We’re so excited to bring you the very best in queer cinema every year, and this year is no exception! Without further ado, let’s get to those GALAS. Early Bird Scotiabank Super Passes on sale July 16-23, and regular tickets and six-packs on sale July 23! Check our Tickets page for more details! OPENING GALA | YOUTH GALA | CENTREPIECE GALA | CLOSING GALA

OPENING GALA: Eisenstein in Guanajuato

A fantastic new film from Peter Geenaway which has us following famed director Sergei Eisenstein on his 1931 trip to Mexico to shoot Que viva México, which was never completed. Watch him fall in love, and into distraction, with his appointed guide, Palomino Cañedo. High camp treatment blends with masterfully shot scenes of Eisenstein rolling in luxurious beds, vomiting in alleyways, and cavorting with Frida Kahlo. We just couldn’t resist highlighting this spectacular flick with our Opening Gala. Watch it Thursday, August 13 at 7pm at the Vancouver Playhouse!

YOUTH GALA: In the Turn

Effervescent with hope, In the Turn centres on 10-year-old Crystal in Timmons, Ontario, whose experience of chilling social isolation and bullying at school begins to change once she finds friendship and community in the Vagine Regime, a kick-ass international queer roller derby team that (unlike Crystal’s school sports teams) is trans-inclusive and welcomes Crystal with open arms. If you miss the Youth Gala screening on Saturday, August 15 at 645pm, there’s another on Thursday, August 20 at 9pm! Psst! Have you head about our Youth Six Pack?! Youth 24 and under can get six tickets for $30! See six shows yourself, or take 5 friends to a film! Use the six any way you’d like!

CENTREPIECE GALA: A Girl at My Door (Dohee-Ya)

A brilliant, gritty and complex psychodrama by writer-director July Jung (who will be in attendance!) presents a stunning reflection on immigration, rural life, addiction

and abuse–and the heartbreak of finding no safe refuge in family or law. Watch the trailer below, and join us on Wednesday, August 19 at 7pm at the Vancouver Playhouse.

CLOSING GALA: Game Face

Game Face brings intimate introduction to two athletes waging the biggest fights of their lives: coming out in their professional careers while continuing to remain at the top of their games. Fallon Fox, the first transgender Mixed Martial Arts’ fighter, and Terrence Clemens an NBA hopeful who was outed in LA. Join us as we host the cast and the director on Sunday, August 23 at 7pm at the Vancouver Playhouse. https://youtu.be/nXfcaaqkOV8