Scottish Queer International Film Festival 2016
Full programme announced for SQIFF 29th September – 2nd October
From the Scottish Premiere of Strike A Pose, the no-holds-barred look at life as Madonna’s backing dancers, to a meditation on sexuality and ageing in Sex And The Silver Gays, via a queer horror retrospective, showcases of the best international and Scottish LGBTQ+ short films and web series and the return of last year’s smash-hit Feminist Porn Night, the programme for the second annual celebration of queer cinema and media is bigger than ever
Films from around the world – from the Philippines to New Zealand, Germany to Cape Verde – will play at venues across Glasgow, including CCA, GFT, Glasgow Women’s Library and The Art School
The full programme has been announced for the second annual Scottish Queer International Film Festival.
Running at venues across Glasgow including the CCA, GFT, The School of Art, Kinning Park Complex, Platform and Glasgow Women’s Library from 29th September to 2nd October, SQIFF 2016 will host four days packed with the best in queer cinema and media from around the world.
SQIFF 2016 opens with the Scottish premiere of Strike A Pose (CCA Thu 29 Sep)– an unflinching look at the unforgettably sleek, talented, and beautiful men that helped support the career of one of the world’s most beloved and controversial artists Madonna on her seminal Blond Ambition tour. The film movingly revisits this group of disparate dancers twenty years after their lives were changed forever, charting the thrills followed by the fading light of fame, and examining emotionally devastating issues they have dealt with, including navigating being gay in the wake of the AIDS crisis.
Other SQIFF 2016 highlights include:
- A major retrospective of classic cult horror with a distinctly queer bent – from hardcore zombie-on-zombie sex in Bruce LaBruce’s Otto, Or Up With Dead People (CCA Sat 1 Oct) to Freddy Krueger menacing buff boys in arguably ‘the gayest horror movie ever made’ A Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge (CCA Sun 2 Oct)
- New features and documentaries from around the world including Tchindas, a look at one of the most beloved trans women in Cape Verde as she prepares for the carnival that turns the entire Island into Little Brazil (CCA Sat 1 Oct); Intersexion, the award-winning doc exploring the world of intersex people, presented by one of New Zealand’s first out intersex people Mani Bruce Mitchell (CCA Sat 1 Oct); Out Run, the inspiring tale of the world’s only LGBT political party and its bid to gain a political seat in the Philippines Congress, mobilising its working class allies and fighting its evangelical preacher rival along the way (CCA Fri 30 Sep); and The Surface Tension Trilogy, Liz Rosenfeld’s time-bending trio of Berlin-set true queer stories that may or may not have happened- featuring activist and painter Frida Kahlo, filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl and Hitler’s lover Eva Braun (CCA Sun 2 Oct inc live Q&A with Rosenfeld)
- The return of last year’s sell-out Feminist Porn Night, with an all-new collection of films from the next generation of feminist pornographers, who continue to challenge sexual stereotypes and reshape norms of mainstream porn (CCA Fri 30 Sep).
- Yes, we fuck! (CCA Fri 30 Sep), which considers the pleasure and joy, prejudice and expectations, and potential physical obstacles to having sex when disabled. This insightful documentary deconstructs ideas of what is considered ‘normal,’ desirous, and taboo when it comes to getting off.
- A showcase of the most innovative recent queer web series, including the World Premiere of They, BBC Social’s new Glasgow-set online show (CCA Sat 1 Oct).
- A selection of short films from the hottest LGBTQ+ filmmaking talents in Scotland (CCA Sun 2 Oct) alongside hand-picked showcases of shorts that celebrate the rich diversity of trans representation (CCA Sat 1 Oct) and probe the many facets of masculinity from all angles in Ma(i)nly Men (CCA Fri 30 Sep).
- The idiosyncratic story of a randy New York chapter of national senior gay men’s organisation, the Prime Timers in the moving feature documentary Sex & The Silver Gays (CCA Sun 2 Oct).
- Braw Butches, a tender, funny and thought-provoking afternoon of films and friendly discussion celebrating butch-identifying women (Glasgow Women’s Library Sat 1 Oct)
- A special 40th anniversary screening of Derek Jarman’s most enduringly (and endearingly) erotic work Sebastiane (GFT Sun 2 Oct).
- Free masterclasses and workshops led by top industry professionals including a guide to creating your own web series by the award-winning creator of Boxx, Joy Gharoro-Akpojotor (CCA Sat 1 Oct) and a look at creating radical work with a focus on disability from Spanish directors Raúl de la Morena and Antonio Centeno.
- Two huge inclusive parties as London purveyors of all things queer cabaret Bar Wotever make their Scottish debut with host Ingo Cando introducing hot local talent including DJ Jungle Hussy and performers Laurie Brown and Sgàire Wood (The Art School Fri 30 Sep) and two Glasgow dance party heroes go head-to-head in Lock Up Your Daughters vs TRYST, a divine night of aural stimulation (Kinning Park Complex Sat 1 Oct)
“We’re excited that the second edition of SQIFF will feature even more diverse representations than last year” say the SQIFF team. “We have a film looking at intersex identities with a post-screening discussion led by campaigning group Intersex UK, for example, and a great documentary from Spain called Yes, we fuck! looking at disability and sexuality with the directors in attendance. We are also putting on an event around Deaf LGBTQ+ experiences with short films, a BSL (British Sign Language) performance from Scottish comedian Leah Kalaitzi, and a panel discussion. On the general theme of creating an event accessible for Deaf and disabled people, we’re pleased to be able to offer audio description for two screenings this year alongside BSL, English subtitles or captions on all films, and good wheelchair access. We hope this way to augment SQIFF’s reputation for being an open and welcoming festival for all LGBTQ+ people and their allies.”
SQIFF is committed to being an accessible festival – all venues used are wheelchair accessible, all screenings feature subtitles and some are audio-described, some discussions and workshops – including the Web Series Showcase- are BSL interpreted and tickets are free to people who are unemployed or seeking asylum.
A limited number of 4 day Festival Passes are available for £40/£30 conc. Book your pass online here.
For the full programme and tickets for all events, please visit sqiff.org