LGBTQ+ film festival CineQ is to return to Birmingham for a second year.
Taking place at several venues across the city, the four-day event aims to 'create a fun and safe space in the city for the LGBTQ+ community to gather, discuss important topics and enjoy a range of diverse queer cinema'.
Highlights of the 2020 edition of CineQ include screenings of the films Monsoon, The Watermelon Woman, End Of The Century and Portrait Of Jason, the latter movie opening the event.
CineQ will once again feature experimental digital event Watch Parties, which takes place in the 10 days prior to the main festival with the intention of connecting people who are otherwise isolated in society. A selection of curated short films and submissions will be screened on the CineQ Facebook page to encourage collective viewing and discussion.
Talking about the festival, its founder, Rico Johnson-Sinclair, said: “Having found so much of myself through queer film, I was saddened to see the lack of queer representation in the multiplex and independent cinemas in Birmingham. We talk about how piracy and streaming platforms are affecting the film industry - however, if there’s no offering for underrepresented groups, how can we expect them to invest in film the best way in which to see it - on the big screen. As a queer person of colour, I’ve experienced enough adversity to know that if you want something to change, you have to change it. So that’s where I began.”
CineQ runs in Birmingham from Thursday 26 to Sunday 29 March. For more information and full listings, visit cineqbirmingham.co.uk
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