WESTERN CANADA’S LARGEST QUEER ARTS EVENT CONCLUDES WITH RECORD ATTENDANCE

OVER 14,000 FANS TAKE IN VANCOUVER QUEER FILM FESTIVAL

LOCAL FILMMAKER JOELLA CABALU RECEIVES OUT TV’S PEOPLES CHOICE AWARD FOR BEST FEATURE

(Vancouver, BC) ~ The Vancouver Queer Film Festival (VQFF) announces record-breaking audience attendance numbers, more than 14,000, which took place August 11-21. Award winners for best feature and short films announced at last night’s Closing Gala were Vancouver’s own Joella Cabalu for It Runs in the Family, Patrick Currie for Meet Cute, and Jeff Lee Petry and Nathan Drillot for Handsome and Majestic.

OUTtv People’s Choice Award for Best Feature:

– It Runs in the Family, Joella CabaluGerry Brunet Memorial Award for Best Short Film Made in BC:

– Meet Cute, Patrick CurrieGerry Brunet Memorial Award for Best Short Film Made in BC

(Honourable Mention):

– Ne t’en Vas Pas, Jessica HanOUTtv People’s Choice Award for Best Short:

– Handsome and Majestic, Jeff Lee Petry & Nathan Drillot

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Over 14,000 fans, up from 12,000 the previous year, attended the 11-day festival that showcased over 70 films from 20 countries, with themes ranging from the histories of local ‘troublemakers’, films centering on Two-Spirit stories, and a Black Lives Matter spotlight.

“In my first year at the helm of Out On Screen, we produced a world-class Queer Film Festival showcasing the best in queer cinema from around the world including India, Brazil, Nunavut and Vancouver,” said Executive Director Stephanie Goodwin. “In remembering the Pulse nightclub violence in Orlando, we thank our community who came out in record numbers to create queer space that is diverse, celebratory and deeply creative.”

VQFF Artistic Director Shana Myara added, “These audacious films are telling stories that are too often ignored in LGBT2Q+ history – so we put them centre stage. We thank the bold filmmakers who want us to know our civil rights histories, and who are shining a light for the next generation of activists.”

The Vancouver Queer Film Festival featured the Canadian premiere of Women Who Kill, by New York’s award-winning filmmaker Ingrid Jungermann, and a sold-out debut screening for local filmmaker Joella Cabalu and her breakout feature It Runs in the Family. The festival also hosted a sold-out Opening Gala screening of Catherine Corsini’s Summertime (La Belle Saison) and a sold-out Centrepiece Gala screening of Strike a Pose, with creator of the ‘vogue’ movement Jose Gutierez Xtravaganza and performer/choreographer Kevin Stea.

For more information and highlights from the 2016 Vancouver Queer Film Festival, please visit the following platforms:

Website: www.queerfilmfestival.ca

Facebook: www.facebook.com/VancouverQFF

Twitter: www.twitter.com/queerfilmfest

Media Contact: Teresa Trovato | 604.897.1939 | teresatrovatopr@gmail.com


About Out On Screen:

Out On Screen is a charitable organization that illuminates, celebrates and advances queer lives through film, education and dialogue. The Vancouver Queer Film Festival creates a dynamic platform for queer cinema that reflects a diversity of experiences while connecting and strengthening our communities. The award-winning Out In Schools anti- bullying program brings age-appropriate queer cinema into secondary school classrooms to combat homophobia and transphobia. Out On Screen is proud to be among the leaders in Canada working to create an equitable society where sexual and gender diversity are embraced. www.outonscreen.com