Queer Film Festival: Aug. 12-22

Home to a thriving LGBT community and western Canada’s biggest Pride parade, Vancouver has a justly deserved reputation for celebrating difference.   Among the year’s most vibrant expressions of this ethos is the annual Queer Film Festival, which this year runs from Thursday, Aug. 12, to Sunday, Aug. 22.

The festival celebrates the best of independent queer cinema from around the world and represents the largest queer arts exhibition in western Canada.  This year more than 90 films from a dozen different countries will be featured, highlighting contemporary LGBT issues and progressive, cutting-edge cinema.   Films are shown in venues around the city, including Cinemark Tinseltown, Empire Granville 7 Cinemas, Emily Carr University, Vancity Theatre and the Roundhouse Centre.

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Queer Film Festival: Aug. 12-22

Vancouver Queer Film Festival August 13 – 23

The 21st annual Vancouver Queer Film Festival starts today, August 13, kicking off eleven days of independent queer cinema, parties and galas. The opening gala happens tonight–just $5 general admission–at Celebrities, Vancouver’s most famous gay nightclub.

This year’s Festival features 71 films from around the world that explore queer youth, queer history, the queer Asian experience, and “queer champions of hope .”

Queer youth is a particular focus this year; 22 of the films are classified as appropriate for viewers under 18, and there’s a Youth Gala Party on Friday, August 14 to celebrate youth-made film, art and performance.

Tickets are just $10 per showing, $7 for students and seniors.

For complete film and party schedules, check out the Vancouver Queer Film Festival’s official site.