30th Annual Vancouver Queer Film Festival!


Pride weekend is in full swing this weekend in Vancouver, and we hope everyone is having a fabulous time!!!  After that great celebration starts another one, The Vancouver Queer Film Festival August 9th-19th 2018. The theme this year is ‘To the Moon and Back’


We are always happy to be asked to be a Community Partner and to once again have a partner screening. Let’s introduce you to this year’s film, playing Friday August 10 at 7pm at the International Village. The Director Sook-Yin Lee will be in attendance for a Q& A after the film!!!   Tickets available now.

Octavio is Dead!Octavio

Run time: 88 min
Rated: PG

On the same day Tyler is fired from her dead-end job, she learns her estranged father, Octavio, has passed away. All her life, Tyler’s overbearing mother has lead her to believe her father wanted nothing to do with her, but after a strained meeting with Octavio’s lawyer, Tyler finds herself in possession of his decrepit and eccentric apartment—an apartment that both scares her and compels her to change her life.

Directed by the multi-talented Sook-Yin Lee a filmmaker, musician, actor, visual artist, dance-maker, and radio & TV broadcaster. The former MuchMusic VJ is a three-time Gabriel Award-winning radio and TV broadcaster know for her personal storytelling program DNTO on CBC Radio One, and the podcast Sleepover. She starred in John Cameron Mitchell’s groundbreaking movie Shortbus, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. Year of the Carnivore, Leeʼs debut feature as writer-director, stars Cristin Milioti and premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. She is in the band JOOJ with albums on Last Gang Records/eONE Music Canada. – I remember her from the band Bob’s your Uncle 🙂

Hope to see you there!

Facebook: @VancouverQFF

Instagram & Twitter: @queerfilmfest








Let’s Introduce you to the Short Films!


We have a great mix of films at the festival this year. Some of these films have been around the film festival circuit, some are new to it, some are very well deserved award winners, and those who haven’t won something yet are sure to as they make their way around the globe. We hope that you will come out to support independent film makers and see these films in Vancouver this summer because they are not to be missed. You can get your tickets now on FilmFreeway

1. HEARTLESSPoster d94eb4de2f-poster

Run time: 12 min 24 sec
Country of Origin: United States
Director: Kevin Sluder
Starring: Stacy Snyder, Joanna Sotomura, Matt Mercer, Blaine Vedros, Ron Morehouse

Synopsis: Based on Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart”. An overlooked associate struggles to complete a corporate presentation as a horrific secret gnaws at her conscience.


Trailer: Coming Soon!

Website: https://www.heartlessmovie.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/HeartlessMovie

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HeartlessHorrorMovie

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/heartless_movie

IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6977666

2. HOPE IN A BOXHope_in_a_box_new

Run time: 6 min 52 sec
Country of Origin: UK
Director: Mick Dow
Starring: Becky Black, Richard Gittins

Synopsis: On Sunday morning the council offices were empty apart from two employees. At 9.20am they were abducted and taken to an unknown location. Kidnapped, tied up and locked in a box, unlikely heroes Ally and Mark have to make a decision. Do they stay or get out? A darkly comic film noir in a box.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ShortFilmHopeinaBox

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MickDowDirector

IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6187142/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1


Run time: 3 min 59 sec
Country of Origin: Canada
Director: Joffrey Saintrapt
Starring: Tyler Lionel Parr, Kyle McDonald

Synopsis: After losing his wife and son, John became a recluse alcoholic haunted by his past. One night, a Monster pays him a visit.



Website: https://www.lwamseries.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LWAMseries/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/LWAMseries

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lwamseries/?hl=fr

4. MARÍA FERNANDA IN TIMEPoster 98553a1d55-poster

Run time: 9 min 20 sec
Country of Origin: Spain
Director: Xavier Pijuan
Starring: Pere Costa, Mercè Carrió

Synopsis: An overprotective mother produces an accident with terrible consequences in the space-time continuum in the scientific laboratory where her son works.


Website: https://laboinaproduccions.com/2015/03/02/corto-maria-fernanda-in-time-2015-03/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Laboina-Produccions-319674751732791/?ref=bookmarks

IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6356498/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

5. NTA (NUKE THEM ALL) AfficheLauriers290518

Run time: 13 min 34 sec
Country of Origin: France
Director: Olivier Nelli
Starring: Shelly D’inferno, Héléna Mogelan, Céline Berti, Nikita Klosewood, Dame Elixir, Cédric Alamargot, Nayan Chauveau

Synopsis: After the apocalypse, within the confederacy “NEW-ROPE”, the mutants worship an atom bomb. Three héroïnes were recruited to defuse it smoothly.



Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/projet.NTA

IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7169836/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

6. PAINT THE TOWN REDPhoto 7 PtTR_Poster_2_no_credits

Run time: 5 min 15 sec
Country of Origin: Canada
Directors: Ariel Hansen, Christopher Graham
Starring: Alison Klause, Ariel Hansen, Gigi Saul Guerrero, Jesse Inocalla

Synopsis: After receiving a pair of tickets in the mail, Andie and Josephine visit a mysterious new club, only to find things a little unusual…


Website: http://www.badcookiepictures.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BadCookiePictures/https://www.facebook.com/BadCookiePictures/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/badcookiepics?lang=en

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/BadCookiePictures/

IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6749924/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

7. POPSYPoster affiche_Popsy_FR_FINAL_extra-small

Run time: 18 min 00 sec
Country of Origin: France
Director: Julien Homsy
Starring: Patrick Haudecoeur, Vincent Grass, Gilles Detroit, Kate Homsy, Jane Landrey

Synopsis: In this adaptation of Stephen King’s short story, Weber’s addiction to poker leads him into deep trouble. Forced to cover his debt to Mr. Rudy, he takes a highly risky way out.


Website: https://popsymovie.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Popsy-132448137223368/

IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6632782/

8. STUDDED NIGHTMARE (CAUCHEMAR CAPITONNÉ)cauchemar_capitonne_poster01

Run time: 9 min 20 sec
Country of Origin: Canada
Director: Jean-Claude Leblanc
Starring: Sébastien Huberdeau, Maude St-Pierre

Synopsis: When J.-F. is inexplicably drawn to the chair in which a man committed suicide, style isn’t the only thing the leather antique brings to his home. Suddenly overcome by fantasies both nightmarish and erotic, he gets rid of the chair immediately, only to have it claimed by his friend Aly, who soon finds herself spellbound by shocking visions of her own violent death. As the horror escalates, it’s up to J.-F. to save his friend before she is driven to a very gruesome fate.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cauchemarcapitonne

IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5846580/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

9. THIRD WHEELThirdWheel_Poster_01

Run time: 4 min 09 sec
Country of Origin: United States
Director: Daniel DelPurgatorio
Starring: Kristen Magee, Andrew Goetten

Synopsis: Susan has more than just skeletons in her closet.



Website: http://www.wecantallbeperfect.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ThirdWheelMovie

IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6744226/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

10. THOSE WHO CAN DIE (CEUX QUI PEUVENT MOURIR)Poster 0faf01210c-poster

Run time: 18 min 33 sec
Country of Origin: France
Director: Charlotte Cayeux
Starring: Zoé Garcia, Lilas Richard

Synopsis: Zoé, 15 years old, enters a strict boarding school. Around her, pupils are playing and attending classes with faded eyes. Through their obsequious facade, the supervisors’ violence lurks. One day Zoé meets Marie and understands what they are destined for.

Website: http://athalieproductions.org/?p=937

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Ceux-qui-peuvent-mourir-803423413142637/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AthalieProd

IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6585272/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

11. TIME HEALS NO WOUNDSTime_heals_no_wounds-poster

Run time: 11 min 15 sec
Country of Origin: Canada
Director: Jordan Barnes-Crouse
Starring: Kallie Jean Sorensen, Gabriel Carter

Synopsis: Toiling away in a makeshift lab, Dr. Barry Slater has finally made a breakthrough: THE CHRONOSPHERIC RE-OSCILLATOR, a device able to transmit artifacts across time. But when he materializes a recording from his future self, he decides to become his next test subject, despite the cautioning of his young wife Georgina. When the experiment goes awry, Georgina suddenly finds herself transported to another time, and the man resembling her husband may no longer be who, or what, he seems.

Website: https://www.offworldpictures.com/time-heals-no-wounds

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/offworldpictures

Twitter: https://twitter.com/offworldpics

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/offworldpictures/

IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8071680/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

12. WHAT METAL GIRLS ARE INTOPoster e06a9d6de7-poster

Run time: 15 min 30 sec
Country of Origin: United States
Director: Laurel Vail
Starring: Matt Mercer, Laurel Vail, Chelsea Blechman, Kari Assad, Torrey Drake, Aaron Leddick

Synopsis: Three women going to a three day metal festival in the desert find something disturbing in the freezer of their isolated vacation rental.


Website: http://www.outofspiteproductions.com/WMGAI/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WhatMetalGirlsAreInto

Twitter: https://twitter.com/WMGAI_film

IMDB: http://imdb.com/title/tt7204704


Official Selections For Cinemafantastique 4




What Metal Girls Are Into
Dir. Laurel Vail
United States

María Fernanda in Time
Dir. Xavier Pijuan

Dark Wake
Dir. Abdul Ali

Those Who Can Die (Ceux qui peuvent mourir)
Dir. Charlotte Cayeux

Hope in a Box
Dir. Mick Dow
United Kingdom

Time Heals No Wounds
Dir. Jordan Barnes-Crouse

Dir. Julien Homsy

Living with a Monster
Dir. Joffrey Saintrapt

NTA (Nuke Them All)
Dir. Olivier Nelli

Paint the Town Red
Dir. Ariel Hansen, Christopher Graham

Third Wheel
Dir. Daniel DelPurgatorio
United States

Studded Nightmare (Cauchemar Capitonné)
Dir. Jean-Claude Leblanc

Dir. Kevin Sluder
United States


Kyrsyä- Tuftland
Dir. Roope Olenius

Dir. Marco Laguna

The Theta Girl
Dir. Christopher Bickel
United States

13th Annual Women In Film+Television Vancouver lineup announced! Also a BADASS reminder

VIWIFF   Women in Film & Television Vancouver is excited to announce the lineup for the 13th annual Vancouver International Women in Film Festival (VIWIFF). Head over to Vancity Theatres from March 6th – 11th for an extraordinary collection of contemporary cinema created by women from around the world including free events all day long on International Women’s Day (March 8th). For information on screenings and festival events visit www.womeninfilm.ca #VIWIFF #IWD

If you can’t wait till March to watch some great films, don’t forget that the 4th annual Vancouver Baddass Film Festival is coming up February 23, 24, 25th at The Rio Theatre! They had a hard time fitting all the Badass films into a one day event so they made it 3 days this year!!


  • See premieres of the best in new extreme short and feature length cinema from Vancouver and around the world.
  • Meet indie filmmaking legends old and new.
  • Enjoy stunning spectacles from the Caravan of Creeps and lively event hosts.
  • Be inspired by interactive sessions with filmmakers, casts and crew.
    #vbaff #filmfestival #vancouver #riotheatre #horrormovies #actionmovies #badass

Cinemafantastique 4 is Open for Submissions!!!


Hello Everyone! Just a quick post to let all you awesome filmmakers know that submissions are open over at our FilmFreeway site page. Early Bird rates run from September 15 – October 13 (Yes! a Friday the 13th in October!) We had so many great submissions last year, and are looking forward to what crazy, bloody, awesomeness will be submitted to this year’s!


We will only be selecting films that have gone through our  Cinemafantastique 4 FilmFreeway site page and not via our company/personal emails or social media platforms, and we are very pleased to offer hugely competitive submission rates! As a non-profit all money goes into making the festival the best it can be. We’re looking forward to seeing your films this season!!