Since 2019 Queer Film Festival Utrecht is the LHBTQI+ film festival of Utrecht. Throughout the year we show you a wide selection of films, talks and more.
During QFFU diversity, inclusivity and accessibility are central. With our films and side programs we tell stories from different corners of the queer community. We do not only show in cinemas, but also on the streets, in cafes and community centers, through the inner city and in different neighborhoods. In short: we see Utrecht as one big cinema.
Estigma (2018 / Spain / 16 min / Spanish with English subtitles / David Velduque)
It’s Friday night, the doorbell rings and Alex opens the door to his worst fear… This body horror crawls under your skin and at the same time tackles important issues within the community.
MonsterDykë (2021 / Canada / 5 min / English with English subtitles / Adelaide & Mariel Sharp)
This experimental and controversial short in black and white won the Audience Award at the last edition of Final Girl Berlin – a film festival dedicated to horror films made by women and non-binary filmmakers. A portrait about queer love, desire and lust.
Polter (2019 / Spain / 10 min / Spanish with English subtitles / Alvaro Vicario)
José faces a paranormal event that breaks into his home. As he fights for his life against the supernatural powers, Jose will have to discover the secret behind the phenomena if he wishes to regain control of his home.
Freza (2020 / Russia / 14 min / Russian with English subtitles / Anna Melnikova)
Sasha is a manicurist, agrees to the offer of the mysterious client to have a good time together. The main character does not even suspect what this adventure will result in.
The Little Demon (2018 / Belgium / 13 min / English with English subtitles / Carol van Hemelrijck)
Every night, the same thing happens over and over. Giles and Sean’s daughter runs around the flat, screaming, scratching walls – possessed by a demon. They’re terrified of their own daughter and don’t know what to do about it…
Not Your Ordinary Sister (2019 / Slovenia / 4 min / Slovenian with English subtitles / Maša Zia Lenárdič & Anja Wutej)
A queer satire which addresses both the startling popularity of lesbian vampire films as well as the lack of proper representation in queer cinema on the subject of queerness within the conservative and patriarchal religious organizations.
Innocent Boy (2020 / USA / 14 min / English / Brock Cravy)
This drenched in neon, obscure and aesthetic short set in a creepy ranch in Texas is a queer fever dream. We won’t give too much away, you will have to experience it.
Roekoekleuren (Switserland / 2018 / Animation / 7 minutes / Oana Lacroix)
In a large forest where single-coloured birds live, everyone has found his place in a tree that looks like them. But what happens when a bird has two colours?
Kuap (Switserland / 2018 / Animation / 8 minutes / Nils Hedinge)
A tadpole somehow misses out on becoming a frog and is left behind, alone. But there is much to discover in the pond and spring is sure to come again next year. A little story about growing up.
Tijgertje zonder strepen (Switserland , France / 2018 / Animation / 9 minutes / Raúl Morales Reyes)
A little tiger decides to take a long journey in search of his stripes. He dreams of having stripes and finally fitting in with all his friends.
Overboord (Czech Republic / 2020 / Animation / 12 minutes / Filip Pošivač en Barbora Valecká)
At first glance, Chameleon and Kiwi are a strange pair: While the former calls attention to himself with his changing colors, the molting and frightened Kiwi avoid attention at all cost. But when a storm robs them of the roof over their heads, differences no longer matter: Together, they must reach the wooden boat by the shore. But it’s not easy! The ark is for couples only, and Chameleon with his darting tongue and the cross-eyed Kiwi are definitely not a couple.
Luce and the Roc (Belgium / 2022 / Animation / 13 minutes / Britt Raes / Dutch)
Colourfully composed, geometric images tell the magical story of Luce, the only child in a small village, and of the friendship with a boulder. One day, it rolls off the mountain into the middle of the village’s community square. While the adults are at a loss, Luce discovers the child in a rock. Cinematic art off the beaten track, challenging and smart.
Breaking Borders (2017/ 17 min / Arabic with Dutch subtitles /Barbara Vollebregt & Fatima Warsame)
Ibrahim Mokdad is gay, an activist and lives in Lebanon. Three characteristics that do not seem to go together: he is no longer safe in Lebanon and therefore decides to flee to Europe. The documentary follows Ibrahim on his journey to Germany. But even here life is not as safe as it may seem. Discrimination against LGBTQIA+ people in the asylum seekers’ centre makes very clear.
Hokjes (2022 / 19 min / Dutch with English subtitles / Dewi van Breukelen & Anne Karman)
We live in a binary society, and this documentary shows that all too well. What if you do not feel comfortable as man or woman? Which box do you fit into then, and should you even want that? In 9 different interviews, you get a better idea of what it is like to feel misunderstood in our society.
Reclaiming my queerness (2022 / 6 min / Dutch with English subtitles / Eva Krol)
Jesse van den Berg has had a strange relationship with their body and the ‘feminine’ sides in their personality from an early age, because how does that fit together if you are labelled as a boy? Through photography, a search for themself is set in motion and a process of self-acceptance begins.
I love hooligans (2013 / 15 min / Dutch / Jan Dirk Bouw)
This animated documentary in comic book style lets you into the world of a gay football hooligan. His sexual orientation is a well-kept secret. Everything revolves around his club, the boys, the excitement of the match and the struggle with the opponent. And to survive in this world, he must hide his identity and banish his love life to the sidelines. But when the match is over and no one is waiting for him at home, he too longs for warmth and security. A story about unconditional love.
Bajo la Superficie (2022 /14 min / Spanish with Dutch subtitles / Tomas Ponsteen)
“I don’t really like who I am” Elkin tells a friend, as he prepares for the mirror. In his home country Colombia, 23-year-old Elkin felt misunderstood. He left for Europe to explore his gender identity. Roaming through Europe, he put himself in the shoes of various alter-egos through his work as a sex worker. Parallel to his physical journey, he also goes through a mental journey in search of his true self and his identity.
Queer in the zone (2022/ 21 min / Polish with English subtitles / Beau Geraeds & Mirosława van der Boom)
One third of Poland now consists of self-proclaimed ‘LGBT-free zones’. Led by the PiS government, hatred against LGBTQIA+ residents in Poland is on the rise, with support from the Catholic Church. The documentary follows Dawid, a 20-year-old gay man who lives in one of these zones. He loves his city and has everything his heart desires. But, he is intimidated and threatened on a daily basis. And he is not the only one.
UK 2021, 18 min, Sam Arbor / Adam Ali
A gay Libyan teenager doubts whether to stay or flee his beloved homeland.
MY MOTHER’S GIRLFRIEND
India 2021, 14 min, Arun Fulara
A day in the life of two women in love and a son who follows them.
Japan / Canada 2020, 17 min, Cailleah Scott-Grimes
For trans man Kei, getting to normal can involve a steep climb to a traditional bathhouse.
PAPPO E BUCCO
Italy 2021, 15 min, Antonio Losito
After a life of living and working together, it’s time two clowns go the last mile.
Libanon 2021, 15 min, Sarah Kaskas
A year after Beirut’s port explosion, Basma and Mariam reunite in their old bedroom
WE WILL BECOME BETTERRussia 2021, 6 min, Andzej Gavriss
A rousing call for freedom, expressed in stunning imagery, music and dance.
AS SIMPLE AS THAT
Brazil 2021, 19 min, Luciana Bitencourt
When a mother discovers something, her husband reacts in a rather surprising way.