The Scottish Queer International Film Festival has announced it will tour a hand-picked selection of LGBTQ+ short films to venues across Scotland over the coming months.
SQIFF: Shorts on Tour opens at CCA Glasgow on 9 February before visiting a host of communities from Hawick to Inverness.
Headlining the programme is VISIBLE, created by Campbell X and Kayza Rose, who explore QTIPOC (queer, trans, and intersex people of colour) histories, challenging mainstream perceptions and sanitisation of legacies, and celebrating complexity, multiplicity, myths, gossip, and legends. Director Campbell X will be in attendance at several events for a Q&A. Other films refelect the diversity of queer stories from around the world, from a portrait of Nicola Stevens, who played in the first professional Australian Football League women’s game in 2017 to Abraham Naim aka drag queen Medulla Oblongata relating their story of escaping persecution for being gay in the Maldives and finding acceptance and community. The Glasgow screening will be followed by a panel with STUC’s LGBT+ Committee about their work and LGBTQ+ rights. The tour is supported by Film Hub Scotland, part of the BFI’s Film Audience Network.
Helen Wright, SQIFF Coordinator, commented: “It is really exciting for us to be able to share our Opening Night programme with a wider range of audiences around Scotland. We are priorisiting making connections with LGBTQ+ community groups in different areas to give them access to queer cinema and the chance to meet filmmakers and take part in discussions about issues the films raise.”
Sambrooke Scott, Film Hub Scotland Manager, said: “We are delighted to be able to support SQIFF to screen their short film programme at venues across Scotland. SQIFF is a vital film festival and have built a reputation over the last four years as an organisation who are forward-thinking and prioritise inclusion, diversity and representation. We hope this tour will allow a broader section of audiences in Scotland to engage with LGBTQ+ stories and take part in an exciting programme of films.”
CCA, Glasgow in partnership with STUC LGBT+ Committee, Saturday 9th February, 1pm. Tickets offered on a sliding scale of free to £8.
Dundee Contemporary Arts, Wednesday 13th February, 6.15pm. Tickets £5-7.50.
The Byre Theatre, St. Andrews part of Queerfest with Saints LGBT+, Friday 15th February, 6pm. Tickets offered on a sliding scale of free to £8.
Cornucopia, Hawick in partnership with Scottish Borders LGBT Equality, Saturday 23rd February, 4pm. Free,
Ayr Town Hall in partnership with Ayr Film Society and Ayrshire LGBTQ, Sunday 24th February, 6.30pm. Free,
50 George Square, University of Edinburgh with MSc Film, Exhibition and Curation, Tuesday 26th February, 7pm. Tickets offered on a sliding scale of free to £8.
Macrobert, Stirling in partnership with Stirling University LGBTQ+ Society, Friday 1st March, 7.30pm. Tickets £6.
See www.sqiff.org for more information and to book tickets.