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25 reasons to go to the Vancouver Queer Film Festival

08/15/2013 06:25 EDT | Updated 10/15/2013 05:12 EDT
With the Vancouver Queer Film Festival celebrating its 25th year, we list the top 25 reasons to check it out.

- Ever feel like there aren't enough queer characters on the big and smalls screens? That won't happen here.

- It's 25 years old, which makes it like the new 15.

- Dog days of summer? Not in an air-conditioned movie theatre!

- Still haven't found a Gay Best Friend? Maybe you'll meet one at the screening of the teen comedy (with Megan Mullaly!!) G.B.F.

- There's a grant for that! Learn how to write and win grant applications at The Walter and Peg Show: Getting Grants Good

- And yes, there is an app for that, stay on top of the screenings and parties.

- PechaKucha isn't a yoga pose, it's a popular, fast-paced speaker series originating in Japan and the festival is holding their first-ever event.

- And there's an after party for those lingering thoughts you still need to share.

- Get your Canadian on at Lace Bites – a documentary about a group of women hockey players hoping to break a Guiness World Record for the longest hockey game.

- Fall is coming and that means it's time to get the reading list started. Check out the Queer Book Club, Aug. 24 at Pulp Fiction Books.

- Haven't been back to the Waldorf since that whole thing? Now you can go back! It's one of 12 venues for the festival.

- The Coast is Queer– celebrate B.C. filmmakers as they tell their short film stories, including a look at your fave insult/ breakfast A Little Elbow Room

- Don't remember much from your trip to Burning Man? Not to worry – catch two docs on the desert fest: "Meet the Glamcocks" and "Camp Beaverton: Meet the Beavers."

- Still planning that life-changing trip to India? Stop here first for Focus on India –catch three films during the 100th anniversary of Indian cinema.

- Concerned about the Sochi Winter Games in light of Russia's anti-gay law? Add your thoughts to the Why and Why Not? Cultural Boycott discussion on Aug. 23.

- Before there was Riot Grrls in the 90s, there were girls playing punk rock. Take in She Said Boom: The Story of Fifth Column – a doc about the 80s band.

- Everyone loves a vintage find! Catch the Lot in Sodom and Vintage Porn event on Aug. 20. These are rarities from the 1920s and 30s.

- And since silence isn't quite golden when it comes to vintage porn, a live band will play along with the films.

- The kids are most definitely alright as you'll find at the Fierce and Fabulous and Under 25 film series.

- The kids are also getting together for a bowling party on Aug. 23.

- You could win a trip to Thailand or Amsterdam by purchasing a lottery ticket that raises money for Out in Schools.

- And chances of winning one of these fabulous prize are 1 in 1,450. Tickets are 1 for $20 or 3 for $50.

- Get plugged in to The Outs — an online series about young gay men in Brooklyn and meet the director Adam Goldman.

- Did we mention Adam will be in conversation with On The Coast's Lisa Christiansen?

- And did we mention Lisa Christiansen with Adam Goldman? She's really quite excited about this event.

You can follow On The Coast's Lisa Christiansen on Twitter @LisaChristCBC

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