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16th Annual Rainbow Reels Queer and Trans Film Festival


For it’s 16th year, Rainbow Reels Queer and Trans Film Festival is back with 4 days of film, art, comedy, workshops, parties and community. Queer and Trans community groups, artists, and individuals have collaborated for a diverse and engaging weekend. Workshops that examine the crossover of gender, sexuality, and art. Comedy shows guaranteed to bring really gay laughs. Discussion groups focused on the intersections of queerness and race. Films ranging from two-spirit love stories to lesbian dinner parties. See the full festival schedule here.

This year Rainbow Reels is an entirely volunteer driven endeavour from a committee of committed organizers from both universities and the greater community. The festival will be slightly smaller than other years but still packed with engaging and informative expressions of queerness through a variety of mediums. Rainbow Reels Queer and Trans Film Festival strives to be an accessible and safer space.

The festival theme of ‘OUT of this World’ goes beyond the committee’s desire to use terrible space puns and into the concepts of an other worldly queerness. Those who live outside the prescribed hegemony of gender binaries, those whose sexuality doesn’t fit neatly onto a spectrum or within a heteronormative world, and those just too gay for this planet – we’re calling you out of this world and beyond the constraints put against the queer and trans communities. It will be fun. It will be interesting. You will make new friends and reconnect with old. You’ll laugh. You’ll think deeply and feel strongly. Join us for an atmosphere of queer May 5-8 in Kitchener and Waterloo.