Closing Presentation: Runs In The Family

Aug 19, 2023
7 PM

Vancouver Playhouse

Available Online
Aug 20 - 23
7 PM - 7 PM


Varun, a former con artist, and his trans drag performer son River embark on a road trip across South Africa to break River’s estranged mother out of rehab. Their cross-country escapades seem to be going to plan until River’s dream of winning prize money at a drag competition to pay for top surgery appear to be dashed when he learns that his performance partner is injured. But all hope is not lost; River’s mother has a plan—perhaps Varun could step in and save the day?

While feel-good family stories are not always easy to come by in queer cinema (chosen families notwithstanding), this huge-hearted romp not only features a beautiful father-son relationship at its centre but was also a real-life family collaboration directed by Ian Gabriel and written by and starring his son Gabe. Infinitely likeable and full of insight, this family affair has good feelings to spare.

Content Warnings: Sexual content, nudity, flashing lights.

The 2023 VQFF Juried Award winners will be announced before the screening. The screening will also be followed by a Q&A with the artists.

ASL interpretation will be provided during the live speaking portions of this program, including the pre-screening announcements and post-screening Q&A.

Total event runtime: 147 min

Stick around afterwards for our Closing Night Party, featuring performances from Continental Breakfast, Kara Juku, and Genesis, and music by DJ Bella. Entry to the party is FREE with tickets to the Closing Presentation screening.

The 2023 VQFF People’s Choice Award winners will also be announced during the Closing Night Party.

ASL interpretation will be provided for the performances and award announcements.

Doors Open: 6:30 PM

Jury Awards + Screening: 7:00 PM

People’s Choice Awards + Party: 9:00 PM