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Are you ready for a big screen experience that will be cause for celebration, pride, tears and arousal? Welcome to the 14th Annual Vancouver Queer Film + Video Festival. This year’s selection consists of almost 160 films in 45 screenings.

“We’ve searched far and wide to find the best and most brilliant queer film and video,” says festival director of programming Michael Barrett. “These works promise to educate, shock, move, entertain and seduce you.”

The long-awaited documentary Little Sister’s vs. Big Brother makes its world premiere as the opening gala film for this year’s festival at the Capitol 6 Aug. 8. Since opening its doors in 1983, Vancouver’s Little Sister’s Book & Art Emporium has resisted bigotry, bombings and books being held at the border. In their fight for freedom of expression, owners Jim Deva and Bruce Smyth, manager Janine Fuller and book buyer Mark Macdonald took their fight as far as the Supreme Court. Director Aerlyn Weissman’s camera was there at all the key moments in this battle against censorship.

This year’s features include Notorious C.H.O., a riotous comedic romp filmed at Seattle’s Paramount theatre with Margaret Cho at her unbridled, uncensored best (you can win tickets to see this closing night gala by entering here); Lifetime Guarantee: Phranc’s Adventures in Plastic, the tale of the lesbian punk folk singer who found her dreams selling Tupperware; director David Secter’s 1965 Winter Kept Us Warm, Canada’s first gay-themed film; Desiree Lim’s Sugar Sweet, a rare glimpse of Japanese urban dyke culture; The Business of Fancy Dancing starring Vancouver’s Evan Adams, a deep and evocative work that gives voice to the diversity of Native experiences in America; and Keeping it Real, the Tale of Greg Walloch, a gay comic with cerebral palsy, who moved to New York City to follow a dream: “[I want] to become the most beloved disabled performer in America.

This year’s festival also features the debut of the DIY Digital Project in which six filmmakers are given 48 hours to create an in-camera edited film on the theme: Brought to You by The Letter Q and the Number 14. The winner will be selected by a secret audience ballot Aug. 18. It’ll be a nailbiter.

The Vancouver Queer Film + Video Festival is western Canada’s largest gay and lesbian arts event and the city’s second largest film festival. This year, upwards of 8,000 people are expected to attend screenings, forums and social events.

 

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