Sudbury Downtown Indie Cinema Co-op is delighted to present: Queer North Film Festival, currently the only queer film festival in Northern Ontario. QUEER NORTH celebrates the diversity of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and two-spirited communities through quality cinema.
This 2nd year, the festival will span 4 days in June drawing crowds from across the region with film premieres, artist talks, events and parties that focus squarely on queer-themed films from Canada and around the world.
Queer North Film Festival will be of great interest to queer communities across the region as well as film-lovers, as we bring to Sudbury a number of noteworthy works which otherwise would not be seen on the large screen. QUEER NORTH will present a powerful program of international short films, documentary and feature fiction works.
We are also delighted to announce our Presenting Partner RBC and The RBC BEST OF SHOW AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD.
Documentary: USA, 107 Min., World Premiere Tribeca Film Festival 2017
Who killed Marsha P. Johnson? Academy Award nominated director David France’s (How to Survive a Plague) new documentary centers on self-described “street queen” Marsha P. Johnson, legendary fixture in New York City’s gay ghetto, who along with fellow trans icon Sylvia Rivera, founded Street Transvestites Action Revolutionaries (S.T.A.R.), a trans activist group based in the heart of NYC’s Greenwich Village. Mysteriously, Marsha was found floating in the Hudson River in 1992. At the time, the NYPD pegged her death as a suicide, a claim that Marsha’s comrades have always firmly rejected. Structured as a whodunit, with activist Victoria Cruz cast as detective and audience surrogate, The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson celebrates the lasting political legacy of Marsha P. Johnson, while seeking to finally solve the mystery of her unexplained death.
Indiewire – another powerful tale of LGBTQ struggles
Commitment phobic Morgan and her ex-girlfriend Jean are locally famous true crime podcasters obsessed with female serial killers. There’s a chance they may still have feelings for each other, but co-dependence takes a back seat when Morgan meets the mysterious Simone during her Food Coop shift. Blinded by infatuation, Morgan quickly signs up for the relationship, ignoring warnings from friends that her new love interest is practically a stranger.
When Jean shows Morgan proof that Simone may not be who she says she is, Morgan accuses Jean of trying to ruin the best thing that’s ever happened to her. But as she and Simone move into commitment territory, Morgan starts to notice red flags -- maybe Jean was right and Simone isn’t as perfect as Morgan’s made her out to be.
Morgan and Jean investigate Simone as if she were a subject of their podcast, they uncover disturbing clues -- a death at the Food Coop, a missing friend, a murder weapon -- leading them to suspect her not only of mystery, but of murder. In the end, Morgan has to examine all the evidence in front of her: Is she just afraid of what it means to be in a relationship or is her life actually in danger?
WINNER TRIBECA 2016 Jury Award Best Screenplay
WINNER OUTFEST 2016 Grand Jury Award Best Screenplay
WINNER FRAMELINE 2016 Best First Feature
WINNER OSLO/FUSION Best Feature Film
Dans un sex-club, les corps de Théo et de Hugo se rencontrent, se reconnaissent, se mêlent en une étreinte passionnée. Passé l’emportement du désir et l’exaltation de ce premier moment, les deux jeunes hommes, dégrisés, dans les rues vides du Paris nocturne, se confrontent à leur amour naissant.
Theo and Hugo meet each other in a sex club in Paris. After building a special connection while having sex, they meet outside the club where they realize they had unprotected sex. Since one of them is HIV positive, they go to the hospital to get checked and start the required treatment. You see the boys spend the night together and fall in love after this incident.
WINNER BERLIN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2016 Teddy Award
WINNER BOSTON LGBT FILM FESTIVAL 2016 Audience Choice Award
WINNER CHICAGO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL Best Feature
WINNER FILM OUT SAND DIEGO Best Actor
I LIKE GIRLS (CAN) by Diane Obomsawin
DUSK (UK) by Jak Graf, winner of QNFF Best International Short in 2016.
BENDING THE LINE (USA) by Ruth Goldman
EASY - a 3 minute love story (USA) by Robert Guthrie
CROWNED (CAN) by Kemeisha McDonald
SCAR TISSUE (Netherlands) by Nish Gera
MIGRANT MIXED TAPE (CAN) by Elie Tahchi
YOU (Brazil) by Felipe Cabral
You’ve probably heard of Ukraine's Euromaidan revolution. You may not know that LGBT activists played a significant role. Join Ukrainian-Canadian Filmmaker Marusya Bociurkiw as she follows the progress of the Euromaidan revolution, and the Russian occupation that followed, through interviews with LGBT Ukrainians. From accounts of exile and torture, to stories of resistance, this film shows a side of the conflict in Ukraine the world has not yet seen.
After Ellen “If we hope to help [the people of Ukraine] we need to understand the issues at hand… you need to watch This is Gay Propaganda…”
Enjoying its World Premiere this June 3rd at Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival- next stop: QUEER NORTH!
Respected queer filmmakers discuss how their queerness and others influences affect their art, and how queer politics inform their subject choices.
'Mad’ Mary McArdle returns to Drogheda after a short spell in prison - for something she’d rather forget. Back home, everything and everyone has changed. Her best friend, Charlene, is about to get married and Mary is maid of honour. When Charlene refuses Mary a ‘plus one’ on the grounds that she probably couldn't find a date, Mary becomes determined to prove her wrong. But her attempts at dating are a disaster and she winds up feeling more alone… until she meets Jess and everything changes. A Date for Mad Mary is a tough and tender story about friendship, first love, and letting go of the glory days.
WINNER 2017 Irish Film & Television Award Best Film
WINNER Dublin Film Critics Circle Best Irish Film and Break-through Award Seána Kerslake
WINNER Newport Beach Film Festival : Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking-Acting
DRAMA. (Mexico, Netherlands) Spanish with English Subtitles
A young linguist seeks to document a dying language that exists deep within the Mexican jungle, in this visually compelling meditation on love, language, and cultural destruction.
University researcher Martin (Fernando Alvarez Rebeil), a hot combination of intelligence and good looks, turns up in a small jungle settlement in Mexico’s Vera Cruz province in search of the two remaining speakers of the Zikril language. One problem: these two men have not spoken to each other in fifty years, and have no intention of starting now. Perplexed by the men's intensity toward one another, Martin suspects there must be more to the story.
With stunning sound and cinematography, filmmaker siblings Ernesto and Carlos Contreras imaginatively use language and metaphor in I Dream in Another Language to weave an unexpected and transcendental love story.
Oh believe me - you dont have to be hung-over to attend the best brunch in town with other festival-goers and VIPs.
English and French
“Queer” was once a word filled with hate and misunderstanding, but thanks to the efforts made by the LGBTQ+ community, it has been redefined. This film tells the stories of 3 Sudbury individuals in the LGBTQ+ community. It focusses on their struggles and triumphs, while simultaneously exploring queer life in this town.
WINNER CTV Best in Shorts
Documentary. 54 min. (French with English subtitles)
À Sudbury, cinq mères de famille ont, chacune à leur tour, quitté leur foyer pour vivre un amour qui leur ressemble, une relation lesbienne. La réalité que nous proposent ces femmes bien mises, imprégnées de références conventionnelles, pose de complexes interrogations sur certains des mythes les plus enracinés de notre société: l'instinct maternel et l'identité sexuelle. Mais qu'advient-il des responsabilités que ces mères avaient endossées jusque-là? Chez les enfants, signes les plus concrets d'un passé conventionnel, c'est tour à tour la surprise, le silence, le rejet ou l'acceptation. Le film nous propose une histoire de transformation de soi et de courage, le courage de s'imaginer autrement, au risque de tout perdre.
In the Northern Ontario mining town of Sudbury, 4 mothers leave their conventional homes to live out a new adventure. It's a quest for a love they can call their own- a lesbian relationship.
Maman et Eve is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a special screening at Queer North. Many of the doc's subjects will be present afterwards for this retrospective screening. The flm explored a closeknit group of Francophone lesbian and bisexual women in Sudbury.
We Are Here recently won the CTV Best in Shorts Award- we are proud to screen it.
Queer North Youth Didgital Storytelling Workshop will present the work of LGBTQ high school students.
Various local talent & filmmakers will be present for a post screening discussion.
Drama-Fantasy (Swedish with English subtitles)
Girls Lost is a highly compelling and dangerous work of magical fiction that explores gender and sexual awakening with Joss Whedon-like speculative invention. Based on the Swedish young-adult novel Pojkarna (The Boys), the film brings aching honesty to three students’ struggles through brutal torment and assaults by their classmates. After sowing the seeds of a mysterious plant that grows with supernatural speed, they decide to try the special liquor collecting in its flowers—and it turns them into boys overnight. This sudden metamorphosis starts out comic (as, for instance, they explore their new penises) and then becomes deeply insightful as they decide to venture out into the world in their new incarnations. Temptations, attractions, and dangerous alliances eventually bring them to the terrifying reality that this is much more than a fantastical foray. A refreshingly realized take on transgender awakening as well as persisting gender inequalities, Girls Lost is a must-see at this year’s Queer North.
WINNER 2015 The Wifts Foundation International Visionary Award: Best SCreenplay
WINNER 2016 Nordisk Film Foundation's Best Children's Film
WINNER Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival: Best Screenplay
All screenings at McEwen School of Architecture except Saturday screenings which are at Sheridan Auditorium, Sudbury Secondary
All Saturday Film Programmes at Sudbury Secondary - College St entrance