SQIFF is about to conclude another year of film screenings, in fact their fifth year of film screenings. With this in mind, The Fountain spoke with festival coordinator, Helen Wright, about this years programme, and the focus for the fifth SQIFF. However, there is still time to catch the end of the festival today.
TF: Another SQIFF with another fantastic programme, what have been the highlights for you so far?
There have been many! Our Accessible Toys event was amazing for bringing disabled people together with sex toy retailers and designers to share ideas about improving accessibility in that field. Our Queer Scotland Shorts showcased some amazing queer talent and feedback was that it was our most incredible line-up of locally made work yet.
TF: Was there a theme or a focus with your 5th birthday programme?
Yes, our focus is community and collectivity. This has involved representing many different LGBTQIA+ experiences, for example showing work by and about queer people of colour, Deaf and Disabled queer people, amongst many others.
TF: And you have also worked with GWL this year in relation to the programme, what brought about this collaboration?
GWL is an incredible space obviously for women and others, and is very queer-friendly. It has a relaxed, homely feel, which aligns with SQIFF. It’s also a venue which cares about Deaf and Disabled access, which makes it a lot easier for us to hold events there. We decided to hold our VR & Interactive Exhibition there for the above reasons and because we thought it would be exciting to have that type of work in a women-centred space as VR can be quite male-dominated of course.
TF: And what would you like to see for SQIFF for the next five years?
We need to get through this year first! We would just like to keep learning from everyone in our queer communities and keep developing to become more inclusive and work on the many ongoing barriers to people accessing the arts.
TF: And how do you suppose you will celebrate year ten looking much further forward?
Honestly, I just hope we’re still here. There’s so much exciting queer arts and film stuff in Glasgow and people doing incredible artistic, activist work. We hope to be able to continue to be a part of that and share spaces with other people. We also hope to raise more funds so we can pay more people more money to work on the festival – important for building on inclusion. And it will be interesting to see where the world is in another five years and what the place of queer people in it is. And to see what ways we can find to respond to that future.
For information on the events that you can still attend as part of SQIFF click here.