Queer Media Festival

Queer Media Festival is a one day event on Saturday 18th November at HOME, Manchester’s £25 million combined arts centre with tickets starting from £10.

After last year’s sell-out event, Queer Media Festival returns for the festival’s fourth year celebrating the amazing range of LGBTQ stories in all forms of media.

During the day hear from inspiring live speakers who are creating LGBTQ stories using the new digital platforms of virtual reality, online storytelling, interactive games or mobile filmmaking. Discover who mixes digital with traditional media like theatre making, journalism, playwriting, TV, radio and film, in their storytelling.

Enjoy a creative mix of engaging panel discussions, performances, workshops and films aiming to refresh the way that LGBTQ narratives are told and explore the queer rainbow of diverse stories.

One of the highlights of the Queer Media Festival will be their keynote workshop in mobile filmmaking led by BBC Academy Video/Mobile Journalism trainer Deirdre Mulcahy, who will demonstrate how the smartphone can be the vital tool for new budding filmmakers and help tell the stories of marginalised communities.

In the evening following the talks will be Hilda vs Deirdre: Queer Corrie Spectacular a fabulous interactive experience to celebrate the camp heritage of Coronation Street, through four archive episodes of the soap opera featuring the iconic characters of Hilda Ogden and Deirdre Barlow. Hosted by Manchester drag queens as we look back at the Ogden’s second honeymoon, Hilda’s lost washing drama, Deirdre’s Christmas Day revelation of Ken’s affair and the day she went to prison. Episodes are from: 1977, 1981, 1989, 1998. With thanks to the BFI National TV Archive and ITV Archive.

To close the festival is Queering Animation a celebration of the medium of animation in telling queer narratives. Expect an amazing array of LGBTQ animated short films created from live action, hand drawn illustrations, computer generated to stop motion techniques exploring the queer colourful cartoon rainbow of diverse stories.

Find out more by visiting the festival’s website at queermedia.org.uk, following them on Twitter and Instagram at @QueerMediaUK and liking their Facebook page at facebook.com/qmfuk.

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