Pride Fighter (15min)
WINNER! BEST PERFORMANCE – DAVID SICILIANO
When a young Mixed Martial Arts fighter comes out as gay, he is rejected by his masculine fighting partners right before his first big fight.
Bearded Ladies (Canada) (29min)
Documentary about ’omnisexual’ photographer, Rosamond Norbury, who explores gender and identity with a playful wink and a nod.
Trade Queens (Germany) (7min)
Day by day, Mr. Jonas and Mr. Schmidt make their way from door to door across the country, selling pots to the general public. After work, both go their own way: Mr. Jonas spends his evenings in solitude, contemplating in a cheap hotel room, before going to a bar to have a few glasses of whiskey. Mr. Schmidt whereas, transforms himself into a glamorous drag queen and dives into the night–life. On one of those evenings, both meet at the same shabby bar on the outskirts of a town, where things start to get a little out of hand.
Two Soft Things, Two Hard Things (Canada) (71min)
WINNER! BEST DOCUMENTARY
As a small group in Nunavut, Canada prepare for a seminal LGBTQ Pride celebration in the Arctic, the film explores how colonization and religion have shamed and erased traditional Inuit beliefs about sexuality and family structure and how, 60 years later, a new generation of Inuit are actively ’unshaming’ their past.
Two Pairs of Shoes (Germany) (9min)
Josi loves Helene but Helene never replies to the three magic words. Is that because she loves her less?
Parting (UK) (10min)
After a lifetime together, time has stopped for an elderly couple as they prepare to say goodbye.
Red (Brazil) (5min)
WINNER! BEST SHORT
Through a merge between performance, fiction and documentary, this video art talks about the physical and psychological restraints that build the female being.
“One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman.”
– Simone de Beauvoir in The Second Sex, 1949
After the Mass (Russia) (13min)
An existential dilemma of a religious man.
Happy F—king Valentine’s Day (13min)
Valentine’s Day provides the backdrop for this comedy short that asks the question: How can trying to do something so good turn out so f–ing wrong?
MAJOR! follows the life and campaigns of Miss Major Griffin–Gracy, a 73–year–old Black transgender woman who has been fighting for the rights of trans women of color for over 40 years.
Dawn (UK) (15min)
WINNER! BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
As dawn creeps across London, two lost outcasts meet in the darkness, more afraid of themselves than each other. As the sun begins to rise, and the veil of night is lifted, the pair are forced to look at themselves and face the harsh reality that life is sometimes what you make it, and that in the cold light of day, it takes more than the eyes to see inside a soul.
Two ex–lovers try to navigate a friendship as their lives head down opposite paths.
Nobody Ever Tells You What It’s Like (3min)
WINNER! BEST LOCAL FILMMAKER – SAMUEL KARIE
Using the actual audio of coming out to my parents, I illustrate the isolation, bleakness, anger, and ultimately acceptance for those who are too scared of the unknown to take that step themselves.
Lindy Calls Tracy (Canada) (5min)
Lindy needs help to make it through this date. As luck would have it, her friend Tracy is always there with the guidance Lindy needs. Clarity is but a phone call away.
The Women’s Bathroom Project (6min)
WINNER! BEST SCREENPLAY
A little girl’s conversation with a transgender woman in a restaurant bathroom.
Escape Hatch (Australia) (10min)
When your best friend is busy swiping you left, it might take a superhero to make it right!
A feel good film about love and courage.
WINNER! BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE
A lonely, middle–aged man hires a male prostitute to recreate a road trip from his past.
Mr. Massive and the Super Squad (7min)
A father comes to understand his son through his son’s photos of a superhero wedding.
Open Relationship (Spain) (14min)
Oscar and Sergio have been in a relationship for 5 years. They live together and they have very different personalities: Oscar is more passionate and emotional and Sergio has a much more mental role. A random afternoon of a random day one of them decides to ask the other if he would be interested in start an open relationship.
Betty (UK) (9min)
An elderly lady watches the world go by, sharing her life with plants and memories. One day, a newspaper advertisement catches her eye and invites her to explore her past.
Infinite Rose (4min)
An unexpected memory of a first kiss.
Doris (UK) (12min)
Once a famous drag queen, Doris is now old and ailing. But she’s planning a come back. It’s gonna be a surprise!
Leo and Caitlin have been married for 26 years and their marriage has lost its spark. Their life seems to have settled down to an everyday ordinary routine – but has it really? When Caitlin discovers a pair of unfamiliar knickers in the laundry basket, she sets out to unveil the truth and discovers an unknown side of Leo.
In the traditional world of square dancing, gay clubs in New York and California accept anyone, gay or straight, just as they are.
Seeking: Jack Tripper (15min)
Seeking: Jack Tripper is a short romantic comedy about a gay married couple who try to have a threesome in an attempt to overcome a rut in their relationship, only to realize just how rusty domestication has left their pickup game.
Tucker and Lance have been married for a few years now and are grappling with the onset of monotony. Both are loyal and supportive spouses, but the marriage rut which looms overhead has both in a quiet panic. The idea of pursuing a threesome has become a live–in white elephant; the practice is a stereotypical solution in the gay community and both partners begrudgingly agree to comply in an effort to appease the other. It isn’t long, however, before Tucker and Lance realize that domestic life has made them lame in the art of seduction, and in order to land the man of their mutual desires, they’ll have to work together.