Welcome to queer.red presents: Whorehouse Cinema!
A brand new sex worker film & arts festival, serving you our first festival edition between 31 March and April 2nd 2023 at Cinetol in Amsterdam.
We are a collective consisting of (former) sex workers, feminists, queer and trans people from all different walks of life and backgrounds and operate under the name of queer.red presents! We organise events in The Netherlands on the topic of sex work and aim to destigmatise sex work trough more nuanced and diverse representation. Our focus is on art created by sex workers which are broader than the usual, narrow ideas and stereotypes – instead seeking to promote intersectional imagery made with, by and for with sex worker communities.
For our first festival edition, we will bring everything to the table, or better: stage. A sharp selection of films (feature, short, documentary, fiction, animation) will transport you through a variety of worlds from sex workers’ perspectives. There will be workshops on making erotic content, an art exhibition adorning the walls of Cinetol, a VR XtraSexyReality experience (that’s right), a Peepshow Hoes performance ín the courtyard and big and juicy pop-up technology driven strip club Striptopia.
During the festival, we want those who are most impacted by injustice, capitalism, racism, homo- and transphobia, to be able to participate in our festival. Therefore some programmes will be free or donation-based. Other than securing the venue, all funds go directly to the sex worker community and filmmakers including hiring vendors and other support who are current or former sex workers. Also – to be attentive to sex workers’s needs for safe spaces – some of the workshops will be sex worker only. And finally – where not otherwise noted, all 18+ are welcome! As the title of our little festival suggests, there will be some adult content…
We hope you will enjoy all of these goodies. Our thanks goes out to the many contributors that have so kindly agreed to showcase their work. Thank you so much!
See you at the Whorehouse!
The queer.red presents! team
Alexis, Aline, Majk and Plette