Scottish Queer International Film Festival 2018 events announced

The first major events have been announced for the fourth annual Scottish Queer International Film Festival.

SQIFF 2018 will open on Wednesday 5 December at Glasgow Film Theatre, with an exciting and boundary-pushing night of contemporary LGBTQ+ shorts from around the world, all seen in Scotland for the first time.

Headlining is VISIBLE, created by Campbell X and 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.

Also at GFT, is the Scottish premiere of the extraordinary true tale of the all black, women-owned lesbian strip club operating in LA from the late 90s, Shakedown. Director, Leilah Weinraub’s film chronicles the explicit performances and personal relationships of the party’s dancers and organisers, including Ronnie-Ron, Shakedown Productions’ creator and emcee, Mahogany, the legendary “mother” of the community, Egypt, their star performer, and Jazmine, the “Queen” of Shakedown. We are delighted that Leilah will join us after the screening for a Q&A, presented in partnership with Scottish Documentary Institute.

The Scottish premiere of Jason Barker's feature debut A Deal With The Universe has also been confirmed. Autobiographical and made entirely from personal archive and home video diaries, the film follows Jason's incredible story of how he came to give birth to his child as a trans man, charting over 15 years of his and his partner's life. This film is groundbreaking in terms of its intimate insights into gender identity and new parenthood and Jason will be in attendance after the screening, in partnership with Rainbow Families.

Dykes, Camera, Action! + BOOM BUST: Feminist Filmmakers Blowing Up the Canon is an event exploring the history of lesbians seeing themselves on screen, between Stonewall, the feminist movement and the experimental cinema of the 1970s. In Dykes, Camera, Action! 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.

BOOM BUST is 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.

Tickets to all events go on sale at noon on Wednesday 26 September and are priced on a pay-what-you-can sliding scale of £0-£8 based on individual circumstances. 

The full programme for SQIFF 2018 will be announced on Thursday 25 October. SQIFF 2018 is funded by Creative Scotland.

The SQIFF Team said: “We are excited to bring SQIFF back for its fourth edition. We will again be bringing audiences in Scotland compelling and provocative queer films from around the world. One of the main aims of SQIFF is to challenge what a film festival can be by showing work you wouldn't get a chance to see elsewhere and by addressing barriers people face to going to arts events.

"We'll be screening all films with English language captions again and featuring BSL interpretation for our D/deaf and Hard of Hearing LGBTQ+ community and we'll also bring back our sliding scale ticket system, which gives people a choice of what they pay for tickets between free and £8 depending on what they can afford. This and other access measures are one of our central focuses alongside building community and of course screening great movies!”

Listings Details

Opening Night Shorts

GFT, Wednesday 5 December £0-8

A Deal With The Universe

CCA, Sun 9 December 3pm £0-£8

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


GFT, Sunday 9 December, £0-£8

Media Details

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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, we have held an annual festival in Glasgow alongside providing year round events across various locations. Our goal is to get people watching, talking about, and making more queer films. We want 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.