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October 2020

SQIFF 2020 Vimeo on Demand Film Programme

October 5 @ 12:00 am - October 18 @ 11:30 pm
A white person with short red hair wearing a black suit jacket stands with her hand over the eyes of a second white person with blond hair in curls, red lipstick, a white bra-crop top, and rubber gloves.

Most of our film programme will be available via Vimeo on Demand for 2 weeks from 5 to 18 October. You can access films in the programme at any time during this period. Films on our Vimeo on Demand will be accessible within the UK…

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Many Black Moons Ago, To Go…

October 5 @ 12:00 am - October 18 @ 11:59 pm
Free
A Black person with a black circle painted on their face and wearing a colourful stripy jacket is in a room with red paint splattered on the walls and a microphone in front of them.

Time as it is Queer. Blackness as it is Queer. What comes next after the end of the world? A digital exhibition programme of Afrofuturist films and writings in response to the re/imagining of Black alternative future(s). Curated by Scottish-Zimbabwean artist, researcher, and curator Natasha…

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SQIFF 2020 Opening Film: Pride & Protest

October 5 @ 7:00 pm - 9:15 pm
Free - £8
Four people are in a moving, open topped car with their hands in the air, smiling and shouting in a celebratory way.

Pride & Protest is a documentary about QTIPOC communities and activists in Britain today and struggles surrounding the politics of desire, self-care, and found family. In the wake of the Birmingham protests against LGBTIQ+ relationship education in primary schools, director Blaise Singh follows various queer…

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Watch Party: Tchindas

October 6 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Free - £8
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Tchindas explores queer identity and acceptance in the Cape Verde archipelago, and follows Tchinda, a transgender woman who is a national heroine, as she prepares for Carnival month. The camera closely follows Tchinda and her cohorts – an engaging, closely knit group of trans women…

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Workshop: Film Criticism with Valerie Complex and Becca Harrison

October 7 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Free - £8
A piece of paper with lots of notes on it sits on a wooden table top alongside a pen, phone, and empty coffee cup.

Film critics Valerie Complex (Variety, AwardsWatch, Pride.com) and Becca Harrison (Sight & Sound, The Mary Sue, BBC Scotland) will hold a workshop for emerging critics that introduces different forms, styles, and practices of writing for the press. Drawing on their experience as freelancers for a…

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Watch Party: Cracks in the Patriarchy

October 7 @ 8:30 pm - 10:20 pm
Free - £8
Close-up of a person with long dark hair's chest. They are holding open their red zip-up jacket to reveal green writing on their chest which reads, "Aborto Legal."

Through comprehensive interviews focused on seven individuals from different backgrounds, this documentary examines the LGBTQI+ community in Buenos Aires, Argentina. History and biography meld with the fiercely political as we learn of several overlapping struggles in the vast city. From the fight for gender recognition…

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Workshop: Filmmaking with Wahala Film Fund

October 8 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Free
A logo with an orange circle with black, white, and orange patterns around it on a black background. Text reads, "Wahala" and "Film Fund for QTIPOC Filmmakers in Europe + Global South."

Wahala Film Fund is a short film completion fund for Queer, Transgender, and Intersex People of Colour filmmakers based in UK, Europe, and the Global South. Wahala’s aim is to challenge the pervasiveness of the marginalisation of Queer People of Colour within films and film…

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Watch Party: Tongues Untied

October 8 @ 8:30 pm - 10:15 pm
Free - £8
Two Black men are naked from the waist up in front of a white sheet with sketches of rocket and other items on it. One has an arm around the other's shoulder and they both look directly at the camera.

In his own words, Marlon Riggs aimed to shatter the “nation’s brutalizing silence on matters of sexual and racial difference” with his 1989 film Tongues Untied. A challenging and captivating work, many of Riggs’ key messages still resonate with the Black queer experience in the…

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Watch Party: Water Makes Us Wet: An Ecosexual Adventure

October 9 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free - £8
Two people, one with long bright red hair and dramatic black attire and one with short hair dressed butch casual, stand hand in hand knee deep in a lake with a hill filled with trees beyond it.

With a poetic blend of curiosity, humour, sensuality, and concern, this film chronicles the pleasures and politics of H2O from an ecosexual perspective. Travel with Annie, a former sex worker, Beth, a professor, and their dog Butch, in their E.A.R.T.H. Lab mobile unit, as they…

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Dream Access Focus Group

October 10 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Free
A woman with long red hair, leather trouser, and red shoes sits in a wheelchair talking into a microphone. Another woman with light brown hair, glasses, and a black top sits beside her.

Disability provision is almost always a second thought even in places that are all about radical inclusivity - this is the case with queer spaces as well. This workshop is an opportunity to listen to advocates experiencing diverse disabilities, and to find solutions for radical…

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