YOUTH QUEER MEDIA PROGRAM GALA
Q and A with Film Makers in Attendance to Follow Screening
Sponsored by The Naked Leaf
The Youth Queer Media Program participants have been working since January to complete their short films exploring the themes of isolation, coming of age, gender bending, and first loves. The films created tackle issues from everyday life: queer identity in a contemporary world, facing challenges, and overcoming obstacles. Fairy Tales is proud to present the World Premieres at the festival with a Q & A after the films.
"Weight" is an animated short. This piece was created using a mix of photographs and hand drawings that were animated in Adobe After Effects. In under 3 minutes, Weight creates a visual metaphor about the micro-aggressions faced by queer people. The rocks represent the burden of feeling rejected by others. Each instance is tolerable one at a time, but as the instances build up they create a bigger impact. The soundtrack was composed exclusively for the short.
This film follows three very different individuals within the queer community, with three very different experiences, and very different interpretations of these experiences. The film hopes to capture the intimate feelings of these individuals and express how their experiences in the world, both queer and not queer, has shaped who they are, and how they identify.
In this short documentary, Calgary queer leaders from the 1990’s recount a decade of turmoil, loss, and growth of activism and human rights. SNAPSHOTS presents first-hand accounts of the frontlines of LGBTAQ+ activism at a time when the right to be out in Alberta was not legally protected, and when the very existence of queerness was threatened with slander and violence. This film was created with the purpose of fostering discussion on the rapid development of community-level queer activism in Alberta, through both progress and regression, over the past two decades.
Featuring additional films from the Love Intersections Program, Vancouver BC
Regalia: Pride in Two Spirits
Duane Stewart, a two spirited, First Nation’s youth from Haisla Nation in Northern BC shares his story of coming out, and the importance of his culture in his identity.
Amar: Deaf is an Identity (Artist in attendance)
Amar shares his journey as a queer South Asian activist, and how it intersects with his identity and culture as a deaf person.
Celebration Gala to follow at The Naked Leaf!