Although pride festivals and gay events are frequent in the U.S., they’re a little rarer in Asia. However, they are on the rise, especially in multicultural cities like Hong Kong or Seoul. One such city is Taiwan, and the much-anticipated Taiwan International Queer Film Festival kicked off this week.
Over 100 films will be screened, hailing from Austria to Chile to France. The films offer a glance into the queer experience in Asia, where many struggle with reconciling their sexualities with societal disapproval, and where the fight for gay rights has only recently emerged. These issues will be discussed in panels, film workshops, and post-screening Q&A sessions. While you’re navigating the festival, keep an eye out for the myriad filmmakers, writers, LGBT activists, and other prominent figures attending!
In its third year running, the festival will feature in three locations. The first stop is in Taipei from October 22-30, then Kaohsiung from November 17-20, and finally Taichung from December 14-18. Get your tickets here, and check out some selected films’ trailers below!