Queer/ing film festivals: History, theory, impact

Leanne Dawson, Skadi Loist

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This article traces the history of queer film festivals, from their beginnings to the present day, while offering socio-political and cultural reasons for a range of trends in festival name, location, and programming choices, before outlining the relatively late emergence of Film Festival Studies, including queer festival studies, within Film Studies and Queer Studies in the academy. It then uses the Scottish Queer International Film Festival (SQIFF) as a case study to demonstrate the increasing focus on diversity and inclusivity in queer film festivals, especially more grass roots ones, and the social impact of this.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-24
JournalStudies in European Cinema
Issue number1
Early online date13 Jun 2018
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 13 Jun 2018


  • film festival studies
  • queer film festivals
  • LGBTQI*Q film
  • queer theory
  • impact
  • European film festivals

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