More than 68 films will be showcased at the 2016 Vancouver Queer Film Festival (VQFF) taking place August 11 to August 21, 2016. Festival to play host to Madonna’s Strike a Pose dancers featured in film Strike a Pose.
The VQFF opens with Summertime, a lush, poetic film that confronts the question: is love really all you need? And is followed by an outdoor party at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza.
The Youth Gala features Real Boy, a coming of age story of Bennett Wallace, a transgender teenager in California on a journey to find his voice as a musician, a friend, a son, and a man.
The Festival’s Closing Gala showcases Kiki, a wonderland tour of the underground vogue/ballroom Kiki scene. Kiki offers a portrait of hope, strength, resilience and the myriad possibilities that come with queer and trans* youth owning their futures.
“I’m exceptionally proud of our lineup this August,” says Artistic Director, Shana Myara. “From collaborative films about transformative trans and Black activists like Miss Major to the daring speculative drama Girls Lost, we bring a range of genres and experiences to make this a celebratory and curiosity quenching 28th annual Festival. I’m also proud to renew our commitment to supporting the creation of new work with our inaugural Troublemakers videos, by and about local changemakers across generations.”
The Festival will feature VMAD nominated performer/choreographer Jose Gutierez Xtravaganza and Kevin Stea, both of whom accompanied Madonna on her “Blond Ambition World Tour”, which was the genesis of both the movie Madonna: Truth or Dare and the music video for the chart topping single “Vogue”. They’ll be at the VQFF’s Centrepiece Gala, Strike a Pose, a documentary about them and the other five young dancers who reveal the truth about life during and after the tour. Strike a Pose is a dramatic tale about finding the courage to be who you are.
The Vancouver Queer Film Festival will also host nationally acclaimed artist Richard Fung (Re:Orientations), who received the 2015 Kessler Award for significant contributions to LGBTQ studies; internationally acclaimed artists Kerem Sanga (First Girl I Loved), whose previous work premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival and won an Audience Award; Ingrid Jungermann, whose debut feature Women Who Kill, premiered at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival and won Best Screenplay, and who is known for her work creating the beloved web series The Slope and F to 7th.
The Festival will also host local filmmaker Joella Cabalu and her breakout feature It Runs in the Family.