Kokomo City among SQIFF headliners

Full festival programme announced

by Jennie Kermode

Kokomo City
Kokomo City Photo: Courtesy of Sundance Institute

D Smith's Sundance hit Kokomo City is among the films to screen at the 2023 edition of the Scottish Queer International Film Festival, alongside fellow festival favourites Mutt and Peafowl. The festival will also feature a dedicated strand of short films made by trans and non-binary people.

Alien Body, Human Dreams, presented by the Queer East team, features speculative shorts which centre the body as a potent site of hybridity, while the ever popular Scottish Shorts strand will be complemented by a drop-in exhibition created by Inverness-based Queer Youth Arts Collective. Phreaking Gender have created an art installation based around short film DIY Hormones, and other scheduled events include a craft fair and an analogue film workshop.

"This is the first festival completely run by SQIFF’s new team," said festival director Indigo Korres. "We’ve been doing year round projects focused on community building events across Scotland, and we’re really excited."

"SQIFF’s punchy programme is both serious and fun and their events are going to bring people together in supportive, exciting, and enriching ways. We appreciate the fantastic work they have done to connect with LGBTQ+ audiences across Scotland over the last year and wish them every success on their return to the full festival in Glasgow this September," said Screen Scotland's Katharine Simpson.

As usual, access is a priority for the festival, which will be held in Glasgow's wheelchair-accessible CCA. Most films will have audio description, live captioning, BSL interpretation or closed captioning available. Tickets are available on a pay-what-you-can basis.

The festival will run from 26 to 30 September.

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