Canada’s First Queer Short Film Festival Returns For Its 2nd Season To Showcase the Best of National and Global Short Films !

Streaming Across Canada, July 15 – July 18, 2021

IMAGE+NATION. FESTIVAL COURTS QUEER SHORT FILM FEST, Canada’s first queer short film festival champions the short film and the global queer storytellers who make them. Streaming across Canada, I+N FCQSFF is back this summer [15-18 of July] for its second season with vibrant engaging Q+As, meet the filmmaker sessions, discussions and exciting networking activities re-imagined in the image+nation virtual gathering space.

A love letter to the short film form and its heroes
The unsung heroes of image making, a short stands at the nexus of storytelling – the germination of ideas meeting the moving image. Shorts are more than calling cards for a  director’s first feature film, a short represents a moment, a thought, an intricately woven capsule of time. I+N FCQSFF02 is an opportunity to encourage emerging and established storytellers by creating spaces for collaboration, connection and exchange through the image+nation virtual gathering space.

With exceptional thematic programming including an emphasis on local and Canadian storytellers, the curation features a virtual version of I+N‘s beloved Queerment Québec local shorts showcase; Made au Canada, a roster of the most compelling contemporary national short stories and storytellers; a 2 Spirit / Indigiqueer collection, short form documentaries; the future-casting, Queer Futures/Queer Utopias programme and experimental titles that recreate and revision New Queer Storytelling through a fractured lens. Feel good shorts are also on offer as well as international films that cover all the bases of love, desire, family and conflict as well as rich, varied narratives and docs exploring non-binary and trans lives and living. Indeed, something for everyone!

Bringing together creators for connection and exchange
In the newly imagined image+nation interactive virtual space, filmmakers present their creative ponderings and share their filmmaking processes with audiences through  riveting Q&A sessions.  Equally exciting and engaging, a series of panels will reflect upon Contemporary Queer Storytelling; filmmakers and invited panelists will engage in what is sure to be compelling discussions surrounding the queries: “What are contemporary queer stories and How do we tell them?”, What is virtual creation in the New Virtual Normal? and rounding out the series, a panel presentation on New modes of queer storytelling – exploring XR and VR.

“I+N FCQSFF fulfills a long standing goal of ours to amplify the exceptional talent that we see in short film submissions each year to image+nation. festival film LGBTQueer Montréal. Often shining with creative vision and innovation, we believe it is high time the short form was celebrated and given the showcase it deserves. I+N FCQSFF is also a place for filmmakers and audiences to explore how queer lives – in all their ways of being – are brought to our screens.”  – Kat Setzer & Charlie Boudreau – image+nation culture queer

A commitment to celebrating the vibrant short film community
I+N FCQSFF is a festival wholly dedicated to short films and filmmakers from here and around the globe, championing the form and its creative potential. I+N FCQSFF offers opportunities for discovery of the unique, authentic and diverse voices of storytellers from here and around the world.

A focus on growth and accessibility
I+N FCQSFF’s dedication to elevating and promoting the talents of the short film community is reflected in its diverse programming and production. Multiple networking activities offer  emerging professionals the opportunity to connect to a broader audience thus  igniting a growth in local and global film industries. Through its “pay what you can ” policy, the festival successfully reimagines the traditional film festival experience by creating an affordable and accessible environment where short filmmakers and their works can be thoroughly supported and celebrated by ALL.