HxBIA Proud to be Sponsoring VQFF Film Once Again

Hastings Crossing BIA is once again proud to be sponsoring the Vancouver Queer Film Festival in its 27th season! This year, HxBIA is partnering with VQFF to present the film Naz and Maalik, a brilliant film set in the quickly gentrifying Brooklyn and shows “an exciting depiction of queer black Muslim adolescence in all of its complexity.” Join us this Sunday, August 16 at 7pm at SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts (Woodwards) to see the debut of this incredible drama. Tickets are still available!

The full press release for the Festival is below:



(Vancouver, BC) ~ Out On Screen is pleased to reveal the complete program lineup for the Vancouver Queer Film Festival, taking place this summer from Thursday, August 13 to Sunday, August 23 at the following theatres: Vancouver Playhouse, Cineplex Odeon International Village Cinemas, SFU’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Vancity Theatre and Rio Theatre.

Program guides are available at festival theatres as well as Little Sister’s Book & Art Emporium and Black Dog Video.

The full festival lineup can also be viewed online at

The Vancouver Queer Film Festival is proud to be hosting the following internationally acclaimed artists this season:

Visiting Artists | Maple Smoked Cinema, Spotlight on Canadian film:

  • Fresh off the success of his CBC miniseries The Book of Negroes, producer Damon D’Oliveira and writer/star/director Maxime Desmons will present the local premiere of their feature What We Have (Ce qu’on a) about an émigré looking to escape his past once he moves to Northern Ontario. Both Producer and Director will also lead a free filmmaking workshop called “Nailing the Picture” (Sat Aug 22, 4pm, ECUAD, FREE).
  • Toronto-based comedy writer/actor Pat Mills (You Can’t Do That on Television) brings his edgy comedy Guidance for its Vancouver premiere.
  • The youngest festival guest is 12-year-old Crystal Labonte from Timmins ONthe inspiring subject of the film In the Turn. Crystal and her mother Karen have been fighting for equal rights for transgender youth in their small corner of Northern Ontario since Crystal was denied the right to play sports in her school. Director Erica Tremblay will also be in attendance.

International Visiting Artists:

  • Cannes-award-winning filmmaker July Jung is making a special trip from South Korea to present her brilliant, complex psychodrama A Girl at My Door as the festival’s Centrepiece Gala (Wed Aug 19, 7pm, Vancouver Playhouse). Ms. Jung will also present a Master Class (Thur Aug 20, 5pm, International Village).
  • Director Lonny Shavelson leads a panel discussion with one of the subjects of his documentary Three to Infinity: Beyond Two Genders, inviting viewers to open their minds and hearts to a future that includes many forms of gender expression.
  • Belgian-raised, US-based director Michiel Thomas makes his first trip to Vancouver to present the illuminating Game Face with film subject Terrence Clemens. Game Face presents the story of two athletes waging the biggest fights of their lives: coming out as transgender and gay in their professional careers.

The Vancouver Queer Film Festival, now in its 27th year, is the largest queer arts event in Western Canada and the second-largest film festival in Vancouver. The 11-day event celebrates the best in independent queer cinema and facilitates a unique community space through a variety of performances, panels and workshops.

The 2015 festival showcases over 70 films from 21 countries, with themes ranging from transgender trailblazers to spectacular queer con artists, and a spotlight on Canadian queer films, DIY Gender, queer youth culture and queer films from Latin America.

Tickets and passes for the Vancouver Queer Film Festival are available now at

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