IMAGE+NATION celebrates its 34th year of innovative queer storytelling with a hybrid edition
November 18–28, 2021
image+nation, Canada’s first LGBT2SQ+ film festival and pioneering platform of queer stories goes hybrid across Quebec for its 34th edition from November 18th to 28th with a roster of in-cinema and virtual screenings to offer loyal and new audiences a taste of the best and brightest queer cinema of the year.
HYBRID: THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS
Proudly welcoming the Canada Media Fund as its Festival Presenting Partner this year, image+nation returns to its beloved Cinéma Impérial for numerous in-person screenings of its most exciting films over the 11 days of the fest, as well as taking over the PHI Centre for its signature Queerment Québec evening. In addition, the festival offers the complete film programming virtually on the image+nation platform for everyone within Quebec. Not to mention, extra viewing days after the festival where jury and audience award winners will be available to stream.
“We’re so pleased to embark on the hybrid festival adventure this year! Not only will we all come together to share some of image+nation34 at our beloved Cinéma Impérial, but we will continue to offer LGBTQ+ cinema across the province of Quebec via our online festival platform, offering everyone access to stories and storytellers reflective of LGBTQ+ lives and living. A space where all can find themselves and share their stories.” – Charlie Boudreau (Executive Director, image+nation)
DIVERSITY, DISCOVERY AND REPRESENTATION
Representing diverse lived experiences is a core component of the Festival’s ethos. Including over 40 narrative and documentary feature films and 11 compelling shorts programmes both in-cinema and online, image+nation34 will showcase diverse perspectives that respond and contribute to wider conversations about cultural, sexual, and gender identit(ies). The Festival’s dedication to exploring new frontiers of queer storytelling is evident through the many focuses it offers its audiences this year such as First Voices, A Question of Gender, R/evolution: the Vanguard, and more.
QUEER STORIES AND STORYTELLERS: MORE ACCESSIBLE THAN EVER
This year, I+N34 continues its commitment to accessibility by making its programming available to virtual audiences across Quebec. On-demand viewing, and simple navigation mean you don’t have to leave the comfort of your home in order to enjoy the latest works by your favourite queer storytellers.
VOIX ÉMERGENTES / FIRST VOICES
Continuing the First Voices focus that began in 2019, these are bold films, defying conventional LGBT2SQ+ narratives and offering perspectives that create meaningful representations of identities that have been historically excluded and/or eclipsed within the queer cinema canon.
Viva Italia! In collaboration with the Instituto Italiano di Cultura in Montreal, Focus Italy features a collection of feel-good features, compelling docs and extraordinary shorts that offer a glimpse into Italian queer cinema (and life).
A key initiative at image+nation is to create a space for francophone voices to be heard and shared. Focus France continues that in collaboration with the Consulat général de France à Québec. The curated titles in this focus will highlight international francophone cultures and identities through the lens of LGBTQ+ cinema.
R/EVOLUTION: THE VANGUARD
R/evolution: the Vanguard showcases the moments, movements and importantly, the people that have had a hand in shaping our contemporary queer world: rebel dykes claiming their power, queer women pioneers in music, key figures in tech evolution, and unlikely safe sex advocates in the porn industry. This focus captures a collective portrait of resistance and empowerment.
A QUESTION OF GENDER
Many of this year’s films star trans, non-binary and intersex figures who thrive in their truths, challenging gender norms along the way. The films in this focus take questions of gender identity and sexual orientation head on, through emancipatory and revolutionary narratives.
Spanning the globe with this year’s international offerings, this focus is an investigation and showcase of queer film cultures from a global perspective. International Showcase delivers titles from countries from which we have regularly seen queer stories emerge as well as some new discoveries to be made. This is the best of global queer cinema!
|MADE AU CANADA|
For decades Canadian LGBT2SQ+ filmmakers have created some of the most intelligent and inspired films within the queer cinema canon. Made au Canada is I+N’s yearly commemoration of national talents and visions.
image+nation champions local image-makers through Queerment Québec. Celebrating the 20th live edition this year, QQ’s emerging and established creators will share their dazzling queer stories at the PHI Centre.
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