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Queer Vision Comes To Bristol

The organisers of the Bristol Pride festival have announced that the Film Festival which brings the best of LGBT+ cinema to Bristol during the Pride festival will now run throughout the year under the new name Queer Vision.

With increasing demand for queer film and by developing fresh, exciting new partnerships the team will be bringing more truly inspiring, award winning films to screens in Bristol. Queer Vision also gives Pride the opportunity to develop and offer a series of ‘Seasons’ to explore issues affecting the community through features, award winning short films and animation.

Queer Vision Launches with a bang on Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 April at the prestigious Watershed Cinema on Bristol’s Harbourside. The team present a unique selection of funny, touching, shocking and insightful short films from Cardiff based Iris Prize LGBT film festival. Saturday’s films come with an exciting afterparty in the Watershed Café Bar (3.45pm) where film ticket holders, the Director of Iris Prize Berwyn Rowlands, award winning film director Charles Frances and the Pride team will all be enjoying the festivities. Entertainment includes a fabulous film quiz, live music, film hub conversations and even specially created Queer Vision cocktails.

Curated by Bristol Pride’s Jayne Graham-Cummings, Queer Vision, with the support of the British Film Institutes FAN (film audience Network) Hubs has also developed a UK Programmers forum. Aimed at connecting Pride events and other LGBTQ film festivals throughout the country in order to develop project and touring film events. The Forum will also create opportunities of support and share expertise from programmers with a wide expanse of skills, experience and knowledge. Bristol Pride hopes that the Programmers Forum will develop a greater film release network in order to champion and increase exposure of LGBT+ film across the whole of the UK and Ireland.

For more information about the film festival visit pridebristol.co.uk/queervision/

Film Highlights

Black is Blue
Dir: Cheryl Dunye

Black Is Blue tells the story of Black — an African American Trans man, the film quietly follows Black over the course of his typical day. Revealing how Black’s past as Blue, a queer woman-of-color who knew how to stand up for herself. A film attracting much attention with big film festival picking up this quality short.

Living in the Overlap
Dir: Cindy Hill, Mary Dolton

The improbably true story of two girls growing up in Brooklyn in the 1940s, falling in love in the Midwest, and making a life together in North Carolina. Lennie is an attorney focusing on LGBT issues, and Pearl is a retired professor working on various political issues. Public and private moments using interviews, archival material, and sequences shot during their efforts to defeat North Carolina’s anti gay marriage amendment. They offer wisdom about enduring relationships and think of themselves as two circles, often overlapping, which are both independent and interdependent. After 46 years of living in the overlap Lennie and Pearl still have an indelible spark.

Middleman
Dir: Charlie Francis
Winner of Best British short Iris Prize 2014

Davie has just started working in a call centre, which provides services for the deaf community. When his new bosses turn up for an inspection Davie does his utmost to show his professionalism. A call he receives between two gay lovers seems to have other ideas in this funny and layered film. The director will be joining us on Saturday 25 April for Queer Visions launch event.

Zebra
Dir: Julia Ocker

One day the zebra ran against a tree… A wonderful animation that shows us difference is to be celebrated.