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Watch Party: Queer Scotland Shorts

October 18, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Free - £8
Extreme close-up of a human eye with a greeny blue colour and moisture in the corners suggesting tears.

We are always proud to present some of the astonishing queer filmmaking made by local talent. This year features meditation on the queer body and its owner’s cultural history, the potential for zine culture to assist in the recovery from mental health difficulties, being censored when writing LGBTQ characters, living as a gay man in the era of 1950s McCarthyism, feminist sci-fi baby-making adventures, love on the mind of an admirer, and Deaf identities.

The screening will be followed by a filmmaker Q&A. There will be an award for Best Scottish Short voted for online by audiences.

Tickets are on a sliding scale of FREE, £2, £4, £6, or £8. To book, click the button below. You can book a ticket up to one hour before the start time. We will send out a Zoom link for the event to ticket holders a day or two beforehand.

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This screening has an age recommendation of N/C 15+.

The films have Arabic and English audio with English language captions. BSL interpretation, live captioning, and live audio description are provided for the event. We will send instructions on how to access the live AD to all ticket holders before the event. Contact us by emailing info@sqiff.org if you would like any more information about live AD during the Festival.

The films will be around 1 hour long with a brief introduction at the start and a 30 minute Q&A.

Content notes: discussion of homophobia, misogyny, ableism, mental health issues, and suicide; depiction of homophobia, nudity, grief, and death.

The films in SQIFF Shorts: Queer Scotland include some abrasive sound effects.

We have a limited access fund to assist people with no or limited internet access to attend the Festival. If you would like to take this up, please contact info@sqiff.org.

If you have any questions about accessibility at SQIFF 2020, please contact info@sqiff.org.


Tickets for most live events are on a sliding scale of FREE, £2, £4, £6, or £8. Our sliding scale allows you to choose what to pay based on what you feel you can afford. No evidence or proof of circumstances is required. If you can afford to pay more, we really appreciate it as we rely on this income to pay queer people fairly for their work and keep the festival going.


Saturnrania (5m)
Dir: Holly McLean, Country: UK, Year: 2019, Language/s: English
A feminist sci-fi adventure documentary following an experimental physicist on her quest to have a baby.

The Fabric of You (11m)
Dir: Josephine Lohoar Self, Country: UK, Year: 2019, Language/s: English
Set in the Bronx, in the era of 1950s McCarthyism, everybody wants to look the same. Michael a gay, twenty-something-year old mouse, hides his true identity while he works as a tailor.

When Isaac enters the shop one day he offers the escapism and love Michael craves. In Michael’s confined apartment, he becomes tormented by the memories of Isaac’s tragic death. Michael’s memories and flashbacks are triggered when he notices Isaac’s jacket draped on the back of a chair. Haunted by the solace Isaac once offered, he struggles to come to terms with his loss.

Let My Body Speak (10m)
Dir: Madonna Adib, Country: UK, Year: 2020, Language/s: Arabic
This documentary is a personal and intimate journey exploring the repression experienced by the filmmaker during her childhood when she faced sexual control in a Damascus also experiencing a growing socio-political repression in the late 80s and early 90s. Through the creative use of family archive in Damascus mixed with current footage of her body she reconstructs the pain of the past absorbed by her body.

What is Wrong with Her? (7m)
Dir: Leah Francisco, Country: UK, Year: 2020, Language/s: BSL and English
Leah finds life and identity by moving past other people’s labels in this British Sign Language poem travelling through time and space. Produced by Solar Bear Theatre company through their digital arts programme, Solar Flares.

Zine There Done That (8m)
Dir: Fergus Cruickshank, Ana Hine, Country: UK, Year: 2019, Language/s: English
As Ana recovers from a serious mental health breakdown, she discovers the potential for zines to rebuild her life and rediscover her voice. This intimate documentary is captured on an eclectic mix of formats to mirror the delicate piecing together of Ana and her connection to the underground mental health zine community in the UK. A tender, creative, and ultimately empowering look at how art can bring people together to take ownership of their lives.

Be Seen (2m)
Dir: Sophie Stone, Country: UK, Year: 2020, Language/s: BSL
Love fully explored in the mind of the admirer. Produced by Solar Bear Theatre company through their digital short programme, Solar Snaps.

All the reasons behind a kiss (3m)
Dir: Aimie Willemse, Country: UK, Year: 2020, Language/s: English
A theatre student gets rebuked for writing LGBTQ+ characters in her zombie apocalypse play as “following the latest trend”, however it turns out, she has a personal reason to do so.

Real Boy (11m)
Dir: Jamie Rea, Country: UK, Year: 2020, Language/s: BSL
All the parts of life from the smallest atom to the meaning of life converge and form into a feeling of completeness within Joe. We share in this journey. Produced by Solar Bear Theatre company through their digital arts programme, Solar Flares.


October 18, 2020
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Free - £8
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