Boston LGBT Film Festival
Schedule of Events
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM: Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC)
2021 marks the centennial year of the Tulsa race massacre. I have felt a plethora of emotions processing this; no doubt, mirroring the sentiments of the rest of the BIPOC community. The most powerful of those emotions has been an existential and spiritual connection to my ancestors. We have experienced so many atrocities up until this very day.Yet, we continue to alchemize all of that pain into a fierce ball of eternal fire. An inferno that we metamorphose into love, laughter and life in countless mediums. Then, we pass the strength of that magical fire along to our community, our descendants and finally, the world. While I celebrate us all year long, once a year, I am honored to use the medium of cinema to shine a light on our stories. I give visibility and a platform to the artists celebrating our lives, our sorrows, our magic—in front of the lens and behind it. This year, through Afro-futurism, contemporary dance, animation, documentary, and many more, I present to you: Wicked Queer 2021's BIPOC short film program.
Directed by Jon Crawford, 2020, 5 min, USA, English, G
A young photographer hears the story of an older man.
Shéár Avory: To Be Continued
Directed by Abram Cerda, 2020, 26 min, USA, English, T,Q
Shéár Avory: To Be Continued is the coming of age story of Shéár Avory (pronouns: they/them/theirs), a 17-year-old aspiring social justice advocate in Los Angeles who navigates housing instability and familial dependency on their journey to adulthood. Shéár depends closely on their mother Amber for continued access to their medical transition, though struggling in her recovery from addiction, she is unable to always offer Shéár the support they need. An observational piece, the film aims to ask, what does coming into adulthood actually look like, for a young Black trans* femme in today's America?
Friend of Sophia
Directed by Alden Peters, 2021, 6 min, USA, English, L
Inspired by the queer experience of the 1950s and 60s, a woman attempts a discreet encounter in a not-too-distant future where attraction to androids is considered a sickness and punished as a crime.
Of Hearts and Castles
Directed by Ruben Navarro, 2020, 15 min, USA, English, G
A man struggling emotionally after a breakup meets another man for one night; a few hours together ease their emotions and create a momentum that will stay with them forever.
Directed by Felicia Prude, 2019, 15 min, USA, English, L
After an unexpected one night stand, two women at very different stages of their lives, share an even more intimate morning after.
AJE IJO SERIES: IMMORTAL
Directed by Kiana Harris, 2020, 14 min, USA, English, Q
AJE IJO' Short Dance Film Series centers the humanity, resiliency, vulnerability of black & African diasporic people [of all genders], interrogating the western gender binary and interrupting accompanying notions of masculinity and femininity. Our individual and collective complexity, survival, thriving, and ultimately our healing as a people are at stake, and compel the elaboration of this narrative. To this end, the ?lm elicits elements of spiritual cosmologies of the african diaspora, particularly those that emerge from the Yoruba divine consciousness, Ifa, and the Orisa (deities) that comprise it.
One Last Deal
Directed by Nyala Moon, 2020, 15 min, USA, English, T
On the outside looking in no one can explain why their relationship works. Bill a charming ****-up who hustles and Sara, a black transwoman, being wound too tight. However, those differences have always been what made their relationship work. On the most imitate level their relationships have been anchored by a deep understanding and acceptance of each other's true selves. Sara has almost reached her dream to match her body to her soul but first, she and Bill, have to make one last sell.
Directed by Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu & Dean Hamer & Joe WIlson, 2020, 9 min, USA, Olelo Niihau with English subtitles, T/Q
Kapaemahu reveals the healing power of four mysterious stones on Waikiki Beach - and the legendary transgender spirits within them. Long ago, four extraordinary individuals of both male and female spirit brought the healing arts from Tahiti to Hawaii. Beloved by the people for their gentle ways and miraculous cures, they imbued four giant boulders with their powers. The stones still stand on what is now Waikiki Beach, but the true story behind them has been hidden - until now. Narrated in an ancient Hawaiian dialect, Kapaemahu brings this powerful legend back to life in vivid animation, seen through the eyes of a curious child.
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM: Documentary : Reel Queer Lives
They Through Them
Directed by Joan Galo, 2020, 11 min, Spain, English, Spanish with English subtitles, Q
Joan explores feelings and thoughts about being non-binary, through the people of their community in Barcelona.
Directed by Cyan Bae, 2020, 17 min, Korea, Korean with English subtitles, Q
Dear Chaemin is a series of three video letters sent by Cyan Bae from The Hague to her sister in Seoul in the midst of social isolation. The autofictional film juxtaposes the Korean and Dutch contexts of contact tracing, biopolitics and crowd control practices, each of which intensifies the stigmatization and violence against queer communities and people of Asian descent. While yearning for the Post-Corona in the New Normal, should we wish the normal back?
ALONE OUT HERE
Directed by Luke Cornish, 2020, 23 min, Australia, English, G
In the moment of catastrophic climate change Jon Wright, a gay farmer, is faced with a dilemma. His 22-year commitment to transform the genetics of his bull herd are pitted against the attitudes of the beef industry. Through his journey of loss and survival, we learn what it takes to be true to yourself, at any cost.
Directed by Amy Jenkins, 2019, 6 min, USA, English, T
The secret yearnings of a child for an alternate identity are traced through a decade of birthday wishes filmed by their mother.
In the Image of God
Directed by Bianca Rondolino, 2020, 15 min, Italy, English, I
The fourth generation in his family to be born intersex, Jewish Rabbi Levi was assigned the female gender at birth and grew up thinking he was sick and defective. "In the Image of God" tells the story of his struggles and transitions, culminating today in a life as a religious leader and an LGBTQI+ activist living happily in Los Angeles with his wife.
My Crazy Boxers
Directed by Krissy Mahan, 2020, 9 min, USA, English, T/Q
Suicidal – or just a working class woman caught in the wrong underpants? Pixellated fragments slowly materialise in this video based on actual meetings with hospital staff while in a psychiatric hospital system, creating a powerful and distressing elegy from the incessant gendering of underwear.
A job like any other
Directed by Annick Roussy, 2020, 21 min, Canada, French with English subtitles, G/Q
Pierre is an ordinary 55 years old man, solitary and very shy. He lives in his tidy and quiet apartment surrounded by his favourite figurine collections. However, his job is far from his low profil type. He's been a Drag Queen Barmaid for the past 30 years, a hard and restrictive work he never really chose. But for him, it's a job like any other.
Gay as in Happy: A Queer Anti Tragedy
Directed by Jordana Valerie Allen-Shim, 2020, 3 min, Canada, English, T/Q
An experimental autoethnographic documentary about queer joy, resistance, and resilience in the face of abuse, trauma, and transphobia.
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM: GTFO 2021
Pride & Prejudice & Gays
Directed by DiDi Rizzo, 2019, 17 min, USA, English, L/T
Gender swaps. Cross-dressing. Drag. Georgian era glamour with a contemporary flare. This period dramtire follows Darcy, a proud, rich, and austere woman who is determined to win the spirited Lizzy Bennet's hand despite the objections of Darcy's class-conscious aunt Lady Catherine, played by celebrity drag queen Shea Couleé.
Lilac Lips, Dutchess County
Directed by Tristan Scott-Behrends, 2021, 4 min, USA, English, Q
A glorious fantastical modern retelling of Narcissus.
Directed by Gilberto David Vázquez Gómez, 2020, 15 min, Puerto Rico, Spanish with English subtitles, G
Ariel will try to hold the reins of his life as he faces the instability of his emotions, accompanied by a strange Eye that has come out on his back.
Directed by Katy Erin, 2021, 8 min, USA, English, L
A physicist travels back in time to try to save her relationship - and in turn, the world.
The Lonely Prince
Directed by Shivin & Sunny, 2020, 15 min, India, English, G
A lonely Prince, drowning in melancholy, invites a Sculptor to his court to create a piece of art just for him. As the Sculptor spends his days chiselling away on a block of marble, the Prince too discovers a new side of himself, for a brief moment forgetting the world of solitude that surrounds him.
Build Yourself A Birthday Party
Directed by Jason P. Schumacher, 2019, 5 min, USA, English, LGBTQ+
Cleo is anxiously trying to plan her own birthday party.
Laynie Needs A Light
Directed by Jill Harrigan, 2019, 10 min, USA, English, L
Laynie Needs a Light takes place in one thrilling night when a woman pops into a local speakeasy for a drink only to become the object of a stranger's menacing affection.
Labia of Love
Directed by Morgana Muses, 2017, 5 min, Australia, English, L
A short experimental film about loving your labia by Morgana Muses.
The Pizza Topping
Directed by Ethan Folk & Ty Wardwell, 2019, 4 min, Germany, English, Q
***** Pizza orders up a Hungry Boy.
Directed by Ethan Folk & Ty Wardwell, 2020, 4 min, Germany, English, G
Gay dads Chet and Aristotle serve their bratty boy Rowan his favorite camping dish.
Dic Pic Picnic
Directed by Ethan Folk & Ty Hardwell, 2020, 3 min, Germany, English, Q
When Jesse calls in sick to the annual picnic, these pervs sext the spread to Jesse's bed.
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM: Horror
Strap yourself in for our first collection of macabre stories. Lots of twists, turns, jumps, scares, creatures, vamps, and blood. Lots and lots of blood. Curated by Shawn Cotter.
The Dinner Party
Directed by Gabriella Rapp, 2020, 18 min, USA, English, L
Set during the holidays, "The Dinner Party" follows a couple invited (lured?) to dinner by a reserved work associate and her overly friendly wife. What begins as your typical dinner party soon twists into something far more sinister as tensions between the hosts, and revelations about their darker secrets, begin to bubble beneath the surface. So, set your plate and open the wine, because something new is on the menu at... "The Dinner Party."
Directed by Richard Louprasong, 2020, 8 min, USA, English, G
On Halloween night, a couple ventures into the woods rumored to be haunted to conjure up an urban legend. But the two are about to meet a ghost from the past.
Directed by Piper De Palma, 2020, 13 min, USA, English, L
Laura goes to her parent's summer home to write her senior thesis. There she meets Carmilla, the mysterious yet familiar tenant. Laura finds herself drawn to Carmilla, and as her attraction grows, she begins to uncover the dark history between them.
We Won't Do Anything Crazy
Directed by Connor Young, 2020, 10 min, USA, English, G
Eager to push himself to meet new people, a teenage boy finds himself in a deadly situation when he meets up with the wrong person from a dating app.
Directed by Kyle Mangione-Smith, 2020, 10 min, USA, English, G
A couple at the bitter end of a long term relationship struggle to deal with a creature living in their house that neither wants to acknowledge.
New Flesh for The Old Ceremony
Directed by Elizabeth Rakhilkina, 2020, 13 min, USA, English, Spanish with English subtitles, L
A lesbian reverie set amidst the backwoods of New England, New Flesh for the Old Ceremony explores the physicality of grief through a macabre fable about a woman whose wife is devoured by and then possesses their beloved pack of dogs.
Itsy Bitsy Spider
Directed by Brodi-jo Scalise, 2020, 16 min, Canada, English, G
ITSY BITSY SPIDER is a psychological-horror that follows a man struggling to maintain his sanity after discovering a menacing spider in his boyfriend's apartment.
The Catfish Killer
Directed by Gil Hizon & Seth Harrington, 2020, 13 min, USA, English, G
Starring Chris Salvatore, Nathan Ramos-Park and Sachin Bhatt, Catfish Killer follows three diverse gay besties on a camping trip who are thrust into danger when one of them inadvertently catfishes a serial killer online. Now, they must come together to survive or get gutted, and not in a good way.
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM: International 2021
Featuring international films by a selection of new talents, this year's lineup includes lyrical works from Spain, a surreal Norwegian comedy, and a bittersweet story from Belgium. Curated by Giuseppe Di Caprio.
On My Way
Directed by Sonam Larcin, 2020, 22 min, Belgium English, French with English subtitles, G
The unexpected arrival of a Nigerian migrant in the Belgian countryside shakes up the fragile daily life of two men living a secret relationship.
Directed by Moran Nakar, 2020, 8 min, Israel, Hebrew with English subtitles, G
Jacob goes out, for the first time in his life, to a gay party, but discovers that his skin color prevents him from being accepted into the community.
Directed by Isak Kohaly, 2020, 22 min, Israel, Hebrew with English subtitles, G
Itamar, a chubby and depressed young man, returns to live with his eccentric mother Adva after suffering a mental breakdown.
When Itamar meets Ronen, a handsome lifeguard who leads him to confront his body image issues, his relationship with Adva reaches a breaking point.
Directed by Paco Ruiz, 2020, 20 min, Spain, Spanish with English subtitles, G
Mario is at home alone. His parents are gone and it will take them a while to return. Enough time for their son to arrange a sex date on the Internet with a total stranger.
Directed by Jorge Muriel, 2020, 20 min, Spain, Spanish with English subtitles, G
Two strangers meet in a subway car. Both bring their past with them. Both look from their present. Both will determine their future in that fleeting, and ephemeral, vital journey that brings them together briefly.
Directed by Ida Hansen Eldøen, 2020, 5 min, Norway, Norwegian with English subtitles, L
Tired of waiting, Veronika tries to give her girlfriend direction over the phone, but Susan gets more and more confused with every word. The Corner is a 5-minute-long, one-shot-film, and it's a story about communication and the sense (or non-sense) of direction.
Directed by Angel Puado, 2018, 6 min, Spain, Spanish with English subtitles, T
Two old women are speaking about the grandson of one of them who is trans.
Leo and Alex in the Middle of the 21st Century
Directed by Eva Libertad & Nuria Muñoz, 2020, 7 min, Spain, Spanish with English subtitles, L
Alex wakes up in her bed after a night of partying. Next to her is Leo, her roommate, who doesn't remember how she ended up there. As of this morning, nothing will be the same between the two.
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM: Latinx 2021
Passion, grief, and resistance, resistance, resistance. From the fantastic to everyday struggles, these Latinx short films will make you fall in love while also breaking your heart. Curated by Giuseppe Di Caprio and Sofia Wickerhauser.
Directed by Alejandro Sandoval Bertín & Sara Larrota, 2019, 9 min, Columbia, Spanish with English subtitles, G
Samuel tries to win a piano competition. In the journey, thanks to Camilo, a guy he met in a party, he'll find out a different way of playing his instrument and discover a much more important value to do so.
Directed by Bell Soto and Gabriel Peña, 2020, 20 min, USA, English, G
Two queer Dominican men living in Bronx, New York, navigate modern-day relationship's trails and tribulations while trying to keep their love afloat.
Directed by Matheus Farias & Enock Carvalho, 2020, 20 min, Brazil, Portuguese with English subtitles, T
Sundance Official Selection 2021. In Brazil, where a trans person is murdered every three days, Marilene searches for her daughter Roberta, a trans woman who went missing. While running out of time, she discovers a hope for the future.
The Uninhabitable Ones
Directed by Anderson Bardot, 2020, 25 min, Brazil, Portuguese with English subtitles, G/T
A dance group rehearses for their latest performance Inabitáveis about black homosexuality. While the choreographer conducts research and gives guided tours, he meets Pedro, a young trans girl looking for her own means of expression. She desperately wants to be taught by him.
Directed by Santiago Zermeño, 2020, 14 min, Mexico, Spanish with English subtitles, G
Camilo, a teenager rower from a traditional pier in Xochimilco, is secretly exploring his sexual desires with another man. One day he thinks he's been discovered by Beto, a fellow rower. When Camilo confronts him, he ends up accidentally unveiling his homosexuality. Shocked, Camilo reacts violently and decides to flee from Xochimilco.
Memoirs of the (non) existent me
Directed by Thiago Kistenmacker, 2020, 15 min, Brazil, Portuguese with English subtitles, T
Marina's death transforms her past into heritage. Her memoirs and the portrait of her identity are hostage in a dispute to claim her gender.
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM: Men's 2021
Pandemic got you down? Have we got some hot tips for you. We are offering you tips and life advice on how to interview for your new best friend, 8 steps to ensure bringing your boyfriend home goes smooth, a nice stoned romp in the hay, what to do if you wake up with a pimple and if you need a boyfriend? Plant one. So Easy. Wicked Queer's Men's program will get you sorted with a sprinkle and a twinkle. Curated by Shawn Cotter.
Heaven Reaches Down to Earth
Directed by Tebogo Malebogo, 2020, 10 min, South Africa, Southern Sotho, Zulu with English subtitles, G
After Tau comes to a realization about their sexuality, it sets in motion a cascade of thoughts and emotions in Tumelo - nothing will ever be the same between them.
Directed by Washington Calegari, 2020, 12 min, Brazil, Portuguese with English subtitles, G
Alvaro has been quarantined for 97 days without leaving home, and uses delivery apps to order everything he needs. When the delivery man arrives at the building with another meal, an unexpected situation imposes a difficult decision on Alvaro.
Directed by Krit Komkrichwarakool, 2020, 15 min, Canada, English, G
A unique relationship flourishes between an aspiring artist and a plant man growing in his garden.
Every Thorn Has It's Day
Directed by Tadeu Bijos, 2019, 9 min, Brazil, Portuguese with English subtitles, G
Fabio wakes up with a zit on his forehead. He goes on the internet to see what he should do about it.
Last Summer with Uncle Ira
Directed by Gary Jaffe, 2020, 13 min, USA, English, G
Summer, 1991. Before he leaves for his last year at summer camp, closeted teenager Daniel is nudged by his mother Rachel to share a moment and a glass of lemonade with his Uncle Ira, who is dying of complications from HIV/AIDS.
Directed by Ethan Roberts, 2020, 6 min, USA, English, G
Two stoned boyfriends navigate unexpected vulnerability (as well as the giggles) while attempting to get off.
The Forgotten Place
Directed by Oscar Rene Lozoya, 2021, 12 min, USA, English, G
All Eric ever wanted was a friend. He just never knew how to find one.
Directed by Evan Margolis, 2019, 9 min, USA, English, G
A young queer man reflects on his estranged grandmother by 'taking care' of his elderly neighbor's deceased dog. An exploration of the strange ways in which we reconcile the past.
8 Easy Steps
Directed by Julian Clark, 2020, 10 min, USA, English, G
Someone once said, "every event in life is an opportunity to choose love over fear." Meet an awkward gay boy who has to decide which path he'll take as he stumbles to introduce his first steady boyfriend to his family.
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM: QueerAbilities: Love, Defiantly
This year, Wicked Queer spotlights three distinct filmmakers navigating the pressures of Disability and Queerness. Join us for two perspectives on being a queer man with cerebral palsy and a short romp with an autistic transgender youth exploring friendship and love.
Boys Don't Wear Dresses
Directed by Jason Weissbrod, 2020, 28 min, USA, English, G
A modern day fairytale about the struggles of being an autistic transgender individual exploring friendship and love. A truly inclusive film experience created by and starring autistic, neuro-divergent, LGBTQ, and multi-ethnic artists collaborating with entertainment professionals. This story is inspired by the true life experiences of an autistic transgender individual who co-wrote, co-produced and appears in the film.
Produced by Spectrum Laboratory a non profit that creates original works of film, music and animation with autistic and neuro-divergent artists.
Thomas Banks' Quest for Love
Directed by Pip Kelly, 2019, 30 min, Australia, English, G
Thomas Banks is a young, gay playwright with cerebral palsy who is on a quest to find true love. He struggles to find someone who will commit, looks for love in all the wrong places and crosses many hurdles to come to terms with his vulnerabilities. Will he learn to love himself by opening night?
Directed by Navid Mashayekhi, 2019, 19 min, Canada, English, T
We all try to be something, to become someone. Unbecoming chronicles the life of Logan, as he fights to "unbecome" everything he's been until now, that wasn't really him in the first place, as we follow his story from early childhood, to a traumatic adolescence, and beyond.
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM: Senior Moments 2021
Senior Moments is a unique look at the stories that celebrate the 'golden years' of the LGBTQ+ community. Every grey hair is earned with pride. Curated by Joe McGovern.
Directed by Stefan Langthaler, 2020, 30 min, Austria, German with English subtitles, G
80-year-old retiree Arthur lives in a modest home in Vienna. For quite some time he has lovingly been caring for his seriously ill wife Martha, with only female nurses assisting him. When the new male hungarian care worker Fabiu enters the picture, his routine is broken. But soon the two men become closer and inside Arthur feelings of desire and suppressed longing start to rise.
Directed by Katie McNiece, 2019, 17 min, Ireland, English, L
There was once an invisible optician, trapped in a strange and lonely world. Her story starts with a broken lens and the woman who taught her to see things differently.
You Will Still Be Here Tomorrow
Directed by Michael Hanley, 2020, 13 min, USA, English, G
A gay, married man is continuously forced to 'come out' to his father, who suffers from late-stage Alzheimer's.
Baby Lies Truthfully
Directed by Joseph Ingham, 2020, 6 min, United Kingdom, English, G
It's 1987. David Robilliard is a young artist and writer in London. His work is raw as it is refreshing. It's coarse but laceratingly clever exploring everything from dating and sex to depression and loss.
Directed by Anna Kuperberg & Julie Caskey, 2020, 15 min, USA, English, L
Carla Jean Johnson accepts her fast and aggressive cancer diagnosis with clarity and grace while photographer Anna Kuperberg, her long time wife, documents their final days and weeks together. With mesmerizing footage and intimate recordings of the couple's final conversations, Eleven Weeks is a story more about love than death.
Directed by Piotr Cieplak, 2020, 10 min, United Kingdom, English, G
Derek lives in a soulless newly-built block of flats. He doesn't belong in this new brave world of glass and steel. Craving company, Derek spends most of his time peering into his neighbours' windows and having a good old judge at what they're up to.
Directed by Antonio De la Torre, 2019, 20 min, Mexico, Spanish with English subtitles, G
Bernardo is an old Art History teacher recently retired and widowed from his wife Cecilia. Without a clear path to go on with his life, one day he runs into Víctor, a piano player and long lost love from Bernardo's past that he hasn't seen in almost 40 years.
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM: Trans I: We Trans on the Precipice
Seven visions of trans life, each unexpected, each an adventure into the realm of our unique experiences. We don't do definitions, we simply (or complicatedly) are, and these films explore our existences in remarkable ways. Each film offers up indelible images and tableaus, some bring us right to the edge, some take us over it. In the end, it's our humanity that shines out, that carries us through, that indelibly reminds you who we are. Curated by Diane Griffin.
Directed by Major Charli Brissey, 2019, 10 min, USA, English, T/Q
An artist suffering from server writers block relies on the friendship of their dog in this multi-genre sci-fi short. Based on many true stories, this video-animation hybrid ruminates the relationship between dancing and earthly survival at the "end of the world."
Directed by Ethan Folk & Ty Wardwell & Jamal Phoenix, 2020, 12 min, Germany, English, T
Part documentary, part pornography, Mes Chéris is a transboi's farewell to his boobs. One month before his mastectomy, Jamal Phoenix takes on the role of Chéri, a character modeled after his experiences as a Fierce Fem sex worker. This raunchy tribute subverts straight **** tropes and mainstream trans* representation in a radical act of self-love.
Directed by Veronica Valladares, 2020, 10 min, Spain, Spanish with English subtitles, T
Blanca's reunion with her friend from college will make her relive the best decision of her life: to be who she really wants to be.
Before the Blue
Directed by Romy Pocztaruk, 2019, 14 min, Brazil, Portuguese with English subtitles, T
BEFORE THE BLUE creates a sequence of subtly narrative and radically sensorial scenes, a stream of images/thoughts about existence and violence, the passage of time, death technologies, the power of animal and mineral bodies, and art as a possible trace left by humanity when it ceases to exist after surrendering to its own omnipotence.
Directed by Helena Lea Manhartsberger & Katharina Neuhaus, 2019, 15 min, Germany, English/German with English subtitles, T
Introducing Lia: a transgender, sexually radical activist who struggles with depression and likes BDSM. Lia's gender is a political issue, something she is faced with every day. The traumatic experiences of her life gnaw at her – at the same time, she dares to fight her pain with pain.
Directed by Philipp Gufler, 2020, 13 min, Germany, German with English subtitles, T
In 2002, Lana Kaiser became well known in the first season of the German version of the Idol television franchise. She was born in 1985 and went by her birth name Daniel Küblböck. At only 17 years old she polarised the audience with her androgynous appearance and open bisexuality. On September 9th 2018, Lana disappeared from a cruise ship on her way to North America. Most media outlets and the majority of the public didn‘t consider calling her by her chosen name, Lana Kaiser. Philipp Gufler's short film is a personal portrait of the singer and entertainer.
Directed by Katherina Harder Sacre, 2020, 17 min, Spain, Spanish with English subtitles, T
ALICIA (39) is a seamstress. She works designing and making women's clothing, but behind the fabrics she hides the secret of her own body; the nuisance and disconformity that she feels with it after having been mastectomized as a result of breast cancer. After the accidental flooding of her apartment she meets LUCIA (41), a transsexual woman who is her new neighbor.
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM: Trans II: We Trans Reside
Here are eight films that speak to the idea of home, as we trans folk experience it. Whatever or wherever that home may be—because we are everywhere—we inhabit, we transform, and we abide. We are home with or without our families, no matter what the description; in our lands, whether we are welcome, banished, seeking, finding, giving, or needing, whether we are revered or forgotten: in our own bodies, and in each other's hearts. These are stories about living trans, right where you are. Curated by Diane Griffin.
Directed by Amy Jenkins, 2019, 6 min, USA, English, T
The secret yearnings of a child for an alternate identity are traced through a decade of birthday wishes filmed by their mother.
Directed by Anastasia Shalaya, 2020, 30 min, Russia, Russian with English subtitles, T
Growing up, many people try to conform to social norms, but not our heroes. The film tells about a Russian trans person. About people who know firsthand what it's like when you are different - is a crime.
Directed by Nic Peerson, 2020, 6 min, Canada, English, T
A young woman falls into frustration and despair in coping with her gender dysphoria.
Directed by Daniel Toledo Saura, 2020, 8 min, Spain, Spanish with English subtitles, T
This is the story of the moment when Ana sees Clara for the first time.
Pink & Blue
Directed by Carmen LoBue, 2021, 10 min, USA, English, T
After a surprise first-time pregnancy, a Trans couple of color wrestles with how the new baby will affect their relationship and how to raise a child in a binary world.
Directed by Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu & Dean Hamer & Joe WIlson, 2020, 9 min, USA, Olelo Niihau with English subtitles, T/Q
Kapaemahu reveals the healing power of four mysterious stones on Waikiki Beach – and the legendary transgender spirits within them. Long ago, four extraordinary individuals of both male and female spirit brought the healing arts from Tahiti to Hawaii. Beloved by the people for their gentle ways and miraculous cures, they imbued four giant boulders with their powers. The stones still stand on what is now Waikiki Beach, but the true story behind them has been hidden – until now. Narrated in an ancient Hawaiian dialect, Kapaemahu brings this powerful legend back to life in vivid animation, seen through the eyes of a curious child.
Directed by Noah Schamus, 2020, 8 min, USA , English, T
KIND OF follows two trans masculine folks in a newly open relationship as they prepare to host brunch -– while hashing out their insecurities about their relationship in the minutes before their friends arrive.
Directed by Ann Sophie Wieder, 2020, 30 min, France, French with English subtitles, T
The film is made of footage from Jo's filmed diary. Jo is a 40-year-old trans man. He is addicted to cocaine. This addiction prevents him from achieving his transition in good conditions, and from maintaining fulfilling relationships. He is trying to quit drugs and to make a fresh start.
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM: Up and Coming 2021
Year after year, these young talents continue to amaze us. We're excited to bring you some funny, heart-warming, but also heartbreaking shorts from around the world. So, sit back, relax and enjoy the first of many films by these up-and-coming directors. Curated by Katie Shannon.
Heart & Lungs
Directed by Lizzie Hartree, 2020, 8 min, United Kingdom, English, L
Heart & Lungs' is a short drama film about friendship, love, secrets, and being locked in a static caravan. One best friend promises the other a relaxing weekend away, but tensions rise when the caravan becomes more of a private rehab.
The Golden Gate
Directed by Pietro Pinto, 2020, 15 min, USA, English, G
A young gay man, Max, with a passion for photography, eventually finds the courage to stand up to his homophobic mother, changing forever his past and future.
Directed by Rose-Anne Déry, 2020, 15 min, Canada, French with English subtitles, L
Olivia can feel her relationship slipping away. As she still has a strong desire and a lot of tenderness for Julie, she chooses to keep her feelings quiet during the romantic weekend that Julie organizes for her birthday. With the presence of raccoons in the night as a backdrop, Olivia is overwhelmed by her emotions and can no longer hide anything.
Directed by Penny Pin-jung Chen, 2020, 14 min, USA, English, L
Kat recently assumes the role of stay-at-home mom when her wife Julia returns to work three years after giving birth to their daughter, Becca. Kat is hurt and frustrated that no matter how hard she tries, Becca still prefers Julia over her. Her anxiety only deepens when her brother, Dylan, who's also Becca's sperm donor, travels from Asia to visit them for Becca's fourth birthday party.
Directed by Axel Rezinovsky, 2020, 17 min, Argentina, Spanish with English subtitles, G
The night before travelling abroad, Martin celebrates his farewell party at his bff's Nadia's home, and at midnight her brother Nacho shows up. After a few drinks and some karaoke love songs, Martin starts to realize he might be in love for the first time.
Directed by Lauren Noll, 2020, 16 min, USA, English, L
Laine faces expulsion from BYU with her graduation around the corner after her roommate hears her in bed with a woman and turns her into the Honor Code. Upon being invasively questioned, Laine is granted a troubling option to save her degree, forcing her to choose between her heart and her faith.
Directed by Jojo Erholtz, 2020, 13 min, USA, English, L
A 16 year-old hockey player tries to repair her relationship with her teammate while preparing for the team's pre-qualifying match.
Virgin My ***
Directed by Adar Sigler, 2020, 17 min, Israel, Hebrew with English subtitles, G
Ophir asks Harel for a small favour that might make him feel like a normal gay guy. OK, maybe not that small a favour. During the somewhat ridiculous, somewhat exciting night the two will spend in bed, they will learn a small lesson in intimacy and community.
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM: Women's 2021
There will be more laughing than crying in this year's women's shorts program. This year, we're happy to bring you a much lighter program with a sprinkle of lesbian drama throughout. Expect a cat or two and "very lesbian" acoustic music. Curated by Katie Shannon.
Directed by Leela Varghese, 2019, 7 min, Australia, English, L
It appears Lizzy has an obsession with novelty candles. But the truth is her "burning" desire isn't for candles, it's for the girl selling them. Will she work up the courage to ask her out or will she just buy out the whole store?
Evelyn & Pamela
Directed by Alexandria Greenhalgh, 2019, 17 min, Australia, English, L
Sydney, 1958. As the sun goes down, two women reconnect in a quiet bookshop after spending years apart. Though a life together seems impossible, they try and make the most out of their fleeting moment of contact.
Directed by Erin Brown Thomas, 2020, 10 min, USA, English, L
Vicki idolizes her new girlfriend Samantha, but draws the line when it comes to her time on the porcelain throne. Their small bathroom gets awkward when Samatha challenges Vicki's definition of intimacy.
Directed by Nancy Webb, 2020, 13 min, Canada, English, L
Max and Daphne share a lovestruck evening while a bizarre secret looms.
Her + Her
Directed by Jade Anouka, 2020, 13 min, United Kingdom, English, L
Her & Her have been seeing each other for a few months now and are both very much in love. But they have just moved in to Her small one bedroom flat and of course she's brought the dog! Suddenly Her home is their home and the realities of their differences come to full view. Different backgrounds, cultures, upbringings, rules. Part Poetry video. Part music video. This experimental short film is a lyrical and musical story told using poetry and beatboxing.
Are You Still Watching?
Directed by Alex Cardy & Tali Polichtuk & Kitty Chrystal, 2021, 6 min, Australia, English, L
Are You Still Watching? explores the emancipatory power of the queer imagination, combining erotic fan fiction tropes, magical realism and a firm camp sensibility.
Directed by Fatimah Asghar, 2020, 15 min, USA, English, L/Q
After a long period of sexual drought, Khudejha is awkward as hell and desperately wants to hook up with someone again. Newly single and with the help of her wing-woman Natasha, their new adventure at a kink party awaits.
Sam & Emma
Directed by Vanessa Leigh, 2020, 15 min, USA, English, L
When their love wanes after a miscarriage, two heartbroken women try to piece together their relationship, highlighting the hardship and dysfunction that can arise from trauma and grief.
Directed by Jessica Smith, 2020, 8 min, Australia, English, L
Hoping to take the next big step in their life together, two women await the results of a test that could not only put an end to their plans, but perhaps even their relationship.
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM: Comedy Program
Who doesn't need a laugh right now? We're happy to bring you a program that will have you second guessing if you're on a date or not, figuring out if breaking into your crush's apartment to delete an email you accidentally sent is a good idea, or being more interested in your ex getting engaged instead of the zombie apocalypse happening outside. Curated by Katie Shannon.
Directed by Amelia Foxton, 2020, 4 min, Australia, English, LGBTQ+
An adventure in diversity of sexual preferences. Via the dessert menu...
Directed by Krissy Mahan, 2016, 7 min, USA, English, L
This short film is a parody of Todd Haynes' 2015 film "Carol." With references to Haynes' own "Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story," this playful short, starring Fisher-Price toy figures, presents a hilarious and necessary perspective left unexamined in the euphoria that there was finally a major motion picture about lesbians.
Directed by Jonathan Hughes, 2020, 11 min, Ireland, English, G
A self-obsessed call centre worker deals with a personal heartbreak while on shift as the world crumbles around him... due to a zombie apocalypse.
Directed by Carmine Bicchetti, 2020, 12 min, USA, English, LGBTQ+
When the government begins to inspect their marriage, a gay immigrant and his lesbian wife throw a dinner party in an attempt to fool the INS; but soon realize that they aren't the only ones hiding something.
A Pound of Flesh
Directed by Oliwia Siem, 2020, 11 min, UK, English, T
A desperate employee gambles a pound of their own flesh against a large sum of their boss's cash, with life-altering consequences.
Directed by Sophie Saville, 2020, 8 min, Australia, English, L
A socially anxious young woman lands a hot date. There's only one problem, she's not sure if it's actually a date.
THE D*CK APPOINTMENT
Directed by Mike Roma, 2020, 10 min, USA, English, G
When lovelorn Wally wants to get over his ex, he turns to the apps for help.
Directed by Alyssa Lerner, 2020, 16 min, USA, English, L
What's more embarrassing than writing erotic fiction about your crush? Writing erotic fiction about your crush and then accidentally texting it to her. When this very thing happens to Nousha she enlists the help of her best friend, Oliver, and they set out on a mission to delete the text. By any means necessary.
Directed by Matt Porter, 2020, 16 min, USA, English, B
Charles explores the gray areas of his own sexuality after going through an unexpected breakup.
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM: Experimental 2021
This year's experimental shorts program celebrates queer filmmakers pushing at the edges of art and cinema. Curated by Shawn Cotter.
I Wake Up with a Flower in My Hand
Directed by Malic Amalya, 2021, 9 min, USA, English, Q
In January 1996, high school sophomore outcasts, Kasten Searles and Mothra (aka Malic Amalya) aired their cable access television show "Killer Janitors" across the Burlington, Vermont area where they lived. Filming on a VHS-C camcorder, they taped their show in their high school hallways, library, and cafeteria; through culvert pipes; on bus rides home; while wondering downtown; and during weekend sleepovers. Edited on an analogue VHS system at the local cable access station, their final cut was a single, 30-minute episode, influenced by punk, alternative, and riot grrrl subcultures, daytime and late-night TV, B movies, and art class.
Let Rip: A Personal History of Seeing and Not Seeing
Directed by Lee Campbell, 2019, 8 min, United Kingdom, English, G
As a teenager, you do not really know who you are. This film is a self-reflection - a ‘this is what it was like' to come to terms with my homosexuality; of me finding somebody attractive (men) but not really knowing what I am. Some ‘rips' reveal imagery and text quickly whilst others are slow - how things come to you over time. It is an excess of snippets from my life and moments of recognition pertaining to the desire to be seen but not wanting to be seen at the same time.
Perversion for Profit
Directed by Michael LaRocco, 2020, 2 min, USA, English, G
A satire about **** seen through the queer lens.
I Fell Asleep Upside Down and Let the Blood Rush to My Head
Directed by Ryan Luis Fuller, 2020, 9 min, USA, English, G
An experimental documentary film based on my sexuality throughout my teenage years.
Directed by Sakinah Bowman, 2020, 3 min, USA, English, L
The second episode in the Primordial Powers series, Earthen Energies depicts the embodiment of an organic perspective. Harmonizing elements of sensuality, sovereignty, and viewing from the eyes of the Sacred.
Exorcisms and Other Supplications
Directed by Georden West, 2020, 4 min, USA, English, LGBTQ
An exorcism brings a young person face-to-face with a shadow self as their soul hangs in the balance. The possession exhumes issues of selfhood and identity, exploring race and gender as a multidimensional universe. Reality explodes in a crisp white Le Corbusier utopia as he grapples with the paradoxes of faith.
Directed by Frankie Symonds, 2020, 19 min, USA, English, T
A remake of Joseph Cornell's 1936 film "Rose Hobart", this film is meant as a meta riff on the remake and aims to elevate its title subject to the grandeur that Cornell's film did to its found star many decades ago. I think of the Lorena Bobbitt story as a perfect example of contemporary mass media's influence on global politics, while being being a metaphor for the genital- focused cis- heteronormative society I hope to dissect and criticize, while still honoring the age- old struggles of women assigned female at birth.
St Clair W
Directed by Emily Ryder, 2021, 3 min, USA, English, L
A short film about love, loss, and the relationship we have with our own memories.
Directed by Matthew McKinzie & Zach Cargie, 2021, 8 min, USA, English, G
A young business professional, grappling with his gay identity, embarks on a private journey of reckoning and redemption connected to the recurring image of a clementine.
Directed by Rob Fatal, 2020, 8 min, USA, English, Two Spirit
An experimental Two Spirit, Mestizo meditation on the complex, generations old relationships and battles between our skin and our souls.
A Different Time
Directed by Kristina Valada-Viars, 2020, 3 min, USA, English, L
A dreamer moves through her world imagining a future into being.
Directed by Xray Aims, 2021, 12 min, USA, English, Q
Performance artist, Xray Aims, transforms a Covid-abandoned basketball court into an expansive outdoor installation. The work, which came to them in a dream, culminates in the durational creation of a sculptural weaving that spans one backboard to the other, as dog walkers, neighbors, sport players, and passersby, are invited to dialog about the work. As the artist ties square knots of the raw material, bicycle inner tubes, Aims also weaves human relationships, to forge meaningful connections in the face of so much disconnection.
Exit Strategy #5
Directed by Kym McDaniel, 2020, 8 min, USA, English, L
An origin story and the rebirth of an identity after trauma. Blood, desire, and *******. The fifth in a series regarding my emotional and physical traumas.
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM: Queer Asian Stories
Featuring new sparks and tragic separations, please join us in celebrating queer Asian identities in this year's queer Asian shorts program. Curated by Sheen Hui and Jenny Xie.
Directed by Tung Wei Ye, 2019, 18 min, Malaysia, Mandarin/Chinese with English subtitles, G
In 2013 Taipei, a gay, interracial couple who just moved in together are forced to separate because one of them who is a Malaysian has HIV and is forced to be deported. Content Warning
Directed by Cailleah Scott-Grimes, 2020, 18 min, Japan, English/Japanese with English subtitles, T/Q
Kei longs for a "normal" life in rural Japan. But for a transgender man who is jobless in his own hometown, getting to normal is one steep climb, especially since Erin, his Canadian partner, longs to move to Tokyo, where they can live openly and freely. On his way to a job interview in the city, Kei meets a stranger. Abandoning his journey to help her, he discovers she is the owner of the hot springs—a place he once loved, as a child. Kei's encounter with the healing waters is complicated by Erin's turning up as well. Finally, the couple—one on the men's side, the other, on the women's—must face the truth about their divergent wishes, identities, and murky notions of belonging.
Directed by Gayatri Bajpai, Nirav Bhakta, 2019, 15 min, USA, English, L
On the eve of her wedding anniversary, empty-nester Sujata Chopra attempts to find some joy in her broken marriage, until she learns about the passing of her childhood companion's spouse on Facebook. Having been disconnected from this woman for over 30 years over a misunderstanding, Sujata finds the courage to reach out to send her condolences. They reconnect, sparking friction when Sujata's controlling husband, Dr. Chopra, finds out.
Directed by Kevin J. Nguyen, 2020, 16 min, USA, English, G
When a surprise party interrupts his plans, an anxious man has to find a private moment to confess his feelings for his friend before he moves away the next day.
God's Daughter Dances
Directed by Sungbin Byun, 2020, 25 min, Republic of Korea, Korean with English subtitles, T
A transgender female dancer, Shin-mi, gets a call from the Military Manpower Administration, to attend the Military Service Examination. Shin-mi, with everything she has, takes the steps to face them.
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM: Queer Middle East & North Africa
The MENA identity is one of many faiths, languages, and shared cultural experiences. From quarantine belly dancing to interfaith romancing, join us for queer stories from the Middle East and North Africa. Curated by Beyza Burçak.
1 - 1
Directed by Naures Sager, 2020, 7 min, Sweden, Arabic, Swedish with English subtitles, G
Ayman's sex date with Jonas gets crashed by his friends Amirah and Samir which takes a positive turn.
Spring in Autumn
Directed by Ghasideh Golmaniki, 2020, 8 min, Iran, Persian with English subtitles, L
An Iranian woman leaves her husband and travels to Russia. Memories of her world cup trip come up, as well as an uncomfortable secret...
The Sun Will Rise
Directed by Mehdi Hajri, 2018, 36 min, Tunusia, Arabic, French with English subtitles, G
Omar and Bahri, long-time friends, who share their desires, their sorrows and their love are about to see their daily life upset by the arrival of a student-girl, Sonia, ready to do anything to achieve her goals.
Directed by Mohammad Reza Khavari, 2020, 13 min, Iran, Persian with English subtitles, T
In the course of Iran's ban on women's presence in football stadiums, Saba, 22, disguises herself as a boy to sneak into the stadium at her father's suggestion. Her father takes her to a traditional cafe instead of the stadium. Asking her how hard it is to hide her true identity, he lets her—now impersonating a boy—in on the secret that he realized he could not be a man any more when Saba was three, but he had to hide it for years to let her daughter feel having a father. On the pretext of helping her enter the stadium, he creates a circumstance where his daughter has to put herself into his shoes, thereby hiding her true identity. He then tells her that he intends to continue living with his true identity from now on.
Directed by Lara Zeidan, 2018, 9 min, Lebanon, Arabic with English subtitles, L
Four Lebanese girls go on a Ferris wheel ride to make their friend feel better about her breakup. Their conversation drifts to a less fun place.
Directed by Amrou Al-Kadhi, 2017, 12 min, United Kingdom, Arabic with English subtitles, G
NAZEEM is a 26 year old Middle Eastern drag queen who goes by the name QUEEN ZA DREAM - she is preparing for a show with the utmost gravity, with an outfit evocative of an Egyptian deity. Interwoven with this is the story of NAZEEM as a gender-queer 8 year-old boy, and the close bond he has with his Iraqi-Egyptian mother, HALIMA. Whilst flamboyant, and in many ways a drag queen herself on the surface, HALIMA is governed by the strict expectations of gender in Arab society. When a young NAZEEM transgresses these boundaries, HALIMA reacts in a way that is utterly confusing to him. Only though his drag, is the adult NAZEEM able to keep sacred the memories of his mother before this painful moment, and hold on to their connection.
Directed by Samira Saraya, 2020, 20 min, Israel, Arabic, Hebrew with English subtitles, L
Yasmine, an openly lesbian Arab nurse, finds out that her lover, Or, an intelligence officer in the Israeli army have been reporting on their relationship. Yasmine's sister arrives for a visit from the West Bank, not knowing that she is going to meet the occupying enemy at her own sister's house.
Directed by Hadi Moussaly, 2020, 5 min, Lebanon, Arabic with English subtitles, G
"My birthday was on the 3rd of April 2020, and for the first time, I celebrated it all by myself. But even if I was alone, I decided to celebrate it as if it's the last one" The film was made during quarantine.