The annual Kansai Queer Film Festival for 2011 is going to be held on September 17-19 at Hephall in Osaka and on October 21-23 at the University of Kyoto’s Nishibe Hall in Kyoto. This is the largest film festival in the Kansai region of western Japan, and aims to be a site for encountering the multiplicity of sexuality and love worldwide. The Kansai Film Festival is renowned for its diversity, and this year again the featured films encompass gay, lesbian, transgender, bisexual, and intersex themes.
In this its sixth year, the festival embraces the slogan, “Open the Door.” The schedule includes a total of twenty-nine films and twenty-five programs—some of which are free of charge—from Japan, Korea, Germany, France, Norway, Argentina, Spain, India, Canada, the US and the UK. Sixteen of the works are to be screened for the first time in Japan, and many more can only be viewed at this festival.
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Translated and Adapted from the WAN website by Aya Kitamura