Out On Screen (formally the Vancouver Out On Screen Film & Video Society) is an LGBT-oriented arts organization based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. It began as a small, community-based film festival in 1988 and was registered as a BC society in 1989, in anticipation of the 1990 Gay Games. Since then, Out On Screen has evolved to become a professional arts organization with two key program initiatives: the Vancouver Queer Film Festival, the annual queer film festival in Vancouver, and Out In Schools, a province-wide educational program aimed primarily at high school students, but with program delivery across the education system, that employs film and video to address homophobia, transphobia, and bullying.
The Vancouver Queer Film Festival is a film festival that takes place annually during the month of August. The festival was first held publicly in 1988. It is Vancouver's second largest film festival and Western Canada's largest queer arts event.
|2008||Were the World Mine||Tom Gustafson|
|2009||I Can't Think Straight||Shamim Sarif|
|2011||Gen Silent||Stu Maddux|
|2012||Mia||Javier Van de Couter|
|2013||Lace Bite||Carmen Klotz and Sharron Bates|
|2014||Tru Love||Kate Johnston and Shauna MacDonald|
|2015||A Girl at My Door (Dohee-Ya)||July Jung|
|2016||It Runs in the Family||Joella Cabalu|
|2017||Maybe Tomorrow (Baka Bukas)||Samantha Lee|
|2018||Saturday Church||Damon Cardasis|
|2019||The T||Bea Cordelia and Daniel Kyri|
|2020||Breaking Fast||Mike Mosallam|
Established in 1997, this juried award is given in recognition of Gerry Brunet, a lifelong contributor to the arts and an early board member at Out On Screen.
|2006||What Don't You Understand About "I'm Leaving Again"||Amey Kazymerchyk|
|2007||Trans Neptune||Matthew Long|
|2008||Writing the Land||Kevin Lee Burton|
|2010||Waiting 4 Goliath||Cal Garingan|
|2011||Mood for Love||Jason Karman|
|2012||Insert Credit||David Nguyen|
|2013||Bill, Please||Jessica Han|
|2014||Under the Rainbow||Dave Shortt|
|2016||Meet Cute||Patrick Currie|
|2017||Violet and June||Linnea Ritland|
|2019||Yellow Peril: Queer Destiny||Love Intersections|
Originally named for OUTtv's Hot Pink Shorts TV show (The OUTtv Hot Pink Shorts Award), this award recognizes an exceptional short film.
|2009||The Portside||Aerlyn Weissman|
|2010||Butch Tits||Jen Crothers|
|2011||(3-way tie) B.A.B.S / Finding Judy / Quirk-E: A Learning Collective||Mette Bach / Gary Riotta / Callista Haggis|
|2012||Jackie||Jose Ignacio Correa|
|2013||Bill, Please||Jessica Han|
|2014||All Good Things||Ian Tang|
|2015||Same Boat||David C. Jones|
|2016||Handsome and Majestic||Jeff Lee Petry and Nathan Drillot|
|2017||Do I Have Boobs Now?||Joella Cabalu and Milena Salazar|
|2019||She's Not a Boy||Yuhong Pang and Robert Tokanel|
|2020||HIV: Healing Inner Voices||martin Morberg and Jada-Gabrielle Pape|
Launched in 2004, Out in Schools brings independent queer films into local high schools in British Columbia. In conjunction with gay–straight alliances, Out in Schools focuses on the serious issues that affect queer youth. The purpose of Out in Schools is to reduce isolation and increase the safety of the learning environment for queer students in the community. Out in Schools aims to increase understanding through education to combat issues such as homophobia and bullying that threaten the safety of the classrooms for both queer and straight students. In 2013, Out in Schools expanded its program reach by 25% into new school districts, delivering 100 classroom presentations focused on queer and anti-bullying education to more than 8,200 high school students across BC!
FirstOUT Video Scholarship Program is an intensive digital filmmaking program for youth aged 16 to 24. This is part of the youth education initiatives which, together with Out In Schools, seeks to give media literacy and production opportunities to queer youth and their allies. It brings independent media artists together with queer youth to work with them on developing their own cultural voice and producing their first video. Since its inception, five films have been produced and exhibited.
Out On Screen had partnered with Pacific Cinematheque to present the first year of the "FirstOUT Video Scholarship Program". The application submission ended in November 2006. By mid-December, four participants were selected and were paired in a one-on-one mentorship with celebrated local independent media artists in Vancouver, British Columbia. The training and production period began in February and ended late June. All of the four short films were screened at the 19th Annual Vancouver Queer Film Festival on August 18, 2007 at Pacific Cinematheque as part of the Youth Series. A youth-friendly reception followed to celebrate the accomplishment of the four young filmmakers, as well as the success of the program.
|The Nuwest Steambath||Julian DeMayo||Kenneth Sherman|
|Going In||Jacks Cheng||Terra Poirier|
|Borderless Me||Setareh Mohammadi||Karen Duthie|
|Checkpoint||Alex Mah||Winston Xin|