Queer East

Queer East is a cross-disciplinary festival that showcases boundary-pushing LGBTQ+ cinema, moving image work and live arts from, and about, East and Southeast Asia and its diaspora communities.

The festival was established in response to the systemic lack of Asian representation on the big screen, onstage, and behind the scenes. Global events over the past few years have once again reminded us that fair and authentic racial and sexual representation is crucial for our society. The richness of Asian and queer heritage forms a vital part of this country’s identity. Through a diverse and forward-thinking programme, the festival aims to amplify the voices of Asian communities and challenge the conventional norms, labels, and stereotypes associated with queer Asian portrayals.

Working collaboratively with allies across the film, arts, and cultural sectors, we hope to join the forces bringing about change in screen culture and to enable an open space for everyone to explore the contemporary queer landscape across East and Southeast Asia.

Upcoming Screenings

The Last Year of Darkness 18

As the city of Chengdu changes, the future of Funky Town, a beloved queer-friendly techno club, is unclear. For a vibrant… Read More
Ben Mullinkosson, China, US, 2023, 95m.

Thu 18 Apr

20:25

Silence Will Not Protect You + Q&A 18

This documentary shorts programme offers an unfiltered look into invisible and unspoken aspects of LGBTQ+ experience: the daily routine of a… Read More
Various Directors, Various Countries, Various Years, 76m.

Sat 20 Apr

14:00

Growing Pains 18

All too often, we’re forced to grow up without taking the time to explore who we are. Torn between fitting in… Read More
Various Directors, Various Countries, Various Years, 93m.

Sat 20 Apr

16:00

Madame 18

Presented by the Chinese Cinema Project, in partnership with Queer East, this screening will be followed by an online Q&A with… Read More
Qiu Jiongjiong , China, 2010, 120m.

Sun 5 May

12:45

Past Screenings

Queer East Presents: Home Ground 18

In the mid-1990s, the first openly lesbian bar in South Korea, LesBos, opened its doors in Sinchon, Seoul. This documentary follows… Read More
Kwon Aram , South Korea, 2022, 78m.
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Queer East Presents: You and I 18

What is it like to meet your soulmate in a hopeless place? Kusdalini and Kaminah by no means met under ideal… Read More
Fanny Chotimah, Indonesia, 2020, 72m.
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Queer East Presents: Life Unrehearsed 18

In 1986, Soo-hyun met In-sun at a Korean Christian retreat in Germany and gifted her flowers. Despite threats from her then-husband… Read More
Jieun Banpark, South Korea, Germany, 2022, 80m.
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Queer East Shorts: A Kind of Queer Utopia + Q&A 18

Queer East Festival presents Shorts: A Kind of Queer Utopia + Q&A. Programmed and presented in partnership with Sine Screen.  … Read More
Various, Various, Various, 107m.
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Queer East: Stateless Things 18

Queer East Festival presents Stateless Things.   The second instalment in Kim Kyung-Mook's acclaimed ‘Things’ trilogy, this arthouse drama follows two… Read More
Kim Kyung-Mook, South Korea, 2011, 120m.
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Queer East Shorts: In Between Seasons 18

Queer East Festival presents Shorts: In Between Seasons.   Spring, summer, autumn and winter: each new season marks a beginning, an… Read More
Various, Various, Various, 84m.
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