Industry Panels

Recordings of the three industry panels from the 2023 Vancouver Queer Film Festival are now available to view for free on YouTube!

Cultural Strategy and Narrative Change

Meet cultural strategist Sonya Childress, co-founder of Color Congress; award-winning journalist Tre’vell Anderson, author of We See Each Other: A Black, Trans Journey Through TV and Film; and film strategist Asad Muhammad, the Vice President of Impact and Engagement strategy at POV.

This powerhouse trio will walk us through practical ways storytellers can transform how 2SLGBTQIA+ folx are seen and understood. Join us to dream up a new queer canon. Moderated by: Lucy J. Mukerjee.

Recorded on August 14, 2023 as part of the 35th Vancouver Queer Film Festival.

A Present History of LGBTQ Representation

A panel of experts discuss their work, the progress they’ve witnessed in LGBTQ storytelling, and where they’re pushing the future of LGBTQ storytelling forward.

Featuring Megan Townsend, GLAAD’s Senior Director of Entertainment Research and Analysis, Monica Trasandes, GLAAD’s Senior Director of Spanish Language and Latinx Media, Nick Adams, Vice President of the GLAAD Media Institute, and Tre’vell Anderson, award-winning journalist and author of “We See Each Other: A Black Trans Journey Through Film and TV,” and moderator Alex Schmider, GLAAD’s Director of Transgender Representation.

Recorded on August 14, 2023 as part of the 35th Vancouver Queer Film Festival.

Positionality, Authentic Authorship and Stereotypes

Join Rico Johnson-Sinclair, Director of the Anti-Racist Taskforce for European Film, and Gian Franco, Co-Founder and Chairman of The Stereotype Project, for an immersive and interactive workshop on authentic authorship and positionality, designed to give filmmakers practical tools to enable authenticity both above-the-line and below-the-line.

Using case studies to clarify the contemporary barriers of storytelling under capitalism, the power of the parable and commodifying trauma, we’ll engage in exercises to identify the common situations that breed voyeurism in documentary and narrative fiction, allowing us to have the foresight to tackle storytelling practically and to consider equity for historically marginalized communities and intersections of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community. Bring a pen and some paper!

Recorded on August 14, 2023 as part of the 35th Vancouver Queer Film Festival.


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