Friday, September 16th, 8:00pm
Pride Fighter (15min)WINNER! BEST PERFORMANCE - DAVID SICILIANO
Dime (Cana) (3min)When her mother-in-law unexpectedly arrives during breakfast, a woman reveals her feelings about not being accepted for who she is and the effects that disapproval has on herself, her partner, and their adopted daughter.
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.
Ariel (UK) (14min)Having faced a lifetime of discrimination and abuse – Ariel, a homeless transwoman has created a wall around her and will not let anyone in. After all, defence is the best form of attack. That is until her guardian angel ’Paul’ comes into her life. Paul teaches Ariel how to ’feel alive’ again. But how will their love endure the test of Society’s oppressive views of what they ’are’. Will they overcome the many obstacles faced by them for being ’unsuited’ in love and the fact that they are homeless? ’Ariel’ explores the common occurrences faced daily on the streets by the homeless and LGBT communities worldwide. Homophobic, transphobic and racial abuse to name but a few. This time with tragic consequences.
Two Soft Things, Two Hard Things (Canada) (71min)WINNER! BEST DOCUMENTARY
Saturday, Sept 17th, 3:00pm:
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
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! (90min)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.
Saturday, Sept 17th, 8:00pm:
Dawn (UK) (15min)WINNER! BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Closing (8min)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 FILM
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 Woman’s Bathroom Project (6min)WINNER! BEST SCREENPLAY
Escape Hatch (Australia) (10min)When your best friend is busy swiping you left, it might take a superhero to make it right!
Retake (100min)WINNER! BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE
Extra Screening: Saturday, Sept 17th, 11:00am:
Mr. Massive and the Super Squad (7min)A father comes to understand his son through his son’s photos of a superhero wedding.
Mother Knows Best (Sweden) (12min)After introducing his mother to his boyfriend, an angsty teenager faces an awkward car journey home. A 12 minute short shot in two single takes. Nominated for the Crystal Bear and the Teddy award at Berlin International Film Festival where it had its international premiere.
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.
Isn’t She Lovely (7min)Isn’t She Lovely tells the story of a woman coming to terms with herself in a changing world.
Weird Times (Turkey) (11min)Haldun is a transvestite who lives in an urban transformation district of Istanbul. Hate crimes aimed at trans people have recently increased; however, still he has to go out that night. But things will get weird.
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!
Exposé (5min)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.
Partners (7min)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.