The Brighton & Hove Pride Film Festival
Brighton & Hove Pride is one of the biggest Pride festivals in the world, and The Guardian describes it as “The country’s most popular LGBTQ+ event”.
In 2019, FilmPride showcased a week-long series of sold out events with an LGBTQ+ theme, including the premiere of a documentary about activist Peter Tatchell, with Peter in attendance for an audience Q&A, and Shorts Out!, the LGBTQ+ short film, documentary and animation festival.
This year, FilmPride will also include features.
The hurdles we face, and a celebration of those around us who let us be.
Dir: Ben Hull
A heartfelt comedy drama about the parent/child relationship, the generation gap, the fear of rejection and the need for acceptance.
Dir: Nicolas Greinacher
Ayaneh, from Afghanistan, meets Anna in a swimming pool in Switzerland, feels attracted to her and is soon confronted with resistance from her religious family.
Dir: Emma Edwards
10 years ago in the UK, Steven and Ivan dreamt of having a child of their own. In an act of true altruism, Steven’s sister Lorna came to the rescue.
Dirs: Michael J. Hardinge & Jay Beckerleg
After knowing who they truly are for a while, Zoe finds themselves fatigued by their fear of whether others will accept them or not.
The Bra Mitzvah
Dir: Stacy Jill Calvert
Becca is about to have her Bat Mitzvah, but her Nana insists she does one thing first: get a “real bra”.
Dir: Patrick G. Lee
Through letter-writing, a community discussion, and a drag performance, six queer and trans Asian Americans grapple with their queerness and consider what family acceptance might look like.
Dir: Nadia Charlery
A New Year’s Eve party in Martinique: friends, champagne, innocent play, unexpected reactions and questioned relationships.
Dirs: Diana Juhr-De Benedetti & Andromeda Godfrey
Two lovers check into a hotel to steal some quality time together and end up acting out their ideal fantasy.
Night and Day
Dir: Peter Anthony
Through Puppetry, a story of two lives: an uncle and his nephew. Each experienced challenges, but one is here to tell their story.
Dir: Niancao Yang
A father and his transgender child want to break through inner pressure and reveal their feelings to each other.
Who we are, what makes us US… and those who helped us BE.
Dir: Alice Smith
An empowering documentary that explores the untold story of the North West’s LGBTQ past through two women’s incredible journey of rebellion and activism.
Dir: Chris McGill
A gay asylum seeker journeys into a queer underground club to get the evidence he needs to prove his sexuality to the authorities. Instead, he relives his traumatic past on the dancefloor.
Boys Don’t Wear Dresses
Dir: Jason Weissbrod
Inspired by real events, this modern coming of age fairytale is about the struggles of an autistic transgender college student exploring independence and new experiences.
Rules of the Game
Dir: Francesca Pazniokas
An experimental, queer video art piece that features common games played with incomprehensible rules and unfair advantages.
A Normal Girl
Dir: Aubree Bernier-Clarke
A Normal Girl brings the widely unknown struggles of intersex people to light, through the story of intersex activist Pidgeon Pagonis.
Born to Dance with an Extra Chromosome: the Drag Queens (and Kings) with Down’s Syndrome
Dir: Nikolay Nikolov
Nikolov’s film follows the transformation of the now famous drag artists with Down’s Syndrome as they exploded onto the London scene in 2019.
Queerer Than Thou
Dir: Kate Jessop
Who is the queerest of them all? This queer off will reveal all! Warning: may include vogueing karate.
Dir: Sam Matthews
Stephanie once believed that transformation was only possible in fairytales. But through her love of stories, she learned she could write her own “hero’s journey”.
Dir: Wayne Burns
A seemingly innocent hookup quickly turns enigmatic as Mark and Jeremy grapple with their insecurities, dark pasts and relationships to love in a time of transactional sex and irresponsibility.
Dir: Peter van Langen, Iris-sanne van der Aar
This documentary tells the story of activists that stand at the frontline of LGBTQI+ activism in Georgia. Club Bassiani forms their fort of resistance to homophobic violence.
Dir: Xavier Singer-Kingsmith
A short dance fashion film about transgender and non-binary performers exploring their own gender identities through costume and movement.
Dir: Leo Crane
Jay is trapped in the relentless City until he is forced to confront his relationship with Time and himself.
Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners
Dir: Roger Tiley
During the 1984/85 miners’ strike, Lesbians and Gays from London visited the Dulias Valley in South Wales to offer financial support to striking miners and their families.
Yellow Peril: Queer Destiny
Dir: David Wayne Ng, Jen Sungshine, Kendell Yan
An award-winning experimental documentary that explores the nuances of queer diasporic, Chinese culture, following Vancouver-based drag artist “Maiden China” (aka Kendell Yan).
Transgender Experiences in School
Dir: Ben Saunders
Seven trans and non-binary young people from across the North West area of England discuss their experiences of being transgender in their school.
Bodies for Change
Dirs: Victoria Alessandrini, Julia Dotras Garcia, Tomoko Ushiro
Bodies for Change explores an alternative approach to social change, that focuses on the potentialities of somatic exercises for overcoming trauma caused by social issues.
C’est Karma: Girls (Official Music Video)
Dir: Bianca Jaeger Montobbio
Luxembourgish indie artist C’est Karma’s feminist anthem is an ode to all types of female beauty, exploring the participants’ vulnerabilities by exposing the parts they felt insecure about.
We Are Not Who They Say We Are
Dir: Manu Valcarce
The story of Arcoiris, a group of LGBT+ human rights defenders in Honduras, who in recent years have faced mounting attacks and threats following relentless public abuse and stigmatisation.
I am Butch
Dir: Jordan Paunova
A coming out story to the LGBTQ+ community, this incredibly personal spoken word piece is about coming to terms with being ‘Butch’ and what it means to have pride in being so.
Dir: Selwin Vervoort
We travel through the thoughts of Lucas, a man afraid of losing his masculinity after eating a pink fruit.
Cupping the Flame of Women’s Culture
Dir: Helene Rosenbluth
For over 20 years, The Montclair Women’s Cultural Arts Club was a premiere showcase for lesbian, bi, trans, queer and heterosexual performers in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Knotty by Nature
Dir: Mellissae Lucia
WARNING: CONTAINS NUDITY & BDSM
Knotty by Nature explores feminine earthenbody initiations in the wilds of the New Mexico desert, reclaiming the power of pleasure and consent through the beauty of Shibari bondage.
Simply, shorts about love… in all its shapes and forms.
I Know Her
Dir: Fawzia Mirza
In the afterglow of a seemingly fated hookup, two women realise that perhaps they have a little too much in common.
Dir: Nicky Larkin
A radical Northern Irish theatre company make the world’s first documentary opera, taking every homophobic phrase said by the DUP, and putting it to music, verbatim.
Dir: Efa Blosse-mason
Through a striking illustrative style, this is the story of Heledd and Celyn, who navigate the undiscovered and murky waters of entering a new relationship.
Dir: Sander Houwen, Sjoerd Weening
In a God-fearing village, local goldsmith Alain delivers wedding rings to gay couple Sam and Daan.
Dir: Lois Norman
What if, an intimacy of touch, a truth of want, Swivels around your doubt and trusts? What if, love is not a gender, it is a swivel of the heart?
Turn it Around
Dir: Neils Bourgonje
When fifteen year-old Bram falls for Florian at a house party, there’s only one problem: nobody knows Bram is gay.
Dir: Alice Trueman
Comedy sketch about the perils of taking a bath when you and your partner are feeling slightly different vibes… From the sketch web-series ‘Spoon the Prune’.
Dir: Matt Parsons
A brief moment of love, grief and loss.
Dir: Miguel Gabaldón
Throughout the four seasons of the year, four couples meet, live, split and meet again in the cities of Madrid, Chicago and New York.
The Last Romantics
Dir: João Cândido Zacharias
Two young men share different points of view of the same sexual encounter in a public space.
Dir: Imogen McCluskey
It’s 1988. Recently married Dana helps her eternally-single friend Aleea make a video profile for a dating service, provoking a confession which forces them to address the nature of their relationship.
A Big Fat Taiwanese Same-Sex Wedding Banquet
Dir: Larry Tung
To celebrate becoming the first Asian country to legalize same-sex marriage, Taiwan threw a big wedding banquet in front of its Presidential Building in Taipei.
Dir: Krissy Mahan
This short film is a parody of Todd Haynes’ 2015 film “Carol,” that presents a hilarious and necessary class analysis, with better sex.
Dir: Zachary Smith
Reece, a closeted college football captain, struggles with the toxic behaviours of his teammates, and those behaviours bleeding into his relationship with his partner and fellow teammate, Beau.
Dir: Tzeli Hadjidimitriou
The lyric poet Sappho, presented as a modern woman, turns up in her birthplace, Eressos on the island of Lesvos, and moves among its modern-day inhabitants.
Music for Bleeding Hearts
Dir: Rafael Gomes
From the producers of “The Way He Looks” (2014), Music for Bleeding Hearts is set in present-day São Paulo, where a trio of young hearts are about to break. Ricardo has both a steady boyfriend and a wandering eye for a new coworker. Isabella is taking a break from both her boyfriend and best friend Ricardo. And hopeless romantic Felipe has suddenly found himself caught between the two of them. These three have big dreams, yearning passion, and opinionated acquaintances, but they’re all unprepared for what’s to come from Cupid’s arrows.
Consent Factory: Lesbo-Queer Perspectives
Dir: Mathilde Capone
What if lesbo-queer communities had something to share about the singularities of their sexualities? Through the complex topic of consent, sixteen protagonists from these communities speak up. Could there be blurred lines, a continuum between consent and aggression? How can we defeat rape culture and innovate in matters of consent? How has the notion of aggression been used historically to exclude trans women? In a deep introspection of their intimacies, these protagonists ask questions, get angry, laugh, create other possibilities. They suggest to look more closely at consent, from the experience of their marginalized communities, their subcultures and their explorations.
Dir: Noelani Mei Lee
When a degenerative neurological disorder takes over his life, Dennis Clemens must learn to find happiness amidst the destruction of his mind.
Cracks in the Patriarchy
Dirs: Cagdas Celtikli, Kai Münch
A documentary told by seven protagonists, who share their personal and political point of view by expressing the reasons and the purposes for their advocacy as members of the Buenos Aires LGBTQI+ Community. Each one of them narrates personal processes and experiences which constitute their social and political identity as well as the motivation for their struggle for an equal and fairer future. We are shown a diversity of perspectives, rooted in their beings and their fights, through their descriptions of very similar topics and facts from a historical and contemporary approach based on their unique points of view. In that sense, the protagonists do not only share a common desire, but also their motivation to be part of a Community that advocates for a world that everyone can feel as a safe space, and in which the patriarchy becomes a historical issue.
The Unlikely Story of the Lesbians of First Friday
Dirs: Kathryn L Beranich
In the 1980s, in the Regan era and when homosexuals were vilified, First Friday sprung fully formed from the imaginations of a group of lesbians living in the small city of Roanoke, Virginia.
We’ve teamed up with Hopster Studios to bring you these beautiful, educational animations, made especially for the little ones.
Love is Love
Dir: Mina Song
A music video designed for preschoolers, celebrating love and the diversity of families. Encouraging inclusion and acceptance, this catchy song shows children how colourful and different families can be.
Rainbow Stories: Stella/Stuart
Dir: Adam Bailey
The story of a young girl named Stella who is uncomfortable as female, and finds the confidence to be a boy named Stuart.
Rainbow Stories: Peter, Mark, James & Einstein
Dir: Adam Bailey
The story of a boy called James, who finds happiness in his new home with his newly adopted parents Peter, James and Einstein the cat.
Rainbow Stories: Linsey & Holly
Dir: Adam Bailey
The empowering true story of Lynsey, who overcame teasing & bullying at school to become a doctor – and married the love of her life, a girl named Holly.
Saturday Club: the Princess Rulebook
Dirs: John McDaid, Robin Davey
Suzy does not like Jo’s princess rulebook at all, there are far too many rules and stereotypes. Suzy decides to throw out the rulebook and do things her way…