Scottish Queer International Film Festival 2017 programme announced

Scottish Queer International Film Festival 2017 programme announced

The Misandrists

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.

Scottish Queer International Film Festival 2017 programme announced

Diane Torr Tribute Man for a Day
There will be a range of free workshops to take part in that are designed specifically for LGBTQ+ creatives including a masterclass with Emmy-nominated producer Catherine Gund (30 Sep) and a session on low-budget filmmaking with Lasse Långström. The festival will also be celebrating the life and work of artist, activist and drag king Diane Torr (1 Oct) as well as the work of two British-South Asian queer women filmmakers in Gaysian Superheroes (30 Sep). We Are Failing (28 Sep) is an evening inspired by Jack Halberstam's book The Queer Art of Failure, which encourages LGBTQ+ individuals to assert their right to failure.

To round off all the educational and moving events on offer, the festival has organised two parties with Free Pride taking over The Art School on Fri 29 Sep and Lock Up Your Daughters returning for the Babadook Ball at Drygate (30 Sep).

If you can't wait until the end of September or won't get a chance to make it through to Glasgow, SQIFF will be bringing a selection of queer movies to venues across Scotland including Dundee, Aberdeen and Stornaway from 21–26 Sep. Highlights from this teaser period include The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin and German-Mongolian drama Don't Look At Me That Way.

The SQIFF team commented: 'We are really pleased to bring SQIFF to audiences in Scotland for a third year, offering a unique selection of queer cinema and an ethos of challenging barriers to accessing the arts. Expanding to five days this year is an achievement for us and we also have more filmmaker and artist guests than before travelling to take part in the Festival. As always, our focus is to provide a space for LGBTQ+ communities to explore their creativity, make connections, and feel welcome at an event designed to meet their needs.'

Scottish Queer International Film Festival, various venues, Glasgow, Wed 27 Sep–Sun 1 Oct. Tickets to all events are on sale now at sqiff.org.

Scottish Queer International Film Festival

The third SQIFF is a five-day event hosting features, short film screenings, workshops, discussions and nights out. The 2017 programme includes the Scottish premieres of Bruce LaBruce's The Misandrists and Jennifer Reeder’s Signature Move as well as a host of documentary screenings, a focus on British-South Asian queer…

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