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SQIFF 2019 Opening Night Shorts

October 2 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Free - £8
A white person wears an elaborate habit made of shiny material and a jeweled bee design on the forehead. They wear white make-up covering their face with a purple beard and lips, and the blue and pink of the trans flag elsewhere on their face plus big black eye make-up.

We launch the Festival with a stellar lineup of documentary shorts focused on LGBTQIA+ community and activism. Adam and the Alphas depicts the camaraderie of gay rugby team, the Glasgow Alphas. Bodies Like Oceans follows self-described queer fat freak and photographer, Shoog McDaniel. I AM! We are Here! presents portraits of Queer, Trans* and Gender Non Conforming People of Colour in the Bronx, whilst Unspoken sees queer and trans Asian Americans writing emotional letters to their families. We Are Here follows members of the Manchester House of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, and Button OUT! is an animated homage to Canadian filmmaker Kathleen Mullen’s history of protest through her massive button collection.

We hope to welcome several of the filmmakers for a Q&A. Followed by a drinks reception at CCA.

Tickets are priced on a sliding scale £0-£8 depending on what you can afford. To book, please use the button below or call CCA box office on +44 (0)141 352 4900.

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This screening has an age recommendation of N/C 12+.

All films have English audio with English language subtitles/captions. The introduction and Q&A will be BSL interpreted. Hearing loop available.

Audio description available. Films are otherwise largely accessible to English-speaking blind and partially sighted audiences with lots of explanatory dialogue and relatively bright images. Large print versions of handouts available.

CCA has good access for wheelchair users, gender neutral toilets, and welcomes assistance animals. Click here for CCA’s Accessibility Guide.

A Quiet Space and programme content notes will be available.

Comfy seating (bean bags) are available. If you would like to reserve this, please contact access@sqiff.org.

We have a limited travel fund to assist people to come to the Festival for those who could not otherwise afford to attend. If you would like to apply for this, please contact access@sqiff.org.


In order to make SQIFF more accessible to those on a low income, we use a sliding scale ticket price of £0-£8 for our events. You can choose what you pay based on your circumstances – you won’t be asked for any proof / ID, we just ask that you are honest! Our ticket sales go towards supporting the vital work of LGBTQ+ filmmakers, artists and organisers. If you have a free ticket and can no longer use it, please contact the relevant venue box office to let them know so it can be used by someone else. For more info on what you should pay, click here.


October 2
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Free - £8
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Centre for Contemporary Arts
350 Sauchiehall Street
Glasgow, G2 3JD United Kingdom
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0141 352 4900