This year we’re taking the party outside—join us for our first open-air Opening Night at Robson Square! Enter our queer Hollywood circus, with roving performances by artists Tila J, Sienna Blaze, Kata Sita and Electric Eve, to name a few. Juggling and stilts and poi, oh my! Watch for a starring-role appearance from Ikue Ueno and Jonathan Kol of the House of LaDouche as they vogue-off, and stay tuned for special feature drag-stravaganzas by Shanda Leer, Anna Propriette and PonyBoy. DJ G-Luve spins tunes to get you dancing and ready for your close-up. Did we mention Screw it! wine, Kronenbourg beer and free delicious food from Nuba? See you on the pink carpet!
Immediately following the Opening Gala film, Eisenstein in Guanajuato.
Free with adult membership (purchase online or at the door). Ages 19+
Presented by RBC
Join us in the Woodward’s Atrium before our Youth Gala, In The Turn, to celebrate the power of sport and roller derby—and mingle with the stars of In The Turn, Crystal and her mom Karen, and the director, Erica Tremblay. Enjoy free snacks and non-alcoholic beverages provided by Nesters Market, plus derby demonstrations by Raw Meat Collective and the Terminal City Roller Girls.
LYLE director Stewart Thorndike walks you through the ups and downs of making horror films. She shares how she made her first feature film for nothing, what it’s like to be a female director in this male-dominated genre and explains why we need more horror films by women. With personal stories, clips and scary warnings, Stewart shares her formula for staying empowered and getting your movies made.
Stewart Thorndike lives in New York and is the writer/director of LYLE (starring Gaby Hoffmann) which was selected by Buzzfeed as one of the best horror films of 2014. She earned her MFA at New York University’s graduate film program and is currently in pre-production for her second narrative feature film, The Stay. Stewart is currently a fellow with the San Francisco Film Society’s inaugural Women Filmmaker Fellowship.
FOMO* alert! A unique opportunity, this session will involve an expansive outlining of July Jung’s processes as one of the rising filmmakers of our time. In Q + A format, we’ll dive into July Jung’s distinctive experiences with film, from her critically-acclaimed short- and feature-length films (A Girl at My Door) to her exciting future projects. Harmonizing sound, philosophical elements, flawless acting, and a captivating motion picture worthy of premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, Jung will discuss her belief in film as a collaborative process, and her work as a director to see it through. Whether you are a burgeoning artist, a seasoned filmmaker, an interested critical thinker or curious film fan, this workshop is for you!
July Jung’s first feature film, A Girl at My Door premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for three separate awards including the Queer Palm, the Golden Camera, and the Un Certain Regard Award. She initially made a name for herself in her home country of South Korea through her short films A Man under the Influenza, and The Dog That Came into My Flashlight.
*FOMO: Fear Of Missing Out
A roadmap for aspiring filmmakers, director/writer Maxime Desmons and executive producer Damon D’Oliveira lead a candid and informal discussion for the VQFF filmmaking community, providing a detailed case study outlining how they got What We Have (Ce Qu’on a) made and into distribution.
Damon D’Oliveira’s first feature, Rude, had its world premiere at the 1995 Cannes Film Festival. Since then, he has produced some of Canada’s most innovative feature films, including Poor Boy’s Game (Berlinale, TIFF 2007), Lie With Me (TIFF 2005, Berlinale 2006), Love Come Down (Berlinale, TIFF 2000) and most recently, What We Have. Damon’s recent miniseries adaptation of The Book of Negroes debuted to historic ratings on the CBC.
Maxime Desmons immigrated to Canada after graduating from France’s National Theatre School. His short films Baggage/Somebody is Watching Us / D’une Rive à l’autre travelled the world and Bonne Mère was selected at the 2008 Berlin Film Festival. What We Have, his feature debut, recently won Best Canadian Feature at the 2015 Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival.
By popular demand, our grand finale returns to The Junction and its open-air patio. The musical melodrama will feature performances by drag legend Lady Jem, rising star Rose Butch and audience-favourite Adam Zapple—and more. (We can’t give you all of the spoilers now, can we?) If you choose to lounge on the patio, you’ll be serenaded with quirky tunes by Autoharp, or jump inside for a fantastic final fanfare by DJ Miss M. All good things must come to an end, but return for the sequel next year!
Closing Gala Procession
Led by the Alma B’ches and the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, our second annual Closing Night Procession will guide you with lanterns from the Playhouse Theatre to The Junction for the Closing Gala Party. Lady Jem will send you on the right track. Follow the Lady Jem road!
Supported by WEBIA
Buy a bottle of Kronenbourg 1664 or Kronenbourg Blanc at The Junction, and a portion of sales will be donated to Out in Schools!