RCA Kelowna Out & Proud Film Festival 2021 September 21 and 22, 2021

In 2021, Rotary Centre for the Arts will once again host and produce the third annual Kelowna Out & Proud Film Festival featuring stories by and about the LGBT2Q+ community. This year's festival will run September 21 & 22 at the Mary Irwin Theatre.

Details about featured films and tickets will be updated as they are confirmed.

RCA Kelowna Out & Proud Film Festival is an affiliate event of Kelowna Pride 2021, the largest Pride Festival in the BC Interior. Kelowna Pride's first festival began over 25 years ago. Since then, the festival has grown immensely, attracting over 12,000 people to be proud and celebrate love, diversity, and inclusivity. Normally held in June, the 2021 festival was moved to September due to COVID.

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2020 Films


September 22, 2020   |   6:30 PM   
Mary Irwin Theatre   |   Documentary 
1 hour and 33 minutes   |   Rated PG

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. Chavela was a bold, rebellious, sexual pioneer who was known for having many female lovers at a time when being out in Mexico was dangerous.

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September 22, 2020   |   9 PM
Mary Irwin Theatre   |   Short Film (14 minutes)
and Artist Talk (45 minutes)    |   Admission is 18+

The crew of the spaceship Hiraeth discover they are hauling a deadly cargo in this gritty, retro style sci-fi film. In the midst of the breakdown of their relationship.. Taryn and Myfanwy stumble into a life and death emergency and each faces the decision whether to sacrifice herself to save the other.

Directed by Chelsea Jade McEvoy, starring Sydney Powers and Zoe Fraser (all local Okanagan residents).  The production was written, produced, and filmed with all Okanagan-based crew. 

This film will be followed by an Artist Talk featuring Writer/Producer C.S. John and Director Chelsea Jade McEvoy.

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Gayby Baby

September 23, 2020   |   7 PM
Mary Irwin Theatre   |   Documentary (Family)
1 hour and 25 minutes   |   Rated PG

Observes the lives of four children -- Gus, Ebony, Matt, and Graham -- whose parents are either gay or lesbian, and explores how growing up as a gayby has affected them. AACTA Award for Best Feature-Length Documentary.  



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Pink Unicorn

September 27, 2020   |   2 PM
Mary Irwin Theatre   |   Digital Theatre Recording (1 hour and 5 minutes)
and Artist Talk (1 hour)
FREE (Part of Culture Days)   |   Needs pre-registration

The Pink Unicorn is an award-winning one-woman theatre piece, which tells the story of a Christian widow, living in a conservative Texas town, whose life is thrown into turmoil when her teenage daughter announces she is "genderqueer". A taping from New Vintage Theatre of their on-stage production in Summer 2020.

This film will be followed by an Artist Talk featuring Theatre Director, Bonnie Gratz; Performer, Kendra Hesketh; and Film Director James Alton.

This is a family friendly event with a suggested minimum age of 14 for attendees.


RCA @ Home Virtual Cinema House

Susanne Bartsch: On Top

September 22-27, 2020   |    Online 
Film   |   1 hour and 26 minutes

This film explores Susanne's life and impact through never-before-seen archival footage, verité cinematography, personal testimonials, and highly stylized imagery. From quiet moments at home to the creation of deliciously debaucherous spectacles, Susanne juggles family life with the overwhelming stress of being a one-woman industry. 

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