Vancouver's second largest film festival kicks off tonight with a gala party and screening of the German film, 'To Fero'. Everything gets going at 5:15 p.m. at Granville 7 Cinemas with a special performance by our own super star, Symone.

A huge film fan myself, I wanted to give you this weekend's festival picks:

Do not miss Friday's screening of The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister. I saw this stunningly beautiful period piece last summer at Framline in San Francisco and even had a chance to sit down with the film's director, James Kent and the film's gorgeous star, Maxine Peake (Criminal Justice, Silk). The tangled story of unrequited lesbian love is sure to get your pulse going --never mind the hot love-making scenes.

On Saturday, do your best to get into the Canadian premiere of Judas Kiss. The screening is happening at the huge theatre in Edgwater Casinos (fully licensed) and promises a wild after party with cast and crew in attendance. Want to meet Charlie David or Brent Corrigan? This will be your best chance.

On Sunday, do what ever you can to make it to Spork. Billed as "a colourful and foul-mouthed musical comedy about a young, nerdy intersex girl struggling to find her place in her small-town high school", Spork sounds like a total crowd favorite already.

For more information about the festival, visit Out On Screen.