This LGBT-focused film and video festival is creeping up on its 20th anniversary. The first festival was in 1996, and it was held every two years after that until 2012 when it became an annual affair.
If you do the math that means this is the 11th QCC. In addition to the Queen City, satellite screenings of films and videos from the festival have been held in several other cities over the years like Saskatoon, Edmonton and Winnipeg. The festival theme this year is Perforations.
A “perforation” is a hole or series of holes in an object. Old-school film, for instance, has perforations on the edges that permit it to be run through a projector. Perforations can also be present in a body, or a piece cloth, or any number of other materials. And as a meta-theme for this festival, it refers to the idea of using film and video to “perforate, pierce, rip open, tear through and allow a queer light into the room and subsequently the viewer’s world.”
QCC runs May 15-17 at Neutral Ground Contemporary Art Forum (203-1856 Scarth). You can find out more information on the program, which includes a mix of shorts and feature-length works, here. But there are programs Thursday at 7 and 9 p.m., Friday at 7, 9 and 11 p.m., and four programs on Saturday at 1, 3, 7 and 9 p.m.
To give you a sense of what to expect here’s the trailer for the 2013 documentary Age of Consent by Charles Lum and Todd Verow about the first gay fetish bar in London called the Hoist. It screens Friday at 11 p.m.: