The Scottish Queer International Film Festival announces its line-up
- Emma Simmonds
- 16 September 2021
The Glasgow-based LGBTQIA+ event is back in October with a programme of shorts, features, workshops and social events
Aiming to get more people watching, talking about and making queer films, the Scottish Queer International Film Festival (SQIFF) screens movies that people might otherwise not get a chance to see. With new programmers Nat Lall and Jamie Rea and producer Indigo Korres driving the vision for the seventh edition, the line-up for this year's festival has just been announced, with events taking place largely in-person from Wednesday 6 to Sunday 10 October.
Screenings will be held at Glasgow's CCA on Sauchiehall Street in a Covid-secure environment designed to be accessible to all. Tickets for most events are priced on a sliding scale, where you can choose what to pay depending on your circumstances. A small selection of the films will be available to watch via SQIFF's Vimeo on Demand channel from Saturday 2 to Sunday 10 October, opening things up to wider audiences throughout the UK.
Proceedings kick off on Wednesday 6 October with SQIFF 2021 Opening Night Shorts, which represents the best in new Scottish queer filmmaking and gives a taster of the themes to expect from the festival. The selection includes a poetic film in British Sign Language (Affirmation #6), endearing musings on trans life in Glasgow (You Can Run) and a variety of films from queer Black artists from Fringe of Colour (Ixwa Blue, Space 2: We've Come A Long Way, black queer nature poem for khadijah (and all of us)). Ticket-holders are invited to join the festival's organisers for a celebratory drink following the screening.
In a programme made up predominantly of packages of short films grouped according to theme, highlights include Rollick/Dance: From dirty to sensuous – an evening of music videos and dance interpretations that encourage us to be carefree, frolic and ponder the links that bind the queer community together. Spill your Kinky (kink) is a collection of global short films contemplating all things kinky, Queer Brazil and Queer Asia explore the LGBTQIA+ scene in their respective cultures, while Horror Hour with Final Girls Berlin is a selection of otherworldly shorts promising 'screaming dykes and plenty of bloodshed.'
Those looking for something a little more immersive have a trio of feature films to choose from: the award-winning American coming-of-age comedy Adam from trans director Rhys Ernst; Angela Robinson's light-hearted 2004 lesbian cult classic D.E.B.S., featuring Fast & Furious star Jordana Brewster; while festival closer Changing The Game, directed by Michael Barnett, is a documentary following three trans teen athletes in the USA. And artist, writer and educator Linda Stupart will be present to talk about their new feature-length experimental moving image work After The Ice, The Deluge, a mainly diptych film consisting of Linda's performance and their research in the Arctic.
Events include the workshop Queer Sounds in Music Production with TAAHLIAH for members of the queer Black and people of colour community, a Filmmaker Social which gives you the chance to meet others who are LGBTQIA+ and interested in, or already working in film and related media. The notion of identity is explored through the medium of short documentary in another workshop (Identity & Documentary with Scottish Documentary Institute), while Unlocking Your Imagination with Joe Dunn sees the artist getting messy and creative with collages and T-shirts and encouraging you to do the same in an event conducted in BSL, with BSL-English interpretation and live captioning available.
Visit sqiff.org to find out more, book tickets and browse the full programme.