Scottish Queer International Film Festival announces artwork commission project

Scottish Queer International Film Festival announces artwork commission project

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Scottish LGBTQIA+ artists are invited to apply to design #SQIFF20 marketing materials for a £1000 commission

The Scottish Queer International Film Festival (SQIFF) is offering a £1000 commission for an artist to create the design that will appear on the festival's print marketing materials and merchandise this year. SQIFF 2020 is scheduled to take place from 14–18 Oct in various venues across Glasgow.

SQIFF is a non-profit organisation and the annual festival which began in 2015 is a celebration of queer cinema, hosting features, short film screenings, workshops, discussions and nights out. SQIFF also aim to challenge inequalities and barriers to accessing the arts.

For the £1000 commission project, SQIFF is inviting artist pitches that reflect the theme of queer sci-fi, which will be a major strand at this year's festival.

Artists must be based in Scotland to be eligible and also have lived experience of LGBTQIA+ issues. The festival is looking for original submissions with ideas that fit SQIFF's image and ethos. Artists applying will preferably have some experience of working with artwork for print, however this is not essential.

Some Scottish artists previously commissioned to create SQIFF artwork include Asten Holmes-Elliott, Garry Mac, Hannah Moitt, Susie McConnell (Firebrat) and Saffa Khan.

All artist pitches must be submitted and received by Fri 15 May at 5pm and the chosen artist will then work towards a completion deadline of Mon 8 June. Pitches must be sent to Festival Coordinator Helen Wright at, including an outline of your idea and details about your background as an artist.

Scottish Queer International Film Festival

Scotland’s annual celebration of queer cinema heads online in 2020. The film programme is available on Vimeo on Demand throughout the festival, plus virtual events include online watch parties, workshops, Q&A sessions, discussions, parties and a closing night quiz.

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