|Vancouver Queer Film Festival runs |
from August 14 to August 24, 2014.
[Vancouver, British Columbia] The Vancouver Queer Film Festival starts this Thursday and runs through Aug. 24. In its 26th season, the event continues expanding its mandate and range further yet again. The nature of what defines queer cinema just becomes more all-encompassing as time goes on. This goes a long way to explaining how what began as a smaller boutique screening series is now Western Canada’s largest queer arts festival featuring all the galas, special events and unique programming you’d expect of a marquee event. “In the early days, almost anything that was made with a queer character or by someone in the queer community might have found a place in the festival because there was limited availability,” says festival programmer Shana Myara. “But now we receive over 800 films for consideration, and bring that down to 40 that we consider the most authentic for our event. Today, that includes cinema from all over the world and from an incredibly diverse number of communities.” Brazilian director Daniel Ribeiro’s The Way He Looks (Hoje Quero Voltar Sozinho) which opens the festival on Thursday is a perfect example of queer stories coming out of markets that previously weren’t producing them. Increasingly, Myara says that some of the best quality storytelling that comes to the programmers come from outside the traditional North American and European markets. “We’re very conscious of bringing voices from around the globe from these really rich filmmaking traditions such as Brazil or Taiwan,” she says. “Last year, we focused on India which corresponded to the 100th anniversary of filmmaking there.”
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Vancouver Queer Film Festival
From August 14 to August 24, 2014.
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