For our 30th Anniversary, we decided to celebrate in a way we have never done before. Traditionally, our films are by-invitation-only, and our programmers would search through all the established international film festivals to find the best shorts for our audience. This year we partnered with FilmFreeway and opened up submissions to the entire world. The response we got was tremendous! We received so many original, touching, funny, imaginative and sexy short films from all over the globe: stories that truly reflect the diversity of our society and the amazing talents of the LGBTQ community.
Director: Joseph Adesunloye
Botswana / 2019 / 12 mins / Sci-fi / Asia Premiere
In Setswana with English subtitles
Ireti and Tonto’s love is put to the test when the new state of Grand Afrique attempts to end the continent’s environmental catastrophe and revive the climate by instituting an annual cull of men.
Director: Rosie Westhoff
UK / 2019 / 17 mins / Dramedy / Asian Premiere
Belle and Jessie go on a weekend away to help Jessie get over her recent breakup from her boyfriend. Over the course of 24 hours, lines begin to blur between them when the always-heterosexual Jessie in her drunken, post-breakup loneliness kisses bisexual Belle.
3. Lesson #8
Director: Alberto Ferreras
USA / 2018 / 5 mins / Drama / Asian Premiere
A gay app hookup takes an unexpected turn, proving that the best-laid plans won’t get you laid as you planned.
Director: Daryen Ru
USA / 2019 / 15 mins / Drama / International Premiere
On a regular day at school, Micayla is outed as transgender when a rival classmate vengefully takes a photo of her using the girl’s bathroom. She is ostracised by the other students and labelled a sex offender by local law enforcement.
5. Three Months
Director: Sasha Alcoloumbre
Canada / 2019 / 17 mins / Drama / Asian Premiere
In French with English subtitles
When a young man belatedly reveals his HIV status to his lover, their romance waivers.
Director: Jan Pieter Tuinstra
Netherlands / 2018 / 13 mins / Documentary
A vogue dancer performs at a Voodoo Carnival Ball, an important dance contest where he will have to prove himself in order to be accepted by the local ballroom community.
7. Xiao Xian
Director: Jiajie Yu Yan
Spain / 2019 / 17 mins / Drama
In Mandarin, Spanish with English subtitles
Xiao Xian is in charge of finishing a dress. Her mother has decided that she is going to take care of it that night, and she obeys as usual. Her best friend Sheng Xia shows up at her house to convince her to go partying. Xiao Xian accepts, but she cannot imagine how the night will unfold.