Out On Screen hosts the Opening Gala of the Vancouver Queer Film Festival on August 15. 2019. One of the most sought after invitations of the summer, the Opening Gala film at the Vancouver Playhouse will be followed by a party outdoors in the šxʷƛ̓exən Xwtl’a7shn (Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza) on the corner of Georgia and Hamilton Street. The opening film will be Leon Le’s Song Lang, a richly imagined love story set in a Vietnamese opera house in 1980s Saigon.
There will be several international and local artists, performers, and filmmakers attending the VQFF. Some are Phillip Pike, director of Our Dance of Revolution and director Flavio Alves and lead actress Carlie Guevara for the feature film, The Garden Left Behind.
Also, VQFF has many free events including the archival film Toni, Randi and Marie, a discussion panel on the role of a national broadcaster in the creation and dissemination of LGBT2Q+ content, Welcome to Clown Town—a look at drag’s many varieties, houses and legendary artists (to the Two-Spirits, to the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, to Elvira, RuPaul and more).
The 11-day festival is the largest queer arts event in Western Canada and the second-largest film festival in Vancouver. With more than 100 films from 27 countries, the festival will run from August 15-25, 2019 at the Cineplex Odeon International Village Cinemas, SFU’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, the York Theatre, VIFF Vancity Theatre, and the Vancouver Playhouse. The Vancouver Queer Film Festival celebrates the best in independent queer cinema and facilitates a unique community space through a variety of performances, panels and workshops.
Full ticketing details, including pricing, can be found at queerfilmfestival.ca/tickets.