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LGBTQ+ film festival returns

By lowie trevena, Monday Sep 14, 2020

Showing an eclectic range of LGBTQ+ films from across the world, Queer Vision will return this autumn.

Having been postponed and then going online as a result of the pandemic, the annual film festival will return from September 18 to October 11.

This year partnering with Encounters Film Festival, the UK’s leading short film, animation and virtual reality event, all of the queer films will be viewable on Encounters’ online streaming platform.

2020’s Queer Vision film festival has curated a programme of films, which can be viewed by buying a £10 pass to Encounters – which allows access to all of films being shown at the short film festival as well as all films shown at Queer Vision.

As part of the festival, the queer film festival will be screening a shortlist of films for the Best of British category in partnership with the Iris Prize, an international LGBTQ+ film competition.

Each year, filmmakers can submit a film to be screened during Bristol Pride, with the winning film automatically entered into the Iris Prize finals.

Queer Vision is teaming up with Encounters to bring LGBTQ+ film to homes in Bristol and beyond. Photo: Encounters

“Bristol’s selection from 2018, Beyond: There’s Always a Black Issue, Dear went on to win the competition, so there are high hopes for this year,” says the Bristol Pride team.

“This year the Queer Vision team has a shortlist of ten films which range from weird and wonderful animations to gender-fluid dance and inspiring documentaries. Audiences will still be able to view all the films and vote for the Audience Winner via the online platform.”

The ten shortlisted films range from three to 24 minutes in length, and cover topics from a telling the story of Arcoiris, a group of LGBTQ+ human rights defenders in Honduras to the challenges of what it’s like to be queer and Muslim. The Best of British shortlist also lends the screen to bright and bold queer animation, messages from LGBTQ+ people of the future and zombie apocalypses.

Queer Vision will also be showcasing the best films from the 2019 Iris Prize.

Programmed films include the overall winner Black Hat, best British short winner, My Brother is a Mermaid and the highly acclaimed Outdooring, U for Usha (U Ushacha) and Zebra.

There will also be watch parties for cult classics, Q&As and a meetup for LGBTQ+ filmmakers, all taking place online.

Main photo: Bristol Pride

Read more: Submissions for LGBTQ+ film festival now open

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