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SQIFF Shorts: Queer Scotland

December 8, 2018 @ 3:30 pm - 5:10 pm


Our 2018 Scottish shorts programme contains another exciting range of work by and about LGBTQ+ people and communities within our (un)fair land. Among the imagery and themes included are the search for community and intimacy, trans embodiment, anti-queer conditioning, erotic fantasies in rural landscapes, lost love, spinsterhood, tarot cards, crayfish, and witches! Featuring a spectrum of narrative and experimental styles encompassing melodrama, film-poetry, animation, collective filmmaking, documentary, and diaristic footage.

We hope to be joined by a number of the filmmakers for a Q&A.

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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Films in English, Scottish Gaelic, and British sign languages with English language subtitles/captions. The Q&A will be BSL interpreted. Hearing loop available.

A mixture of film styles with around half relying on visual material to convey ideas and half conveying ideas via dialogue or voiceover. The large majority of films are English language. So, the screening is relatively accessible for blind and partially sighted audiences. Large print versions of handouts available.

CCA has good access for wheelchair users. Click here for more details on venue access.

Comfy seating (bean bags) 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.


My Loneliness is Killing Me (16m)
Dir: Tim Courtney, Year: 2018
A young genderqueer individual searches for community and intimacy, uncovering an unexpected sexual and emotional connection within the darker edges of the nocturnal metropolis.

These Are My Hands (8m)
Dir. Evi Tsiligaridou, Year: 2018
These Are My Hands is a short documentary film-poem written and performed by radical British playwright, Jo Clifford. It is a deeply moving, personal account of transgender embodiment in a lifetime, speaking of wounds, challenges, victories, and the journey towards self-empowerment. The poet’s voice is embraced by a lyrical, mesmerising soundtrack and together with the graceful and intimate visuals composes a profoundly tender piece.

Enid & Valerie (2m)
Dir. Matthew Kennedy, Year: 2018
Enid & Valerie is a short film about a lone spinster named Valerie. Here we venture in to her dreams, where she meets Enid (a witch). Could this be the start of an unlikely friendship?

Long Lost Lover (5m)
Dir. Sandra Alland & Ania Urbanowska, Year: 2017
Bisexual deaf poet, Bea Webster, performs a poem in British Sign Language about her return to Thailand. Poem in English and BSL by Bea Webster; reading of poem by K. Yvonne Strain. Part of Stairs and Whispers: D/deaf and Disabled Poets Write Back (Nine Arches Press, 2017), edited by Sandra Alland, Khairani Barokka and Daniel Sluman.

Dir. Nas Saraei, Year: 2018
Sarah, a lost and stuck in a rut 20-something, ponders and reflects on love in Edinburgh, after losing the ‘one’ she thought was the ‘one’.

Pouring On House (10m)
Dir. Conor Baird, Year: 2018
Pouring On House engages with the gradual event of leaving a longtime family home. This strange grief is caught between the familiarity and fascination of interiors and the surrounding suburban sites. Throughout, a body surveys potential presences of contamination whilst coming to realise a disorientating hopelessness felt from ongoing anti-queer conditioning.

Submerged Village (21m)
Dir. Andrew Black, Year: 2017
Expanding on elements of Pamela Colman Smith’s drawing for The Moon tarot card – two dogs, a freshwater crayfish, a pool of water, a mountainous landscape – Submerged Village takes discrete moments at rural locations in Yorkshire and the West coast of Scotland and claims them as queer experiences.


December 8, 2018
3:30 pm - 5:10 pm
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