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OutFilm Festival Connecticut

OutFilm Festival Connecticut

Friday, 31 May 2019 until Saturday, 08 June 2019

Out Film CT is a nonprofit cultural organization dedicated to presenting outstanding LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) cinema throughout the year, culminating in the nine-day Connecticut LGBT Film Festival. Connecticut's longest-running film festival holds a special place in our state’s cultural landscape, bringing the community together to introduce, celebrate and rediscover the ideas and values that make the LGBT community unique.


 

2019 films...

Tell It to the Bees


It’s a Small World: International Shorts

From Mars and Venus
(Van Mars En Venus)
Dir. Kevin Kok, 2017, Netherlands, 25 min, in Dutch with English subtitles
At the age of 17, Gijs has a secret that he’s afraid to share with his father, and it’s not what you think. As they sail from the Netherlands to Wallonia, their communication on deck flows naturally, but their everyday conversations are strained as they try to find a common bond. 
The Nest
Dir. Daniel Benoit, 2018, Canada, 15 min
A lonesome history buff invites a mysterious stranger into his home in hopes of exploring his repressed sexual fantasies. See how a well-made ham sandwich can alter your future. World premiere!

Infinite While It Lasts (Infinito Enquanto Dure)
Dir. Akira Kamiki, 2019, Brazil, 19 min, in Portuguese with English subtitles
After falling in love at a party, Danny and Seiji just want to be together. However, their differences might prove stronger than their feelings in this story about asexuality.

Down
Dir. Garry Crystal, 2018, UK, 12 min
Two strangers are trapped in an elevator. One is dying; the other is dying to escape.
North American premiere!

The Things You Think I’m Thinking
Dir. Sherren Lee, 2017, Canada, 15 mins
An amputee burn-victim brings a date back to his apartment, where he faces his demons in an attempt to experience intimacy for the first time since his accident.

Under Tension (Unter Strom)
Dir. Clemens Roth, 2017, Germany, 9 min, in Russian with English subtitles
Fifteen-year-old Stasik is growing up in his village in Ukraine while his parents are working in western Europe. They want him to join them, but Stasik is carrying a secret that weighs heavily on him, and now he must make a life-altering decision.
Manivald
Dir. Chintis Lundgren, 2017, Canada/Croatia/Estonia, 13 min
Manivald is a fox who is turning 33. Overeducated, unemployed and generally uninspired, he lives with his overbearing, retired mother and spends his days learning piano while she makes his coffee and washes his socks. Their world is about to come undone when the washing machine breaks down and Toomas, a sexy and adventurous wolf repairman, arrives to fix it — and them.


Fresh Faces: Youth Shorts

My Grandson, Charlotte
Dir. Tyler Pierreson, 2019, UK, 13 min
Charlie is a transgender teen who has a strained relationship with his father. But he shares a special bond with his immigrant grandfather from the Congo, who knows what it’s like to be an outsider and understands the importance of identity, being true to yourself, and always wearing the perfect outfit.

Beauty
Dir. Christina Willings, 2018, Canada, 23 min
An exploration of the lives of five gender-creative kids, each uniquely engaged in shaping their understanding of what it means to be fully human. Claiming your own sense of gender when everything around you insists that you comply and conform can be challenging, and sometimes scary. But luckily, family and friends are there to help.

Darío
Dirs. Manuel Kinzer & Jorge Trujillo Gil, 2018, Colombia/Germany, 15 min, in Spanish with English subtitles
Darío is a 17-year-old Colombian boy with a passion for dance. He loves rehearsing with his Carnival dance group but has to keep it a secret from his mother, who fears that Darío won’t grow up to be a real man and has more traditional pursuits in mind for her son.

I Put the Bi in Bitter (Three episodes)
Dir. Marin Lepore, 2018, USA
After coming to terms with her bisexuality, Sam attempts to come out and start fresh during junior year, but still struggles to deal with constant heteronormativity. This fun and lighthearted web series explores the universal themes of expression, friendship and crushes, and all those awkward moments of trying to survive high school. Made entirely by a group of women in leading creative positions.

Brothers
Dir. Mike Mosallam, 2018, USA, 9 min
This coming-of-age story follows a Muslim Arab boy coming to terms with his sexuality. When he realizes that he is different, he decides to face his fears with the support of an older brother who stands by him and encourages him to be himself in the face of bias and adversity.

OUT on the Streets
Dir. John Haley, 2018, USA, 17 min
For the estimated 40% of homeless youth in America who identify as LGBTQ, embracing their true identity often means they must also struggle to live on the streets. Jason and Luis, two young gay men in Chicago, face this reality head-on in their personal journeys to self-acceptance.

Listen
Dir. Jake Graf, 2019, UK, 5 min
Featuring young trans actors in trans roles, this is an honest and frank portrayal of the many struggles and challenges trans children and teenagers experience every day, giving a much-needed voice to this often-maligned part of the community.

Welcome to the Ball
Dir. Adam Vincent Wright, 2019, USA, 5 min, in English and American Sign Language with English subtitles
A child learns sign language in hopes of making a new friend.


Mapplethorpe

Wild (Sauvage)

Socrates

Erik & Erika


I’ve Got to Be Me: Transgender Shorts

Texas Strong
Dir. Daresha Kyi, 2018, USA, 18 min
An intimate portrait of Kimberly and Kai Shappley. A mother has to confront her religious community while her 7-year-old transgender daughter navigates life at school and is banned from the girls’ bathroom.

Something About Alex (Anders)
Dir. Reinout Hellenthal, 2017, Netherlands, 18 min, in Dutch with English subtitles
A teenager struggling with his gender attempts to reconcile with his identity.

The Things That Make Us
Dir. Fox Fisher, 2017, UK, 3 min
A quick but bold and honest look at the effects of hormones on your body when you are a trans person.

Silvia In the Waves
Dir. Giovana Olmos, 2017, Canada, 13 min, in French with English subtitles
Noa struggles to honor the identity of his recently deceased parent while his mother tries to uphold the appearance of a conventional family. Grief and fantasy entwine to reveal the complex relationship between history and erasure, identity and memory.

Briella
Dir. Emma Leslie, 2018, Australia, 7 min
Six-year-old Briella invites her uncles to perform at her gender diverse youth group.

Guarding Santos
Dir. Adelina Anthony, USA, 2019, 10 min
A Mexican American child rebels against gender norms, forcing her traditional parents to make a choice about how to raise her.

Tell-by Date
Dir. Sarah Ball, 2019, UK, 14 min
Ryan has something personal to tell his son, but finds every excuse not to. He needs a deadline.

Paperock
Dir. Hillel Rate, 2017, Israel, 11 mins, in Hebrew with English subtitles
A young, ultra-Orthodox Jewish woman cannot recognize the brother she has not seen in years, and realizes that in order to reestablish their bond she must accept her new identity.

Princess
Dir. Karsten Dahlem, 2017, Germany, 16 min, in German with English subtitles
When gang leader Ole and his buddies made off with Davie’s school bag, Ole could never in his wildest dreams have imagined that a short time later he would appear on stage with Davie at a school karaoke contest dressed as a princess wearing makeup. Neither could his friends.


Boys Will Be Boys: Gay Shorts

The Handyman
Dir. J.C. Calciano, 2019, USA, 8 min
A single, gay man finds creative ways to keep a hunky repairman coming back to his house to fix things, but suddenly the fantasies become more than either of them expected.

Uninvited
Dir. Seung Yeob Lee, 2017, South Korea, 20 min, in Korean with English subtitles
When Jungho’s mother suddenly shows up at the Seoul apartment he shares with his boyfriend, he tries to hide all evidence of his homosexuality. But she’s far more perceptive than he could have anticipated.

The Curse
Dir. Dave Berenato, 2018, USA, 7 min
Kyle is at a Halloween party preparing for the online hookup of a lifetime, but then things get a little weird after he encounters a witch in the bathroom.

ruok
Dir. Jay Russell, 2018, USA, 13 min
Alex and Bryan are best friends, but they have a bitter fight (entirely by text) when one of them sleeps with the other’s crush. Just as things seem to settle down, an unexpected development may cause yet another rift. Can they remain BFFs?

Malik
Dir. Nathan Carli, 2018, France, 15 min, in French with English subtitles
Malik and his boyfriend live in a place that’s unsafe for gay people, so tonight they will escape to someplace more hospitable. But Malik’s big brother and his gang are determined to hunt Malik down and stop him.

Clothes & Blow
Dir. Sam Peter Jackson, 2018, UK, 23 min
For American voice over artist Daniel, life in London is just a series of demanding client calls and awkward Grindr meets. But when his mother decides to visit from the U.S. with less than 24-hour’s notice, Daniel is forced to re-evaluate how fully and authentically he is living his life.

Guillermo On the Roof (Guillermo en el tejado)
Dir. Miguel Lafuente, 2018, Spain, 16 min, in Spanish with English subtitles
While Guillermo tries to fix his romantic life by making a film about it, he discovers through Samir, a Syrian refugee, that all his issues are superficial.

Vertical Lines
Dir. Kyle Reaume, 2018, Canada, 14 min
Dave and Andrew reach a new level of closeness in their relationship when they share their personal experiences with self-harm.

Come at Me, Bro
Dir. Ethan Fuirst, 2019, USA, 6 min
Two gay men find a creative way to release their pent-up aggression. Wrestling.


Wonder Women: Lesbian Shorts

Time & Again
Dir. Rachel Dax, 2019, UK, 27 min
Eleanor and Isabelle meet again by chance, sixty years after they broke up. Will anger and bitterness doom any future relationship, or will love win in the end?

Heather Has Four Moms
Dir. Jeanette Buck, 2018, USA, 14 min
When Heather decides to lose her virginity for her 15th birthday, Mom’s wife must convince Mom, and Mom’s ex, and Mom’s ex’s partner that it’s time for Heather to have “the talk.” Which Mom is ready to help Heather make a big decision? It’s a mother-daughter story. Times four.

Mother’s Day (Anyák Napja)
Dir. Dorka Vermes, 2018, Hungary, 15 min, in Hungarian with English subtitles
Juli and Réka have decided to take their relationship to the next level, so they have invited Juli’s mother, Mari, for dinner so they can tell her the news. But it’s not going to be easy as Mari has always been a critical mother and a disapproving mother-in-law.

F*ck
Dir. Vern Hass, 2018, USA, 3 min
A one-word journey through an unsuspecting freshman’s sexual trials, tribulations and revelations during her first semester of college.

Adeline
Dir. Audrey Biche, 2018, France, 10 min, in French with English subtitles
An elderly woman at the end of her life reminisces about the years she spent at a boarding school for girls.

Bucket List
Dir. Jessica King, 2018, USA, 4 min
A couple makes a sexual bucket list, which is even funnier than it sounds.

Tamagotchi
Dir. Fernanda Reis, 2018, Brazil, 23 min, in Portuguese with English subtitles
Laura decides to turn off the Internet and look at the world around her. She soon meets Agatha and they fall in love. It’s almost like everything was planned to happen that way.

Home Girl
Dir. Poonam Brah, 2018, UK, 12 min
Roya is a British Muslim woman whose mother has just died. After the funeral, she returns to a home that’s much different without her mother and discovers something surprising.

Hidden
Dir. Jess O’Brien, 2018, UK, 6 min
Solomon reads a poem aloud with such beauty that it surprises all of his classmates except Katie. The poem has a meaning and secrets only the two of them know.


Gay Chorus Deep South
Canary (Kanarie)
Dykes, Camera, Action!

Mom + Mom
The Shiny Shrimps

Vita & Virginia