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October 2019

SQIFF 2019 Opening Night Shorts

October 2 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Centre for Contemporary Arts, 350 Sauchiehall Street
Glasgow, G2 3JD United Kingdom
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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!…

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See Me Proud presents: Mental Health Shorts

October 4 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Centre for Contemporary Arts, 350 Sauchiehall Street
Glasgow, G2 3JD United Kingdom
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Free - £8
A drawn or painted face of a person with white background, blue outline of eye and eyebrows and a hand covering their face, pink hair, and green and yellow shading over the top and right of their face.

We know that mental health issues disproportionately affect LGBTQIA+ individuals and communities, who often experience difficulties in accessing support. To create space for discussion and representation of these topics, we’ve curated a collection of insightful and powerful shorts in partnership with See Me Proud. Topics…

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SX presents: What Brings You On Here?

October 4 @ 3:15 pm - 4:45 pm
Centre for Contemporary Arts, 350 Sauchiehall Street
Glasgow, G2 3JD United Kingdom
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Free - £8
A black man looks directly at the camera. He has a small moustache and is wearing a brown flat cap, red and white shirt, and tan with white collar jacket. Behind him is a park railing and trees.

Filmmaker and poet Ross Wilcock presents films focusing on the experiences of gay men with online dating. A history of gay sex and cruising from the 70s to the internet takeover of today. Dissatisfaction with emotionless encounters and the yearning for something more. Meeting up…

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Talk: Queering the Small Screen

October 4 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Centre for Contemporary Arts, 350 Sauchiehall Street
Glasgow, G2 3JD United Kingdom
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A still from the Black Mirror episode San Junipero: a white woman with long frizzy blonde hair, glasses, a shirt, and stripy jumper gazes at a black woman with long black hair, gold earrings, and a gold top. Behind is a brick wall.

Where cinema is falling behind in queer representation, television is making leaps and bounds: in 2018, a GLAAD survey showed a record-high percentage of queer characters on broadcast and streaming television. Zoë Shacklock, Associate Lecturer in Film Studies at the University of St Andrews, gives a…

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Talk: Luke+Jack present: Accessible Toys

October 4 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Centre for Contemporary Arts, 350 Sauchiehall Street
Glasgow, G2 3JD United Kingdom
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Free - £8
A purple sex toy, slim with one raised end with ridges and another raised end which is smooth, on a cream, patterned background with pink flowers sitting to the top left.

Scotland’s leading sex toy retailer, Luke+Jack, explores toys and kink paraphernalia designed to be accessible to D/deaf and Disabled consumers. Award- winning erotica author and inventor of the Ruby Glow ride on vibrator, Tabitha Rayne, will discuss the power of sensuality, pleasure, and sexual empowerment,…

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From Zero to I Love You

October 4 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Centre for Contemporary Arts, 350 Sauchiehall Street
Glasgow, G2 3JD United Kingdom
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Close up of the head and naked shoulders of a white man with short dark hair. He is looking whistfully to the side and his hair is caught by sunlight also coming through the tree tops behind him.

This captivating relationship comedy begins when Peter bumps into handsome but married Jack in a gay bar. They begin a passionate affair and Peter woes the fact he always seems to end up with married men, a scenario bringing its own special set of tensions.…

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Luke+Jack present: Sexxxy Beasts and Wheelchairs

October 4 @ 9:15 pm - 10:45 pm
Centre for Contemporary Arts, 350 Sauchiehall Street
Glasgow, G2 3JD United Kingdom
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Free - £8
A white person with short blond hair and bright red lipstick grins at the camera, their hand resting on their chin, as another white person with short mousy hair kisses their chest.

How we are (un)represented as Deaf and Disabled people has a huge impact on our lives. Exploring such representation, we take a look at queer porn made by and about Deaf and Disabled queer people. With work by DIY queer filmmaker and activist, Loree Erickson,…

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A Girl’s Band

October 5 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Centre for Contemporary Arts, 350 Sauchiehall Street
Glasgow, G2 3JD United Kingdom
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Free - £8
A white person with big curly mousy hair, headphones round their neck, and a big jacket looks direct to camera. Behind thmem are blurred city lights.

From 80s punk to modern day synth pop, rocking Argentinian queer women artists are chronicled in A Girl’s Band by bassist turned filmmaker, Marilina Giménez. Her band YiLet broke up long ago but Giménez still has access to dozens of musicians who are ready to…

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SQIFF Shorts: Queer Islam with Hidayah

October 5 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Centre for Contemporary Arts, 350 Sauchiehall Street
Glasgow, G2 3JD United Kingdom
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Free - £8
Close-up of one set of hands washing the foot of another person with water in a basin below.

A series of shorts made over several decades following queer Muslim characters as they navigate familial relationships, romantic love, and their careers. A budding filmmaker collaborates with his conservative Muslim father on a film about an iconic Muslim actor. The love between a disabled Muslim…

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SQIFF Shorts: Queer Scotland

October 5 @ 3:15 pm - 5:00 pm
Centre for Contemporary Arts, 350 Sauchiehall Street
Glasgow, G2 3JD United Kingdom
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Free - £8
Two people stand legs apart in a dancing pose surrounded by concrete, behind them a reflection caused by sunlight and windows. One person with short black hair and a dark jacket and trousers has their arm around the neck of the other person, who has short dark hair, a grey tshirt, and dark trousers, in dance pose.

We present a round-up of the excellent, idiosyncratic new queer filmmaking produced within Scotland. We welcome the return of filmmakers who have screened at SQIFF before including Michael Lee Richardson, Wei Zhang, Siri Rødnes, Eleanor Capaldi, and Natasha Lall, and are excited by a whole…

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