image+nation, Canada’s Original LGBTQ+ Film Festival, Announces Its First Ever Special Halloween Edition, October 29 – November 1, 2020

It’s Trick or Treat time and image+nation is here to bring the Treats to you, directly to your home to watch and share! image+nation, Canada’s first LGBTQ film festival and pioneering platform of queer stories, brings you its first Halloween special edition, I+N HORREUR: because sometimes it’s scary being queer.

The four-day Halloween/horror-themed virtual festival runs the gamut from edge-of-one’s seat psychological thrillers to good old fashioned blood n’ gore slashers offering online thrills and chills from October 29 – November 1, 2020. This is but a quick dip into the new I+N festival+ experience. Stay tuned for image+nation 33 coming to you virtually starting November 19.

“No Halloween parties this year? I+N HORREUR: because sometimes It’s scary being queer is here to help you celebrate this hallowed queer holiday with your friends and foes with films that will chill you to the bone and get your heart racing! image+nation is thrilled to offer you a great way to share some frights and costumes and make this COVID Halloween a memorable one,” states Charlie Boudreau, image+nation Festival Director. 

Slashers, psychos and screamers abound:
feature films that let out a shout!!!

The festival’s team of cutting-edge cinematic curators are delighted to offer audiences three spectacular spooky feature films from image+nation’s previous editions: HellbentWhat Keeps You Alive, and Un couteau dans le coeur (Knife + Heart) as well as a programme of spine-chilling shorts. Audiences can buy an all-access pass or individual program tickets (for each feature film and for the shorts program) available now on the festival website:

An unparalleled opportunity to surround yourself with loved ones and travel through LGBTQ+ films from Quebec and around the world. The public will have at their disposal an online chat platform allowing them to share their reactions in real time with the rest of the community. Not available for one of the presentations? Don’t worry, the films will be available after their airings until November 1st, 11:59pm! What better way than the day after Halloween to tremble at the cries of the victims.  

What Keeps You Alive (I+N 31_2018) – October 29, 8pm

Majestic mountains, a still lake, and venomous betrayals engulf a female married couple attempting to celebrate their one-year anniversary in this Canadian psychological thriller complete with rowboat chases, alarming revelations, and a killer use of black light.

What Keeps You Alive (2018), one of the features of I+N HORREUR

Un couteau dans le coeur (Knife + Heart) (closing film of I+N 31_2018) – October  30, 8pm

Vanessa Paradis stars as a gay porn producer in Yann Gonzalez’s titillating neon-soaked giallo pastiche. An unapologetic queer throwback to vintage slasher films that’s dirty, provocative, and a lot of fun.

Hellbent (I+N 17_2004) – October 31st, 8pm

A serial killer stalks the streets of West Hollywood on a wild Halloween night in this horror tale toted as the world’s first gay slasher film. Hellbent gives queer audiences what they were long missing: blood, gore, and edge of one’s seat suspense.

Eerie, spooky, creepy shorts!

When queer romance meets Halloween, paranormal activities and ghastly mythical creatures are bound to strike terror with image+nation’s sinister short collection, featuring Cry of the Loup-Garou, My Boyfriend the BoogeymanPsychorigideThe Curse, and more. The series is available throughout the Halloween special edition.
Now into its fourth decade of showcasing LGBTQ culture, image+nation explores New Queer Storytelling and the uniqueness and universality of these stories; striving to promote diversity, inclusivity and the many intersectional aspects of queer voices and communities.

A pioneer of LGBTQ cinema for over 30 years, image+nation is dedicated to sharing the stories and experiences of LGBTQ people. image+nation is an inclusive annual 11-day festival, the oldest of its kind in Canada, featuring award-winning locally and internationally produced films that strives to preserve the authenticity and diversity of LGBTQ voices.

image+nation’s mission is to represent, protect and prepare the present and future generations of queer storytellers and media makers while building empathy through sharing stories with audiences here in Canada, and throughout the world with our new online initiatives.

Currently, image+nation is also developing a series of educational and mentoring programs dedicated to nurturing emerging content, such as the I+N ProLab inaugurated in 2016.

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