- The 22nd edition of Mezipatra festival will bring not only films, but also a rich accompanying program, featuring discussions, workshops, and parties on the theme of Celebrate Life.
- Twelve inspiring events in Prague will reflect the theme through the lenses of queer life in any age, including children, teens, and older generations.
- For the third time, the festival will present Queering the Industry section, which offers meetings with film professionals.
After the online edition, the accompanying program of Mezipatra Queer Film Festival returns in full force. This year, it offers 30 events in Prague and Brno: “Off program in Prague strongly correlates with the festival theme – Celebrate Life,” revealed its coordinator, Marie Barvinkova. “Among other things, it means looking for reasons for joy at any age. This is why our events relate to all age categories: from children and their (queer) parents, to high-schoolers, and to LGBTQ+ seniors, who still remain barely visible in our region. But it’s them to whom the younger generations owe much, and they deserve to be celebrated. And if we don’t have enough celebrations, this year’s program features not three, but four parties,” adds Barvinkova.
The Prague part of the accompanying program will launch with the Baby Shower opening party in Lucerna café on November 4, starring DJs AMB, Miss Carriage, and Nill Garçon. Mezipatra’s biggest party will traditionally take place in Ankali, on Saturday, November 6. At the Opulence party, visitors may look forward to DJ Luz from the legendary Berlin queer femme/non-binary collective of Room 4 Resistance, DJ Obštrukcia, and the resident Eva Porating. One of the last parties, the Happily Ever After closing party, features DJ sets by Brigitte Noir, HOLY and Never Sol, taking place in Lucerna cafe on November 10. Mezipatra’s official afterparty in Swim club will be in the care of Future Jiskří collective on November 11, with their hyper-pop celebration of life and a live-set by Toyota Vangelis.
Those who enjoy discussions rather than stroboscopes may come to Family Beyond Gender, a discussion prepared in Divadlo u Valšů for November 7. Are the problems of traditional families different from those where someone is trans? The talk show full of true stories and life lessons will be hosted by the moderator of YouTube show V Tranzu Lenka Králová. November 9 at the same place will see The Autumn of Queer Life discussion, about the problems and challenges of the elderly queer generation. And the lives of young people will be the focus of the Standing by the Board workshop on November 9, dedicated to teachers, parents and others interested, who will learn how to approach such topics as gender and sexual identity.
A large part of the accompanying program in Prague comprises the popular section not only form film professionals, Queering the Industry. It will take place in Svět HUB at the weekend of November 6-7, and is fully in English. The first day will start at 11 a.m. with the Festivals of the Future discussion with the representatives of young queer film festivals from Cyprus, remote parts of Italy, and Portugal. At 2 p.m., it will be followed by a discussion on casting queer characters in Who Gets to Tell Your Story?, with the representatives of queer cinema from all over Europe. And the Saturday block will finish at 4:30 p.m. with Asian Queer Films in Exile, a discussion with Chinese documentarist Fan Popo and other exile filmmakers. On Sunday, the program will start at 11:30 a.m. with the Show Your Shorts discussion, which will introduce the stories films made by directors in this year’s short films competition. And at 2:30 p.m., Queer Genres, Queer Monsters will present the change in LGBTQ+ characters in thrillers and horrors.
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