What makes us unique. Put simply, what makes us, us!
IS IT ME
Dir: Christopher McGill – 9:45, UK
An intimate portrait of a bio drag queen. Body dysmorphia takes centre stage in this highly visual examination of the selves we invent to navigate the world.
Les Gorges (Canyons)
Dir: Elsa Thomas – 18:54, France
One summer day, Elena takes her friend Sacha away from the convent to swim. Lost in the middle of canyons, their sensuality awakens, but the sky begins to rumble.
Never Tell Anyone About This
Dir: Kate Sedlyarova – 38:20, Russian Federation
Lera and Kostya have long been told never to reveal anything about themselves, so they appear ‘normal’ and escape rejection by the wider society. They are intersex, but information available on LGBT+ people in Russia is limited. They decide to tell the world about themselves, that intersex people exist, and that there are millions just like them.
Dir: Nish Gera – 15:30, UK
Bound in flowers, a tattooed hand strokes a face. Ropes unwind on the floor. Tremors of pain, tremors of release. What do you desire? MOTTA follows hard-to-classify Brazilian artist Fabio Da Motta as he questions the boundaries between fantasy, power, provocation and art.
Dir: Joe Solomon – 13:04, UK
Your wedding is meant to be the best day of your life for a young bride, but what if you come out as gay as soon as you’ve tied the knot to your boyfriend?
Dir: Washington Calegari – 11:51, Brazil
Alvaro has been quarantined for 97 days without leaving home. When the delivery man arrives at the building with another meal, an unexpected situation imposes a difficult decision on Alvaro.
PARTNER – Big Gay Hands
Dir: Lesley Marshall – 3:22, Canada
“This song is about a wild night on the town filled with queer desire. There are a lot of songs out there about women’s bodies but this is the only song we know about big gay hands. This song is dedicated to the hotties and to those who love them.” – PARTNER
Dir: Thomas Hescott – 17:58, US
Effeminate, depraved and looking for love. 1965, the eve of decriminalisation for acts of male homosexuality. Matthews, a young gay man at odds with the world discovers love, sex and a family in the backstreets and underground bars of Soho.
Modern Queer Heroes
Dir: Kate Jessop – 5:00, UK
Who are the queer heroes walking amongst us now or in recent times? A celebration of LGBTQ+ figures who have helped push forward culture and society a little more for the rest of us. A collaboration during the 2020 quarantine between 14 LGBTQ+ identified animators around the world, the structure is based on the old Surrealist drawing game Exquisite Corpses.
Dir: Natalie Jasmine Harris – 12:20, US
On the eve of her cotillion ball, a young Black girl grapples with her queer identity and questions her purity.
Trans Happiness is Real
Dir: Quinton Baker – 8:05, UK
A trans activist chronicles their street art activism, which combats an anti-trans stickering campaign on the streets of Oxford with unwavering but not untested hope.
Dir: Faye Carr-Wilson – 5:40, UK
Short documentary dealing with issues of disability and empowerment through drag performer, Venus Dimilo.
Build Black Futures
Dir: OnRaé LaTeal Watkins – 1:20, US
Music video from the artist activist group, Freedom Futures Collective (FFC). The collective released its debut project, “We Keep Us Safe”, a musical and visual exploration of the reimagining of public safety featuring original freedom songs from the movement for Black lives.
From A to Q
Dir: Emmalie El Fadli – 18:52, UK
22 year old Alex who wakes suddenly from a dream where she’s intimate with Kayla. Only problem is; Kayla happens to be Alex’s best friend and Alex has never been with a girl before… She now has to navigate through her new found feelings, all the while trying really hard not to mess up the friendship she’s had since she was 5.
Récit de Soit (Oneself Story)
Dir: Géraldine Charpentier – 4:53, Belgium
While non-binary representations are rare, Lou talks about their relationship to gender, clothes, and other markers.
Dir: Lucie Rachel, Chrissie Hyde – 4:31, UK
Factory Talk is an intergenerational conversation about identity, sexuality and masculinity in a rural factory. Through the clanging of metal they make small talk, but as the gripes and
grumbles testify to better times, the questions rising on the factory floor are of more than just nostalgia.
Dir: Milda Baginskaite – 12:30, UK
A young immigrant searches for her own identity while fighting for recognition in a male-dominated classroom.
Dir: Ana González, Frederick Bernas – 22:46, Spain
After decades of hiding feminine impulses, a renowned dancer comes out to challenge convention by pursuing his love of flamenco – dressed as a woman – in a conservative society with rigid cultural traditions.
Dir: Meryem Ait Aghnia – 5:07, Morocco
In a country where homosexuality and sexual relations outside marriage are punishable by prison and where religious thought dominates, Ines claims her difference.
Lonesome – a Malaysian LGBTQ+ Voicemail Documentary
Dir: Justice Khor – 17:00, Malaysia
The COVID-19 Lockdown as a metaphor for queer existential invisibility. Lonesome is a documentary that explores the intersection of queerness and isolation.
Would you Realise that I’m a Survivor?
Dir: Carlos Ledesma – 2:46, Argentina
A Queer South American artist’s transformation, in the time provided by one roll of Super 8 film.
Dirs: Zé Kielwagen, M. Serafim, S. Simeon – 22:00, Haiti
In Haiti, men perceived as feminine are known as masisi. Haitian artist and activist Sanba Yonel speaks of the plight of the masisi who, faced with prejudice and hostility, find shelter in the religious context of Vodou.
Dir: Aliza Brugger – 15:00, US
Tillie’s lonely life as a roadkill removal worker is destabilized when Wanda, a lively stranger, comes to town.
Dir: José Alberto Andrés Lacasta – 13:29, Spain
The arrival of a mysterious engraving about Martyrdom of Saint Sebastian at the Historic Palace of the AljaferÃa (Zaragoza) awakens the spirit of its old inquisitors, reviving the invincible designs of guilt and desire.
No Historical Precedent
Dir: Mae Hoffman – 9:31, Us
Portrait of a woman who refused to be a transgender icon. Experimental documentary of an undocumented history. Cosplay and cover songs by the #1 fan of Wendy Carlos.
Dir: Sam Seccombe – 15:14, UK
The morning after a one night stand, Dan and Tommy engage in an interesting and unexpected conversation about relationships, sexuality and themselves.
Dir: Ashlei Shyne – 23:23, US
Comedy series that follows Aaliyah Jones, a bisexual woman who recently became single after her ex-girlfriend Simone moved to Berlin. (First 2 episodes only)
Spinach and Eggs
Dir: Lee Campbell – 5:38, UK
A shadow of my disembodied fist performing moving up and down repeatedly; the fist is the spoken language of violence, of my anger/frustration. Many men go to great lengths to achieve one and to achieve a certain overall body type. I am never going to fit into (gay) society’s ideals in terms of body image.
Have You Ever Thought Why?
Dir: Krissy Mahan – 1:59, US
A meditation on aging as a gender-nonconforming person.