portland queer film festival 2017

all festival screenings and events take place at Cinema 21, 616 NW 21st Ave., Portland.

All Access Festival Pass: $75
General Admission: $10
Opening night film and party: $15
HUMP! screening: $15


your festival pass is good for several post-festival screenings!

This year's festival pass is $75 and gains you admission into all PQFF programs and events. In addition, the pass will be good for several post-festival screenings. This is new. As theatrical exhibition and film distribution have changed, the opportunities to program certain titles don't always fit neatly into the week-long festival model. Going forward we will stretch the Festival with extra screenings of upcoming films and occasional special revivals in the months that follow. We're calling this aspect of the festival PQFF Plus (PQFF+).

tom of finland

september 29 • 7:00 pm
English, Finnish w/subtitles • 116 minutes

Award-winning filmmaker Dome Karukoski brings to screen the life and work of one of the most influential and celebrated figures of twentieth century gay culture, Tom of Finland. A benefit for Cascade Aids Project.

daddy & the muscle academy

september 30 • 4:15 pm

Tom of Finland documentary from 1991. This ground-breaking work combines interviews with Tom and his leather men acolytes with hundreds of his original drawings and steamy fantasy scenes inspired by his work.

signature move

september 30 • 5:45 pm
English, Urdu, Spanish w/subtitles • 80 minutes

Zaynab, a thirty-something Pakistani, Muslim, lesbian in Chicago takes care of her sweet and TV-obsessed mother. As Zaynab falls for Alma, a bold and very bright Mexican woman, she searches for her identity in life, love and wrestling.

god's own country

september 30 • 7:30 pm

Isolated young sheep farmer Johnny Saxby numbs his daily frustrations with binge drinking and casual sex, until the arrival of a Romanian migrant worker employed for the lambing season ignites an intense relationship that sets Johnny on a new path.

HUMP! tour

september 30 • 9:45 pm • 90 minutes

Encore screening of 2016 program. HUMP! is a festival featuring five-minute-or-less films that run the gamut from hardcore to softcore, live action to animation, serious to comic. HUMP! is queer and straight, cis and trans, vanilla and kinky, binary and non, inside your comfort zone and outside your comfort zone. 100% of tickets sales for this program benefit the Portland Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.

room to grow

october 1 • 1:45 pm
in ENGLISH • 75 minutes

A new documentary showcasing the real-life stories of today's LGBTQ+ teens, their families and their allies in their search for understanding and an identity that fits. Co-directors Matt Alber and Jon Garcia in attendance with subjects from doc. Special musical performance featuring Matt Alber and the Bridging Voices Chorus!

handsome devil

october 1 • 4:00 pm
in English • 95 minutes

Ned, the bullied outsider, and Conor, the new boy and star athlete, are forced to room together at their boarding school. The boys take an instant dislike to each other but become friends until the authorities test their friendship.


october 1 • 6:00 pm

When Sara meets Andrea, a new classmate, during her senior year of high school, everything is thrown into disarray after someone discovers the intimate relationship they share.

Little potato (with wes hurley)

october 1 • 7:30 pm
In english

Director Wes Hurley will be in attendance to present his award-wining short film Little Potato as well as his short "Rusakla" and episodes from his popular web series "Capitol Hill."


october 2 • 6:45 pm

Chavela is the captivating look at the unconventional life of beloved performer Chavela Vargas, whose passionate renditions of Mexican popular music and triumphant return to the stage late in life brought her international fame.

dream boat

october 2 • 8:45 pm
English, German, French and Arabic w/subtitles • 92 minutes

Once a year the DREAM BOAT sets sail for a cruise only for gay men. Far from their families and political restrictions, we follow five men from five countries on the quest for their dreams. The cruise promises seven days of sunshine, love, and freedom – but on board are also their personal stories, their doubts and uncertainties.

axolotl overkill

october 3 • 6:45 pm

Mifti is a beautiful and reckless 16-year-old girl. Her mother is dead, and her wealthy, eccentric father is too self-absorbed to be responsible for her. Mifti has no use for peers her own age, and being aware of the sexual power she wields with her looks and youth, she immerses herself in a world of adults of questionable character.

portrait of jason

october 3 • 8:45 pm
in English • 105 minutes

Over the course of the evening of December 3, 1966, director Shirley Clarke interviewed Jason Holiday about his life, loves, work and beliefs. Jason, a 33-year-old hustler, dazzles the audience with stories of confrontations with his family, the orgies he has attended and the hustling that has formed the pattern of his life as a black, gay man.

i dream in another language

october 4 • 6:45 pm
spanish w/subtitles • 103 MINUTES

A young linguist travels to the jungle of Mexico to research a language on the verge of disappearing. Once there, he discoverers its last two speakers clashed 50 years ago, and have refused to speak to each other since. Attempting to reunite them, the researcher discovers a secret past—and a forbidden gay love story.

After louie

october 4 • 8:45 pm
In English • 100 minutes

Sam (Alan Cumming) is an artist and activist from ACT UP who lived through the early years of HIV/AIDS — a man still struggling with survivor’s guilt. He is bewildered by a younger generation of carefree, uninhibited gay men with their seeming political indifference. But when he meets Braeden (Zachary Booth), an intergenerational relationship blossoms between them – one capable of reawakening Sam’s artistic soul and reviving his wilted heart.

woman on fire

october 5 • 6:45 pm

Woman on Fire is a character-driven documentary that follows Brooke Guinan, the first openly transgender firefighter in New York City.


october 5 • 8:45 pm
in English • 89 minutes

Manolo is the in-depth portrait of legendary fashion designer Manolo Blahnik and how his extraordinary dedication to his craft led him to become the world’s most famous luxury shoemaker. Featuring Anna Wintour, Rihanna, Paloma Picasso, Iman, Naomi Campbell, Rupert Everett, Karlie Kloss, Isaac Mizrahi, and André Leon Talley.