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.