Vancouver Queer Film Festival runs August 12 to 22

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      Out on Screen has announced that it will present its 33rd annual Vancouver Queer Film Festival from August 12 to 22 this year.

      The theme of this year's festival--which is curated by artistic director Anoushka Ratnarajah and festival programmer Nya Lewis--is "Longing".

      “We have all been experiencing a collective longing in a very new and intense way for the past year," says Ratnarajah in a press release, "but many of our communities, currently and historically, are deeply familiar with longing. Whether we are yearning for love, recognition, respect, dignity, representation or justice, there might not be a more 'queer' feeling than longing.

      Anoushka Ratnarajah.

      "Our programming this year beautifully and inventively explores the ways in which we are driven by collective and individual desires to know and be known, to fight and to heal, and to break down and rebuild.”

      The VQFF will be presented digitally, with a few small in-person events. Films will include the documentary Rebel Dykes, about a group of friends who met at London's Greenham Common Peace Camp and went on to become artists and activists; and Caer (Caught), about two trans Latina sex workers in Queens, New York.

      The program will also include the Chilean dramas La Nave Del Olvido (Forgotten Roads) and Los Fuertes (The Strong Ones).

      “It’s vital we continue to support queer arts, artists, and filmmakers,” adds Out On Screen executive director Brandon Yan in the press release. “Our storytellers are vital to a just recovery, and I hope you can join us to witness their works online and safely in-person.”

      The 2021 Vancouver Queer Film Festival program will be available online at on July 14.