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Scot­tish Queer In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val

De­cem­ber 5 to De­cem­ber 9, venues across Glas­gow

Hav­ing dou­bled its size since its first out­ing in 2015, the Scot­tish Queer In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val (SQIFF) presents a range of films and events at venues across Glas­gow from De­cem­ber 5 to De­cem­ber 9 in­clud­ing the CCA, GFT, The Art School and Kin­ning Park Com­plex.

High­lights in­clude a fo­cus on LGBTQ+ films from East Asia and the Arab world, such as Ayse To­prak’s ac­claimed docu-drama Mr Gay Syria, a ret­ro­spec­tive of films star­ring queer porn star Bishop Black, US ac­tress Molly Shan­non as 19th-cen­tury poet Emily Dickinson and a screen­ing of The Wizard Of Oz in which Dorothy and her friends are re-viewed as an al­le­gory for asex­u­al­ity.

Else­where there’s Gay As In Hys­ter­i­cally Funny, a se­lec­tion of short films fol­lowed by a panel dis­cus­sion with stand-up co­me­dian Rosie Jones, Queer Scot­land’s show­case of shorts by and about LGBTQ+ com­mu­ni­ties across Scot­land, and Dykes, Cam­era, Ac­tion!, an event look­ing at how les­bians and queer women are ex­cluded from the film canon.

“There are so many films that don’t get a gen­eral re­lease or aren’t shown in the main film fes­ti­vals, es­pe­cially films rep­re­sent­ing a wide range of queer iden­ti­ties,” says SQIFF pro­gram­mer He­len Wright.

SQIFF has al­ways screened all their films with cap­tions or sub­ti­tles, and on De­cem­ber 5, there’s a dis­cus­sion event about deaf and dis­abled aes­thet­ics in film.

The fol­low­ing day, Scot­tish film­maker and vlog­ger Ross Wil­cock will head a panel dis­cus­sion on short films which ex­plore dat­ing with a dis­abil­ity, in­clud­ing one he made for the BBC So­cial.

Like last year, tick­ets to all events are priced on an hon­esty slid­ing scale of £0-£8 de­pend­ing on what in­di­vid­u­als feel they can af­ford.

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