for Best Short Film Made in BC to Dissonance by director Anna Ngo, with an Honourable Mention Jury’s Selection to Polarity, by director Wes Chew. shana awards

After speeches, the screening of Game Face commenced. A timely documentary, Game Face follows two athletes: Fallon Fox, the first transgender Mixed Martial Arts competitor, as she fights for her career amidst a hostile media frenzy and Terrence Clemens, who is establishing his basketball career while dealing with his past incarceration and the daunting task of coming out. The juxtaposition of Fox’s and Clemens’ stories results in an intimate and enthralling study of how LGTBQ issues play out in the world of sports and the very real and pressing rounds left to win in that arena.

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Thomas and Clemens were both present discuss the experience of the making the film and LGBTQ issues in sport. Because Clemens came out over the course of the film, Thomas and Clemens revealed that initially the film crew pitched the documentary as a sort of Hoop Dreams to Clemens’ college and team. The school has been supportive of Clemens since he and the film came out.

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We then followed the magical lantern procession led by Alma B’ches and the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence to The Junction to the after party. procession procession2 procession group

On the patio popcorn was served as guests received an autoharp serenade.

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Inside The Junction,

Adam Zapple, Rose Butch, and Lady Jem brought the house down with high-powered drag numbers. And in the end everyone danced to DJ Miss M for the festival’s grand finale

. Adam Zapple lady jem Rose Butch Also on Sunday night, over $8,000 was raised for Out On Screen and Scotiabank has generously matched the donations with $5,000 more!

By Guest Blogger Adèle Barclay You can find more photos of the Festival on our Galleries page!


THANK YOU

A huge thank you goes out to all of the folks involved in making this Festival happen, from the filmmakers, to volunteers, and our fabulous attendees! We thank you for your craft, your skill, and your time, and that you chose to share it with us! Until 2016, folks!