Eyes Wide Open visits Queer Lisboa 2016

Jacob Engelberg

Jacob Engelberg enjoys one of the networking sessions at Queer Lisboa

Jacob Engelberg  from Eyes Wide Open Cinema

Queer Lisboa is one of the oldest queer film festivals in Europe, and I was lucky enough to attend the festival on its 20th anniversary.

There was an excellent retrospective of Derek Jarman’s work, which included a panel discussion and some exclusive footage of his early camcorder experiments.

The highlight for me was the attendance of Susanne Sachsse, an actor and artist who had worked with Bruce LaBruce in The Raspberry Reich which screened at the festival. Following this screening, she gave an excellent talk entitled “From Brecht to LaBruce” that I found incredibly invigorating. Both of these unique opportunities made me think a little more about the potential to screen work from both Jarman and LaBruce in Eyes Wide Open’s upcoming programme.

One thing I would warn people of is that I found the festival’s programme to be dominated by more male and cisgender foci than other queer film festivals I had attended. My experience of this was that female and transgender content was minimal and this might be something to keep in mind for those looking to attend. Despite this programming trend, the programme that I viewed was high quality and had a fascinating mix of contemporary and archive. I was particularly happy to see so much queer Brazilian cinema, as I do not believe I have ever programmed any South American films and this made me want to consider redressing this!

One big advantage of this festival for industry delegates is that accreditation is free, meaning you need only worry about covering your flights and accommodation. Tickets to screenings were easy to claim. I simply had to go to the box office from 1pm of the day of the screening to claim my tickets, and as the auditoria were so large, there was rarely a possibility of screenings selling out.”

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Jacob attended Queer Lisboa partly funded by a Travel and Training bursary from Film Hub South East – you too may qualify for support from us. Take a look at our opportunities.