Opening Gala Party: Starlight Soirée

Date: Thursday Aug 11
Time: 9:00pm
Location: Queen Elizabeth Plaza

This year we present a starlight soirée of great Quriosities in the outdoor Queen Elizabeth Plaza, adjacent to the Vancouver Playhouse. Enjoy a melodious greeting by accomplished instrumentalist AutoHeart as you walk down the pink carpet, then prepare to be blown away by the drag stylings of Rose Butch (Mistermiss Cobalt 2015) and roller skating gifts of Raw Meat. Keep an eye out for sparkling drag numbers by Karmella BarLe Roy Wan, and the unstoppable Conni Smudge – who knows where they might pop up? Festival favourite House of La Douche returns with their stunning mélange of waacking and vogueing, and the ever talented DJ G-Luve keeps the beat going.

Intrigued? We’ve still got quite a few surprises up our sleeves – prepare to be dazzled!

Doors at 9pm | 19+ | FREE with membership

Aug 11, 9:00pm
Queen Elizabeth Plaza

Workshop: Pitch Your Project to OUTtv!

Date: Saturday August 13
Time: 11:00 am
Location: SFU GCA

But first, hear from OUTtv’s Nicky Forsman, Head of Content and Content, and Jack Fox, Content and Acquisitions Producer. They’ll share the best ways to pitch new concepts you’d like to develop with the broadcaster, and how to present your finished videos, web series and more for their consideration. With a production deal with OUTtv, Joella Cabalu developed her short film StandStill (VQFF ’14) into the feature documentary It Runs in the Family (VQFF ’16). This workshop will offer you some skills in pitching to help you elevate your projects from script to screen.

Then, it’s up to you! It’s your turn to pitch one-to-one to Nicky, Jack and COO Brad Danks.


Moderated by champion indie producer Ki Wight (ELIJAH, FIDO and the recent SNARE featured at the Smithsonian’s NMAI) and instructor at Capilano University in Motion Picture Arts.


  • 11am – 12:30 pm| How to Make a Home-Run Pitch
  • 1pm – 2pm| And…Go! One-to-One Pitching Session


Register at to claim your space. Register early as space is limited.




3. CreativeBC

Aug 13, 11:00am

Workshop: Tricks of the Trade with Creative BC

Date: Saturday August 13
Time: 03:30 pm
Location: SFU GCA

Join the team from Creative BC for a dynamic presentation and Q&A about opportunities for independent filmmakers in BC. This is a chance to gain insight and tips on how broadcaster support could trigger early stage development funding, how to build a strong MPPIA Short Film Award application and to learn about Creative BC’s World of Looks location image gallery.

Moderated by champion indie producer Ki Wight (Elijah, FIDO and the recent Snare featured at the Smithsonian’s NMAI) who is also an instructor at Capilano University’s School of Motion Picture Arts.


Register at to claim your space. Register early as space is limited.




3. CreativeBC

Aug 13, 3:30pm

Queer Familes Picnic

Date: Sunday August 14
Time: 4:30 pm
Location: Granville Island (near False Creek Community Centre)

Come find us on the grassy field behind the False Creek Community Centre for a queer families picnic! Bring whomever is family to you, pack a picnic dinner and meet up with friends and family for waterpark fun. We’ll bring the watermelon.

Video Storytelling too! Want to record your thoughts about what you love about your family? We invite everyone to participate, and we’ll assemble all your responses into a video we’ll share with you after the festival.

This is a free event and there is no need to register!

SUN AUG 14 | 430pm | Granville Island 

Aug 14, 4:30pm
Granville Island

Hand Held Devices: Body Politic

Body Politic is a performance piece that navigates the tensions of intimacy between the smartphone and the human body. Each performance is a five-minute moment with a random passerby in a small tent. The performer’s body becomes a geographic site – exposed, excavated, mediated, and reimagined by both the performer and the audience. In filmic moments, the performer shifts from being a kind of screen or a theatre to the subject of a documentary and even a live narrator…sometimes in sync, sometimes at odds with the revealing image or recorded voice.

Inner Fish is an interdisciplinary performance company from Kelowna, B.C., that creates touring performances and public interventions. For Body Politic, the Artistic Directors of Inner Fish, Neil Cadger and Denise Kenney, are collaborating with writer and performance artist Michael V Smith.


Aug 15, 8:00pm
Vancity Theatre
Aug 15, 6:00pm
Vancity Theatre

Centrepiece Gala Reception

Date: Wednesday Aug 17
Time: 5:15pm
Location: Vancouver Playhouse

Our favourite Festival reception to celebrate and thank our donors at the Cameo level and up. Join us for snacks and camaraderie in the salons of the Vancouver Playhouse.

Prior to Centrepiece Gala film Strike a Pose with visiting artists in attendance.

By invitation.

Aug 17, 5:15pm
Vancouver Playhouse


Date: Wednesday August 17
Time: 09:40 pm
Location: Telus Garden

SpaceMelt brings a unique brand of genre-bending collaboration and unbridled creation to this year’s VQFF!

Influenced by some of art’s queerest iconoclasts, SpaceMelt is a kind of reinvention of the “Happenings” of musician John Cage, dancer/choreographer Merce Cunningham, and painter Robert Rauschenberg that took place in the 1950s.

Once the countdown clock begins, prepare for a one-time-only magical, musical, dance, and visual art experience that takes place against the backdrop of the setting sun. Accompanying views and gorgeous environment courtesy of Telus Gardens.

Adults 19+ only. Standard ticket pricing. Passes welcome on a first-come-first-served basis. Cash bar. Cocktail seating and standard room.

Sam Davidson |
Terri Hron |
Michael Markowsky |

Featured Performers and Collaborators:
Olivia C Davies |
Will Howie |
Ellen Marple | @ecmarple
Sabrina ‘Bria’ Symington |
Sally Zori | @sallyzori

Special Appearances by Strike a Pose performers:
Jose Gutierez Xtravaganza
Kevin Stea




Beer supplied by Parallel 49

Aug 17, 9:40pm
TELUS Garden

Many Splendours Genders Reception

Date: Thursday Aug 18
Time: 5:15pm
Location: SFU GCA

Reel Patrons at the Producer level and up are invited to mingle and meet members of the SFU community at a reception hosted by SFU Woodward’s before the screening of Major!.

By invitation.

Aug 18, 5:15pm

Black Lives Matter Dance Party!

Date: Thursday Aug 18
Time: 10:00pm
Location: Lost and Found Cafe (33 W Hastings Street)

The Black Lives Matter Vancouver Coalition is doing amazing and radical work in response to racialized violence. Join us to affirm and celebrate Black culture here in Vancouver through a rocking, dance-focused party, immediately following the Waiting for B film screening. DJ Denise will keep the Beyoncé tunes coming, and the night will include hip hop performances by talented local dancers and a quick Afrobeats dance lesson for the crowd.

10:30pm: free Vogue workshop with Jose Guiterez Xtravaganza!

FREE with membership. Doors at 10pm.

Aug 18, 10:00pm

Prance Hall Party

Date: Friday August 19
Time: 10:30 pm
Location: Vancouver Arts and Leisure

A queer dance hall experience bringing awareness to the plight of LGBTQ people in the Caribbean and celebrating the positive aspects of the music and culture. Partial proceeds donated to the Rainbow Railway which helps those persecuted to reach safety. Tickets available at the door, $15 each.

Aug 19, 10:30pm
Vancouver Arts and Leisure

Workshop: Two-Spirit Directions

Date: Saturday August 20
Time: 08:30 pm
Location: SFU GCA

This workshop is open to everyone interested in learning about decolonization and reconciliation, and how Indigenous communities are working to restore and (re)claim Two-Spirit traditions of gender diversity and sexual orientation that prevailed pre-contact. Spoiler alert: this workshop may involve tactile activities with soft things and hard things!

Harlan Pruden (First Nations Cree/nēhiyaw) is a UBC PhD student and is also the Managing Editor of Harlan is a co-founder and former Director of the NorthEast Two Spirit Society and works with the Two-Spirit (LGBT Native) community locally, nationally, and internationally. Harlan serves as the principal Two-Spirit consultatant to USA Federal Agency Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration’s Tribal Training and Technical Assistance Centre. In August 2014, Harlan was appointed to the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS where he works to provide advice, information, and recommendations to the Secretary of Health & Human Services and the White House. In the spring of 2013, Harlan was appointed to be an American representative to the International Indigenous Peoples Working Group on HIV/AIDS.

Follows the screening of Two Soft Things, Two Hard Things.

Aug 20, 8:30pm

Closing Gala Procession

Date: Sunday Aug 21
Time: 8:30pm
Location: Vancouver Playhouse

Our third annual Closing Night Procession, led by Alma B*tches and the illustrious Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, is a tradition you won’t want to miss! Immediately following the Closing Gala film, join our entourage of glittering nuns outside the Vancouver Playhouse, and stroll with the Sisters to the Junction for the Closing Gala Party.

Aug 21, 8:30pm
Vancouver Playhouse

Closing Gala Last Dip

Date: Sunday August 21
Time: 9:00pm
Location: The Junction

Prepare for one last dip into our Festival magic as drag superstar Lady Jem takes the stage to bid us sweet adieus with a high-energy performance. You’ll melt with delight over appearances by contortionist and acrobat Vixen Von Flex. Don’t worry – there will be plenty of time on the dance floor as DJ O Show from the School of Remix spins hip hop and 90’s classics that will get you on the good foot.

5. The Junction

Aug 21, 9:00pm
The Junction