Welcome to the Queer Cinema Institute

The Queer Cinema Institute (QCI) encourages creative media production, critical research, and the education and promotion of queer cinema.

Housed within the College of Liberal and Creative Arts at San Francisco State University, QCI aims to connect academic, cultural and political fields of production, fostering meaningful exchange between emerging and established filmmakers. QCI serves as a hub for an innovative and rigorous approach to the research, production, study, and distribution of cinema that speaks directly to the many aspects of the LGBTQ experience. QCI organizes its own events as well as collaborating on projects with partners and partner organizations within and beyond SFSU.

Prof. Johnny Symons, School of Cinema, symons@sfsu.edu

Upcoming Spring Events:







Tuesday May 17, 2016 at 4:00 PM

in FA 232: Please join the Queer

Cinema Institute for an end of the

year celebration! Enjoy food, drinks

and cake as we celebrate our Queer

Graduates and the end of the


semester! Information about the

Frameline screening as well as

upcoming activities will be presented.

We look forward to connecting and

celebrating with our QCI members.






Past Events:

May 1, 2016 2:00 PM at the Castro Theater: Esteemed School of Cinema professor Cheryl Dunye's film 'The Watermelon Woman' will be showing at The Bay Area premiere screening at the 59th San Francisco International Film Festival. There will be a post screening conversation about Queer Cinema with SFSU Professor Darius Bost and Cheryl Dunye. Bost is a SF State Assistant Professor of Sexuality Studies and is currently working on an interdisciplinary study of black gay cultural movements during the early era of the AIDS epidemic. http://www.sffs.org/sfiff59/program/the-watermelon-woman…




Wednesday, April 6, 2016 6:30-8:00 PM in the Department of Visual Arts at UCSD. As a part of the Visiting Speaker Series, the award winning School of Cinema professor Cheryl Dunye will be speaking about her work at UCSD. Full information here: http://visarts.ucsd.edu/events/visiting-speaker-series-cheryl-dunye