What do BC’s glittering artists have in store for us this year? An eclectic combination ranging from personal, daily connections with strangers to time-travelling across dimensions for a lost love. Experimental meets slick sci-fi meets social justice participatory documentary — it’s The Coast is Queer, with ASL-interpretation! Tickets go on sale JULY 14th, but you can get your Scotiabank Super Pass at early bird pricing starting JULY 7th! Check out the Facebook event and invite your friends! Header still: NOT A STRANGER.

THE PROMISE | Jason Karman | Canada | 2016 | 5 min A gorgeous short by one of our favourite local filmmakers. Two men dance in an open field, jumping from reality to dream as each follows his own path. 100 CRUSHES CHAPTER 6: THEY | Elisha Lim | Canada | 2015 | 3 min A claymation monologue about a friend’s decisions to use the gender-neutral pronoun “they”. NE T’EN VAS PAS | Jessica Han | Canada | 2016 | 4 min | World premiere A loving tribute to the filmmaker’s father as she struggles with the mysterious circumstances surrounding his death. MEET CUTE | G Patrick Currie | Canada | 15 min Two strangers meet at a wedding and share an unexpected kiss. What follows changes everything they thought they knew about themselves and their sexuality. VIBRATOR | Wes Chew | Canada | 5 min | World premiere Two women play out the power dynamic in their relationship in a supernatural way. COLLIDER | Jamie Alain | Canada | 10 min | Canadian premiere This sci-fi thriller follows Dawn as she discovers a way to shift into parallel dimensions. Her motivation? To find a reality where her late partner Ann is still alive. HONEY, WINE AND KETTLE | Jaedyn Starr | Canada | 3 min | World premiere A humourous, abstract take on intimacy. LIKE A CANNON | Lisa g | Canada | 3 min | 2016 L’il bunny fears losing her home, so she blasts a song to recruit helpers. TROUBLEMAKER ON THE FREQUENCY | Clark Nikolai | Canada | 5 min | World premiere A glitched-out experiment that combines shortwave, radio clips from 1985, video recorded on a Fisher-Price PXL-2000, VHS footage from Toronto Gay Men’s Chorus “fORTE,” and audio drawn from a found English language travel phrases CD. AMAR: DEAF IS AN IDENTITY | Love Intersections | Canada | 4 min Amar Mangat shares his journey as a queer South Asian activist who is also deaf. By playing with silence in cinema, the film also challenges the assumptions of the “hearing world”. 10,579 KM: A QUEER JOURNEY FROM DAMASCUS TO VANCOUVER | Love Intersections | Canada | 10 min As an activist in the underground LGBTQ+ community in Syria, Danny Ramadan faced imminent persecution by the Syrian regime that led him to escape Damascus and eventually make his way to Vancouver. Danny shares his experience as a newcomer, devling into racism and privilege within the queer community, and offers his views on how we can be allies to Syrian refugees. TWO-SIDED RIDE | Jason Karman | Canada | 9 min Alex, a gay hopeless romantic, drives for a ride-booking company in hope of making a love connection in the big city. His trials and tribulations lead him to lose his way until fate takes over. NOT A STRANGER | Kate Green | Canada | 14 min A snapshot of the life of Colin Easton as he endeavours to talk to one stranger every day for an entire year.