We’ve announced the first events for SQIFF 2019 – tickets are now on sale!
We launch the Festival with our Opening Night 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! We are Here! presents portraits of Queer, Trans* and Gender Non Conforming People of Colour in the Bronx, and more… We will welcome several of the filmmakers for a post-screening Q&A and there will be an additional autism-friendly screening of the Opening Night Shorts earlier in the evening.
SQIFF 2019 will also host You Gotta Have Faith – a strand of new and classic films focused on queerness and religion.
LGBTQIA+ Muslim charity Hidayah will introduce Queer Islam – a series of shorts made over several decades following queer Muslim characters as they navigate familial relationships, romantic love, and their careers.
Playwright and author of The Gospel According to Jesus, Queen of Heaven, Jo Clifford, LGBTQIA+ Muslim charity Imaan, and Rev. Jane Clarke from Glasgow’s LGBT+ Metropolitan Community Churches take part in a screening and discussion exploring what it means to have faith as a queer person today.
The strand will also incorporate feature documentary Moroni For President, following Moroni Benally, a Mormon and gay Navajo man with radical ideas, who is angry about lack of social progress in the reservation he grew up in.
As well as a screening of classic Christian conversion camp comedy But I’m A Cheerleader (starring Natasha Lyonne as an All-American sweetheart who falls for Clea Duvall’s moody butch charms) SQIFF will team up with Glasgow cult movie heroes Pity Party Film Club for a rare showing of Walt Davis’ 1970s lesbian sexploitation opus Evil Come, Evil Go. Sister Sarah Jane (Cleo O’Hara) is hellbent on ridding the world of evil, sex-obsessed men. Taking to the streets of Los Angeles, she quickly befriends a gullible young woman and the two embark on a mad, sex-filled killing spree. Prior to the film, two of Glasgow’s most outrageous drag artists, SHREK 666 and Puke, will be teaming up for a thrilling performance exploring religion in their own irreverent way.
SQIFF 2019 runs from 2 to 6 October and the full festival programme will be announced on 28 August. SQIFF is funded by Screen Scotland.
Tickets to all events are priced on a pay-what-you-can sliding scale of £0-£8 based on individual circumstances. Audience members choose what they are able to pay – we don’t ask for any proof of circumstances, we just ask that they are honest. In order to make the Festival accessible to more people, all films will be screened with English language captions for D/deaf and Hard of Hearing access with BSL interpretation and audio description available at select events. Click here for full Festival access information.