Canucks Love to Experiment

Ohh Canada!

We are an experimental bunch!  This year’s Reelout Queer Film Festival shines the spotlight on experimental short video works that precede almost every mainstream feature.  Don’t be ashamed if your reaction resembles this fella below.



Experimental media art can be abstract and interpretive as any other form of art.  Take the time to read up on the preceding shorts you know you’ll be seeing.  All of these artists have shared their artistic intentions publicly so give these titles and their artists a search online.

Our Canadian talent this year is truly representative of this Great White North.  Films representing our Indigenous Nations including Anishinaabekwe, Inuit, Tsilhqot’in, Mohawk & Cree and stories from Inuktitut and the Territories, the West Coast, the Prairies, Ontario, Quebec and the East Coast.


Our Canadian film and video artists this year include: Cara Mumford, Erica LePage, Shania Tabodundung, Helen Haig-Brown, Amanda Strong, Danis Goulet, Aletha Arnaquq-Baril, Miranda de Pencier, Elle-Maija Tailfeathers whose films will be screened in collaboration with Four Directions Aboriginal Centre & imagine NATIVE on Sunday Feb 1st at 4pm at The Screening Room.  ISKWEWAK SAKIHITOWIN KOHCHIMILOMATISIN: Women Heal from Love Shorts


Quebec-based Lamathilde and Ontario-based Daniel McIntyre have short works in our LIVES WORTH LIVING SHORTS on Saturday, January 31 2pm The Screening Room.

Casey Mecija collaborated with her father on the short MY FATHER FRANCIS preceding Born to Fly on Saturday 31 of January at 4pm The Screening Room.


Albertan emerging artist Adam Bentley’s short TEENAGE DANCE precedes The Way He Looks at 7pm Saturday January 31st at The Screening Room.

Winnipeg-based artist Noelle Duddridge and Kingston-based Yiyang Liu have gender-focused shorts preceding Regarding Susan Sontag at Noon on Sunday, February 1st at The Screening Room.

duddridge-Gaze, TheBC based Jen Crothers interviews butch women about their breasts in BUTCH TITS preceding Kate Bornstein is a Queer and Pleasant Danger at 2pm Sunday, Feb 1 at The Screening Room and fellow west coaster Andrew Jack’s THE HEIST precedes Lilting at 7pm the same day, same venue.  Reelout darlings Chase Joynt, John Greyson and Thirza Cuthand return with:  RESISTERECTOMY precedes Boy Meets Girl at 7pm Wednesday Feb 4 ; PRISON ARABIC IN 50 DAYS preceding Out in The Night at 7pm Thursday Feb 5th;  and JUST DANDY preceding The Circle on Sat Feb 7 at 4pm.

Animated, Canadian shorts include another weird, dark meditative collaboration with Steve Reinke and Jessie Mott  A DAY FOR CAKE AND ACCIDENTS preceding The Dog 9pm Thursday February 5th; 1000 CRUSHES CHAPTER 6: THEY by Elisha Lim preceding First Period at 9pm Friday, Feb 6; and Iris Moore has 2 shorts in this year’s festival BEYOND THE MIRROR’S GAZE and MINDTEASE.

And Ontario based filmmaking collective The Apathy Club presents V preceding First Period and BC artist Michael V. Smith returns to the festival with BODY. CAKE. LAKE preceding our closing film Girltrash: All Night Long at 7pm Saturday, Februrary 7th at The Screening Room.