The Vancouver Queer Film Festival is Vancouver's second largest film festival and Western Canada's largest queer arts event that takes place annually in Vancouver, British Columbia.[1]

2012 marks the 24th Annual Vancouver Queer Film Festival, August 16 to 26. The Vancouver Out On Screen Film Society (Out On Screen) began as a small, community-based film festival in anticipation of Vancouver hosting the Gay Games in 1990. Since then, Out On Screen has evolved to become a professional arts organization with three key program initiatives: the Vancouver Queer Film Festival, Out in Schools and the Queer History Project.

Mission statement Edit

Vancouver Out On Screen Film & Video Society promotes the production and exhibition of queer media art, creating opportunities for dialogue and education among diverse communities that cross class, age, ability, ethnicity, spirituality, gender and sexuality.[2]

Festival Awards Edit

People’s Choice Award for Best Feature Edit

Year Film Director
2010 Undertow Javier Fuentes-Leon
2009 I Can't Think Straight Shamim Sarif
2008[3] Were the World Mine Tom Gustafson
2007[4] Shelter Jonah Markowitz
2006[5] Unveiled Angelina Maccarone

Gerry Brunet Memorial Award Edit

Year Film Director
2010 Waiting 4 Goliath Cal Garingan
2009 Naoko-San Rka Moorhouse
2008[6] Hirsute AJ Bond
2008[6] Writing the Land Kevin Lee Burton
2007[7] Trans Neptune Matthew Long
2006[8] What Don't You Understand About "I'm Leaving Again" Amey Kazymerchyk

OUTtv Hot Pink Shorts Award Edit

Year Film Director
2011 (3-way tie) B.A.B.S/ Finding Judy/ Quirk-E: A Learning Collective Mette Bach / Gary Riotta / Callista Haggis[9]
2010 Butch Tits Jen Crothers
2009 The Portside Aerlyn Weissman

Other programs Edit

Out in Schools Edit

Launched in 2004, Out in Schools brings independent queer films into local high schools in British Columbia. In conjunction with gay–straight alliances, Out in Schools focuses on the serious issues that affect queer youth.[10] The purpose of Out in Schools is to reduce isolation and increase the safety of the learning environment for queer students in the community. Out in Schools aims to increase understanding through education to combat issues such as homophobia and bullying that threaten the safety of the classrooms for both queer and straight students.[11] There have been more than 42 school screenings across the Lower Mainland and reached more than 1900 students.[12]

FirstOUT Video Scholarship Program Edit

FirstOUT Video Scholarship Program is an intensive digital filmmaking program for youth aged 16 to 24. This is part of the youth education initiatives which, together with Out In Schools, seeks to give media literacy and production opportunities to queer youth and their allies. It brings independent media artists together with queer youth to work with them on developing their own cultural voice and producing their first video. Since its inception, five films have been produced and exhibited.[13]

2007 Edit

Out On Screen had partnered with Pacific Cinematheque to present the first year of the FirstOUT Video Scholarship Program. The application submission ended in November 2006. By mid-December, four participants were selected and were paired in a one-on-one mentorship with celebrated local independent media artists in Vancouver. The training and production period began in February and ended late June. All of the four short films were screened at the 19th Annual Vancouver Queer Film Festival on August 18, 2007 at Pacific Cinematheque as part of the Youth Series. A youth-friendly reception followed to celebrate the accomplishment of the four young filmmakers, as well as the success of the program.[14]

Film Director Mentor
The Nuwest Steambath Julian DeMayo Kenneth Sherman
Going In Jacks Cheng Terra Poirier
Borderless Me Setareh Mohammadi Karen Duthie
Checkpoint Alex Mah Winston Xin
In addition to the four mentors above, Gabe Forsythe and Krista Stusiak were the youth mentors from Pacific Cinematheque's Education department who facilitated boot camp workshops on cinematography and technicality of film-making.

References Edit

  1. Vancouver Queer Film & Video Festival :: :: About us
  2. Vancouver Queer Film & Video Festival :: :: Mission Statement
  3. Events - Vancouver Queer Film Festival
  4. here! Films presents "Shelter"
  5. Event Calendar - Out on Screen and Vancity presents Vancouver Queer Film Festival
  6. 6.0 6.1 Vancouver Queer Film Festival - Events
  7. Trans Neptune - News
  8. Vancouver Queer Film & Video Festival :: :: Press
  9. Takeuchi, Craig. "Gen Silent, I'm in the Mood for Love win at the Vancouver Queer Film Festival 2011 awards". Georgia Straight. 22 August 2011. Web. Accessed 03 Nov 2011.
  10. Kids in the halls |
  11. Caring for Communities : Vancouver Foundation
  12. Vancouver Queer Film & Video Festival :: :: PROJECTION 20: YOUTH EDUCATION
  13. CuedUp November 2006
  14. [1]

External links Edit

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