Essential Film Festivals: Vancouver Queer Film Festival

Established in 1988, Vancouver Queer Film Festival is an annual event and the 2nd largest film festival in Vancouver. In 2014, the gay films festival will run from 14th to 24th August at the Playhouse Theatre with an opening gala party at FanClub. Screenings and festival events will also take place at SFU’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, Cineplex Odeon, Emily CARR University of Art and Vancity Theatre.

The lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered film festival’s programme includes book club readings, workshops, parties with performances and a fantastic film and documentary line-up presenting themes of gender identity, forbidden love and culture. The programme will feature the following highlights:Winter Journey, a Russian drama from director Sergei Taramayev featuring an examination of gay life in contemporary Russia; Kate Bornstein is a Queer and Pleasant Danger, a documentary from Sam Feder about the work and influences of former scientologist, and challenger of gender identities, Kate Bornstein; Love is Strange, a tale of love and marriage from Ira Sachs; GRIND, a new musical from director Zachary Halley and Drunktown’s Finest, a Sydney Freeland film following the story of three native Americans: a Christian girl, a father-to-be and a promiscuous transsexual.

Vancouver Queer Film Festival

Film Festival Location

Vancouver is one of Canada’s prime gay destinations, with the very popular Davie Village and Commercial Drive. A modern city, Vancouver offers fine dining, fashionable shopping, stunning beaches and cultural attractions. Canada’s most popular gay store Priape is celebrating its 5th anniversary and is a stylish place to shop right in the centre of Davie Village, with a wonderful range of clothing, underwear, leather and DVDs.

Landmark bars include the popular 1181, award-winning and one of Vancouver’s premiere bars; Celebrities, the city’s largest gay and lesbian nightclub featuring a live DJ and events every night of the week; and Numbers, also offering a live DJ and numerous fun events.

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Film Festival Accommodation

The Rosedale on Robson is Yaletown’s only all-suite hotel. Offering a fantastic central location and a large choice of one or two bedroom suites, this wonderful hotel is the ultimate in style and relaxation. The hotel features its own on-site gym and swimming pool and a popular restaurant, Rosie’s, serving pub-style bistro cuisine.

An alternative choice is the luxurious and legendary Loden Hotel offering custom designed rooms and suites with fantastic views and the best of comfort, together with an unbeatable central location. Tableau Bar Bistro serves French cuisine prepared by Executive Chef Marc-André Choquette.

Alexander Ryll
When I couldn’t find a gay themed romantic film online via search engines or on any websites in early 2014, I created Gay Essential. launched in June 2014 we regularly promote rare and new gay-themed titles. Gay Essential is the first independent film website to categorize gay-themed films making it easier for visitors to learn about films based on their mood preference. Together with an incredible writing talent, we promote films and we make it easy for you to purchase them based on your location. Please add your support and purchase one of our incredible gay themed film T Shirts , unique and full of attitude.
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