Wotever DIY Film Fest is back, featuring a BFI retrospective night and Stories of Our Lives from director Jim Chuch.

Stories of our Lives

Stories of our Lives

The fourth annual Wotever DIY Film Festival is on it's way; running from 21 – 23 August, this celebration of queer filmmaking and culture will see a variety of special events and dedicated screenings take place at the Cinema Museum in Kennington. With submissions more than tripling for 2015, it is sure to be bigger and more diverse than ever.
This year will also see a retrospective screening at the British Film Institute on 20 August. 
Other programme highlights include:
(Full programme at: http://woteverfilmfest.weebly.com/2015-programme--tickets.html

BFI Flare Presents: Wotever @ BFI
20 August 18:10

 
A selection of the most memorable low and no-budget queer film from the last three years. Hilarious, tragic, sexy, angry, serious and playful – these diverse shorts reflect a multitude of perspectives from within the LGBTQI+ community.
 
Opening Gala Night
21 August 19:30

 

Stories of Our Lives dir, Jim Chuch, Kenya, 2014 (62:00mins)
 
Created by The Nest Collective, this anthology of short vignettes shot on a single Canon DSLR was collated after the group travelled all over Kenya collecting hundreds of stories from LGBT Kenyans, told from their own perspective and rejecting western narratives. The result is a film that is poignant, funny, bittersweet, and moving.
 
The Personal is Political
 22 August 19:30
 

The Personal is Political is a fact most queers live with every day, especially if facing intersecting oppressions such as race, gender or disability. These films are about a politics that is both individual and universal in how it isolates and unites. It's about queer people of all identities finding their own way in the world, whether it's through dance (Private Dancer, He's the Greatest Dancer), music (I'm Not Your Inspiration), sexual exploration (Push Me), or telling your story (Bedding Andrew), and ultimately through each other; via friendship (MingMong), family (Guao) and loved ones.
 
The Best of Glitch
23 August 14:30

 
Digital Desperados are a Glasgow-based charity that run free filmmaking courses for women of colour and hold free film screenings of films by/about people of colour. Glitch was their first dedicated 10-day *QTIPoC film festival (19 – 28 March 2015), the first of its kind in Europe. This programme showcases their highlights including What I Love About Being Queer, Drone, The Homecoming: A Short Film About Ajamu, Womb Child, On the Road Again and Purging.
 
*Queer (& lgb)/trans /intersex people of colour
 
 

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