August Events...

  • Birmingham SHOUT Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
  • California Independent Film Festival
  • Diverso Festival Internacional de Cine LGBT
  • Edinburgh International Television Festival
  • Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival
  • InShort Film Festival
  • LGBT New Renaissance Film Festival - London
  • Macon Film Festival
  • Melbourne International Film Festival
  • MICGenero
  • Montreal World Film Festival
  • North Carolina Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
  • Norwegian International Film Festival
  • Portobello Film Festival
  • Queerbee LGBT Film Festival
  • Stamped: Pensacola LGBT Film Festival
  • Taiwan International Queer Film Festival
  • The East Village Queer Film Festival
  • Transgender Filmfestival London
  • Vancouver Queer Film Festival
  • Venice Film Festival
Vancouver Queer Film Festival

Vancouver Queer Film Festival

Thursday, 09 August 2018 until Sunday, 19 August 2018

For 26 years, Out On Screen has proudly showcased films that illuminate the transformative moments in the lives of queer people – telling stories of the journeys we have taken to find ourselves, each other and our place in the world. Every time we take a seat at the festival, we are experiencing the difference we are making: creating social change through film, education and dialogue. We are honoured to celebrate you and to celebrate with you the unique, strong and splendid Vancouver queer communities that makes us who we are.


2018 films...

...and the unclaimed

Artist Q&A | Coming Up | Documentary

…and the unclaimed delves into the aftermath of Swapna and Shucheta’s deaths, as well as the social conditions that led […] More


Short | Trans

No side characters or supporting roles here—these breathtaking shorts centre trans women as change-makers, artists, and romantic leads. Teen sweethearts […] More


Artist Q&A | Opening Gala

In 1985, President Ronald Reagan publicly acknowledged AIDS for the first time, after more than 5,000 people in the United […] More

50 Years of Fabulous

Artist Q&A | Drag/Performance

50 Years of Fabulous recounts the rich history of the Imperial Council in San Francisco, one of the oldest and […] More

A Moment in the Reeds

Gay | Romance

Tareq—an architect by profession who has come to Southern Finland from war-torn Syria seeking asylum—is hired by conservative Finnish widower, […] More

Al Berto

Drama | Gay

Poet Alberto Raposo Pidwell Tavares (pen name Al Berto) is widely acclaimed across Southern Europe for authoring nearly twenty books […] More

Alaska Is A Drag

Artist Q&A | Youth Gala

Glamourous daydreamer Leo and his sardonic sister Tristen sashsay and vogue through their small Alaskan town, clinging to each other […] More

Ancestral Inheritance with Edzi’u, Jody Okabe & Evan Ducharme

Local | Two Spirit

Familial lineage has its hand in shaping the work that artists and creators give life, whether it’s obvious or not. […] More

Apricot Groves

Drama | Trans

Apricot Groves was one of the most widely screened transgender titles of 2017, garnering thirty-seven international festival award nominations and […] More

Bixa Travesty (Tranny Fag)

Documentary | Trans

Black, transgender singer Linn da Quebrada, born and raised in the favelas of São Paulo, is a force of nature […] More

Call Her Ganda

Artist Q&A | Coming Up | Trans

In 2014, Jennifer Laude, a Filipina trans woman, was killed by a US Marine. Her case created an outcry and […] More

Community Digital Storytelling with Love Intersections

Event | Workshop

What began as a wild idea in simply wanting to tell their own stories became a collaborative filmmaking journey that […] More

Deep Inside Clint Star

Documentary | Two Spirit

At the turn of the millennium, director Clint Alberta invited us into conversations from the hearts and minds of fellow […] More

Dykes, Camera, Action!

Documentary | Lesbian

Lesbians didn’t always get to see themselves on screen, and when they did, their storylines almost always ended in death. […] More

Every Act of Life

Documentary | Gay

Playwright Terrence McNally is best known for Love! Valour! Compassion!, Kiss of the Spider Woman, and Ragtime: all Tony award […] More

Extra Terrestres (Extra Terrestrials)

Lesbian | Romance

What happens when Teresa, an astrophysicist, and Daniela, an astronomer, fall in love? They align their wedding day with the […] More


Artist Q&A | Documentary

This intimate documentary follows one woman on her journey with her family back to the homeland that had once rejected […] More

Freelancers Anonymous

Comedy | Lesbian

Written, directed, and starring an ensemble cast of women, this quirky indie certainly passes the Bechdel test with its refreshing […] More

If You Dare Desire

Coming Up | Drama | Lesbian

If You Dare Desire imagines the life Swapna and Shucheta could have had together, as they travel far from their […] More

Indigiqueer Shorts from Turtle Island & Aotearoa

Artist Q&A | Two Spirit

“I think I used it because some LGBTQ Indigenous people don’t feel as comfortable with the two-spirit title…I know a […] More

Leitis In Waiting

Trans | Two Spirit

The filmmaking team behind the ground-breaking feature documentary Kumu Hina (VQFF 2017) is back, this time in collaboration with the […] More

Love Intersections: New and Retrospective

Artist Q&A | Coming Up | Trans

Join Love Intersections as they premiere their new 6×6 “Finding” short film series with TELUS Storyhive, as well as past […] More

Malila: The Farewell Flower

Drama | Gay

Former lovers, Pitch and Shane, reunite to rekindle their relationship and heal the pain of their lives through Buddhist spiritualism […] More

Miss Rosewood

Drag/Performance | Sexually Explicit

Worried that queer art has become too mainstream? Too safe? Miss Rosewood is here to push the envelope and remind […] More

Octavio Is Dead!

Artist Q&A | Coming Up | Horror/Thriller

Filmmaker, broadcaster, musician, activist, and outspoken bisexual, Sook-Yin Lee may be one of Canada’s most cherished artists. Lee affirmed her […] More

QTBIPOC Filmmakers Workshop with Thirza Cuthand

Event | Workshop

Join Artist in Residence Thirza Cuthand for a candid talk and about her 20-year long video and performance practice, followed […] More

Saturday Church

Drag/Performance | Trans

Saturday Church tells the story of fourteen-year-old Ulysses, an introspective and creative teen who finds himself thrust into heightened responsibility […] More

Screenwriting Workshop with Turbid Lake Pictures

Event | Workshop

Local queer and trans filmmaker couple, Joshua M. Ferguson and Florian Halbedl will lead a three-hour workshop for emerging filmmakers […] More


Drag/Performance | Lesbian

“Shakedown” was a series of underground parties created by and for Black women in Los Angeles that featured go-go dancing […] More

Talk the Ting

Lesbian | Short

Talk the Ting tells the love story of London -based podcasting trio SISTREN. The topics of their podcast cover a […] More

The Coast is Genderqueer

Artist Q&A | Trans

The Festival is proud to present our first short film program that showcases local transgender, genderfluid, and non-binary stories. With […] More

The Coast is Queer

Local | Short

Our made-in-Vancouver program launched in 1997, morphed into Code V in 1999, and finally became our beloved local short film […] More

The Feels

Comedy | Lesbian

From The Big Chill to American Pie to Bridesmaids, every decade offers a new array of party-themed comedies. But where […] More

The Fruit Machine

Documentary | Feature

“Today we acknowledge an often-overlooked part of Canada’s history. Canada’s role in the systemic oppression, criminalization, and violence against the […] More

The Miseducation of Cameron Post

Closing Gala | Drama

Based on the novel of the same name and set in the early ‘90s, our closing film follows high school […] More

The Root

Comedy | Local

Artist In Residence, Thirza Cuthand joins four local artists and innovators to talk about their queer and trans “root”—and what […] More

The Year I Lost My Mind

Gay | Horror/Thriller

Tom is a creepy guy, preoccupied with breaking and entering into private property, and skulking around wooded gay cruising areas […] More

Thirza Cuthand: New and Retrospective

Artist Q&A | Two Spirit

For over 20 years Cuthand has been producing videos that take up issues of sexuality, madness, youth, love, and race. […] More

Tinta Bruta (Hard Paint)

Gay | Romance

In public, androgynous and socially anxious Pedro is painfully isolated and frequently bullied. In private, Pedro becomes NeonBoy, an erotic […] More

Troublemakers 3.0

Artist Q&A | Local

Troublemakers is back for a third year in a row! The Vancouver Queer Film Festival, Reel Youth, and Love Intersections […] More

We Are the Vancouver Men's Chorus

Drag/Performance | Local

In 1981, the Vancouver Men’s Chorus (VMC) broke ground and became Canada’s first gay chorus. Over the next thirty-eight years, […] More

White Rabbit

 Sophia (comedian Vivian Bang) is a struggling artist living in LA, trying to make meaningful work and pay her bills […] More


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