QALEIDOSCOPE will feature Canadian QTBIPOC films that explore, question and play with identity to propose and investigate diverse ways of looking at sexuality, gender and race.

As the titles suggests, QALEIDOSCOPE: Refraction, Abstraction, and Play in Queer Media Art — will be a well-textured assemblage of images, characters, ideas, and realities that collide in fantastical, personal, and playful ways to produce an ever-changing, multi-faceted queer media art viewing experience. Some of the media artworks focus on image, sound and abstract narratives; others present information, facts, and queerforward realities; while others share the pleasure and pain of individual and collective identities. Even though experimental and artistically rigorous artworks are in abundance, and heavyhitting and thoughtful issues and topics such as feminism, race, racism, class, identity politics, community, colonization, conceptual art, politics, religion, violence, popular culture, gender and of course sexuality are provided for their important role in providing awareness and insight on many levels, transgressive and subversive play is also an important characteristic of several of the films and videos on the tour. This is in keeping with Queer City Cinema's mandate to reflect hallmarks of queer image making — in this case, film and video with a decidedly tongue-in-cheek disposition and sensibility; injecting the programming with moments of intelligent, incisive humour – film and video that pleases and appeases.

QALEIDOSCOPE was conceived to promote the artistic vision of QTBIPOC Canadian media artists whose work might not otherwise be shown within these urban centres in Canada. These works, though falling under the banner of 'queer', remain relevant to the broader artistic communities in each of the five cities, not only because of the subject matter broached but also because many of the artists represented float amongst multiple disciplines within the context of the media, visual and performance arts. In this sense, artistic rigour and the fluidity of experience are paramount in the programming for the tour.

QALEIDOSCOPE will be the fifth tour of the festival's programming. Past tours in 2001, 2002 and 2005 visited the cities of Edmonton, Saskatoon, and Winnipeg, while tour in 2011 went coast to coast visiting the cities of Victoria, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Halifax and St. Johns. Part Two of the tour is being planned for Winnipeg, Ottawa, Montreal, Sackville and St. John's in 2020.

Gary Varro
Executive and Artistic Director
Queer City Cinema Inc.