Announcing the 2021 Vancouver Queer Film Festival

June 2, 2021

We are thrilled to celebrate 2SLGBTQIA+ filmmakers with you this summer! The 2021 Vancouver Queer Film Festival will run from August 12 to 22. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and to ensure the safety of the communities we serve, the Festival will be held primarily digitally with films, Q&As, workshops, and panels hosted on the same watch platform we used last year.

This year’s theme is Longing, a combination of mournful emotions and hope for what has yet to come, because we have all been yearning for someone or something over the pandemic. 

Passes & Tickets

Passes for the 2021 VQFF are on-sale now. Early bird pricing is available until midnight on July 12, with passes discounted to just $140, so get yours soon! Select your pass type, complete the checkout process, and prepare to enjoy VQFF from your home theater. All passes include streaming access to our online films and events for a full year and an Adult Out On Screen Society Membership.

Passes provide patrons with a rich festival experience and access to all the creative and invigorating films in the program. Please note that passes are for film-lovers 18 years of age and older, as some VQFF films may not be rated for youth audiences. Email us with any questions

Tickets will again be offered at four prices this year, ranging from $5 to $21. Like last year, only one ticket is required to be purchased per household. If multiple people in a household are watching, we encourage you to make a donation at checkout or to consider our FWB ticket, but neither is necessary. Please note streaming is limited to British Columbia only. To get updates on this year’s Festival sent to your inbox, subscribe to our newsletter.

Looking to make a difference while enjoying queer film? Become a Reel Patron Donor! Receive unique festival benefits such as tickets, passes, and invitations to special events. Become an Out on Screen Society member and support the Vancouver Queer Film Festival’s mission to illuminate, celebrate and advance queer lives through film, education and dialogue and grow alongside Out On Screen.

How to watch films

Last year, we aimed to recreate the festival experience with a set schedule of films, workshops, and Q&As. This summer, we are trying something a little different, and will be offering many films on a Video on Demand (VOD) basis. As a result, you’ll be able to stream a film whenever it fits into your schedule. Some films will still be scheduled like a regular festival however, due to the nature of individual artist and distributor requests, so be sure to check the Festival Guide carefully. We’ll have more details about the schedule once the program is finalized.

Once you click pay, you will have 24 hours to watch the film. We still encourage folks to watch films together even if we’re not watching together in a theatre.

Join in and help out!

For the first time ever Vancouver Queer Film Festival is looking for volunteers all over British Columbia with remote and socially distanced in-person opportunities. Sign up through our volunteer portal. As a volunteer you receive complimentary screening tickets, a t-shirt, and an invitation to the Volunteer Appreciation Party at the end of the Festival. Positions start as early as June.

We look forward to connecting with you online and having you join us for the 2021 Vancouver Queer Film Festival. What have you been longing for during the pandemic? Share your responses on social media and make sure to tag #VQFF2021!

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