Scottish Queer International Film Festival announces full 2018 programme

Scottish Queer International Film Festival announces full 2018 programme

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SQIFF 2018 will include a focus on Queer East Asian and Arab cinema, a virtual reality project, and has a strong intention to represent marginalised voices

The full programme for the fourth annual Scottish Queer International Film Festival has just been announced, with a clear focus on Queer East Asian and Arab cinema, and an innovative exploration into Virtual Reality Projects to tell LGBTQ+ stories. The festival opens on Wednesday 5 December at the Glasgow Film Theatre with contemporary international LGBTQ+ shorts series VISIBLE, an exploration of QTIPOC (queer trans intersex people of colour) histories. Closing the festival on Sunday 9 December is the Scottish premiere of White Rabbit, a lesbian romantic comedy about an artist and the people she meets while working handy(wo)man jobs on peer-to-peer website TaskRabbit.

As a focus for this year's festival, Arab cinema will have a spotlight shining on it through a selection titled Queer Arab Lives, curated by Samar Ziadat in partnership with the zine and Festival of Arab womxn's art, Dardishi. The other major focus, East Asian cinema, will be represented through screenings of Alifu the Prince/ess (Dec 9), a work about a trans women in Paiwan who reveals her truth to her father, and The Story of the Stone (Dec 8), a tale from classical Chinese literature queered through the lens of Taipei's gay community today.

Other highlights of the full programme announcement include a reexamination of the classic movie The Wizard of Oz (Dec 7), in which it is argued that Dorothy and her friends are an allegory for asexuality. Another take on a classic is Madeleine Olnek's Wild Nights With Emily (Dec 8) which has SNL's Molly Shannon as the great American poet Emily Dickinson who indulges in lesbian sex to resist the patriarchy.

Scottish Queer International Film Festival announces full 2018 programme

Alifu the Prince/ess

Homegrown talent also has a key part in the festival with Queer Scotland (Dec 8), a night of short films looking at LGBTQ+ communities in Scotland, and Queer The Screen, a preview of the new anthology We Were Always Here by Queer Words Project Scotland (Dec 8). Scottish filmmaker Ross Wilcock will also debut the short films that extend his work for BBC The Social called Online Dating with a Disability, which looks at the dating world from the perspective of someone with a queer and disabled identity (Dec 7).

For those who do not live in Glasgow, SQIFF will also take to the road throughout November to bring queer cinema to the rest of Scotland. This includes a screening of A Fantastic Woman (Nov 23), Sebastián Lelio's film that portrays an authentic trans experience, at An Lanntair in Stornoway.

The SQIFF team commented: 'We are really happy to be focusing more than ever on representing voices marginalised within film culture at this year's Festival … Our efforts to make the Festival accessible to more people are increasing this year with a quiet space available at our main venue the CCA and a travel fund open to any audience member who couldn't otherwise afford to come along. After its success last year, we will again be offering a sliding scale ticket price with people choosing what to pay between free and £8.'

Scottish Queer International Film Festival, various venues, Glasgow, Wed 5–Sun 9 Dec. Tickets are on sale now and are priced on a pay-what-you-can scale of £0–£8 based on individual circumstances. To see the full programme and to buy tickets, visit

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.