Scottish Queer International Film Festival 2017 programme announced
- Arusa Qureshi
- 17 August 2017
The annual celebration of queer film and media returns for its third year
Following two excellent and highly successful years, the Scottish Queer International Film Festival is back with its third programme, featuring 40 events at venues across Glasgow. The annual festival celebrates the best in queer film and media, showcasing bold filmmaking from around the world while creating an inclusive and accessible environment for widespread discussion and engagement.
This year's programme has been expanded over five days to allow for a wider range of events, with the festival set to include premieres, documentaries, workshops, parties and more. To kick things off, queer filmmaking hero Bruce LaBruce will be introducing his latest film The Misandrists on Wed 27 Sep while the festival will close with the Scottish premiere of Jennifer Reeder's SXSW hit Signature Move, which explores the queer Muslim experience and the world of female Mexican wrestling.
The festival in general aims to place queer lives centre stage, with highlights including a host of documentaries that examine what it means to be LGBTQ+ in different communities around the world. Chavela (28 Sep) looks at the life of Mexican ranchera singer and lesbian icon Chavela Vargas, while Queer Revolution: Carlos Jáuregui: The Unforgettable Fag (29 Sep) is the story of the first leader of the pioneering Argentine Homosexuality Community. Jacqueline Gares' documentary FREE CeCe (1 Oct) is about the experiences of trans woman CeCe McDonald, who was incarcerated for defending herself against a hate crime. The story is narrated by Orange is the New Black star Laverne Cox and examines some of the realities of life as a trans woman of colour.
Elsewhere on the programme, you'll find a variety of short films that survey the LGBTQ+ experience in Switching Teams (30 Sep), Defiant Dykes (30 Sep) and Queer Scotland III (1 Oct). The massively popular Feminist Porn Night (29 Sep) will also be returning with a screening of Berlin vampire erotica Enactone, with director Sky Deep in attendance. The following night, SQIFF will be teaming up with Glasgow School of Art Pornography Society for M4M, a night of queer sex on camera, with rare archive clips from prominent gay porn company productions also featured.