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SQIFF Shorts: Gross Out

October 6, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Free - £8
A white man with short mousy hair sits on a sofa eating something unseen off a plate he is holding. He looks startled. Behind him is a light wall with a white, blue, and green framed picture on it.

With supposed tolerance and acceptance of LGBT people in western public life comes enforced sanitisation and respectability. Straight society pats itself on the back for allowing (some of) us to get married and feature in shiny corporate advertising but is still repelled by our bodies and sex lives. To counter the continued suppression of fleshly and carnal appetites and practices, we went on a hunt for the grossest, most yucky films we could find. Featuring experimental musing on why we find our bodies disgusting and scary; some gay sex-tinged body horror; literal shit in a variety of forms; and a performance involving an empty stomach and a large jar of honey. Please note this programme requires resilience for what some would consider stomach-churning and gruesome imagery.

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 18+.

Films have English and Spanish audio with English language subtitles/captions. Hearing loop available.

Films are not very accessible to English-speaking blind and partially sighted audiences with a lot of visual storytelling and ideas and dark 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. Click here for a list of content notes for the 2019 Festival.

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.


Ämber (6m)
Dir: Remmi E. Välja, Country: UK, Year: 2019, Language/s: No spoken sound
Ämber is an experimental film about the basic functions of the human body. The film studies affect; it seeks to raise the question of why we sometimes find our own bodies and their natural existence to be unpleasant, disgusting, and scary. The aim of the film is to make the audience uncomfortable in a humorous way.

Content note: Depiction of bleeding.

Estigma (14m)
Dir: David Velduque, Country: Spain, Year: 2018, Language/s: Spanish
It’s Friday night, the bell rings and Alex opens the door to the worst of his fears. “Estigma speaks to us about that inner prison we build because of fear of rejection and not being loved for who we are. This is the starting point of a story that I’ve intended to face as a personal matter, dealing with my complex relationship with illness and rejection.” David Velduque

Content note: Depiction of injury with body horror elements.

Next Level Shit (11m)
Dir: Gary Jaffe, Country: USA, Year: 2018, Language/s: English
Taylor wants to be squeaky clean downstairs before his big third date with dreamboat Chris, but his efforts backfire, sending the relationship spiralling to a whole new level of intimacy.

Content note: None.

Bear (13m)
Dir: Fred Guerrier, Country: USA, Year: 2018, Language/s: English
A bear-suit wearing dancer ignores the news of his estranged father’s death but begins to see his ghost. Meanwhile, an ex-lover’s infatuation quickly devolves into something more sinister (and stinky). The line between reality and fiction get blurred during the terrifying showdown between the Bear, the ghost, and the lover.

Content note: Depiction of death.

Force Feed (15m)
Dir: Alan Vincent, Country: USA, Year: 2018, Language/s: No spoken sound
Performance for video. One empty stomach, one pound of honey.

Content note: Depiction of overeating.


October 6, 2019
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Free - £8
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