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  • VQFF Out in the Community
    January 31, 2019

    VQFF is pleased to announce two upcoming community partnerships:

    Join us for Black History Month with VIFF for a screening of the acclaimed Kenyan Film, Rafiki
    Monday February 4 at 6:30pm at Vancity Theatre 

    About: Bursting with the colorful street style & music of Nairobi’s vibrant youth culture, Rafiki is a tender love story between two young women in a country that still criminalizes homosexuality. Kena and Ziki have long been told that “good Kenyan girls become good Kenyan wives” – but they yearn for something more. Despite the political rivalry between their families, the girls encourage each other to pursue their dreams in a conservative society. When love blossoms between them, Kena and Ziki must choose between happiness and safety.

    Initially banned in Kenya for its positive portrayal of queer romance, Rafiki won a landmark supreme court case chipping away at Kenyan anti-LGBT legislation.

    Featuring remarkable performances by newcomers Samantha Mugatsia and Sheila Munyiva, Rafiki is a hip tale of first love “reminiscent of the early work of Spike Lee” (Screen Daily) that’s “impossible not to celebrate” (Variety).

    Get tickets here

    Join us for Dance House’s production of Blood on the Dance Floor
    Wednesday February 6 to Saturday February 9 at 8pm at SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts

    About: A descendant of the Narangga and Kaurna nations of South Australia, choreographer/performer Jacob Boehme was diagnosed with HIV in 1998. In search of answers, he reached out to his ancestors. Through a powerful blend of theatre, image, text and choreography, Boehme pays homage to their ceremonies whilst dissecting the politics of gay, Blak and poz identities.

    Created with ILBIJERRI, one of Australia’s leading theatre companies creating innovative works by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, Blood on the Dance Floor weaves together generational history with personal memoir. From a “gay elder” grieving young men lost to disease and despair, to the current culture of hookups and casual sex, deeper moments sketched between Jacob and his father underscore the legacy of racism, homophobia, and shame that permeates both personal and cultural histories.

    Grounded in Aboriginal dance and storytelling, Blood on the Dance Floor incorporates activism, autobiography, and performance into an incendiary work of raw and radical emotion.

    VQFF community members can get a 10% discount on tickets for a limited time until Feb 1st by using the code ONSCREEN.

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  • #VQFF2018 Arrives August 9
    May 14, 2018

    Get Ready to Celebrate!
    The 30th Annual Vancouver Queer Film Festival is happening August 9 – 19 – mark your calendars now! This year, we’re also pleased to announce that RBC has come forward as our 30th Anniversary Presenting Sponsor, giving us the support we need to hold up our beautiful communities.

    Check back with us mid-June for full film program and event information then watch for tickets to go on sale in early July.

    Sign up for our Festival newsletter for exciting sneak peek details and to be one step ahead on the latest #VQFF2018 news.

  • To the Moon and Back: VQFF2018 Creative Unveiled
    May 7, 2018

    This year we’re celebrating how far queer film has come and all the places stories can take us – to the moon and back.

    Anoushka Ratnarajah and Amber Dawn worked with Amelia Sutjiadi from Artovermatter to capture the essence of this year’s theme. Amelia has previously designed the creative for the 2016 and 2017 festivals. Her graphic-pop style re-imagines last year’s iconic pink fist as two hands raised in celebration, outstretched towards the infinite possibilities among the moon and stars. This year’s creative reminds us of how far we’ve come, of how far we can go, and what inspires us to continue to reach out and reach up.

    Check out the creative below and save our Festival dates: August 9 to 19, 2018!


    See Us With Them Hands

    Can you spot our posters around town this summer? Snap a pic of our pink hands and share it with us on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram for your chance to win tickets to #VQFF2018    #SeeUsWithThemHands