SQIFF is back at the Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA), Glasgow in September 2023, with a 5-day festival packed with a curation of the best international Queer films, alongside art installations, a craft fair and more. After a short break in 2022, the festival is back and stronger than ever, with a new team and a brand new tiktok account. SQIFF 2023 will open on 26 September with the ever-popular Scottish Shorts, celebrating local filmmakers’ home-grown film projects. This year’s festival will host a mixture of Queer classics and new releases, with a focus on new filmmaking talent.
This year’s artwork is by Konstantinos Korakonero, a Glasgow based artist who has created a comic-book universe for SQIFF 2023, with a diverse range of characters bringing energy and fun to the front of this year’s festival.
SQIFF Key Artwork 2023
Access measures are at the forefront of SQIFF’s festival as always, with audio description, live captioning, BSL interpretation, closed captioning and more. Throughout the festival, there will be a quiet room to take a breath between films and chill out with hot drinks, sensory toys, and comfy seating.
Indigo Korres, Director, SQIFF said: “SQIFF is back and even more trans than ever! After an incredibly successful cross-Scotland tour in spring, we’re really excited to come back and put on our yearly film festival with a variety of queer events in Glasgow.”
Konstantinos korakonero, Artwork Designer, said: "SQIFF feels like an incredible opportunity for queer filmmakers and audiences to be brought together, and something that is much needed and appreciated in Glasgow at the moment. The artwork is inspired by that feeling of vibrant and explosive queer creativity that I'm excited to experience as an attendee this year."
Katharine Simpson, Screen Scotland, said: “SQIFF audiences are in for a treat this September with a whole variety of films and experiences at CCA. The new team, led by Indigo Korres, have produced an exciting programme with some great partners. It’s fantastic to see SQIFF back, brighter than ever.”
Nicola Kettlewood, Film Hub Scotland Manager, said: "Every year we see the positive impact that SQIFF has on increasing audiences for independent, queer films across the country. We are proud to support them once again to deliver an innovative and accessible programme of events that spotlights queer filmmakers and builds a genuine sense of community around them."
Tickets to all screenings are priced on a pay-what-you-can scale from Free- £10. They go on sale on 8 September at 12pm at www.sqiff.org.
Supported by Film Hub Scotland, part of the BF's Film Audience Network, and funded by Screen Scotland and National Lottery funding from the BFI.
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 create inspiring and informative events. We also want to challenge inequalities and barriers to accessing the arts.
Screen Scotland drives development of all aspects of Scotland’s film and tv industry, through funding and strategic support. Screen Scotland is part of Creative Scotland and delivers these services and support with funding from Scottish Government and The National Lottery. Find out more at screen.scot and follow us on Twitter and Instagram.
Film Hub Scotland is one of the eight Film Hubs that make up the BFI's Film Audience Network (FAN) and is funded by BFI National Lottery and Screen Scotland. FAN was created to extend film choice, increase film audiences and enhance opportunities for audiences to engage with film. With over 250 members – from community cinemas to film festivals - Film Hub Scotland provides funding opportunities, screening programmes, training, networking events and audience research to help Scotland’s exhibitors to reach as many new and existing audiences as possible.