Scottish Queer International Film Festival reveals its first events for 2018

Scottish Queer International Film Festival reveals its first events for 2018

Shakedown director Leilah Weinraub

Annual celebration of queer cinema returns with Scottish premieres and tips on how to take down mainstream cinema

The first batch of events at the fourth annual Scottish Queer International Film Festival has been revealed. This year's festival takes place Wednesday 5–Saturday 8 December across various venues in Glasgow, including the Centre for Contemporary Arts and the Glasgow Film Theatre. The festival has been running since 2015 as a means to contribute to the queer film scene in Scotland, and at it's heart is a goal to get more people involved in queer cinema and to screen movies that people may not have the chance to see in mainstream cinemas.

SQIFF 2018 opens at the GFT on Wed 5 Dec with the Scottish premiere of contemporary LGBTQ+ shorts from around the world. Campbell X and Kayza Rose's VISIBLE takes the headliner position, with their study on the histories of queer, trans, intersex, people of colour. The GFT will also host the Scottish premiere of Shakedown (Sun 9 Dec) from director Leilah Weinraub. Her film tells the true story of an all-black women-owned lesbian strip club that existed in LA in the late 90s. Weinraub will also be in attendance and take part in a Q&A after the film, presented in conjunction with the Scottish Documentary Institute.

Over at the CCA is the Scottish premiere of Jason Barker's debut A Deal With the Universe on Sun 9 Dec. Barker's film is autobiographical and drawn from his experience of giving birth to his child as a trans man. The film is made up of personal video footage and Barker will be in attendance to join a post-film discussion hosted by Rainbow Families.

The last event announced is Dykes, Camera, Action! + BOOM BUST: Feminist Filmmakers Blowing Up the Canon (Fri 7 Dec) at the CCA. Dykes, Camera, Action! has filmmakers such as Barbara Hammer, Su Friedrich, Rose Troche and others, giving an insight into how they use film to express their queer identity. The second half of the event, BOOM BUST, is a presentation from activist and writer So Mayer who will be on hand with her feminist film toolkit to deconstruct and explain why mainstream cinema needs to change.

The full programme for SQIFF 2018 will be announced Thu 25 Oct. Visit for more information. Tickets are on sale now and are priced on a pay-what-you-can scale of £0–£8 based on individual circumstances.

Scottish Queer International Film Festival

Scotland’s annual celebration of queer cinema heads online in 2020. The film programme is available on Vimeo on Demand throughout the festival, plus virtual events include online watch parties, workshops, Q&A sessions, discussions, parties and a closing night quiz.