SCREEN: Kristen Stewart stars in upcoming queer Christmas comedy

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An early DIVA Christmas gift: Your first look at queer rom-com, Happiest Season BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS, IMAGE VIA TWITTER Who knew it would be Kristen Stewart of all people who would come along and save 2020? If there’s one thing that’s going to get us through the next few months as the nights get colder [….]

“HEAVY HEARTS”: BFI Flare LGBTIQ+ Film Festival cancelled amid COVID-19

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Organisers of the international film festival take the “very difficult decision” to cancel the “very special and long standing” event BY DANIELLE MUSTARDE The BFI Flare: London LGBTIQ+ Film Festival, with which DIVA magazine work closely with each year, has been cancelled. Amid recent developments relating to the spread of the COVID-19 virus, organisers have [….]

SCREEN: Dame Siân Phillips and Brigit Forsyth star in lez/bi short Time & Again

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DIVA meets Rachel Dax, the director focusing in on older LGBTQI+ women’s stories and sexuality on the silver screen BY DANIELLE MUSTARDE. IMAGES RACHEL DAX/TIME & AGAIN When was the last time you saw two, leading same-sex characters in their 80s having sex on the silver screen? Never, right? Well, thanks to Cardiff-based writer-director Rachel [….]

These are the LGBTQI films you can’t miss at Glasgow Film Festival

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Glasgow Film Festival is back for its 16th annual celebration of cinema – and it’s pretty damn queer BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS The full programme for the Glasgow Film Festival 2020 boasts nine world premieres during its 12 day run, from 26 February-8 March 2020.  Star guests such as Caitlin Moran, Emily Beecham and Celia Imrie [….]

Submissions are open! Enter your film into the 2020 Iris Prize LGBT+ Film Festival

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“Iris is more than just a trophy that gathers dust or a certificate that yellows on the wall. Iris is what filmmakers need” BY DIVA STAFF. IMAGES IRIS PRIZE. As well as opening Cardiff’s world-famous LGBTQI film festival for submissions, organisers have announced details of a new three-year sponsorship agreement with the well-known British producer [….]

EVENTS: Fringe! Queer Film Fest X DIVA present Deep Waters

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“A mesmerising and poetic essay film on the theory, beauty and praxis of the female orgasm” BY DANIELLE MUSTARDE Since 2011, Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Fest – an entirely volunteer-run organisation rooted in London’s queer creative scene – has come around every November to showcase an eclectic mix of films, arts and events celebrating [….]

FILM: I’m coming out

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“COMING OUT captures the moment of coming out – after which, their life shall be forever changed” BY FELICITAS SOPHIE VAN LAAK Adjusting his phone camera, a young man runs his palms over his face nervously, a young woman stares into her web cam, excitedly reaching for her girlfriend’s hand. In recent years, more and [….]