Our Community Partners are essential to animating the Festival and connecting us to our broader queer communities.

We have partnered with local non-profit organizations and community groups to raise awareness, create opportunities to build social connection and engage people in changes to get involved in the issues that matter to them. Community partners help connect their membership to Festival events that align with their goals or interests. In return, we offer opportunities to cross-promote, promote events or calls to action.

Their service and capacities range in size and can include educational, recreational or support resources. Check out their descriptions below and head to their websites for more information.

If you would like to become a Community Partner with the Festival, reach out to our Marketing Team with “New Community Partner” as the subject. We can’t wait to connect!

2017 Community Partners

Amnesty International is a worldwide movement of people dedicated to the promotion and protection of human rights. We are proud to be associated with the Vancouver Queer Film Festival as we celebrate success and work in solidarity with LGBTI community members around the world who still face harassment, violence, and criminalization based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

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BOLDFest = bold, old(er) lesbians & dykes. an Annual conference at the Coast Plaza Hotel, bringing together 150-200 dykes of all ages to: re-connec,t get energized, politicized network, celebrate our age(s), queerness, our longevity – everything we are!!

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CampOUT! is a social justice summer camp for queer, trans, Two-Spirit, questioning, and allied youth ages 14-21 from across BC & the Yukon.

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Cinemafantastique Film Fest Society – Celebrating the sexy, the bloody, and the cerebral in transgressive independent filmmaking!

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Cineworks is an artist-run nonprofit established in 1980. We support independent filmmakers, media artists and arts audiences as a membership society providing production facilities, screenings and talks, commissions, residencies and outreach projects.

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CiTR 101.9 FM is the broadcasting voice of the University of British Columbia, situated on the unceded, traditional Coast Salish territory of the Hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ speaking Musqueam peoples. CiTR began as a student club in 1937, gaining not-for-profit status and a place on the FM dial in 1982. Run by the Student Radio Society of UBC, CiTR offers students and community members broadcast training and access to the airwaves, broadcasting 100+ locally-focused radio programs in seven different languages, streamed online and available as podcasts. Since 1983, CiTR has also published Discorder Magazine, providing Vancouver’s best monthly coverage of the local music and arts scene. Discorder is distributed for free throughout Vancouver, with a circulation of 8,000 copies. CiTR exists to: Create alternative and locally-based programming Empower UBC students and community members through training and participation in the media Provide community access to media and space for under-represented voices

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CJSF broadcasts from SFU’s Burnaby campus at 90.1 FM to most of Metro Vancouver. As a campus/community station, CJSF strives to support local music, arts and culture and provide a platform for points of view rarely expressed in mainstream media.

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DOXA is presented by The Documentary Media Society, a Vancouver based non-profit, charitable society (incorporated in 1998) devoted to presenting independent and innovative documentaries to Vancouver audiences. The society exists to educate the public about documentary film as an art form through DOXA Documentary Film Festival, a curated and juried festival comprised of public screenings, panel discussions, public forums and educational programs. The 17th annual DOXA Documentary Film Festival will take place May 3 thru 13, 2018. The Motion Pictures Film Series is DOXA’s year-round programming initiative that offers screenings of some of the world’s most outstanding documentaries to communities around the Lower Mainland. The 2017-2018 season marks the eighth edition of the series.

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Operated by a working board of volunteers, FOH is the first of its kind in Canada and the world as a registered charity providing financial assistance to other Canadian charities actively supporting LGBT+ refugees and newcomers. Find out more about the Foundation of Hope at www.Foundationofhope.net

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Full Circle – Proudly located on the traditional unceded territories of the Coast Salish people, Full Circle: First Nations Performance is the premiere company in Western Canada devoted solely to developing and celebrating the Aboriginal arts. Full Circle hosts the only multidisciplinary Aboriginal arts festival in Turtle Island, The Talking Stick Festival, which features over 300 artists in over 50 performances across 10 days.

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Geist

Geist is a literary magazine that publishes stories, essays, photography, art, comics and little-known facts of interest from every corner of Canada.

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For 40 years, the Greater Vancouver Native Cultural Society has served as a surrogate family and cultural forum for two-spirited people across Vancouver. The GVNCS serves two-spirit people who don’t feel like they fit in at other societies through workshops, parties, gatherings, and meals. We are involved with various Indigenous gatherings, participate in Pride parade, and conduct blessings at events. We are ambassadors to the LGBT2Q+ community by showcasing our past, present and future.

HIM

Health Initiative for Men is dedicated to strengthening the health and well-being of gay men. We involve and engage gay men to improve foundations of their physical, sexual, social and mental health through research-based, community-minded, volunteer-driven activities. Our materials and programs are for adults and deal with gay sexuality positively and explicitly.

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Indian Summer Festival is a contemporary multi-arts festival that takes place over ten days every July in Vancouver, Canada. To all of us at Indian Summer, the festival really is a model for the kind of society we’d like to see. A society that is creative, diverse, inclusive and innovative. As the world builds more and more walls and as societies get suspicious and afraid of people who don’t look like them and think like them, we believe in the transformative power of the arts and the festival is our way of reaffirming these beliefs. From novelists to Grammy Award-winning musicians, international visionaries to oral storytellers, Indian Summer Festival has presented emerging artists as well as Nobel, Booker, Grammy and Oscar prize nominees on its stages.

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LEGIT, the Lesbian and Gay Immigration Taskforce, was founded in December 1991 in Vancouver by a group of Canadian lesbians and gay men along with their partners who did not have landed immigrant status in Canada. LEGIT provides immigration information and support to queer, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered people while working to end discrimination in Canada’s immigration regulations. The group has successfully helped thousands of couples in cross-border relationships gain permanent residence in Canada. Since 1991, LEGIT has lobbied for changes to immigration process, policies and law.

Lezervations – Think of it as a meeting of lesbian minds that started in Vancouver. Two years in, we hold quarterly long table dinners in Vancouver, San Francisco, Toronto and New York, with new cities to come. From local gastronomic delights, to unique experiences in unique spaces, to supporting local not for profits that support women, Lezervations has a little something for everyone. And by everyone, we mean lesbians (all letters welcome!)

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Migrante BC is a community-based organization committed to the protection and promotion of the rights and welfare of Filipino immigrants and migrant workers in British Columbia, Canada. It is run and led by volunteers. We believe in organizing migrant Filipinos in a group of our own. Migrante BC does not lose sight of the necessity of working towards one of the most basic rights which Filipinos share with those who have remained in the Philippines: the right to have decent work at home.It asserts that Filipino migrants deserve the greatest promotion and protection of their rights wherever they are.

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The Momentum Health Study is a sexual health study for gay, bi and other men who have sex with men in greater Vancouver, BC coordinated by the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS.

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PACE Society is a Sex Worker driven non-profit operating in Vancouver’s DTES. PACE provides front-line support services, advocacy and education based on a strengths based harm reduction model for Sex Workers, based on Sex Workers self identified needs. Our organization is committed to social justice and our services reflect the intersecting social determinants of health of the people we serve. As an organization we are committed to improving the lives of Sex Workers and highlighting the various physical, environmental and structural barriers that shape their lives and reinforce violence and postionality.

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PFLAG Canada is a national charitable organization, founded by parents who wished to help themselves and their family members understand and accept their non-heterosexual children.

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Positive Living BC is an organization that provides low income members living with HIV/AIDS with over-the-counter items and services essential to their health but not covered by existing health plans. The symptoms of HIV/AIDS and the side effects of medications are very difficult to live with. Without treatment they can even be life-threatening. Positive Living BC is actively trying to end stigma associated with positive status.

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Powell Street Festival cultivates Japanese Canadian arts and culture to connect communities. Our annual festival and other events create a hub for emerging and established artists.

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The PuSh International Performing Arts Festival is Vancouver’s signature mid-winter festival presenting contemporary works of theatre, dance, music and multimedia by acclaimed artists from around the world. The next edition of the PuSh Festival takes place January 2018

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QMUNITY is BC’s queer, trans, and Two-Spirit resource centre. Through our work, we envision a world with vibrant, diverse, and celebrated queer, trans, and Two-Spirit communities, where individuals live their lives fully, free from discrimination. Our work improves queer, trans, and Two-Spirit lives through support, connection and leadership. QMUNITY operates on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of Indigenous people across British Columbia.

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Queer Families is open to folks who identify as Queer parents/parents to be. Open to people of all genders who are at all stages of the journey of expanding their family, whether it be thinking about it, in the process of doing so or already there!

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Rainbow Refugee is a Canadian, Vancouver-based grassroots organization that supports and assists LGBTQ/HIV+ asylum seekers, refugee claimants, and refugees.

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Raindance Vancouver aims to support emerging and independent filmmakers in bringing to life their projects by providing access to up-to-date, industry-focussed film training, networking opportunities and links to the local film industry on Canada’s West Coast.

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Ricepaper Magazine is the longest-running publication of its kind committed to Asian Canadian literature, culture and arts. It is passionate about real diversity in media. Visit ricepapermagazine.ca

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SAFES is a Vancouver based collective of cinephiles, academics, aesthetes and others who get together occasionally to screen interesting South Asian films – and engage in (hopefully) stimulating dialogue about society, cinema, art, culture and history.

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Sher Vancouver

Sher Vancouver is a social, cultural, and support organization for LGBTQ South Asians and their friends, families, and allies.

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The Trans Alliance Society supports and advocates for the right of transgender, gender-variant, two-spirit, or otherwise non-distended to fully live their lives free of discrimination.

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Western Canada’s 1st LGBT+ Wedding Show. Showcasing LGBT positive wedding professionals in an inclusive and fabulous environment.

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VAFF is dedicated to promoting and celebrating the diversity and depth of Asian culture and identity in film and media, and to help North American Asian actors and filmmakers more authentically and more powerfully define and express themselves on screen. Through its annual film festival and many other programs and events hosted in Vancouver, VAFF’s mission is to be the “go-to” forum for the public and the film industry to engage in and support the rise of Asian influence in film and media in the world. VAFF envisions a world where North American Asian actors and filmmakers have the resources and opportunities to shape mainstream culture in a powerful and positive way.

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Vancouver Frontrunners are a local running, walking and social club who provide a safe and welcoming environment for the LGBTQ+ community and their friends. They meet twice a week, cater to people of all abilities, and it’s free to try them out.

The Vancouver Gay Volleyball Association (VGVA) is a provincially registered non-profit society and one of the longest operating volunteer organized sports groups in the Lower Mainland. The VGVA promotes an inclusive environment that focuses on volleyball play, fitness and—most of all—lots of FUN!

 

Founded in 1982, The Greater Vancouver International Film Festival Society is a not-for-profit cultural organization that operates the internationally acclaimed Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) and the year-round programming of the Vancity Theatre at the Vancouver International Film Centre. We produce screenings, talks and events as a catalyst for a diverse community to discover, discuss and share the creativity and craft of storytelling on screen.

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A 10-day annual festival that encourages dialogue among cultures, and explores and celebrates the art of contemporary Latin American and Latin-Canadian filmmaking. VLAFF’s mandate is the encouragement and appreciation of motion pictures as a medium of art, information and education. Since 2003, VLAFF has provided audiences with the unique opportunity to watch inspiring films and interact with guest filmmakers from across Latin America and the diaspora.

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The Vancouver Men’s Chorus is one of Canada’s premier singing ensembles and Canada’s first gay chorus. For more than 35 years, we’ve delighted audiences locally and abroad, and our membership continues to flourish. In 2018 we are travelling to St Johns, Newfoundland where we have been invited to perform at “Podium”, a 4-yearly event which next year, has been given the title “On The Edge”. How appropriate for a 100 man (mostly gay) chorus! Come and join our fabulous brotherhood and experience the wonderful world of performing with lots of other lovely boys. Open rehearsals start in September. www.vancouvermenschorus.ca for more info.

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Vancouver Taiwanese Film Festival (TWFF) is a non-profit, culture and arts event, presenting high-quality Taiwanese films. It is also the first large non-profit event in Canada focused on promoting Taiwanese films. Over the past 11 years, TWFF has presented more than 100 Taiwanese films and invited many filmmakers and directors to initiate conversations with locals in Metro Vancouver. It not only feeds the multiculturalism in Canada but also builds a bridge connecting the art of Taiwanese films with Canada to create an even more diverse community.

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The Vancouver Writers Fest brings readers and writers together to reimagine our world at its annual Festival (October 16-22, 2017), year-round special events, a spring reading series and educational outreach programs.

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Women in Film and Television Vancouver (WIFTV) is a member driven not-for-profit society. Our main objectives are: to further the artistic and professional development of women in the Canadian screen-based media community; and to recognize and promote the artistic and professional contributions of women in the Canadian screen-based media community and in the community at large.