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  • ...and the unclaimed

    Artist Q&A | Documentary

    …and the unclaimed delves into the aftermath of Swapna and Shucheta’s deaths, as well as the social conditions that led […]

    Tuesday 14 August 2018 at 7:00 pm
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  • #TransWomenAreBeautiful

    Short | Trans

    No side characters or supporting roles here—these breathtaking shorts centre trans women as change-makers, artists, and romantic leads. Teen sweethearts […]

    Friday 17 August 2018 at 7:00 pm
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  • 1985

    Artist Q&A | Opening Gala

    In 1985, President Ronald Reagan publicly acknowledged AIDS for the first time, after more than 5,000 people in the United […]

    Thursday 09 August 2018 at 7:00 pm
    Friday 10 August 2018 at 7:00 pm
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  • 2018 Fall Gala

    Coming Up | Gala

    We’re back for the year’s must-attend event: the Out On Screen Fall Gala! This year’s fabulous cocktail party and art auction will […]

    Saturday 03 November 2018 at 7:00 pm
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  • 50 Years of Fabulous

    Artist Q&A | Drag/Performance

    50 Years of Fabulous recounts the rich history of the Imperial Council in San Francisco, one of the oldest and […]

    Monday 13 August 2018 at 9:00 pm
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  • A Moment in the Reeds

    Gay | Romance

    Tareq—an architect by profession who has come to Southern Finland from war-torn Syria seeking asylum—is hired by conservative Finnish widower, […]

    Tuesday 14 August 2018 at 9:30 pm
    Wednesday 15 August 2018 at 7:00 pm
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  • Al Berto

    Drama | Gay

    Poet Alberto Raposo Pidwell Tavares (pen name Al Berto) is widely acclaimed across Southern Europe for authoring nearly twenty books […]

    Tuesday 14 August 2018 at 7:00 pm
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  • Alaska Is A Drag

    Artist Q&A | Youth Gala

    Glamourous daydreamer Leo and his sardonic sister Tristen sashsay and vogue through their small Alaskan town, clinging to each other […]

    Saturday 11 August 2018 at 7:00 pm
    Sunday 12 August 2018 at 7:00 pm
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  • Ancestral Inheritance with Edzi’u, Samantha Nock & Evan Ducharme

    Local | Two Spirit

    Familial lineage has its hand in shaping the work that artists and creators give life, whether it’s obvious or not. […]

    Sunday 12 August 2018 at 6:00 pm
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  • Apricot Groves

    Drama | Trans

    Apricot Groves was one of the most widely screened transgender titles of 2017, garnering thirty-seven international festival award nominations and […]

    Saturday 18 August 2018 at 7:00 pm
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  • Bixa Travesty (Tranny Fag)

    Documentary | Trans

    Black, transgender singer Linn da Quebrada, born and raised in the favelas of São Paulo, is a force of nature […]

    Wednesday 15 August 2018 at 9:30 pm
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  • Call Her Ganda

    Artist Q&A | Trans

    In 2014, Jennifer Laude, a Filipina trans woman, was killed by a US Marine. Her case created an outcry and […]

    Thursday 16 August 2018 at 7:00 pm
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  • Closing Gala Party

    Closing Gala | Event

    Gather together to see our 30th Festival come to a bright and momentous close. Let’s make some collective wishes for […]

    Sunday 19 August 2018 at 9:00 pm
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  • Community Digital Storytelling with Love Intersections

    Event | Workshop

    What began as a wild idea in simply wanting to tell their own stories became a collaborative filmmaking journey that […]

    Saturday 11 August 2018 at 2:00 pm
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  • Deep Inside Clint Star

    Documentary | Two Spirit

    At the turn of the millennium, director Clint Alberta invited us into conversations from the hearts and minds of fellow […]

    Saturday 18 August 2018 at 9:30 pm
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  • Dykes, Camera, Action!

    Documentary | Lesbian

    Lesbians didn’t always get to see themselves on screen, and when they did, their storylines almost always ended in death. […]

    Thursday 16 August 2018 at 7:00 pm
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  • Every Act of Life

    Documentary | Gay

    Playwright Terrence McNally is best known for Love! Valour! Compassion!, Kiss of the Spider Woman, and Ragtime: all Tony award […]

    Friday 10 August 2018 at 9:30 pm
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  • Extra Terrestres (Extra Terrestrials)

    Lesbian | Romance

    What happens when Teresa, an astrophysicist, and Daniela, an astronomer, fall in love? They align their wedding day with the […]

    Saturday 11 August 2018 at 7:00 pm
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  • Faith

    Artist Q&A | Documentary

    This intimate documentary follows one woman on her journey with her family back to the homeland that had once rejected […]

    Saturday 11 August 2018 at 5:00 pm
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  • Freelancers Anonymous

    Comedy | Lesbian

    Written, directed, and starring an ensemble cast of women, this quirky indie certainly passes the Bechdel test with its refreshing […]

    Sunday 12 August 2018 at 9:00 pm
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  • If You Dare Desire

    Drama | Lesbian

    If You Dare Desire imagines the life Swapna and Shucheta could have had together, as they travel far from their […]

    Tuesday 14 August 2018 at 9:00 pm
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  • Indigiqueer Shorts from Turtle Island & Aotearoa

    Artist Q&A | Two Spirit

    “I think I used it because some LGBTQ Indigenous people don’t feel as comfortable with the two-spirit title…I know a […]

    Saturday 18 August 2018 at 7:00 pm
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  • Leitis In Waiting

    Trans | Two Spirit

    The filmmaking team behind the ground-breaking feature documentary Kumu Hina (VQFF 2017) is back, this time in collaboration with the […]

    Saturday 18 August 2018 at 5:00 pm
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  • Love Intersections: New and Retrospective

    Artist Q&A | Trans

    Join Love Intersections as they premiere their new 6×6 “Finding” short film series with TELUS Storyhive, as well as past […]

    Saturday 18 August 2018 at 2:00 pm
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  • Malila: The Farewell Flower

    Drama | Gay

    Former lovers, Pitch and Shane, reunite to rekindle their relationship and heal the pain of their lives through Buddhist spiritualism […]

    Saturday 18 August 2018 at 9:00 pm
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  • Miss Rosewood

    Drag/Performance | Sexually Explicit

    Worried that queer art has become too mainstream? Too safe? Miss Rosewood is here to push the envelope and remind […]

    Monday 13 August 2018 at 7:00 pm
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  • Octavio Is Dead!

    Artist Q&A | Horror/Thriller

    Filmmaker, broadcaster, musician, activist, and outspoken bisexual, Sook-Yin Lee may be one of Canada’s most cherished artists. Lee affirmed her […]

    Friday 10 August 2018 at 7:00 pm
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  • Opening Gala Party: A Black and White Affair

    Event | Opening Gala

    Celebrate director Yen Tan’s black and white cinematic triumph by dressing up in style. Black and white attire encouraged! Our […]

    Thursday 09 August 2018 at 9:30 pm
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  • QTBIPOC Artists in Conversation with Thirza Cuthand

    Event | Workshop

    Join Artist in Residence Thirza Cuthand for a candid talk and about her 20-year long video and performance practice, followed […]

    Sunday 12 August 2018 at 12:00 pm
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  • Saturday Church

    Drag/Performance | Trans

    Saturday Church tells the story of fourteen-year-old Ulysses, an introspective and creative teen who finds himself thrust into heightened responsibility […]

    Thursday 16 August 2018 at 9:30 pm
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  • Screenwriting Workshop with Turbid Lake Pictures

    Event | Workshop

    Local queer and trans filmmaker couple, Joshua M. Ferguson and Florian Halbedl will lead a three-hour workshop for emerging filmmakers […]

  • Shakedown

    Drag/Performance | Lesbian

    “Shakedown” was a series of underground parties created by and for Black women in Los Angeles that featured go-go dancing […]

    Monday 13 August 2018 at 9:00 pm
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  • Talk the Ting

    Lesbian | Short

    Talk the Ting tells the love story of London -based podcasting trio SISTREN. The topics of their podcast cover a […]

    Sunday 12 August 2018 at 2:00 pm
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  • The Coast is Genderqueer

    Artist Q&A | Trans

    The Festival is proud to present our first short film program that showcases local transgender, genderfluid, and non-binary stories. With […]

    Friday 17 August 2018 at 5:00 pm
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  • The Coast is Queer

    Local | Short

    Our made-in-Vancouver program launched in 1997, morphed into Code V in 1999, and finally became our beloved local short film […]

    Friday 17 August 2018 at 9:00 pm
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  • The Feels

    Comedy | Lesbian

    From The Big Chill to American Pie to Bridesmaids, every decade offers a new array of party-themed comedies. But where […]

    Friday 17 August 2018 at 9:00 pm
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  • The Fruit Machine

    Documentary | Feature

    “Today we acknowledge an often-overlooked part of Canada’s history. Canada’s role in the systemic oppression, criminalization, and violence against the […]

    Sunday 12 August 2018 at 4:30 pm
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  • The Miseducation of Cameron Post

    Closing Gala | Drama

    Based on the novel of the same name and set in the early ‘90s, our closing film follows high school […]

    Sunday 19 August 2018 at 7:00 pm
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  • The Root

    Comedy | Local

    Artist In Residence, Thirza Cuthand joins four local and visiting artists and innovators to talk about their queer and trans […]

    Sunday 12 August 2018 at 8:00 pm
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  • The Year I Lost My Mind

    Gay | Horror/Thriller

    Tom is a creepy guy, preoccupied with breaking and entering into private property, and skulking around wooded gay cruising areas […]

    Friday 10 August 2018 at 9:30 pm
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  • Thirza Cuthand: New and Retrospective

    Artist Q&A | Two Spirit

    For over 20 years Cuthand has been producing videos that take up issues of sexuality, madness, youth, love, and race. […]

    Saturday 11 August 2018 at 4:30 pm
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  • Tinta Bruta (Hard Paint)

    Gay | Romance

    In public, androgynous and socially anxious Pedro is painfully isolated and frequently bullied. In private, Pedro becomes NeonBoy, an erotic […]

    Saturday 11 August 2018 at 9:30 pm
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  • Troublemakers 3.0

    Artist Q&A | Local

    Troublemakers is back for a third year in a row! The Vancouver Queer Film Festival, Reel Youth, and Love Intersections […]

    Monday 13 August 2018 at 7:00 pm
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  • We Are the Vancouver Men's Chorus

    Drag/Performance | Local

    In 1981, the Vancouver Men’s Chorus (VMC) broke ground and became Canada’s first gay chorus. Over the next thirty-eight years, […]

    Friday 17 August 2018 at 7:00 pm
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  • White Rabbit

    Artist Q&A | Centrepiece Gala

    Sophia (comedian Vivian Bang) is a struggling artist living in LA, trying to make meaningful work and pay her bills […]

    Wednesday 15 August 2018 at 7:00 pm
    Thursday 16 August 2018 at 9:00 pm
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  • Youth Drag Workshop

    Drag/Performance | Workshop

    Are you ready to W-E-R-Q the house down? In similar fashion to our Youth Gala film, Alaska is A Drag, […]

    Saturday 11 August 2018 at 5:00 pm
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