Photos from the 29th Annual Vancouver Queer Film Festival

August 10 – 20 2017

Opening Gala and Opening Night Party

Photography by Nicola Whitney-Griffiths

Photography by Luis Guillermo Álvarez

Signature Move Q&A with writer/cast member Fawzia Mirza

Photography by Vivianne Varcias

In the Picture with Vivek Shraya

Photography by Niamh Redmond

Youth Gala. Behind the Curtain: Todrick Hall

Photography by Luis Guillermo Álvarez

Gentlemen of the Shade book launch with Jen Sookfong Lee.

Photography by Brian Elliot

Chosen Family Story Hour, with authors Vivek Shraya, Monique Gray Smith, and Alan Woo. Face painting by Tiare Jung.

Photography by Brian Elliot

The Troublemakers Film Project: Troublemakers 2.0

Photography by Brian Elliot

The Geopolitics of Queer Q&A with Fawzia Mirza and Faizan Fiaz

Photography by Nicola Whitney-Griffiths

Intergenerations Social at Jim Deva Plaza

Photography by Vivianne Varcias

Stay Gold, March Forward Q&A with Filmmakers Ray D McEachern and Cory Ashworth

Photography by Vivianne Varcias

Indigifemme: Body Sovereignties & Indigifemme: Sex Sovereignties

Photography by Luis Guillermo Álvarez

Donor reception and Centrepiece Gala screening of FREE CeCe! with Q&A with Director Jac Gares

Photography by Brian Elliot

Donor reception and Centrepiece Gala screening of FREE CeCe! with Q&A with Director Jac Gares

Photography by Luis Guillermo Álvarez

Maybe Tomorrow (Baka Bukas) Q&A with Director Samantha Lee

Photography with Vivianne Varcias

Taxi Stories Q&A with Director Doris Yeung

Photography by Vivianne Varcias

Antonette & Tobin: Local Trans Stories Q&A

Photography by Brian Elliot

The Coast is Queer

Photography by Nicola Whitney-Griffiths

Project Gelb and Older Than What? Q&A

Photography by Brian Elliot

Closing Gala

Photography by Angelika Kagan Photography

Closing Gala, Closing Procession, and Closing night Party at the Junction

Photography by Nicola Whitney-Griffiths


The final day of the Festival! Thank you to everyone who joined us for the Closing Gala film, KIKI, and the Closing Gala party at the Junction. It was an incredible eleven days because of your presence!

Photos by Angelika Kagan Photography, Photography by DC, and Cakewalk Media Inc.

The final full day of screenings! We had a fantastic turnout for Two Soft Things, Two Hard Things, featuring the film’s directors Michael Yerxa and Mark Kenneth Woods. After the film Harlan Pruden led the fantastic Two-Spirit Directions workshop. We also had our second screening of Front Cover with director Ray Yeung.

Photos by Sasha Chee and Coline Debray.

A screening of Front Cover with director Ray Yeung, our Youth Gala film Real Boy, a Skype Q+A with director So Yong Kim following Lovesong, and a hecklefest with Alma Bitches! Fantastic final Friday of the Festival.

Photography by Ash Tanasiychuk of VANDOCUMENT, Angelika Kagan Photography, Joshua Florence, and Kaeleigh Evans.

Thurs Aug 18: the first films of our Black Lives Matter spotlight began, including a Skype interview with the amazing trans* activitist Miss Major. Then we danced the night away at the Black Lives Matter Dance Party, featuring a Vogue workshop with Jose Gutierez Xtravaganza. Director Nathan Adloff also joined us at a screening of his film Miles!

Photos by Lukas Engelhardt of VANDOCUMENT, and Photography by DC.

The Centrepiece Gala! An amazing event as special guests Kevin Stea and Jose Gutierez Xtravaganza joined us for a screening of STRIKE A POSE, followed by an inspiring Q+A. They also took part in SpaceMelt, a performance art event at the beautiful Telus Gardens.

Photography by Lukas Engelhardt of VANDOCUMENT

Another amazing festival day! Featuring a sold-out screening of It Runs in the Family, a Professional Networking Event hosted by RBC, and the first film of our Two-Spirit REELness spotlight including a Q+A with director Bretten Hannam!

Photos by August Bramhoff, Kaeleigh Evans, and Photography by DC

A busy day at #VQFF2016! The Troublemakers Film Project premiered their short films and there was an inspiring panel to follow, hosted by barbara findlay. Director Richard Fung joined us for a screening of his film, Re:Orientations. And Body Politic performed outside the Vancity Theatre for the most qurious of festies.

Photos by Angelika Kagan Photography, Photography by DC, and Kaeleigh Evans.

Sun Aug 14 was our Home Movies Rainbow Shorts film screening and Queer Families Picnic at Granville Island!

We also held a screening of CHEMSEX with a great post film panel of healthcare providers who discussed the important issues of the fim.

Photography by Vancity Photography and Kaeleigh Evans.

Our first day of workshops, plus lots of local talent at Changemakers and the Coast is Queer! And the amazing Ingrid Jungermann spoke at a screening of her film, WOMEN WHO KILL.

Photos by Ash Tanasiychuk of VANDOCUMENT, Marie-Catherine Massie Photography / Video, Joshua Florence, and Coline Debray.

The films were in full swing on Fri Aug 12! The Rio Theatre screened Where Are You Going Habibi and Paris 05:59: Théo et Hugo. International Village welcomed director Kerem Sanga for a screening of his film, First Girl I Loved, as well as Girls Lost.

Photos by Angelika Kagan Photography and Kaeleigh Evans.

Day one! Started with a screening of Summertime at the Vancouver Playhouse, then we moved next door to a starlight soirée of great Quriosities in the outdoor Queen Elizabeth Plaza.

Thank you to photographers Photography by DC and Angelika Kagan Photography for capturing all these special moments!

Aug 23 – Closing Gala 2015

Aug 19 – Centrepiece Gala

Aug 18 – Bearded Ladies After Party

Aug 15 – Roller Hijinx & In the Turn

Aug 14 – Rio Theatre – The Coast is Queer & Grandma

Opening Gala 2015

Tickle Trunk 2014

Closing Gala 2014

Centerpiece Gala 2014

Staff Picks 2014

Opening Gala 2014