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Thursday, 06 June 2019 until Saturday, 15 June 2019

TLVFest, Tel Aviv’s International LGBT Film Festival is a unique annual event taking place each June at the Tel Aviv Cinematheque. The festival offers public screenings of films with no Israeli distribution, meetings with local as well as foreign filmmakers, panel discussions and special events. The impressive program includes many exciting films while aspiring to enrich and empower tolerance and pluralism in Israeli society.

In addition to displaying worldwide cinema, the festival encourages Israeli original work, awarding Best Film in the competitive Israeli program and provides exposure and a public stage for local filmmakers. The festival runs the TLVFest Movie Club, a monthly screening and other cinema related events throughout the year. The festival purchases theatrical rights of selected LGBTQ international films, and distributes them in Israel.


2019 films...

15 Years

30 Years to Sam Spiegel

A Dog Barking at the Moon

ALL SAiNTS: The Bottle Collector

An Almost Ordinary Summer

Billie and Emma

Brief Story from the Green Planet

Carmen & Lola


Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same

Cola de Mono


Extraordinaries – Roni Kuban meets the Queer community


Family Members

Fucking Different Tel Aviv

Gay Chorus Deep South

How to Train Your Dragon The Hidden World

It is Not the Pornographer That is Perverse


Jonathan Agassi Saved My Life


Last Ferry

Leave it to Levi

Making Montgomery Clift

Man Made

Memories of My Body

Miseducation of Cameron Post




One Taxi Ride

Parents in Progress

Rebbetzin Falsch

Red Cow


Song Lang


Tell it to the bees

That’s Gila, That’s Me

The Blue Flower of Novalis


The Event

The Garden Left Behind

The hanging garden                       

The Heat: A Kitchen (R)evolution

The Miseducation of Cameron Post

The Shiny Shrimps

The T + LOVE: America in Transition

This is not Berlin

Thunder from the Sea

Transkids – The Movie

Trixie Mattel: Moving Parts                                         

Two in the Bush: A Love Story


UNSETTLED: Seeking Refuge in America

We were the others

Wild Nights with Emily              

Israeli Shorts A – Breaking with Convention

The Fair
Dir: Shiri Havazelet
Israel, 2018, 14min, Hebrew with English subtitles

Reut, a volunteer on her national service year, is growing anxious over the upcoming fair, however having to deal with the complicated relationships at her commune pushes her to get involved with other affairs.

Moving Day
Director: Regev Berkovitz
Israel, 2019, 19min, Hebrew with English subtitles

Yariv is a devoted father who is helping his son move in together with his new boyfriend. Following some plumbing issues in the building, Yariv realizes Dekel is in fact living right above a gay sauna.

As You Wish
Director: Ayelet Lerman
Israel, 2019, 10min, Hebrew with English subtitles

Noga is an intensely spirited teenager. She meets her counsellor, Uri who is trans; a fact which she uses as an excuse to run away. Uri, however, is not about to give up on her that easily. What is she running away from?

The First Day of Summer
Directors: Dor Y. Levy, Oron Golan
Israel, 2019, 8min, Hebrew with English subtitles

It’s the first day of the summer holidays and Yotam, a teenager, is left in a large, imposing villa all on his own; until a surprise run-in with a prowler – his classmate – changes things.

Director: Bar Cohen
Israel, 2018, 7min, Hebrew with English subtitles

Hilla, a young trans woman, has locked herself in her home and will not leave the house. When her neighbour comes knocking at her door, demanding that she dispose of the trash bags she’d left out in the building corridor, she must confront both him and the outside world.

Director: Almog Ganot
Israel, 2019, 11min, Hebrew with English subtitles

A young student returns to his Kibbutz apartment one afternoon only to realize he can’t find his keys. His predicament forces him to hit a momentary pause on life’s rat race and in a fleeting, lyrical moment, he is able to connect with his innermost feelings and pluck up the courage to do something he’d been keen on for a long while.

Israeli Shorts B – Boys’ Tales

Pillow Fight
Director: Noa Sagi
Israel, 2019, 7min, Hebrew with English subtitles

What starts off as a pillow fight between four childhood friends on a trip, escalates into an emotional confrontation between two of them.

Director: Gal Harbon
Israel, 2018, 18min, Hebrew with English subtitles

The film paints a portrait of Ilai, 35, a successful Tel Avivian who is subconsciously lost in the city where he grew up after becoming an orphan at a young age.

Kiss me
Director: Johnny Doob
Israel, 2018, 7min, Hebrew

Adam is waiting at home for a guy whom he’d just been chatting to on an app, but when the guy shows up and Adam asks him to kiss him, Adam soon realizes that this is not the night he had his heart set on.

Your Mother will Love Me
Director: Omer Harel
Israel, 2018, 12min, Hebrew with English subtitles

On their way back from a secret romantic getaway, Shaked and Perry’s car breaks down in the middle of nowhere. Much to the two teen boys’ surprise, Shaked’s mother beats the tow truck to the scene and the discovery of their relationship will be put to the test.

Mini DV
Dir: Shauly Melamed
Israel, 2019, 9min, Hebrew with English subtitles

12-year-old Shauly is given his first ever video camera. Fourteen years later, he revisits his earliest cinematic experimentations and amongst them, discovers some long-forgotten footage he had shot with his friends; films that were hiding his deepest, darkest secret.

Homo Sapiens
Director: Bar Friedman
Israel, 2019, 20min, Hebrew with English subtitles

A student who has yet to fully mature and who is also a bit on the ignorant side, has to study for an exam with his gay schoolmate. In the runup to the exam, he commits just about every PC faux pas under the sun but at the same time, gets to do a lot of learning – and not just for the exam.

Into the Unknown
Director: Daniel Agmon
Israel, 2019, 11min, Hebrew with English subtitles

A journey into the consciousness of a young man who wakes up in the morning to find last night’s hookup, his “dream guy”, dead in his bed.

Israeli Shorts C – Documentaries and LGBT

Almost Liam
Director: Sapir Rokach
Israel, 2018, 28min, Hebrew with English subtitles

A moment before Liam – born Linoy – sets off to Germany to undergo surgery from which there is no turning back, he finds the time to make peace with himself, his family, and society at large.

Director: Tal Boniel
Israel, 2019, 24min, Hebrew with English subtitles

Tal and Guy would like to have a child together. Tal revisits an old childhood memory in which he is leafing through family photo albums in search of any traces of his brother who had died at the age of three months. His quest for his brother forces Tal to confront his parents who are still struggling to come to terms with Tal’s family unit and his relationship with Guy.

Director: Oz Zloof
Israel, 2018, 35min, Hebrew with English subtitles

An urban symphony: wild characters, artworks, confessions and hidden desires all come to light on a casual summer’s day stroll through the side streets of Afula while at the same time, Tel Aviv Pride is underway. The film showcases a variety of subcultures and their key figures, situated in forgotten locations, far from the forefront of our consciousness and culturally precious.

Israeli Shorts D – Experimental & Queer

Waiting for Pino
Dir: Noah Valentyn
Israel, 2018, 16min, No dialogue

A black & white surrealist film taking us into the extraordinary, fantastic world of Pino during the final days of a relationship.
(the film was shot entirely on an iPhone in the streets of NYC).
(Outside competition)

Kabbalat Shabbat
Dir: Naama Hacohen & Benjamin Esterlis
Israel, 2018, 12min, Hebrew with English subtitles

A religious woman discovers her true sexuality at the cost of it colliding with her traditional lifestyle.

Dir: Michael Ben Abu
Israel, 2018, 3min, No dialogue

The film Birthing is a quiet, non-verbal scream: ME TOO, creating dissociation and purification from all the hurt and the harm in and on the artist’s own body from which they are so alienated.

Pink White Green Purple
Dir: Shiri Rosen
Israel, 2018, 17min, Hebrew, German, English with English subtitles

A Dadaist cinematic piece – Generation Y’s take on filmmaking. What happens when a contemporary artist tries to make a film, in a world where this generation is seemingly interested in nothing other than branding themselves on Instagram and Facebook?

One Man Show
Dir: Esti Belisha
Israel, 2018, 9min, Hebrew with English subtitle

Estee, 26, lost her father 20 years ago but only four years ago did she begin to experience genuine grief. With her one-woman show, she attempts to bring his character back to life.

Ibex Man
Director: Niv Fridman
Israel, 2019, 5min, Hebrew with English subtitles

A short film about love, death, and chips. It is also a story of two men who love ibex even more than they do each other.

Israeli Shorts E – Into the night

Director: Rotem Katz
Israel, 2018, 14min, Hebrew with English subtitles

In the dead of night, Iris embarks on an excruciating journey which perhaps, for the first time, may put her mind at ease
(Outside competition).

Director: Itzik Amar
Israel, 2019, 5min, Hebrew with English subtitles

A couple emerges from a bar after a successful date. When the man tries to take more than what the girl is offering, the tables are turned, and he is given a lesson on power dynamics.

Rubber Dolphin
Director: Ori Aharon
Israel, 2018, 28min, Hebrew with English subtitles

Two men who have only just met, spend a passionate night in a Tel Aviv apartment. They have sex, they talk; it all feels so intimate. That is, until the yearning for love enters the room.

Dir: Etamar Kadusheviz
Israel, 2018, 14min, Hebrew with English subtitles

Daniel, an ultra-right-wing gay man finds himself all horny following a violent right wing demonstration and arranges a sex date with his lover.

Night of Love
Dir: Omri Loukas
Israel, 2018, 25min, Hebrew and English with English subtitles

Jonathan absconds from the army in order to save his relationship with his then-boyfriend, only his efforts prove unsuccessful. Devasted, confused and with nowhere to sleep, Jonathan embarks on a nocturnal adventure around Tel Aviv in search of some solace.

Israeli Shorts H – Girls’ Tales

Yes And No
Director: Zehavit Sabag
Israel, 2018, 5min, Hebrew with English subtitles

Yes and No are both in the middle of the desert. Yes is lying on a mat eating strawberries while No is going in circles around herself with her hands tied. Yes believes they should be together forever, while No isn’t all that convinced.

One Third
Director: Danielle Shvalboym
Israel, 2018, 25min, Russian with English subtitles

A film inspired by a true story that took place in a seaside town on the Russian-Chinese border. The story follows the relationship between a mother, her daughter and her girlfriend.

Agent of Love
Director: Lior Shemesh
Israel, 2018, 4min, Hebrew with English subtitles

Agent R is assigned her first mission – bring two targets together and… get them to fall in love.

Director: Rachel Gawie
Israel, 2019, 14min, Hebrew with English subtitles

A group of childhood friends show up at a hospital to say their goodbyes to Nitai who is off to New York to undergo a heart transplant. One of the friends, Shira, spots the hospital café’s barista and realizes she’s super into her. The rest of the gang come to her aid.

Director: Ronnie Zidon
Israel, 2019, 18min, Hebrew with English subtitles

On the evening she is awarded the Best Blogger Award, a self-centred online celebrity comes home to discover her partner has changed the locks and doesn’t ever want to see her again. Sunny seeks shelter in the streets of Tel Aviv but soon realizes that however many followers you have, it isn’t going to make you feel any less lonely.

Director: Aviran Ran
Israel, 2018, 11min, Hebrew and Arabic with English subtitles

Sahara abu Jamal, 19, lives in the Occupied Territories. She is engaged to Walid abu Said, 30 of Jaffa, as part of an arranged marriage. While being searched at a security checkpoint, in the darkest and bleakest of places, sexual tensions arise between Sahara and the checkpoint’s Chief female officer.                               

International Gay Shorts

Dir: Jorge A. Trujillo Gil, Manuel Kinzer
Production: Manuel Kinzer
Cast: Javier Alberto Bula García
Columbia/Germany, 2018, 15min, Spanish with English subtitles

17-year-old Dario has a passion for dance. His mother is worried he won’t grow up to become a “real man.” Instead, she forces him to spend his days at his uncle’s shop. Will Dario get to dance at the upcoming carnival?

Dir: Matthew Puccini
Production: Casey Bader, Corey Deckler, Tyler Rabinowitz
Cast: Michael Urie, Michael Hsu Rosen, Ken Barnett
USA, 2019, 11min, English, no subtitles.

2019 Sundance

A young man in a relationship with an older couple, must deal with an unexpected curveball.

Hands and Wings
Dir: Sungbin Byun
Production: Sungbin Byun
Cast: Seonghoon Hong
South Korea, 2019, 18min, Korean with English subtitles.

2019 Slamdance

A mother helps her disabled son masturbate seeing as he suffers from a condition that won’t let him masturbate himself. One day, he rejects his mother’s helping hand.

Dir: Jordan Goldnadel
Production: Salam Jawad
Cast: Ambroise Divaret, Evgeny Gordeyev
France, 2018, 15min, Russian with English subtitles.

29-year-old Doga works at his family restaurant in Chechnya. When his secret lover, Ruslan, is suddenly arrested, Doga realizes it’s only a matter of days before he is next.

Black Hat
Dir: Sarah Smith
Production: Yaniv Rokah, Phillip Guttmann, Loriel Samaras
Cast: Adam Silver, Shelly Kurtz
USA, 2019, 15min, English, no subtitles.

2019 Tribeca

Shmuel is a devout Hassidic Jew who leads a fairly simple life. When his wife and daughters go out of town for a few days, Shmuel will step out of his otherwise simple day-to-day life into the far more complicated world of the night.

Among Students
Dir: Jannik Gensler
Production: Jannik Gensler
Cast: Giovanni Funiati
Germany, 2019, 90min, German with English subtitles.

Tobias witnesses the daily bullying of one of his gay students. One day he decides he can no longer hold his tongue, and takes action.

Eat the Rainbow
Dir: Brian Benson
Production: Brian Benson, Michael Oberst
Cast: H.P. Mendoza, Dolores Huerta
USA, 2019, 19min, English, no subtitles.

A musical fable about non-binary Bayani who moves into a conservative, suburban neighborhood where they disrupt the otherwise comfortable homogeny.

International Lesbian Shorts

We Can Be Heroes
Dir: Camille Caroli
Production: Dominique Standaert
Belgium, 2018, 17min, French with English subtitles

Jane has been in a secret relationship with Alice for a while now. When her friends start putting two and two together, she must face other people’s perceptions, as well as herself.

Dir: Carly Usdin
Production: Joe Toronto, Robin Roemer, Carly Usdin
Cast: Victoria Ortiz
USA, 2019, 14min, English, no subtitles

Camilla is a college student living with OCD and one huge crush who isn’t really giving her the time of day. A chance encounter with a street magician shows her how to open her heart to new possibilities.

Came the Wave
Dir: Benjamin Busnel
Production: Jessica Rosselet
Cast: Clotilde Hesme, Noée Abita
France, 2018, 20min, French with English subtitles

When another epic-scale natural disaster hits the country, two women plot their own survival in the woods…

Dir: Audrey Biche
Production: EICAR: The International Film & Television School – Paris
Cast: Eloise Blomme
France, 2018, 9min, French with English subtitles

An elderly woman nearing the end of her life, recalls her teenage years in a Catholic girls’ school and her first love.

Dir: Slava Doytcheva
Production: Ralitza Petrova, Vesela Kazakova, Mina Mileva
Cast: Slava Doytcheva
Bulgaria, 2018, 21min, Bulgarian with English subtitles

Weddings are a charged environment, particularly for anyone who is LGBTQ and still closeted. In this film, we meet a teenage girl who, following an unexpected trip to the closet, makes a choice to go against the grain.

International Trans Shorts

Dir: Kristina Maca
Production: Kristina Maca
Cast: Sasha Gherman, Kristina Maca
Germany, 2019, 15min, German and English with English subtitles

A snapshot of life: an evening in a lesbian couple’s relationship. This is the day they finally move in together. What could possibly go wrong?

Red Sweater
Dir: Uygar Tanrıkulu
Production: Uygar Tanrıkulu
Cast: Aytunç Taylan
Turkey, 2019, 8min, Turkish with English subtitles

Mert is a university student who is keeping his gender identity a secret. In his apartment, Mert transforms himself into Cansu. One night, Cansu heads out to the streets and goes into a bar.

Dir: Aditya Ahmad
Production: Mira Lesmana, Riri Riza
Cast: Isfira Febiana, Anita Aqshary Thamrin
Indonesia, 2018, 15min, Indonesian with English subtitles

Winner of the 2018 Venice Film Festival’s Best Short Film
Best Short Film nominee at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival

Isfi can wear her comfy trousers when she is around friends but must slip on a hijab if she is to be welcome at her friend Nita’s home. Two days before Nita’s birthday, Isfi plans to surprise her with the best possible present.

From Mars to Venus
Dir: Kevin Kok
Production: Robin Aarts
Cast: Joep Paddenburg, Bert Kuizenga
Holland, 2017, 25min, Dutch with English subtitles

A 17-year-old teen works with his father onboard a small ship. They make their way through Dutch canals, rivers and ports. Despite sharing a close, intimate space on the tiny ship, the son is keeping a secret that is about to turn their world upside down – a secret he can hold onto no longer.

Dir: Sam Crainich
Production: Jiayi Ariel Du
Cast: Dani David
USA, 2018, 18min, English, no subtitles

The near future. River is living on the sidelines of society, treading the line between male and female whilst avoiding The Guard’s ever-watchful eye. When his and friends’ favorite hangout place faces closure, they must all confront the world around them.

Dir: Adam Csoka Keller
Production: 6th Finger Studio
UK, 2018, 6min, English, no subtitles

A bizarre, surrealist fantasy about classical music, drag, gender, prima-donnas and leather plays out in this exhilarating music video, shot at the grand Opera House.                                    

Queer Animation Shorts

The Proposal
Dir: Gerlando Infuso
Production: Marie Volkenner
Belgium, 2019, 15min, French with English subtitles

A young couple goes out to their favourite restaurant. The guy intends to ask the girl to marry him, but the chef has altogether different plans for the pair.

Dir: Brenda Lopez
Canada, 2018, 7min, English, no subtitles

This is Nadia’s and Lupe’s journey – two immigrants who risk their lives crossing the Arizona desert in search of a better life.

Dir: Flóra Anna Buda
Hungary, 2018, 10min, nonverbal

Berlinale 2019

Three women, three lifelines in parallel worlds; that is, until the moment a fly causes a glitch in the system. The universe collapses, sex is in the air and the stars twinkle bright!

Rebellious Essence
Dir: Ana Čigon
Slovenia, 2018, 5min, Slovenian, English and Catese

A cat walks into the Ministry of Feline Affairs to apply for a passport. It all goes rather smoothly, that is until the two ministry officials demand to know the cat’s gender.

Butterflies in Berlin – Diary of a Soul Split in Two
Dir: Monica Manganelli
Production: Antonio Luca Padovani
Italy/Germany, 2019, 30min, English, no subtitles

The year is 1933. Alex arrives in Berlin to explore his sexuality. When, at last, he starts coming into his own, Hitler takes power, and nothing will ever be the same again. An exhilarating animated film based on a true story.

Reach the Sky
Dir: Daniel Sterlin-Altman
Production: Shaun Brodie
Canada, 2018, 6min., English, no subtitles

Three oddball friends in three separate cars go on a magical, unpredictable journey that is pure fantasy, not to mention all kinds of wires and strings.

In the Dark
Dir: Rory Midhani
Germany, 2018, 4min, English, no subtitles

An animated music video for the single In the Dark, by SADO OPERA, offering an amusing illustration of what goes on in the dungeons of a Berlin sex club’s darkroom.

Queer Documentary Shorts

Prisoner of Society
Dir: Rati Tsiteladze
Production: Rati Tsiteladze Nino Varsimashvili
Georgia, 2018, 16min, Georgian with English subtitles

The first documentary film to have ever come out of Georgia that touches upon anything LGBT-related, and at the heart of which is a trans woman. It is also Georgia’s first ever documentary to have been nominated for a European Film Academy award.
Prisoner of Society is an intimate journey into the world of a young trans woman who has locked herself up in her parents’ home, fearing for her life and worrying about what society might think of her.

Monica – Loose on a Cruise
Dir: Angie West, Veronica McKenzie
Production: Jac Nunns
UK, 2019, 13min, English, no subtitles

Monica, a black lesbian and mother of five, chats about life, love and women during a lesbian cruise to the Caribbean along with a group of other British, black lesbians.

A Simple Love Story
Dir: Hnin Papa Soe
Production: Hnin Papa Soe
Myanmar, 2018, 21min, Burmese with English subtitles

Director Hnin Papa Soe follows a love story in Myanmar between a young trans woman who works as a puppeteer in an entertainment show and a young trans man who is an avid gym-goer.

Dir: Jan-Peter Horstmann
Production: Jan-Peter Horstmann
Germany, 2018, 16min, German, English and Sign Language, English subtitles

Rick is a deaf gay man who works in porn. The film follows a young man who is able to overcome both his obstacles and boundaries and discover his own personal and sexual liberation in the spotlight on the set.

The Sea Runs Thru my Veins
Dir: Zara Zandieh
Production: Zara Zandieh
Germany, 2019, 21min, German, English, Farsi with English subtitles

A poetic, stream of consciousness documentary featuring four protagonists who have had to grapple with difficult life circumstances and complex, personal challenges. Each of them, shares their own point of view on the subject keeping us most occupied – happiness.                        

Young Filmmakers Competition

After the Sunset
Dir: Sophie Maxin Carmon
Israel, 2018, 14min, Hebrew

Mrs. Alexandrowicz shares the story of her first love with her therapist.

Dir: Liel Buba
Israel, 2018, 11min, Hebrew

Cool (Leor Colton) is a 33-year-old who identifies as gender-queer and who is fighting for his right to fit into society, just like anyone else.

Dir: Itay Weiss
Israel, 2018, 9min, Hebrew

17-year-old Jonathan realizes he is falling in love with a boy in his class. He feels alienated from himself however, one intimate, pastoral moment will expose a truth that cannot be hidden.

The Secrets of the Universe
Dir: Evelyn Rosenfeld
Israel, 2018, 18min, Hebrew

Alex is a lonely, confused teen who is struggling to make sense of herself and her world. She bonds with Opher, an extroverted, sociable girl who is eager to take on the universe. Together, they discover the truth about themselves, and the connection between love and the secrets of the universe.

Assif and Katzir
Dir: Roy Musayov
Israel, 2018, 6min, Hebrew

An act of fate and utter chance finds Assif meeting Katzir at the lowest place in Tel Aviv. Despite the cold and the distance, throughout the night, an intimacy develops between the two which flimsy words can’t quite express. It ends up being that which they have in common. i.e. an alienated, functional existence, that allows them to find comfort in each other.

Dir: Yair Elkon
Israel, 2018, 20min, Hebrew

Adam’s world is rocked when his friend, Amit confesses his love for him. This creates a dilemma for Adam in the face of his ailing, conservative father, which sends him fleeing to the Judean Desert on a journey of self-discovery.

To Grandma
Dir: Emma Goldberg
Israel, 2018, 7min, Hebrew

The film To Grandma, brings us the story of Emma who has come out to everyone but her grandmother. Emma can’t bring herself to tell her gran she is a lesbian. When her grandmother ends up in hospital in critical condition, Emma must decide whether to tell her the truth about her sexuality.

What is the Connection
Dir: Liel Dahan
Israel, 2018, 10min, Hebrew

Lott, 49, and Aaron, 33, have been married two years. They live in Jaffa and are very much in love, despite all their contrasts: secular vs. religious, dress designer vs. coroner, spontaneous vs. calculated, and so on. Lott has been out for as far back as he can recall where has Aaron only came out in recent years…

Dir: Orel Duek
Israel, 2018, 12min, Hebrew

A young lesbian woman goes clubbing with her friend who then goes missing. The search for her turns into a vendetta over her dark past.

Behind the Mask
Dir: Meitar Ben-Mucha
Israel, 2018, 9min, Hebrew

The film introduces the viewers to Assaf, a young man from the south of Israel – humble and shy; a fashion designer who came out in his teens. At night, he transforms himself into Celine la Divine – a cheeky, in-your-face drag queen.