The programme is made up of 14 features, 3 shorts sessions and 6 documentaries, with 17 Queensland premieres and 3 Australian premieres, as well as special presentations of 'Days (Rizi)' and 'Bloodsisters'.
"We want to show audiences the future of queer storytelling. The calibre, diversity and inclusiveness in the line-up of films is always something we strive to excel at. Centering and elevating our queer voices, elders and community," Festival Co-Director Shanon King says.
"The reality of coming back out to the cinema together was a daunting reality to face in the current climate of COVID-19. But we are fortunate enough to be able to in Queensland, present to our audiences on the big screen. Being ‘visible’ and ‘holding space’ suddenly has a whole alternate meaning."
Highlights for this year's BQFF include Posy Dixon's 'Keyboard Fantasies', about trans elder and musician Beverly Glenn-Copeland, 'Saint-Narcisse' from Bruce LaBruce covering the bond of family, and 'The Greenhouse' asking what would you do if you could go back in time (making its Queensland premiere).
Two Australian premieres from the voices of future trans/non-binary/queer storytelling are 'Always Amber' by Lia Hietala and Hannah Reinikainen, and 'Tahara' by Olivia Peace.
The festival opens with the Queensland premiere of 'I Carry You With Me', Heidi Ewing's USA/Mexico feature.
What do you do in your day-to-day life?I work in retail at Lovisa, I’ve ranged from a casual all the way up to assistant manager, but now I’m settled part-time. Besides that, I’m always planning performances for the future, and also supporting my fellow performers. And eating. Ooft!Read more: