SHORTS/TELEPLAYS/MUSIC VIDEOS

No More Josef / U.S.A. (Director Jacob Brown) - A photographer’s life spirals into disarray after falling in love and flying to Sweden for a boy he met online, only to have it all yanked away from him. Years later, an unexpected encounter with two young skater kids has the potential to set things right.

 

Caged / U.S.A. (Director Massimo Bordonaro Screenwriter Edward King III) - Karrisa Kline (Karimah Westbrook) and Chris Kline (Trey McCurley) have been happily married for 6 six years. At least that is what Karrisa thought. During a dinner party to celebrate her husband’s new promotion, Karrisa’s life begins to fall apart when a secret starts to circulate among the party guests. Karrisa’s best friend Karen Stevens (Karen Malina White) vows to keep the secret from Karrisa until the end of the night at the behest of her husband Tim Stevens (Timothy D. Harris). But some secrets are just too hard to keep secret. And before the night is through, Karen spills the beans and Karrisa is left with a truth she never thought would have been her life.

 

Exchange / U.S.A. (Director: Dorian Carli-Jones Screenwriters: Tyler Byrnes and Dorian Carli-Jones) - A gay man is forced to give up the last remaining vestige of yet another failed relationship: his ex's jacket. But during the post-breakup stuff exchange, belongings are not the only things that get swapped.

 

The Man Crush / U.S.A. (Director and Screenwriter: Richard Louprasong) - You can't help what the heart wants. For Trevor, he wants the man he's been waiting for or at least he thinks. In this story, Trevor will confess his emotional feelings toward one guy who isn't what he expected to be.

 

Escaping Agra / U.S.A. (Director: Pallavi Somusetty) - After being held against their will in India when their gender and sexual orientation is discovered, Naveen Bhat battles their parents in court and pieces their life back together. 

 

C. Squared Show / U.S.A. (Director: De Juan VaLentine) - C.SQUARED is a show that engages in the hard conversations that most people find uncomfortable, too shameful or just rather ignore and sweep under the rug. These conversations are had mostly behind closed doors but very rarely in the open. 

 

Vessels / U.S.A. (Director and Screenwriter:  Arkasha Stevenson) - A young transgender woman considers a dangerous black market surgery that may be her only option in gaining a more feminine body.

 

Cheetah in August / U.S.A. (Director: Anthony Newsome-Bawn) - August has a new life and new job and finds out the truth about his power. Donna and Jarvis have a few family. Brennen has an urgent request after finding out a secret. Anthony's mom and brother help him with physical therapy.

 

The Swimming Pool / Uruguay (Director: Rocio Llambi & Mariana Winarz, Screenwriter: Rocio Llambi) - Childhood is coming to an end: twelve-year-old Lina is growing up and her body is changing. She must start making decisions about her identity which will go against her mother’s wishes.

 

Sex x Friend? / Japan (Director and Screenwriter: Katsuhide Yamago) - Yuto was helpless in an extreme loneliness. Sex was his remedy and his way of finding a peace of mind. He is headed to his sex partner's house today. A bit more than friends, but not lovers.

 

Shala / Brazil (Director and Screenwriter: Joao Inacio) - Shala is the story about Pedro, a young boy living in an orphanage in Amazon who has a hard time being adopted because of several prejudices, which includes the cruel indifference of adoptive parents towards children in his age group. The boy creates situations to draw the attention of adoptive parents, while at the same time creating an imaginary friendship with his only toy, a doll named "Shala."

 

Crossing / Israel (Director and Screenwriter: Inbar Horesh) - A drag queen trio performs at underground queer parties in Jerusalem. After a year performing together, they are facing their final appearance. The film follows them in the days leading to their last show, as their personal lives, conflicts and critique are expressed on stage. There they are three sons as three drag queens portraying their three mothers - reveal the various facets of their lives in a political-comic documentary which exposes the tensions between performance and real life.  

 

FAW / Spain (Director and Screenwriter: Dany Campos) - Frida receives a call from an ex-boyfriend. She goes with the hope of reviving what they left months ago, but the game turns out to be something totally unexpected for her.

 

Denise / United Kingdom (Director and Screenwriter: Kenneth O’Toole) - An elderly drag queen sparkles her way through time, reminiscing on her glory days.

 

My Brother / Spain-Germany (Director and Screenwriter: Miguel Lafuente) - MY BROTHER tells the story of a young Spanish, Alberto, who have fled as far as possible from her conservative family. He lives in Berlin with her partner, and works as an illustrator of comics. But an unexpected event forces him to return to his suffocating Castilian village and confront not only their own origins but lies who created to survive. To save his guilty he will try to change the future of their tragedy through fiction, as best he can do, drawing. It is a story that takes us from a cosmopolitan, artistic and free world into a deep and hypocritical Spain that still remains depressed despite the achievements of our society. 

 

Queen’s Mile / United Kingdom (Director and Screenwriter: Martin Delaney) - London’s Southbank. A twenty something girl approaches a familiar part of London, where she asks a stranger to take her picture. She’s not a tourist, her accent is a local one and her camera isn’t your standard digital, complete with selfie stick. In an awkward exchange, the Polaroid picture is finally taken and the girl places the image in her collage book. We follow her with intrigue, as she takes more pictures of familiar sights around London, each one more curious then the next as we begin to grow concerned for her. Why is she taking photos with empty frames? And why today? And why in particular on The Queen’s Walk, along the Southbank? Queen’s Mile is a heartwarming story of a young woman’s courage in coping with depression, in her own unique way.

 

For the Family / Brazil (Director and Screenwriter: Daniella Cronemberger) - The daily life of Vanessa, Marília and their three children has a tight schedule of obligations and appointments. The two mothers must divide their tasks. A picnic with friends may help to recover energy. Meanwhile, the family is forced to confront external threats. Their civil rights are endangered.

 

Dawn /United Kingdom (Director and Screenwriter: Jake Graf) - 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.

 

Intrinsic Moral Evil / Netherlands (Director and Screenwriter: Harm Weistra) - Intrinsic Moral Evil seems to be a tale of identity and coming of age. But above all, the three dancers play with the viewer’s perception and expectations. The layered story gradually develops; revealing its last secrets just before the end credits start. Inviting the audience to make its own interpretation.

 

Open Recess / U.S.A. (Director: Amy Xu) - An animated documentary about a nostalgic childhood romance between two girls.

 

The Escape Hatch / Australia (Director David Willing) - When your best friend is busy swiping you left, it might take a superhero to make it right! 

 

Scatter (Elsewhere) / U.S.A. (Director: Kristen Laffey, Screenwriter: Julian Goza) - Following the recent death of their father, Gil (Julian Goza) visits his estranged sister, Cherry (Kristen Laffey) under the guise of mending their relationship. Though Cherry plans on scattering their father’s ashes in Yosemite, Gil has a different plan…

 

Prudence / U.S.A. (Director and Screenwriter: Angela Jude) - A dishonorably discharged World War 2 nurse, stricken by grief and crippling dementia, seeks out her beloved to dance with one last time.

 

Walk for Me / U.S.A. (Director and Screenwriter: Elegance Bratton) - 'Walk for Me' is a contemporary coming out story set in present day New York City. Hassan Kendricks is a conflicted teenager torn between his devotion to Andrea his mother and his desire to be himself. 

 

Handsome Girl / U.S.A., Berlin (Director and Screenwriter: Mathew F. Smith) - Sex. Love. Travel. Music. A story in the age of Snapchats and Tinder swipes. Two friends travel from Los Angeles to Berlin to launch their new musical project, Handsome Girl. In Berlin, anything can happen and usually does, but will their friendship survive?

 

Rainbow Day Camp / U.S.A. (Director: Horacio Marquinez) - Thousands of young people are pushing the boundaries of gender. In 2015 a summer camp was created in the Bay Area to provide youth a safe and fun place to express their identity.

 

No Matter What Happens, I Love You / Poland (Director: Justyna Mytnik) - Peter returns to Poland from Iraq war. He is not happy to find his sister living with her lesbian girlfriend in their family home. Brother does not accept his sister’s sexual orientation and tries to get rid of her partner, but even the mother defends the girls. Will the family manage to overrule him? 

 

Cakes da Killa: No Homo / U.S.A. (Director and Screenwriter: Ja’Tovia Gary) - An electrifying portrait of a young artist determined to live life on his own terms. Born Rashard Bradshaw, Cakes Da Killa is a 22 year old hip hop artist. As an openly gay man he is not your run of the mill rapper, but he just might be your new favorite.

‚Äč

Let Us End With It Too / Canada (Director & Screenwriter: Caisha Lea Thompson) -Told in four shots, Let Us End With It Too is an exploration of a dying relationship. When Sarah realizes that she may be falling out of love with her partner, Jessica, she withdraws into herself in order to face her emotions and interpret them before acting on the initial presence of the potentially detonative thought. While Sarah is doing this to preserve their relationship, Jessica notices and reacts