Win Tickets to Edmonton’s First Queer, Feminist Porn Festival

by August 6, 2014
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SMUTfest is a queer, feminist and alternative porn festival. It’s also the first of its kind in Edmonton, taking place this summer on August 23rd and 24th at Latitude 53. The brainchild of new feminist collective Prairie Oyster Entertainment, SMUTfest is set to showcase a wide variety of art from across the province in the name of celebrating sex, art and self.

Flurt met with the organizers of Prairie Pyster Entertainment, Kiyl, Kristina and KoKo, to learn more about SMUTfest and how the organizers came to such an edgy and controversial idea.

Flurt: What is Prairie Oyster Entertainment? How did it come to form?

Kiyl: Prairie Oyster Entertainment and Education (POEE) came to be during our first meeting to discuss SMUTfest. Kristina Laban(they/them) and I were talking about the need for more queer, ethically produced porn that reflected the bodies and sex acts we wanted to see.

POEE seeks to de-stigmatize queer and female sex, sexuality and bodies through creating and curating accessible, queer, feminist porn and adult sex education.

Creating ethical, authentic content is important to us; We place a lot of emphasis on working with performers. This means making sure performers have a voice in the films they are a part of, and ensuring that they are fairly compensated for the work they do.

When we say “authentic” we mean real expressions, pleasure and connection. We understand that sexual pleasure means different things to different people, and may or may not involve “orgasm” or “ejaculation.” The most important thing is that performers feel safe, comfortable and supported in what they are doing.

Lastly, POEE seeks to be trans inclusive and inclusive of people with disabilities. We encourage folks who identify as trans or as a person with a disability to apply as performers.

We are aiming to launch in early 2015!

Flurt: Tell us about the creation of SmutFest.

Kiyl and Kristina first started the discussion about SMUTfest back in March of this year, as the result of a conversation they had at the Queer.Women.Conversations retreat, a 2 day workshop focused on sexual health for queer female-identified folks in Calgary. They both had it in their heads that they wanted KoKo Carlson (they/them) involved, and brought them on board shortly after some conversations at the Feminist Porn Awards/Conference.

Kiyl: We were talking about different workshops we wanted to pull together, and bring back down to Calgary – one on queering sex ed, and other on queering BDSM and bondage…

Kristina: then the idea for a queer, feminist, amateur porn festival just sort of popped out of our heads!

KoKo: As soon as I heard what they had ideas for, I had to team up.

The name, SMUTfest, came out of another collaborative effort:

Kristina: We were bouncing ideas off each other about possible names for the festialv, e throwing around different words and hashtags and then “smut” came up, and it turned into SMUTfest

Flurt: What are some highlights attendees can look forward to this year?

Kiyl: Film, photo and other types of art that is fun, sexy, and created by local humyns! We’ve had several film and photo submissions, some embroidery art, an interactive art piece and a couple short and smutty stories! During the festival, Edmonton’s own gender performance troupe, Queer Royale, will be performing, and we managed to snag DJ Dopamine from Calgary to spin at the after-party.

Flurt: What are your goals for the festival?

Kiyl: To take sex and porn out of the shadows of guilt and shame, and bring it into the daylight to be celebrated!

Kristina: To provide a safe(r) platform for people in our community to unapologetically be 100% themselves, through their desires, sexuality, gender expression and identity, body type, (dis)ability, race etc and

KoKo: Queer people rarely get to share their sexuality in public without judgment and I want people to feel safe and enthusiastic participating.

Flurt: What are the goals behind something like nipple blitz? What has the response been like?

Kristina: We want to engage the community in the event, not only with their submissions and attendance at the festival, but we want them to feel like a piece of them IS the festival, so we called out to our followers to send us a piece of them, their nipple! We’ve actually received 26 pictures of nipples, which is so awesome! We are taking the anonymous pictures of the beautiful, and diverse nipples and making them into pins for the festival!

KoKo: When we were talking about buttons for SMUTfest, these nipple buttons were the first thing to pop in my mind. As we talked out the details, we knew asking the community to participate would be fun. This may be the first time I have seen more pierced nipples than non-pierced ones!

Flurt: Are you expecting any or have you received any backlash for the nature of your company/events? How do you deal with this?

Kiyl: We haven’t received any backlash as of yet, and of course no one is excited about having to deal with negativity. It is a reality of people who ruffle feathers, challenge norms, and make progressive change – regardless of content. I suspect we will deal with it as it comes, but so far everyone I’ve encountered has been really excited about this festival and the work we are doing.

Kristina: The only backlash I personally have received is from family. It was kind of expected if they were to find out, which they did, but it’s been a lot harder for me to handle than I anticipated.

Flurt: What is one take-away you hope attendees gets from Smut Fest?

KoKo: That there is a wide range of bodies that are all capable and deserving of sexual pleasure.

Want to win tickets to SMUTfest? Follow @Flurtmagazine on twitter and RT this article with hashtag #sendmetoSMUTfest. Contest closes August 20th!


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