Youth Queer Media Program 2019

Youth Queer Media Program – Premiere Gala

Presented by Calgary Queer Arts Society & EMMEDIA
Sponsored by Telus Storyhive

Friday, May 31, 2019 @ 7-8:30PM
Calgary Central Library (Performance Hall) – 800 3 St SE
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This year’s Youth Queer Media Program gives you the opportunity to look through the eyes of our emerging filmmakers, seeing what life looks like from their point of view. This year, the films include original music and animation, with a unique perspective on queer identity in a contemporary world, these filmmakers will make you see and think in new ways. Come champion young filmmakers at their world premiere!

About the Youth Queer Media Program:

The Youth Queer Media Program (YQMP) is an exciting opportunity for youth who have an exceptional story to tell. Participants will work alongside industry professionals to create a short film that represents their unique perspective on queer identity for youth today. The program is open to any youth between 16-24 years of age, and no previous film experience is required. Short films can be of any genre or type and final films can be up to 15 minutes long. The program runs each year from December – March and provides the time and tools to create a short film, including workshops with industry professionals in storyboarding, editing, filming, and production. The program culminates in the world premiere of the films at Fairy Tales Queer Film Festival, where opportunities for additional screenings may arise.


Bobbi and Sheelagh
Barb Taylor

Bobbi meets a mythological creature whose ancient battle for acceptance helps Bobbi overcome her own fears of being herself – a young lesbian. This animated short has been created in a traditional method with thousands of hand painted cells and pencil crayon backgrounds. Featuring Canadian actor Nisha Ahuja and Irish actor Mel Bradley.

Silvia In The Waves
Giovanna Olmos

Noa struggles to honour the identity of his recently deceased parent while his mother tries to uphold the appearance of a conventional family. Grief and fantasy entwine to reveal the complex relationship between history and erasure, identity and memory.

Siblings in Transition
Part of the Reaching Out Program

Reaching Out empowered young activists in Metro Vancouver Pride Clubs and Gender & Sexuality Alliances (GSAs) to produce and share videos aimed at making change and building networks of allies within their local communities. This project engaged youths in Vancouver, Coquitlam, and Burnaby, providing them with extensive professional support and mentorship from filmmakers and educators. Through this project, young people created videos to communicate important social justice messages, and to engage their school and communities.

Freaky Friends
Nicholas Tufts and Aidan Vair

A conservationist/cryptozoologist and his begrudging co-host help local Canadian cryptids with their problems, all while educating kids on wildlife, healthy relationships, nutrition and acceptance.

The Evening Botanists are a Calgary-based artist group consisting of Aidan Vair and Nicholas Tufts. They began collaborating during their time at Alberta University of the Arts. Their work is defined by its experimentation, often changing and combining multiple mediums. Freaky Friends is their first foray into filmmaking.

The Lying Truths
Matthew Oliver van Diepen

A young child finds themselves at a mysterious desert oasis and must confront a monster to find freedom.

Matthew Oliver van Diepen is a drag peformer, artist and poet currently residing in Calgary. He has a passion for the fellow Disabled Queer Performers he has found himself surrounded by, and can’t wait to see all the mind-blowing beauty they’re creating on a daily basis. Find more about him online as Naphtal2 on Patreon, oliver_twirl on Instagram, or at many upcoming Calgary drag shows as Oliver Twirl.

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