LGBTIQ Films

With 14 feature films and documentaries to choose from, queer cinema never looked quite so diverse at SFF. Here is our biggest ever program of films exploring the lives of LGBTIQ people all over the world.

Angry Indian Goddesses

Dubbed India's answer to Bridesmaids, this female buddy movie from acclaimed director Pan Nalin (Samsara) presents a refreshingly frank portrait of women in India today.

Being 17

Two boys explore their confusing but undeniable attraction to each other in this drama by French master André Téchiné, set in the stunning landscapes of the Pyrenees.

Closet Monster

Flashes of horror and a talking hamster voiced by Isabella Rossellini elevate this idiosyncratic Canadian gay coming-of-age tale well above this familiar genre.

Desde allá

Winner of the Golden Lion at Venice, this story of a middle-aged man's affair with a young street thug is a tense study of class conflict and desire in Venezuela's capital.

The Handmaiden

Visually sumptuous and very sexy, The Handmaiden is a stunning and suspenseful period drama by acclaimed Korean director Park Chan-wook (Old Boy; Stoker, 2013).

It's Only the End of the World

Prodigiously talented Xavier Dolan adds to his distinctive body of work with this emotional and immersive family drama, a 2016 Cannes Competition contender with a stellar French cast.

Kiki

The winner of this year's Teddy Award at Berlinale: a walk through New York City's voguing ballroom scene, led with swagger by gatekeeper Twiggy Pucci Garçon.

Lovesong

Indie darling Jena Malone and rising star Riley Keough shine in this exploration of the ambiguous close bond between a lonely soft-spoken woman and her free-spirited friend.

Presenting Princess Shaw

An unlikely viral sensation is born when YouTube mash-up artist Kutiman encounters a troubled New Orleans singer, in this uplifting documentary from Israeli director Ido Haar.

The Queen of Ireland

An uplifting documentary about Ireland's superstar drag queen Panti Bliss’ rise from ‘giant cartoon woman' to one of the highest-profile activists in the LGBTIQ community.

Spa Night

A young Korean-American attempts to define his cultural and sexual identity in Andrew Ahn's perceptive debut, which invites viewers into a community rarely portrayed on screen.

Stateless Things

Kim Kyung-mook compares two ways of being ‘stateless' in his devastating vision of South Korean society when an illegal immigrant from North Korea meets a sexual outlaw.

Strike a Pose

25 years after the controversial documentary In Bed with Madonna, the 'Blond Ambition' dancers – now out of the celebrity spotlight – are re-united and re-exposed.

Teenage Kicks

In this powerful new queer Australian drama, a 17-year-old boy navigates the many minefields of adolescence and sexuality, in the wake of a family tragedy.

Viva

Paddy Breathnach uncovers authentic Cuba in this heartbreaking family drama about a troubled drag queen; an audience favourite at festivals all around the world.