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  • Calgary International Film Festival
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  • Durban Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
  • Edmonton International Film Festival
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  • Out on Film
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  • VISIBLE
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  • Zurich Film Festival
Out on Film

Out on Film

Thursday, 23 September 2021 until Sunday, 03 October 2021

Out On Film, Atlanta's LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer) Film Festival, is one of the leading LGBTQ film festivals in the United States, as well as an Oscar qualifying one. Short films that win the festival’s Best Drama Short award will now be eligible to enter the Academy’s Live Action Short film competition for the concurrent season, provided their films otherwise comply with the Academy rules. In 2021, we will hold our 34th annual film festival. Each year, we showcase approximate narratives, documentaries, short films. We show everything from international fare to local programming to retrospectives. We also place a big premium on working with filmmakers. Our visiting filmmaker series is one of the most respected in the industry.

We offer Audience Awards for Best Narrative Feature, Best Documentary, Best Trans-Themed Feature, Best Drama Short, Best Men's Themed Short Film, Best Women's Themed Short Film and Best Foreign Film

We offer Jury Awards for Best Feature, Best Documentary, Best Foreign Film, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director, Best First Film, Best Ensemble and Best Drama Short.

We are an Oscar ® qualifying film festival. Short films that win the festival’s Best Drama Short award will now be eligible to enter the Academy’s Live Action Short film competition for the concurrent season, provided their films otherwise comply with the Academy rules


 

2021 films...

THE ACT

18 minutes | United Kingdom | 2020

1965, the eve of decriminalization for acts of male homosexuality. Matthews, a young gay man at odds with the world, discovers love, sex and a family in the backstreets and underground bars of Soho.

ALL BOYS AREN’T BLUE

40 minutes | United States | 2021

Bernard David Jones, Dyllon Burnside, Thomas Hobson, along with Jenifer Lewis bring George M. Johnson's words to life in this dramatic reading of Johnson's book. Each of the characters represent a Johnson at different stages of their life. The memoir is a firsthand account of trials, tribulations, and triumphs that have made Johnson into the person they are today.

ALMOST A YEAR

14 minutes | United States | 2021

As the coronavirus pandemic progresses, the overlapping routines of three New Yorkers change unexpectedly.

ALONG CAME WANDA

90 minutes | United States | 2021

A memory jogged by a teapot from an old lover quickly turns into an adventure of discovery for Mary Beth Higgins and her new found friend Wanda as they hit the road in Wanda's RV/Soup Truck. Along the way they meet guru Daiku and the enticing Laura, a psychic named Davina Moonbeam, a ranch hand Karl and his horse Blaze all the while two friends are falling in love.

AND THEN

17 minutes | Japan | 2021

AND THEN is a short film about two women who meet and grow closer to each other through insomnia, exploring a new city, and art. It is a story about missed connections, loneliness, adventure, longing to be accepted, art, finding purpose, and the possibility of reconnecting with those we've lost touch with. The short film follows Mana, a Japanese-American woman who arrives in Tokyo seeking to find a break from her life as an artist, and Haru, a Japanese woman from the countryside who dreams of becoming an artist herself one day. They meet under unique circumstances, and their story unfolds.

AQUAMARINE

20 minutes | United States | 2021

A gender-bending comedy about loud birds, romantic suitors, and a Victorian-era female serial killer.

ARE YOU STILL WATCHING?

6 minutes | Australia

Jamie is a 20 something year old non-binary person living in Melbourne. They’re whip-smart, creative and have an encyclopedic knowledge of cinema and pop culture. They’re also single, bored and perpetually horny. Forced into near-isolation during Melbourne’s COVID-19 lockdown, Jamie keeps themselves entertained bingeing on queer film and TV. What begins as mere escapism turns sensual when they start having sexual delusions involving their favorite queer characters. Fantasy and reality merge as they recount their erotic encounters to their physician Dr. Holland and receive an unusual diagnosis. Are You Still Watching? explores the emancipatory power of the queer imagination, combining erotic fan fiction tropes, magical realism and a firm camp sensibility.

AS SIMPLE AS THAT

19 minutes | Brazil | 2021

Suspicious that her son is gay, Joana shares her doubts with her husband. To her surprise, the boy's father knows much more about the subject than she imagined. After all, why was she the last to know?

AS THE WINTER TURNS TO FALL

10 minutes | United States | 2021

Passion, pain, love, and lust: this is the story of Claire and Nina in As The Winter Turns to Fall.

ASSIGNED FEMALE AT BIRTH

10 minutes | United States | 2020

Devised from 32 interviews with trans, non-binary people and women and filmed remotely during the pandemic with actors nationwide, Assigned Female at Birth follows the lives of 3 couples and their immediate families. The characters include an agender trans man who wants to get married in a dress, zir mixed race lover who is definitely not on board, a black lesbian who doesn't like her trans husband's new penis and a non-binary therapist with a diagnosis of their own working to commit to their recovering addict partner.

THE BEAUTY PRESIDENT

10 minutes | United States | 2021

In 1992, drag queen Joan Jett Blakk made a historic bid for the White House as an openly queer write-in candidate.

BEFORE THE ERUPTION

10 minutes | Spain | 2021

Although a volcanic eruption can occur without any prior signal, volcanoes will most likely issue different types of warnings before the eruption begins. We barely saw it coming.

BEING BEBE

90 minutes | United States, Cameroon | 2021

This crowd-pleasing film, lovingly directed by Emily Branham, captures the incredible rise of the first ever winner of “RuPaul's Drag Race” — the legendary BeBe Zahara Benet. Winner of the 2021 Best Documentary Award at the Provincetown International Film Festival.

BEYTO

98 minutes | Switzerland | 2020

Talented swimmer, motivated apprentice—Beyto is in the midst of life, with a bright future ahead of him. But when the only son of a Turkish migrant family falls in love with his coach, Mike, an ideal world falls to pieces.

BLACK BOI MAJIK

36 minutes | United States

About the highs and lows of being a black gay man

THE BLACK COP

25 minutes | United Kingdom

One Black former police officer relives his experience of being both the victim and perpetrator of racism in the police force.

BLISS

91 minutes | Germany | 2021

In a world where their femininity is considered a commodity, two sex workers fall in love with each other. Together—and yet each on her own—they experience the one moment when happiness seems possible—but their love is threatened by different ideas of life and their own abysses.

BLUE SUIT

15 minutes | United States | 2020

When a surprise party interrupts his plans, an anxious man has to find a private moment to confess his feelings for his friend before he moves away the next day.

BLUNT

20 minutes | United States | 2021

An interracial lesbian couple attempts to ease the racial tension between them and their parents using the power of straight talk and a little bit of Cannabis.

THE BODIES OF SIEGFRIED

12 minutes | Chile

Siegfried is an artist who is in the midst of a gender transition. The documentary ponders about the relationship between his sexuality and his work, through a visual exploration of it, questioning the limits between art and pornography.

BOULEVARD!

85 minutes | United States | 2021

When Gloria Swanson, the iconic star of Sunset Boulevard , saw an opportunity to parlay her silent film glory into a new phase of her career, she began to envision a musical stage adaptation of her most famous film. Enter, Dickson Hughes and Richard Stapley, two struggling songwriters (and romantic couple) looking for their big break. The men find themselves whisked away by Swanson to a sumptuous house in Palm Springs, where the trio set to creating the musical from the ground up. As the days wear on, a triangle begins to take hold that goes beyond mere creative partnership. From the dark alleys of L.A. to the desert nirvana of Palm Springs to the posh New York theater world, "Boulevard!" is the tale of three individuals who attempt to share a melody with all those people out there in the dark… and how the music of that moment defined the rest of their lives.

BOY CULTURE

28 minutes | United States | 2021

Episodes 1 and 2 of the web series: A hard-working escort-for-hire finds that he's up against a younger generation who have gained a competitive edge on the market in the digital age. A continuation of Allan J. Brocka's 2006 "Boy Culture."

BOY MEETS BOY

75 minutes | Germany | 2021

Harry has been partying for 48 hours when he meets Johannes on the dance floor of a club in Berlin. With 15 hours until his flight home, Johannes offers to help him print his boarding pass. This mundane task leads to a day together wandering the city. The contrasts in their lives and values force each one to confront their own truths. Boy Meets Boy is a feature length mumblecore about the journey of a brief encounter: the mark left by a fleeting moment of joy.

BRACHA

13 minutes | Israel | 2020

During the Covid-19 curfew, Bracha is wandering in the middle of the night, holding a mattress over her head. Her anxious mother, Nitzi, has a hard time welcoming her into her home. On a delusional night, they are dragged into an argument that brings up old baggage and wakes up the neighbors. Winner of the 2020 Israeli Academy Award for BEST SHORT FILM.

CHOCOLATE MILK

10 minutes | United States | 2021

A young girl challenges her parents to drink chocolate milk every day for a year in hopes of bringing them closer together.

THE CHRIS MOSIER PROJECT

9 minutes | United States | 2020

The inspiring and heart-rending story of Chris Mosier: All-American male Duathlete, 6-time member of Team USA, and assigned female at birth. He's battled his whole life: with friends, family, teammates, teachers, and the US Government. Now, he stands up for the transgender community, and continues, everyday, to push forward his mission of being the person he needed when he was younger.

COCOON LOVE

15 minutes | China, United States

A teenager is sent back to stay with her grandparents in her hometown village. As she begins a budding friendship with a classmate, she is forced to confront her past and imagine a much different future.

THE CORONATION

13 minutes | United States | 2020

In this rhinestone-encrusted fable, a young boy sneaks out from his parents’ home in New Jersey to see his drag queen friends in New York City. While there, he is encouraged to try drag for the first time and he is crowned queen for a night.

THE CRUISE

7 minutes | United States | 2020

On Halloween night, a couple ventures into the woods rumored to be haunted to conjure up an urban legend. But the two are about to meet a ghost from the past.

CURTIS

9 minutes | United States

An interview with Curtis.

THE DANCING MAN OF L.A

26 minutes | United States | 2021

One-man dance party Howard Mordoh, a longtime fixture of the L.A. concert scene, copes with the cancelled concerts and isolation of life during the COVID-19 pandemic.

DIARY ROOM

21 minutes | United Kingdom | 2020

While abroad, Sam encounters a handful of strangers who inadvertently guide him in confronting the deep, dark truths he revealed on the reality show Big Brother. DIARY ROOM: A new dramatic comedy starring & written by award-winning filmmaker Brett Epstein.

DISRUPTOR CONDUCTOR

47 minutes | United States | 2019

Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser is an unlikely hero on a mission to create live orchestral shows that are for everyone.

A DISTANT PLACE

117 minutes | South Korea | 2020

A Distant Place takes us into the rural life of Jin-woo, a sheep rancher who lives a humble existence with his adorable niece, Seol, and the kindly family who employs him. When Hyeon-min, an old friend from university shows up, Jin-woo finds himself facing feelings he had long locked away. Things become even more difficult when his estranged sister Eun-yeong returns wanting custody of Seol. Told against the spectacular backdrop of the rolling Korean countryside, the film is a beautiful, delicate drama that probes the complex psyche of a solitary man.

DOWN IN PARIS

102 minutes | France | 2021

WORLD PREMIERE Richard, a film maker in his forties, is suddenly overwhelmed by anxiety during filming. He walks off set and wanders through the Paris night in search of answers, comfort and inspiration. During his sleepless night, he meets many people, some friendly, some disturbing, some known, some unknown. Richard has to confront his fears and question his deepest desires until the first light of dawn.

THE DUCHESS OF GRANT PARK

19 minutes | United States | 2020

The Duchess declares Grant Park as her duchy. James, a journalist making a documentary, has chosen the Atlanta character of The Duchess although he knows nothing about her. Through the course of the story, James learns more about the Duchess, her history, and her connection to the neighborhood.

DWARF PLANET

8 minutes | Australia | 2020

Based on the short story Concealer by Andy Boreham, Dwarf Planet tells the story of a lonely, awkward teenager and his encounter with a male sex worker on a brisk morning in suburban Sydney.

ELEVEN WEEKS

15 minutes | United States

Carla Jean Johnson accepts her fast and aggressive cancer diagnosis with clarity and grace while photographer Anna Kuperberg, her long time wife, documents their final days and weeks together. With mesmerizing footage and intimate recordings of the couple’s final conversations, Eleven Weeks is a story more about love than death.

EMERGENCE: OUT OF THE SHADOWS

80 minutes | Canada | 2021

For Kayden, Jag, and Amar, awakening to and expressing their sexuality within conservative South Asian families was a lonely and terrifying experience. Denial, shame and despair haunted their youths, even threatening their lives. Yet, they’ve emerged. In the feature documentary Emergence: Out of the Shadows, the disparate journeys of Kayden, Jag and Amar converge around a shared sense of compassion and healing as they bravely convey their often heart-wrenching stories. Confronted with tradition and taboo in their Punjabi Sikh cultures, Jag’s parents and Amar’s mother choose love and support for their children, offering courage and inspiration to individuals and communities struggling with acceptance.

ESCAPING THE FRAGILE PLANET

18 minutes | Greece | 2020

A few hours before the world ends, two men have an unexpected encounter, while a strange pink fog is spreading throughout the city. Their romantic affair will only last for a day. But in a broken world filled with fear, sharing a few intimate moments seems to be enough for them to feel safe, against the upcoming end.

EUROMERICA

57 minutes | United States | 2021

In 2020, the global market research firm IPSOS determined that only 6% percent of Americans had ever seen the Eurovision Song Contest, this despite the fact that the annual event is the most watched live music event in the world — second in viewership only to World Cup Soccer. After the 2019 edition of the contest, the organizers at the European Broadcasting Union announced the contest would be expanding to America. Then Covid-19 happened. During the height of the pandemic, Eurovision was cancelled for the first time in the contest’s 65-year history. These changes and challenges offered a perfect launching point for Atlanta filmmaker Steven Norris to find American superfans who’ve been following the contest each year.

THE FANDOM

89 minutes | United States | 2020

THE FANDOM dives headfirst in the imaginative world of “furries,” the often-misunderstood internet subculture of fans of the anthropomorphic arts. Using a bountiful collection of archival tapes and images, this documentary traces the evolution of the furry fandom from its roots in the 1970's to the expansive, international community it has become today. Join a host of charming characters (including the grandparents of the fandom itself) on this heart-warming journey through the decades; witness the many triumphs and challenges that shaped “furry” into the most unique fandom of all time.

A FINE GIRL

17 minutes | United States | 2020

Brandi Jarrow, a 27-year old trans woman of color from New Orleans, takes the personal and professional success she has achieved as a hairstylist and works to open an inclusive luxury salon. The film is a joyful, optimistic portrait of what's possible when we include and uplift trans people as essential contributors to our community.

FIREBIRD

107 minutes | United Kingdom, Estonia | 2021

Southeastern Premiere At the height of the Cold War, a troubled soldier forms a forbidden love triangle with a daring fighter pilot and his female comrade amid the dangerous surroundings of a Soviet Air Force Base.

FISHERMAN

10 minutes | Germany | 2021

A fisherman is at the lake when a beautiful young man rises from the water. Fascinated by him, the fisherman begins an idyllic sexual trip into nature.

FLAMES

13 minutes | United States | 2021

Two childhood friends: Ahmad, a streetwise, college-bound scholar on the precipice of a new, bright future, and Sadik, a rehabilitated hooligan grappling with his identity, find themselves alone together before Ahmad’s graduation party in the woods. Soon, unresolved issues and old resentments ignite a forbidden blaze between them that must be doused if Ahmad is to have any chance of escaping the past.

FLEX

20 minutes | United States | 2020

It all started when Charles (Charles Gould) saw a man flexing his muscle in a TV advertisement as a young boy.

FOR ALL THE KINGS

5 minutes | United States

Follow a potato's journey to self-fulfillment.

FORGOTTEN ROADS

71 minutes | Chile | 2020

Claudina is a traditional woman from the countryside. After the passing away of her husband, she gets into a lonely routine. Having a difficult economic situation, Claudina has to move with her dearest grandson Cristóbal and her daughter Alejandra, knowing that both women have a distanced relationship. Living together, Claudina meets the neighbor Elsa, an independent and married woman who sings on a hidden bar called "Porvenir" (The Future). Claudina starts a relationship with Elsa, falling in love. She then develops a journey of self-knowledge to be free, under the judgment of her daughter and friends on a religious and conservatory little town, obsessed with UFO sighting.

FOUR FRUITBITES

8 minutes | United States

An introduction to four unique queer, trans and genderqueer voices as featured in the Fruitbowl Podcast.

FREEDOM DAY

24 minutes | United States

Freedom Day follows the story of three passionate activists who take their battle for racial equality to the streets by orchestrating the first Juneteenth march in Washington D.C. as civil unrest erupts onto the streets in America.

FROM A TO Q

19 minutes | United Kingdom

From A to Q is the story of 22 year old Alex who wakes suddenly from a dream where she's intimate with Kayla. Only problem is; Kayla happens to be Alex's best friend and Alex has never been with a girl before... She now has to navigate through her new found feelings, all the while trying really hard not to mess up the friendship she's had since she was 5.

GEMMEL & TIM

86 minutes | United States | 2021

In 2017 and 2019 respectively, Gemmel "Juelz" Moore and Timothy "Tim" Dean, two gay black men, both died of a meth overdose at the now-infamous Laurel Street apartment of Ed Buck, a once influential Democratic donor, businessman and animal, LGBTQ+, political activist. The deaths sent shockwaves through LA's LGBTQ+ community and particularly West Hollywood, LA's gay mecca. The ensuing media circus cooked up a spicy concoction of sex, drugs, race and politics, but had no appetite for the in-depth human stories of who Gemmel and Tim truly were. This documentary looks at Gemmel and Tim's parallel walks of life through the eyes of their extended families: Memories, correspondence, things they did and didn't share with each other, and the reasons that led them to their tragic fate. The film simultaneously investigates the heinous details of the crimes and offers a cautionary tale that can help these events from happening in the future. Through these intimate recollections of their lost friends, each character exposes their own personal journey in dealing with grief and loss.

GETTING CLOSER

6 minutes | United States

Two stoned boyfriends navigate unexpected vulnerability (as well as the giggles) while attempting to get off. A micro-budget chamber piece, GETTING CLOSER utilizes the immediacy of iPhone cinematography to explore modern intimacy and what it takes to get there.

GRADUATION

6 minutes | United States | 2020

Following a graduation celebration, four Chinese individuals must navigate their relationships' future as dictated by the circumstances of life and their families.

THE GREENHOUSE

97 minutes | Australia | 2021

Grieving the death of her mother Lillian, Beth Tweedy-Bell wakes one night to find a portal to the past in the forest surrounding her family home. Swept away by visions of her idyllic upbringing with her three siblings and two loving Mums, Beth becomes mesmerized by the past, unable to see the dangers that lie ahead.

GRIFFICA

12 minutes | United States | 2021

A man suspects his boyfriend is a demon.

HEAR MY VOICE

13 minutes | United Kingdom

Mike moved to London hoping to find love and the dream part that would launch his opera career. Four years later, he is stuck — his journal is now his best friend. One night, during yet another hook-up, he sees the apparition of his grandmother, a glamorous, eccentric woman who Mike used to travel the world with — she is not impressed. Her repeat visits push Mike to come to terms with himself and allow him to make an unexpected connection.

HEAVENLY BROWN BODY

6 minutes | United States | 2020

"Heavenly Brown Body," originally conceived and displayed as a four-channel art installation, uses the poem “Litanies to my Heavenly Brown Body” by poet Mark Aguhar (she/her) as the text for a queer liturgy. The poem, which subverts biblical texts, builds the framework of a piece featuring all trans and non-binary performers of color.

I AM SYD STONE

83 minutes | Canada | 2014

I Am Syd Stone is a Canadian short drama film, directed by Denis Theriault and released in 2014. The film centers on Syd Stone, a closeted gay movie star returning to his hometown for his high school reunion, who unsuccessfully attempts to rekindle his relationship with his former boyfriend Brent.

I JUST WISH YOU TOLD ME

16 minutes | United States

Jessie and Karen have been a same sex couple for thirteen years. When Karen goes into surgery and unexpectedly dies, a traumatized Jessie can’t make sense of it. In her search, Jessie discovers hidden truths that disrupt and shake her confidence in their entire relationship. Based on a true story, I Just Wish You Told Me, shows how betrayals in long term relationships, can lead to wounds that never heal.

I WANT TO MAKE A FILM ABOUT WOMEN

12 minutes | Australia | 2020

‘I want to make a film about women’ is a queer, speculative, documentary love letter to Russian constructivist women. It asks what the revolutionary women artists of the 1920's said, what they did, and what they might have created had it not been for Stalin's suppression.

IDENTIBYE

15 minutes | Iran | 2020

The protagonist of the story faces a dilemma of choosing between sense and sensibility regarding one's innermost feelings. He has been judged from the very beginning by the ones closest to him. The fear of these never-ending judgments fills him with doubt and he has to work against the clock to achieve his goal as he knows that one's true identity is what matters most to them.

IF I'M GOOD

12 minutes | United States | 2021

A widower explores his attraction to a younger man as he struggles to cope with the recent loss of his husband.

IFTAH

42 minutes | Israel

Iftah deals with the life of a gay man who tears his family apart due to his sexual orientation.

IMPERFECTLY COMPLETE

15 minutes | United States | 2021

Lucy, a Burmese American transgender woman, struggles whether to reveal the truth of herself when the blind guitarist she admires and takes care of him as he is about to regain his vision.

INERTIA

19 minutes | United Kingdom | 2020

Rabia and Maddie, a pupil and teacher, form a friendship under the unlikeliest of circumstances.

INTO THE LIGHT

25 minutes | United States | 2021

The not-so-Cinderella story of LGBTQ Baltimore Ballroom dancers as they prepare to compete at the historic and inaugural Peabody Ball while facing real life obstacles, cultural exploitation and dangers. This ball, the first of its kind, takes a scene that historically thrives underground, yet has recently found itself nomadic due to a rash of gay club closings, and inserts it into arguably Baltimore’s most stunning and—yes—exclusive setting.

INVERTED

13 minutes | Israel

A collection of testimonials by individuals who underwent conversion therapy. These testimonials were adapted into short animated films.

INVISIBLE: GAY WOMEN IN SOUTHERN MUSIC

107 minutes | United States | 2021

This extraordinary documentary explores a group of gay women songwriters who have successfully navigated the male dominated country music genre and have written number 1 hits for some of country music's greatest stars. Among the featured artists are Bonnie Baker, Cindy Bullens, Ruthie Foster, Jess Leary and Chely Wright. “Invisible” also features appearances by the likes of Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris and Pam Tillis

ISAAC

84 minutes | Spain | 2020

Based on the Spanish stage play by Antonio Hernández, “Isaac” follows two old friends, Denis and Nacho, who meet again 16 years after having an intense relationship as teenagers.

IT IS LOVE

5 minutes | Costa Rica

A year ago, Costa Rica became the first Central American country and the sixth in all of Latin America to recognize the legal right to same-sex marriage, a historic step in the recognition of universal human rights. Based on three true stories, our animated music video ES AMOR, celebrates this important milestone and sings to the world that love is always love. Carlos, a married man with two daughters, dares to reveal his true sexual identity to his family; Ale, a trans woman manages to finally reconcile with the image in the mirror and accept herself; and Jaz and Lalay, two young lovers, must confront their family and society in order to get married. The three stories are intertwined with historical events to recognize the struggle of thousands of people and organizations in Costa Rica. The project involved more than 30 people including musicians, visual artists and digital animators, and seeks to promote respect, love and solidarity among all people.

IT'S JUST ME

19 minutes | United States

It's Just Me is a portrait of Allie Cole, a Black transgender woman who sits on all the fault lines of all of America's concerns about gender and class, just by being her authentic self. She negotiates the demands of activism, her fledgling non-profit, her parents and finding love.

JUMP, DARLING

90 minutes | Canada | 2020

Half-prepped before a dressing room mirror in the back of a bustling city gay bar, Russell, an actor turned drag queen, struggling to find his voice, is given a wrenching ultimatum. Overcome by indecision, he escapes to his grandmother’s house in the country. There he finds sardonic Margaret in steep decline. In a perfect, if precarious, solution for both of them, he moves in to protect her from her greatest fear—the local nursing home. Featuring the brilliant Cloris Leachman in her final starring role before her death in 2021, “Jump Darling” pairs love of drag with an aging iconic diva to ask the questions about what inspires us to carry on.

KARINA'S SUIT

20 minutes | Colombia | 2021

Muete travels to the city to visit his cousin Karina, a trans woman that does sex work. Muete tries to convince her to return to their town because her mother is very ill. The only condition: Karina has to dress as a boy, as her mother would never accept her child's new identity.

KEEP THE CAMERAS ROLLING: THE PEDRO ZAMORA WAY

98 minutes | United States

To borrow the slogan of MTV’s The Real World, this is the true story—the true story of a pandemic; politics; misunderstanding and prejudice; the impact of the media; and, most importantly, AIDS activist Pedro Zamora, his life, his joy, and his influence, as told by people who knew and loved him, and by those who witnessed the strength of his commitment and its impact. Pedro refused to give in to the disease he knew would kill him, demanding throughout his decline and hospitalization that MTV “keep the cameras rolling.” While he died on November 11, 1994 at the young age of 22, his insistence on his way with bravery, humanity, and love truly changed the world. This is the true story—the true story of AIDS activist Pedro Zamora’s way.

LANDLOCKED

81 minutes | United States

A man reunites with his estranged, transgender father as they journey to scatter his late mother's ashes off the Georgia coast. "Landlocked" marks the feature film debut of transgender actress, Delia Kropp, in the lead role of Briana.

THE LODGE

40 minutes | United States | 2021

One third of LGBTQ seniors over 50 expect to re-closet themselves when they move to a retirement community. Our documentary takes audiences inside Fountaingrove Lodge, the historic retirement community created especially for LGBTQ seniors and their allies.

THE LONELY PRINCE

15 minutes | India | 2020

A lonely Prince, drowning in melancholy, invites a Sculptor to his court to create a piece of art just for him. As the Sculptor spends his days chiselling away on a block of marble, the Prince too discovers a new side of himself, for a brief moment forgetting the world of solitude that surrounds him.

LUV U CUZ

16 minutes | United States | 2021

Set in a not-too-distant future, two cousins bond over the course of a night on the town, until their relationship is tested in more ways than one.

THE MAKEUP

16 minutes | United States | 2020

A couple reconnects after their breakup, discovering a new kind of relationship.

MANO SANTO

13 minutes | Puerto Rico | 2020

Don Isidoro, better known as “Mano santa” in his hometown, shelters his grandson for a few days after he ran away from his home.

MARLON BRANDO

20 minutes | Netherlands

Best friends, Cas and Naomi are graduating from high school and spend every second of their days together. Within their friendship they experience a feeling of ultimate safety. But when their future plans are seemingly different, their relationship wobbles.

MASCARPONE

101 minutes | Italy | 2021

Antonio is a 30 year old family man, whose life finds an unexpected twist when he's suddenly dumped by his husband, whom he depends both psychologically and economically: he needs to find a new place to stay, a job and a new purpose in life. Antonio finds a room in an apartment owned by Denis and starts to work in a bakery owned by Luca, while attending pastry school. Through this process he discovers that it was wrong of him to give up his independence for the sake of his relationship in the past.

MAURICE HINES: BRING THEM BACK

93 minutes | United States | 2019

“Maurice Hines; Bring Them Back” is a compelling portrait of a trailblazing entertainer who navigates the highs and lows of his lengthy showbiz career and a complex relationship with his superstar brother, tap dance legend Gregory Hines.

MEET THE TEAM TAKING J-SETTING FROM UNDERGROUND CLUBS TO THE MAIN STAGE

6 minutes | United States

J-Sette dancers bring energy, precision and stunts to the floor, and the Dance Champz of Atlanta are trying to take this underground LGBTQ+ art form to the next level. The roots of J-Setting are in Mississippi, at Jackson State University, where the Prancing J-Settes adapted majorette dancing, losing the batons and bringing in African American and jazz dance influences. Leland Thorpe and his team are on a mission to get the underground version of the dance form taken more seriously in the wider dance world. Thorpe is passionate about bringing more formal technique to the dance, and with his experience in Detroit studying jazz and ballet, he brings a faster pace and more sophistication to the Atlanta style.

MORA & CHENCHI

20 minutes | United States | 2020

An L.A.-based tween magazine writer returns to her hometown where she re-encounters her high school best friend for the first time in 11 years. In the course of the day, they become their high school selves as old feelings come back.

MOTTA

16 minutes | United Kingdom | 2020

Bound in flowers, a tattooed hand strokes a face. Ropes unwind on the floor. Tremors of pain, tremors of release. What do you desire? “Motta” follows “hard to classify” Brazilian artist Fabio da Motta as he questions the boundaries between fantasy, power, provocation and art.

MY AUNTIES

3 minutes | United States

Stefan Lynch was raised by gay parents in the early eighties. He was cared for and loved by a group of adults, largely gay men, who he called his “aunties.” Stefan remembers the succession of AIDS-related illnesses in his family, including the death of his father in ‘91. Even in the face of terrible sickness and loss, his aunties showed him how to survive and care for one another.

MY FIONA

86 minutes | United States

How do you navigate the world when your best friend inexplicably takes her own life? For Jane, she finds herself drawn to Fiona’s wife and child, seeking solace and perhaps more in the relationship that gently unfolds. The question of grief and tenderness and the catastrophic consequences of blending the two come to a head in Jane’s life as she attempts to pick up the pieces, heal and move on, but life isn’t so easy as to tie everything up with a bow.

THE NAILING OF AN OLDER WOMAN

11 minutes | United Kingdom | 2021

Set in the pandemic, Maria, a nail technician who just so happens to be trans, questions the whereabouts of her own grandmother after meeting an older lady named Ingrid, who insists on having her nails done through the letter box.

NEW FLESH FOR THE OLD CEREMONY

13 minutes | United States | 2021

A lesbian reverie set amidst the backwoods of New England, New Flesh for the Old Ceremony explores the physicality of grief through a macabre fable about a woman whose wife is devoured by and then possesses their beloved pack of dogs.

NICKI | نیکی

19 minutes | Iran

A trans woman is on her way to a job interview in Tehran.

THE NIGHT TRAIN

15 minutes | Sweden | 2020

Oskar is on the night train, heading home after an interview in Stockholm. With a long night ahead of him, he makes eye contact with Ahmad. For the first time he meets the gaze of someone who feels the same desire as he does.

NO GOODBYES

26 minutes | United States

Love in a concentration camp. A young Jewish gay man, Otto, is protected by a "kapo" (a fellow prisoner) and an SS guard who unexpectedly ends up saving his life.

NO ORDINARY MAN

83 minutes | Canada | 2020

American jazz musician Billy Tipton developed a reputable touring and recording career in the mid-twentieth century, along with his band The Billy Tipton Trio. After his death in the late 80's, it was revealed that Tipton was assigned female at birth, and his life was swiftly reframed as the story of an ambitious woman passing as a man in pursuit of a music career. The genre-defying documentary “No Ordinary Man” seeks to correct that misrepresentation by collaborating with trans artists. As they collectively celebrate Tipton’s story as a musician living his life according to his own terms, they paint a portrait of a trans culture icon. “No Ordinary Man” features leading voices and breakout stars in the trans community, including Marquise Vilsón, Scott Turner Schofield, Susan Stryker, C. Riley Snorton, and Thomas Page McBee.

NO STRAIGHT LINES: THE RISE OF QUEER COMICS

78 minutes | United States | 2021

Five scrappy queer comic book artists journey from DIY work and isolation to the cover of Time Magazine and the international stage, offering a fascinating window into everything from the AIDS crisis and workplace discrimination to the search for love and a good haircut. Their work and personal stories are sure to make you laugh, but also make you think about the challenges and triumphs encountered and overcome along the way.

NOOR & LAYLA

13 minutes | Canada | 2021

Five prayers coincide with five stages of a Muslim couple's relationship, demystifying queerness in the Muslim community and religion in queerness.

THE NOVICE

94 minutes | United States | 2021

An obsessive novice rower climbs the ranks of her college's rowing team in this acclaimed psychological thriller, winner of the Best U.S. Narrative Feature Film at the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival.

ONE DAY

2 minutes | United States

A narrative piece about coming out, based on the director's personal experiences and inspired by a poem.

ONE FOUR THREE

75 minutes | United Kingdom | 2020

A woman enters a lesbian relationship, leaving her fiancé and family devastated. But a violent attack by an unknown assailant finds her hospitalized with amnesia. With nothing to lose, she begins the dangerous task of uncovering who she is and who attacked her.

OVER MY DEAD BODY

11 minutes | United States | 2021

Jackée sneaks into a funeral home to pay last respects to her drag mother, who's being buried as a man against her dying wishes.

P.S. BURN THIS LETTER PLEASE

100 minutes | United States | 2020

A box of letters, held in secret for nearly 60 years, ignites a five-year exploration into a part of LGBTQ history that has never been told. The letters, written in the 1950's by a group of New York City drag queens, open a window into a forgotten world where being yourself meant breaking the law. This astounding film reconstructs this pre-Stonewall era as nine former drag queens, now in their 80's and 90's, reveal how they survived and even flourished against all odds.

THE PAGEANT

7 minutes | United States | 2021

One person's questioning throws a young couple into a state of crisis.  

PINK & BLUE

14 minutes | 2021

After a surprise first-time pregnancy, a trans couple of color wrestles with how the new baby will affect their relationship and how to raise a child in a binary world.

PLAY IT AGAIN

9 minutes | Canada

On the eve of Erin’s departure to a new job in a new city, her best friend Kitty invites her over for their last movie night together. Little does Erin know, but Kitty has a grand romantic gesture planned — a gesture worthy of the greatest romcom. But life hardly plays out like a movie and Kitty must make the decision — does she tell Erin that she loves her? Or does she simply watch her best friend get on that plane?

POOL BOY

11 minutes | United States

Austin, a college jock home for the summer, unexpectedly develops feelings for Star, his parents' non-binary pool cleaner, and struggles to hide his growing feelings from his clique of straight friends.

PORT AUTHORITY

101 minutes | United States | 2019

Paul must confront his white boy realness after arriving in New York and getting involved with explosively divisive groups: the queer ballroom scene and some straight debt collectors, while falling in love with a trans woman.

POTATO DREAMS OF AMERICA

95 minutes | United States | 2021

Potato Dreams of America, based on the award-winning short film, is an autobiographical dark comedy about a gay boy growing up in the Soviet Union, his mail-order bride mother and their adventurous escape to America. The rich ensemble cast includes Jonathan Bennett and Lea Delaria.

PRIVATE PHOTOS | FOTOS PRIVADAS

20 minutes | Brazil | 2020

A sweet couple invite a third person over for the night, who brings a lustful energy to spice things up.

PURE

13 minutes | United States | 2020

On the eve of her cotillion ball, a young Black girl grapples with her queer identity and questions her purity.

QUINCEAÑERO

20 minutes | United States | 2021

In this celebration of queer identity, a young Gabriel is on the verge of his 15th birthday and dreams of having his own quinceañera, a tradition reserved only for women in the Latin community. When Gabriel's father — steeped in tradition — sets himself against the quinceañero, the timid boy will have to rally his family to make his dream come true.

RAW! UNCUT! VIDEO!

79 minutes | United States | 2021

This film contains explicit content A love story about fetish porn, ”Raw! Uncut! Video!” chronicles the rise and fall of homegrown gay porn studio Palm Drive Video and explores how a devoted couple helped battle a devastating health crisis by promoting kinky sex. Legendary leatherman Jack Fritscher met Mark Hemry in 1979 at Harvey Milk’s birthday party—and the two fell head over heels in love. When the AIDS epidemic swept through San Francisco, the couple left the city to begin a new venture: turning a rural ranch in Sonoma County into a safe-sex porn studio that offered viewers new sexual possibilities in an age of plague. Casting rugged nonprofessional models to explore their unique erotic fantasies onscreen, the studio explored a wild array of queer kinks—and helped champion sex positivity.

REBEL DYKES

82 minutes | United Kingdom | 2021

“Rebel Dykes” is a full-length documentary about the explosion that happened when punk met feminism, told through the lives of a gang of lesbians in the riotous London of the 1980's.

REVEREND FALLS

16 minutes | United States | 2020

A famous reverend struggles with his hidden orientation, so he pays a visit to a couple who has already gone through the pain of coming out.

ROADKILL

16 minutes | United States

Tillie's lonely life as a roadkill removal worker is destabilized when Wanda, a lively stranger, comes to town.

SANSARA

6 minutes | Russian Federation | 2021

The two lovers in this stirring new film are separated not only by distance but also by circumstances: Russia’s anti-gay laws and mainstream homophobia mean that their relationship is threatened by violence, and now even the constitution.

SEE YOU THEN

75 minutes | United States | 2021

Kris, a transgender computer programmer, and Naomi, an Asian-American performance artist, used to date in college. They haven't seen each other for 15 years, since Kris left town without a word. Over the course of a one-night encounter, they engage in a series of increasingly intimate and revealing conversations, before a revelation sends everything spiraling out of control. SEE YOU THEN focuses on the universal truth that no matter how much you change, a part of you will always stay the same.

A SEXPLANATION

76 minutes | United States | 2021

To right the wrongs of his all-American sex education, a 36-year-old goes on a quest to uncover naked truths and hard facts — no matter how awkward it gets. He's on a mission to strip away his sexual shame by meeting with the researchers and educators who are helping us build a healthier, sexier future.

SHEER QORMA

30 minutes | India

Sheer Qorma is a story of belonging and acceptance, identity and family, and how it comes together under one roof, as resilient, queer Muslim women and non-binary characters of color, choose to embrace love that exists beyond their personal beliefs and social moralities.

THE SIXTH REEL

94 minutes | United States | 2021

A down-on-his-luck movie collector discovers a legendary lost film and becomes entangled in an outrageous adventure to deliver it to the right hands before it is lost forever. Co-directed by and starring the legendary Charles Busch, this clever comedy also stars Margaret Cho, Tim Daly and André De Shields.

SKELETONS

18 minutes | United States | 2021

A man must confront the pain and trauma of a past relationship, as a former lover unexpectedly arrives on his doorstep.

SMOKE, LILIES & JADE

28 minutes | United States | 2021

Alex, a young Harlem Renaissance artist and writer, plays around at love and life until he meets Beauty, appropriately named, who makes no bones about his same-sex desires. Troubled and confused, Alex wavers on the brink of passion until a challenge posed by his girlfriend forces his hand.

SOMEONE ELSE

18 minutes | Australia | 2021

Katie is a young, confidently queer woman. After finding herself attracted to a man for the first time in her life, she must decide whether the complicated nature of the relationship is worth pursuing.

SQUISH

20 minutes | Belgium | 2020

Flo has to go to Marrakech for work. So, it’s Tom who takes care of Sam, their 5-year-old son. Flo left him a list of tasks to complete during his absence. Despite this, Tom forgot Sam’s guitar course. From his yard, Flo calls to blame him. Tom hates being caught. He picks up Sam. The car comes out of the garage at full speed. SPRÖTCH. Tom just crushed something...

ST CLAIR W

3 minutes | Canada

A short experimental film about love, loss, and the relationship we have with our own memories.

STEPHEN & JAMES: BEST GIRLFRIENDS

5 minutes | United States | 2021

A love-letter to a New York City in the not-too-distant past where the only apps were served before dinner and the thrill of gay sex was always just around the corner or on a pier or in a back room or even Hoboken, New Jersey.

SUNDAY DINNER

14 minutes | United States

After the recent death of their parents, a passionate Italian-American family reunites to enjoy their customary Sunday dinner. But one of them has a major confession that threatens to unravel their beloved tradition.

SUNDOWN TOWN

10 minutes | United States | 2021

Bryce and Mitchell's trip home is disrupted after making a pit stop in a mysteriously unwelcoming town.

SWEETHEART

103 minutes | United Kingdom | 2021

Socially awkward and environmentally conscious teen ‘AJ’ has a few things on her mind. Mostly how the methane from all the cows is destroying the planet, and how she would rather be anywhere in the world than on holiday with her painfully uninspiring family. Following AJ’s suspension from school, mum Tina has dragged AJ out of her bedroom and driven four hours to the family’s favourite coastal holiday park in Dorset. Joining them is AJ’s neurotic and heavily pregnant older sister Lucy, their curious younger sister Dayna and Lucy’s foot-rubbing, attentive boyfriend Steve. For AJ, the only thing worse than spending an entire week with her uniquely ‘un-woke’ family is being in a holiday cabin with no Wi-Fi. She’s determined to have the worst week of her life, but her plan comes unstuck when she meets carefree lifeguard Isla who sees through AJ’s uniquely adopted persona. With echoes of My So-Called Life and Juno , Sweetheart is a quirky, nostalgic coming-of-age tale for a new generation.

SWIMMING

15 minutes | United States | 2020

Zade hasn't been home in years. His best friend, Harry, never left. As they reunite at their childhood beach, how much can this friendship hold?

SWIMMING TO THE END OF THE WORLD

7 minutes | United States

A world-weary gay man remembers lost lovers as he swims from the Christopher Street Piers in New York City to Provincetown, Massachusetts.

THE TEST

8 minutes | Australia | 2020

For couple Jo and Sarah to be able to take the next big step in their life together, one of them needs a test that could not only put an end to their plans, but perhaps even their relationship. Tensions run high in the medical clinic as they await the results.

THƠ

7 minutes | United States | 2021

An asexual Vietnamese-American girl Thơ (pronounced "tuh" in Vietnamese) frees herself from abusive cycles with partners who refuse to understand her.

TOGETHER AGAIN

14 minutes | United States | 2021

Roger Banks is a 26-year-survivor of HIV. While quarantined in his NYC apartment, during the first COVID-19 outbreak in NYC, Roger reflects upon a lifetime spent searching for answers. Roger’s fear and isolation provoke spirits of friends and family to visit him while he experiences intense flashbacks of his youth and the AIDS crisis.

TRADE

10 minutes | United States | 2021

Sometimes you have to swipe right on yourself. A short film that explores internalized homophobia and masc4masc culture on gay hookup apps.

TRADE CENTER

9 minutes | United States | 2021

The voices of five gay men who cruised for sex at the World Trade Center in the 1980's and 1990's.

TRANS IN TRUMPLAND

101 minutes | United States

A trans Iranian-American journeys across the country, uncovering the complexities of being trans in the Trump era. He meets four trans Americans facing unique challenges, intertwining the personal and political during an unprecedented time in the United States. Amidst growing injustice, each character's story is a powerful testament to self-discovery, resiliency, and the promise of freedom.

THE TRAVELER

17 minutes | United States | 2021

On a journey to reach her father in Arizona, Casey Jones's car breaks down en route. After deciding to walk the rest of the way until reaching a bus station, Shay Michaels offers her a ride to the nearest motel. After discovering that the motel is booked for the weekend Shay offers for Casey to stay at her place. Casey is then introduced to Logan Fuller, Shay's toxic boyfriend. With a delay in Casey's travel plans, Shay and Casey soon realize that they are more similar than initially anticipated. On her third day in town, Casey is finally able to continue her journey to Arizona, leaving Shay behind.

TWIN

12 minutes | United States | 2021

A young couple checks into a rental cottage at the end of the vacation season and finds a mysterious twin bed inside that wasn't mentioned in the online listing.

TWO | שתיים

75 minutes | Israel | 2021

Two follows a couple as they set out on the long road to conception and realize their dream of having a baby

THE UGLIEST

3 minutes | United States | 2021

Heartbreak is universal. Based on Victor Ridaura’s first romance as an openly-gay man, The Ugliest is meant to show something pure and beautiful and sad

UNLIVABLE

20 minutes | Brazil | 2020

Just before the pandemic, the world experiences a phenomenon never seen before. Marilene looks for her daughter Roberta, a trans woman who went missing. While running out of time, she discovers a hope for the future.

THE UNSURE MASSEUR

14 minutes | United States | 2021

A young man considering a career as a masseur visits one and ends up learning more about the job than he ever imagined.

VESTIRSE

9 minutes | United States

Jacky is trying to get dressed to meet their mother one late afternoon.

VIRGIN MY ASS

17 minutes | Israel

Ophir asks Harel for a small favor that might make him feel like a normal gay guy. OK, maybe not that small a favor. During the somewhat ridiculous, somewhat exciting night the two will spend in bed, they will learn a small lesson in intimacy and community.

WAKING UP

14 minutes | United States | 2021

When a gay man visits his uncle in the hospital, he launches into an awkward ramble about sexual fantasies, which turns into a vulnerable confession about love and forgiveness. This innovative short film explores the varied experiences of LGBT people from different generations, all in a single shot.

WE NEED TO DO SOMETHING

97 minutes | United States | 2021

After Melissa and her family seek shelter from a storm, they become trapped. With no sign of rescue, hours turn to days and Melissa comes to realize that she and her girlfriend Amy might have something to do with the horrors that threaten to tear her family — and the entire world — apart in this unnerving thriller.

WE WERE STARS TO BURN

18 minutes | Hong Kong | 2021

Gin is a 25-year-old female assigned at birth. She has very long hair and she enjoys going out like most "stereotypical" party girls. One day, she asks her best friend, Cluster, to help her cut her long hair. Even though she backs out at the end, Cluster can still tell something is going wrong with her. Along the journey, Gin meets a "straight-acting boy" Ted who tries to flirt with her, a "girl" named Casey, who cuts "her" hair after "she" breaks up with "her" boyfriend, and a pretty girl standing on the train. Each of these people brings her a new perspective on gender and pushes her to step out of her comfort zone. After a crazy day running around town with Cluster, Cluster reveals a big secret that she has never told Gin before. The secret shocks Gin and her ideas of stereotypes.