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Queer Lisboa and Queer Porto increase audience figures in 2016

The Queer Lisboa and Queer Porto team is already working on the 2017 editions of both festivals, but in a time of retrospect, it’s worth highlighting the 18% increase in the total number of spectators, compared to the 2015 editions of both festivals and the film program "Are you for real? - An Afrofuturist Trip from Blaxploitation to the Queer Sonic and Visual Utopias”.

In 2016, Queer Lisboa 20, Queer Porto 2 and the film program "Afro-Brazilian Experiences on Screen", organized by the festival in partnership with Africa.Cont and EGEAC/Galerias Municipais, registered 10.187 spectators, a highly positive figure.

A highlight in 2016 was the return of the Panorama section at Queer Lisboa 20 and the organization at Cinemateca Portuguesa of an ambitious retrospective dedicated to the work of British filmmaker Derek Jarman, entitled “Jarman and the Last of England”. Producer James Mackay, actor Keith Collins, director John Scarlett-Davis and BFI programmer William Fowler were the special guests of the retrospective.

The 20th edition of the festival was also celebrated with a photography exhibition at Cinema São Jorge which brought together works by António da Silva, Carlos Jgm, Rui Palma, Sara Rafael, Vanda Noronha and Vítor Serrano.

In Queer Porto 2, the new In My Shorts Competition took place, consisting of works from film schools from the north of Portugal and by artists with less than 30 years of age residing in the north region. The Festival also presented a retrospective dedicated to the New Queer Cinema movement, with the presence of American filmmakers Cheryl Dunye and Tom Kalin, who participated in a master class at malavoadora.porto. Queer Porto 2 also challenged a group of artists from Porto - António MV, Júlio Dolbeth, Mauro Ventura, Rita Roque, Sandra Araújo and Von Calhau! - to create a piece illustrating  each film of the retrospective. The original works were exhibited at Wrong Weather Gallery and were edited in a postcard collection.

During December 2016, Queer Lisboa was again invited by Africa.Cont and EGEAC/Galerias Municipais to curate a film program dedicated to the African diaspora. The program "Afro-Brazilian Experiences on Screen" took place at Cinemateca Portuguesa and Casa Independente and was attended by several guests. Apart from film screenings, the program also comprised debates and installations.