SQIFF 2018: Preview

Scottish Queer International Film Festival 2018, Preview:

SQIFF (Scottish Queer International Film Festival) was formed with the aim of adding to the exciting and growing amount of queer film stuff happening around Scotland. Since 2015, the organisers have held an annual festival in Glasgow alongside providing year-round events across various locations. With the goal of getting people watching, talking about, and making more queer films. SQIFF seek to screen movies that people might not otherwise get a chance to see and to create inspiring and informative events alongside challenging inequality and barriers to accessing the arts.

SQIFF is not-for-profit. However, does receive project by project funding, which means they typically have around 4 months of funding to pay staff during the Festival period with the rest of their work done largely on a voluntary basis. The Festival and indeed year-round work is overseen by a committee, made up of members of Scotland’s LGBTQ+ communities. SQIFF is an organisation by and for those communities.

The 2018 festival runs from Wednesday 5th to Sunday 9th December in venues across Glasgow including, the main festival hub at the CCA, Glasgow Film Theatre, The Art School, Scottish Youth Theatre, Kinning Park Complex and The Space on London Road.

The 2018 programme highlights include:

SQIFF Schools: Out (CCA)


December 6 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

“So much of young people’s experience of sexual and gender identity in the present day comes via the internet. However, the old pain and awkwardness of ‘coming out’ to friends and family remains the same. This new documentary from French director Denis Parrot combines the phenomenon of online queer culture with the intimacy of young people’s revelations about themselves. Out presents a collection of compelling videos posted online by young LGBTQ+ people, showing us their experience of telling loved ones about their identity.”



December 6 @ 3:15 pm – 4:45 pm

“A gay Disabled teenage boy chooses to swap his body for that of a non-disabled cisgender woman, seeing this as the only way he can be loved. A deeply personal film written by and starring queer Disabled filmmaker Daniel Monks, Pulse explores thematic questions such as how much our bodies shape who we are, where the line is between compromising for love and changing yourself to be loved, and why we fall in love with the people we do. Pulse is a parable for young people, queer people, Disabled people; but also, for anyone who has ever struggled with their body, their appearance, their sexuality, their desires, and essentially themselves.”

SQIFF Workshop: Creating Online Content with BBC The Social

creating scoial content

December 7 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

“BBC The Social is an award-winning digital team based at BBC Scotland creating online content and developing new creative talent. The channel has a strong focus on allowing LGBTQ+ contributors to take the lead when it comes to creating content that covers topics such as LGBTQI+ rights, dating when gay and disabled, and comedy through a queer lens. This workshop will share with you the secrets to making successful online content and let you know how you can get involved creating your own content for BBC The Social. “

Dykes, Camera, Action! + BOOM BUST: Feminist Filmmakers Blowing Up the Canon

dykes camera action

December 7 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

“Lesbians didn’t always get to see themselves on screen. But between Stonewall, the feminist movement, and the experimental cinema of the 1970s, they built visibility, and transformed the social imagination about queerness. Filmmakers Barbara Hammer, Su Friedrich, Rose Troche, Cheryl Dunye, Yoruba Richen, Desiree Akhavan, Vicky Du, Jenni Olson, film critic B. Ruby Rich, and others share moving and often hilarious stories from their lives and discuss how they’ve expressed queer identity through film.

With a special presentation from writer and activist So Mayer (Political Animals: The New Feminist Cinema; curator, Club des Femmes), who brings their feminist film toolkit to SQIFF. With wise words and talking points from feminist filmmakers and critics from around the globe, So will set out why things need to change, and what we – as viewers, critics, programmers, and activists – can learn and do to take down mainstream cinema, while having ‘dykes, camera, action’-inspired fun on the way.”


desires and resistance

December 8 @ 3:00 pm4:40 pm

“Anonymous sexual encounters and flirtations with the camera, dress-up with Flawless Sabrina, and a night at the Stonewall Inn with Marsha P. Johnson: this programme proposes alternative modes of retrieving and disseminating a trans* past through an erotic gaze. Addressing an erasure of trans* legacies, these works place trans* sexual expression and resistances in conversation with a non-linear idea of history that is both real and fabricated, defiantly looking toward a future of pleasure, play, and beauty. Curated and presented by Finn Paul in partnership with Outfest LGBTQ Film Festival in LA.”

With so many other events planned, this is a true exploration of the LGBTQI+ community via the medium of Cinema check out SQIFF’s website and social media for more information including booking details.

The Scottish Queer International Film Festival, 5th – 9th December 2018 Glasgow , For further information go to:

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