The Scottish Queer International Film Festival (SQIFF) is back, folks ✨

"We're focusing more than ever on representing voices marginalised within film culture"




Taking place over five days at venues across Glasgow including CCA, GFT, The Art School and Kinning Park Complex, the full programme for the Scottish Queer International Film Festival 2018 has just been announced – and it looks bloody fantastic.


A still from Alifu the Prince/ess


Opening Wednesday 5 December at Glasgow Film Theatre, SQIFF is back with an exciting and boundary-pushing night of contemporary LGBTQ+ shorts from around the world, all seen in Scotland for the first time.


DIVA's SQIFF 2018 highlights...

🍿 A focus on Queer Arab Lives curated by Samar Ziadatt

🍿 Gay As In Hysterically Funny, a selection of shorts examining what it means to make fun of yourself

🍿 An East Asian Focus including Taiwanese feature Alifu the Prince/ess, and The Story of the Stone

🍿 Madeleine Olnek’s raucous take on a period comedy Wild Nights With Emily (Dickinson, that is)

🍿 Real queer stories from around the world with a host of feature documentaries

🍿 The much-loved gay classic The Wizard of Oz re-viewed as an allegory for asexuality

🍿 Queer The Screen – A sneak preview event of the new anthology We Were Always Here

🍿 Homegrown talent in the return of the ever-popular Queer Scotland night of short films

🍿 A range of inclusive, participatory workshops! (Find out more here)

🍿A chance to experience queer Virtual Reality Projects at the SQIFF VR station!


The team from the Vagina Museum will be giving a workshop entitled Is Your Vagina Normal?


Headlining this year is VISIBLE, a film by Campbell X and AZ magazine's Kayza Rose, who explore QTIPOC (queer trans intersex people of colour) histories, challenging mainstream perceptions and sanitisation of legacies, and celebrating complexity, multiplicity, myths, gossip, and legends.


"We are really happy to be focusing more than ever on representing voices marginalised within film culture at this year's Festival," said the SQIFF team. 


"Furthering our big aim of promoting queer filmmaking in Scotland, we also have more homemade content than ever before with screenings of Rosana Cade's Walking:Holding and Natasha Lall's Pink Excavation alongside our annual showcase of Scottish shorts.


A still from Pink Excavation


"Our efforts to make the Festival accessible to more people are increasing this year with a quiet space available at our main venue the CCA and a travel fund open to any audience member who couldn't otherwise afford to come along."


The festival will close on Sunday 9 December with the Scottish premiere of lesbian rom-com White Rabbit, following a recently-single LA performance artist who repeatedly encounters a strange woman as she takes on odd jobs via TaskRabbit.



Fancy it? Click here for tickets, further info and more.


Tickets are on sale now and are priced on a pay-what-you-can sliding scale based on individual circumstances. All films will also be screened with English language captions for D/deaf and Hard of Hearing access with BSL interpretation and audio description available at select events.



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