The first annual Scottish Queer International Film Festival (SQIFF) will take place in Glasgow running from 24th to 27th September.
The opening event will take place at the Centre for Contemporary Arts (CAA) with various events hosting other events.
The formation of SQIFF was as a result of the growing number of films being made by and for the queer community in Scotland and the need to exhibit them. The not-for-profit volunteer group’s aim is to get people to see these films, and also to get more people from LGBTQI+ backgrounds to make films.
The inaugural festival aims to be inclusive and engaging. Events will showcase international feature and short screenings from around the world.
The four day festival will offer viewings which people in Scotland may not otherwise see and audiences will be invited to participate in open discussions which aim to challenge inequality and difficulties with accessing this specific genre within the arts.
All areas of the festival are free to unemployed, refugees and asylum seekers with costs being kept to a minimum for all others, thanks the project being funded by the Creative Scotland’s Open Project Fund.
A SQIFF committee member told KaleidoScot: “We are very pleased to have the support of Creative Scotland in putting on the first edition of SQIFF.
“This will translate in giving LGBTQI audiences and communities in Scotland a chance to experience a wider range of film culture they can relate to and will provide a strong foundation for us going forward.”
At the end of the celebrations a series of awards will be given, one of which is the Audience Award for Best Feminist Short Film and a £300 prize. This award is sponsored by Stirling University.
SQIFF is supported by Creative Scotland, Film Hub Scotland, the Scottish Transgender Alliance, Leap Sports Scotland and Glasgow’s Women’s Library.
A full programme of events will be revealed in July.