Van­cou­ver Queer Film Fes­ti­val

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Be­gin­ning in 1988 as a se­ries of pri­vate screen­ings among a small group of friends, the Van­cou­ver Queer Film Fes­ti­val (VQFF) has grown in tan­dem with the in­creas­ing vis­i­bil­ity and ac­cep­tance of queer cul­ture, mark­ing numer­ous mile­stones in the process: its es­tab­lish­ment as a non-profit so­ci­ety un­der the name Out on Screen, the launch of the stu­dent-outreach ini­tia­tive Out in Schools, and its con­tin­u­ally ex­pand­ing role as a plat­form for fe­male and mi­nor­ity film­mak­ers. Now Van­cou­ver’s sec­ond­largest film fes­ti­val and the largest queer arts event in Western Canada, VQFF is spot­light­ing indige­nous cin­ema and roles fea­tur­ing youth and trans women for this year’s 30th-an­niver­sary edi­tion. Be­sides the work­shops, panel dis­cus­sions and par­ties, pro­gram high points in­clude the Cana­dian pre­miere of 1985, Malaysian-Amer­i­can di­rec­tor Yen Tan’s in-the­closet pe­riod piece, star­ring Cory Michael Smith (Gotham) and Vir­ginia Mad­sen (Side­ways), and White Rab­bit, in which comedic ac­tress Vi­vian Bang stars as a queer Korean-Amer­i­can per­for­mance artist in L.A. —Michael White

The Deets Date: Au­gust 9 to 19 Venue: var­i­ous Price: $12 queer­film­fes­ti­val.ca

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